Design by Design: Juried Student Design Competition
April 11–22, 2011 (Picnic Day 2011)
This annual installation, timed to coincide with the University's Picnic Day, is a lively survey of student talent and creativity that reflects the multi-disciplinary breadth of the Design Program.
2011 Design Program MFA Graduate Exhibition
May 18–June 14, 2011
Snap, Zip, Wrap: Fashion Design for Diverse Bodies
Elizabeth Kaino Hopper presents women’s business garments that snap, zip, and wrap around the body for comfort and easy dressing. Kaino’s innovative designs demonstrate the theories of Universal and Inclusive Design as applied to the field of fashion, making garments more accessible to a wider range of women with diverse bodies and diverse mobility levels. This show also documents her design process revealing environmentally and socially responsible practices, including naturally dyed fabrics, no-waste patterning, and re-purposed textile treasures.
For more details and a free downloadable pattern, visit: http://www.ekaino.com
Produce: Packaging Design for a New Generation of Small Farms
Rachel Smith illustrates America’s transition from small agriculture to industrialized farming, and creates a packaging campaign for a new generation of small farms. The visual elements draw on historical designs from the 1920’s through the 1950’s used to promote the products of individual farms, before consolidation led to the centralization of agricultural production, processing and distribution. Examining the recent trend towards smaller agriculture operations, she utilizes the vintage appearance of lug labels and the cultural/visual identification with small agricultural operations and juxtaposes them against negative attitudes towards large-scale industrial operations and their damaging effects. For more information about her research and design, please visit: www.rachelofthesmiths.com
BAG: Bags Across the Globe
January 18–March 11, 2010
This installation tells the story of how a small number of committed people can make a change for the better. I became alarmed at the environmental destruction caused by plastic shopping bags and decided to do something about it. In early 2008 I conceived the global collaboration, Bags Across the Globe (BAG). UC Davis Design students helped me create over 200 beautiful cloth and vinyl shopping bags from campus waste, including fabric swatches and vinyl exhibition banners. I sent these bags as free gifts to more than 100 friends and strangers in 62 countries on every continent. BAG recipients use one bag and give the second bag to a friend, then send me a message and photo. The Design Museum installation Bags Across the Globe: Designing to Reduce Waste tells the story of the plastic bag problem, how this project addresses it, and the people who made it possible.
Design Program, UC Davis
Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures
from Southwest China
October 10–December 5, 2010
Showcasing wearable textiles and ornaments, this exhibition displays the life, culture, and continuing loss of adornment skills of the minority people who live in Southwest China. The exhibition curator, Bea Roberts, shares her visually superb collection, acquired during her early visits to the region, when the villages were primarily intact in their cultural identity and before the traditions vanish in today's globalization race.