Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Science
Children and youth can learn about textiles and fashion design during demonstrations by University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff personnel at TinkerFest, Saturday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, located at 701 S. Main St. in Pine Bluff. Faculty of the UAPB Merchandising, Textiles and Design (MTD) Program will give a presentation titled “Digital Fashion Art and Textiles Exploration.”
During the workshop, Yunru Shen, instructor for the MTD program, will teach participants about high-tech computer-aided design (CAD) programs that are used to plan and design fashion concepts. They will also learn about the programs’ utility in texture mapping, the process used to create three-dimensional (3D) visualizations of garments. A collection of digital prints created using the software will be on display.
“Watching the garment creation process through CAD programs is a great way for youth to be exposed to and become interested in fashion design,” she said. “These programs are currently used across the world in the creation of fabrics and garments. Participants will have the chance to join in on the design process as we create digital fashion mockups and prints.”
At the Textile Tinkering Studio, attendees can explore the world of fibers and textiles. They will be able to view various fibers under the microscope, and learn how textiles are converted from simple fibers into yarn and later into a final product that is dyed. They will also examine a professional cycling outfit and discuss why it is made from synthetic knit textiles.
“This year students can experiment with basic tie-dying, as they use bleach pens to remove color from denim,” Dr. Kaye Crippen, professor of the MTD Department, said. “They will also have the chance to use a bench card to create felt – the oldest textile made by man. Students from the UAPB MTD program will assist with the activities.”
This year’s TinkerFest theme encourages a healthy lifestyle by approaching the topic of cycling from a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) perspective.
ASC’s TinkerFest is inspired by the “maker movement,” an increasingly popular trend of creating artistic works from any raw material, including discarded electronics and plastics. The event will feature hands-on activities hosted by ASC and ASC’s partners in the Arkansas Discovery Network from the Museum of Discovery and the Mid-America Science Museum.
TinkerFest brings together makers, artisans and tinkerers to share skills and ideas and inspire creative engineering. Attendees are invited to develop their own creations using familiar objects in innovative ways.