February 1st, 2016
Cotton is a highly versatile natural fiber with several benefits, including its breathability, low maintenance care, and durability. Thus, the importance of the Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors department to educate students on the benefits of integrating cotton into the decisions they will make within the industry level in their careers of residential interior design, fashion merchandising and apparel product design and development.
Cotton Incorporated funded a proposal, Cotton for Healthy Living, by faculty members in Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors Department as part of the company's Cotton Student Sponsorship Program. The purpose of the sponsorship program is to further awareness and understanding of cotton fiber and cotton textiles among students preparing for apparel and textile-related careers.
The TMI department was awarded 38,000 for their proposal. This grant provided the funds to purchase equipment for the Barrow Hall Product Design and Development lab, student awards for class projects, a graduate assistant, and guest speakers.
The Cotton Incorporated grant, Cotton for Healthy Living, allowed the TMI department to develop three projects, so that students could continue to build a better understanding of cotton fiber, cotton yarn, and other cotton-specific aspects of textiles for residential furnishings and interiors and apparel product design and development. These projects were carried out in TXMI 4390-Studio VI: Advanced Residential Design Method, TXMI 4900-Special Topics in Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors, and TXMI 5310-Studio VII: Residential Interior Design for the Community. Each project was designed to prepare students for careers in textile, apparel, and residential interior design industries, by furthering their awareness and understanding of cotton fiber and cotton textiles. The student final projects were evaluated by industry professionals and faculty. Learn more about these course projects by clicking on their course names above.
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