Students reflect on their experience in the Eastman Naia™ Challenge
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The Eastman Naia™ Design Challenge!

Students reflect on their experience in the Eastman Naia™ Challenge

27 July 2017

Now that the Eastman Naia challenge has concluded, the students look back at their design process and discuss with what role Naia had in shaping their design. They also walk us through what they would have changed now that they understand the material better than when they first started. 


Natasha Andrews


If you could go back in time, what is one thing you would change about your design, or how you approached the challenge?
If I could change anything about my design I would've made the corset out of the same material as the dress to show the strength of the NAIA fiber. As well as use it for the lacing for the corset.

How did Naia help inform your design?
The drape of Naia was the most beneficial quality to help aid in the outcome of my intended design. Though the fabric was easy to care for and sew, the drape is really what helped make my design come to life.


Macy Harmon


If you could go back in time, what is one thing you would change about your design, or how you approached the challenge?
If I could go back, I would have started working on the cage underneath the apron first, and have gotten that out of the way. It was the last thing I finished, and I would definitely have made changes to it if possible!

How did Naia help inform your design?
The structure of the fabric I chose really influenced me to create a corset—as the structure and weight of the fabric was perfect in creating a garment with boning in it. The fabric had a nice drape as well, which allowed me to create a design with both structure and flow—like the skirt I made.


Peach Malone


If you could go back in time, what is one thing you would change about your design, or how you approached the challenge?
One thing I would change about my approach to the challenge would be to allow myself a little more time to implement my ideas. Such as maybe changing the embroidery design and making it more complex.

How did Naia help inform your design?
Naia helped inform the design through their understanding of the drape and structure of the fabrics and also it showed me how they had used the textiles and so it challenged me to take it a little further.


Jazmin Stewart


If you could go back in time, what is one thing you would change about your design, or how you approached the challenge?
If i could go back in time I wouldn't change my design but add to it. I would include more embellishments on the sleeve so it doesn't look so simple.

How did Naia help inform your design?
Naia helped because the fabric was silky and luxurious to the skin, did exactly what I needed it to do as far as draping. Thank you Eastman for a wonderful opportunity