My thesis is inspired by my family history in South Korea during the 1950s. My grandfather, Charles Chang wanted to start an orphanage for all the kids that lost their parents during the Korean war. He had no means to do so at the time so when the U.S. Army came to aid the country, they ended up funding the entire orphanage. They named it Boundless Love Orphanage that was located in Goyang-Gun, South Korea. The soldiers were very involved from the building of it to playing with the kids. There was a bridge between the orphanage and the U.S. Army base so it was really easy for them to be connected. The main activity they all loved to do together was playing games such as basketball, soccer, baseball, and football. I am inspired by how my grandfather and the U.S. Army came together to build the orphanage and incorporated different ways to bring things together. I am taking stitching methods from sports balls and gloves to attach pieces as well as mixing different styles into one piece. I incorporated the functionality of military wear and the main function I want my products to have is keeping warm. Each of my products have an aspect of warmth to them. The colour palette and prints I took inspiration from the photos taken at the orphanage. The kids wore a lot of flannel and gingham so I experimented with combining the two to create my own prints. By using silk screening methods to layer the colours. Also doing different iterations of my print in knit and weaving to show in other types of materials. The textiles I am using are canvas, corduroy, nylon, rubber, and yarn. Using simple materials that provide warmth for parts of the body that need it most. My collection is mainly for the autumn/winter months that are functional to be used for everyday wear.
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Eunice Chang was born and raised in Southern California as a Korean-American. Growing up she had many different interests, but always knew being creative brought her the most joy. As she started to explore different areas of design, she found that accessories was her passion. As a designer, she strives for functionality and purpose. Eunice is a strong believer in the concept of quality over quantity that she always applies in her work. She wants her customers to see that effective and successful design is what she aims for.