Wari: Meet Project Tunic Contestant Tina Greenslade

Graphic designer Tina Greenslade found her own design interests reflected in the tunics in Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes. “As an artist I enjoy examining ancient cultures and their works of art,” Greenslade says. “The work produced by the Wari culture speaks to my personal style through its use of pattern and color.” She is drawn towards abstraction and has recently begun to incorporate repeating geometric patterns into her work. Greenslade is particularly interested in textiles, graphic repeats, and surface designs, and hopes to move forward in her field by creating original themes and artwork for clothing and home décor.

For Project Tunic, Greenslade has designed a graphic repeat inspired by the geometric shapes, color, and styles on the tapestry-woven tunics in the Wari exhibition. In collaboration with seamstresses at R. J. Luna and My Song Boutique in downtown Willoughby, Ohio, she has created three fabric patterns and constructed three simple dresses from the printed cloth. Her favorite of the three will appear on the runway. Although Greenslade has not specifically studied fashion design, she learned how to create such a pattern by taking apart her own clothing and experimenting.

As a graphic designer for Blue Star Design in Ohio City, a finalist in the Vin Burnham Fashion and Design Show in late January, and a recent graduate of Lake Erie College, Greenslade keeps very busy! Recently, Greenslade designed a lantern for the museum’s Winter Lights Festival. “This lantern was initially designed as a lighted sculpture meant to engage the viewer by making a connection to both the interior and exterior space created by the design,” Greenslade explains. “I wanted to use high magnification lenses to warp what could be seen on the inside of the sculpture. By using a colored lens and direct lighting I could create beautiful projected images that baffle the mind.”

Check out some of her past projects here, and join us for MIX: Runway on January 4th to see Tina Greenslade’s work in Project Tunic.

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