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Alumna's fashions features simple colors, shapes in complex forms

Ohrn-McDaniel's HeartwavesThe premiere Fashion on Main Exhibition Series at UNT ArtSpace Dallas includes the fashion designs of a College of Visual Arts and Design alumna whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Linda Ohrn-McDaniel: A Decade of Design exhibits March 27 to May 3 at the gallery in the UNT Systems Building, first floor, in downtown Dallas. The exhibition is free.

Ohrn-McDaniel came to UNT from Sweden in 2000 and earned an M.F.A in fashion design. She has earned juried recognition and awards including the Ohio Arts Council Award for Individual Excellence in 2009 and the Lectra Outstanding Faculty designer award in 2006. She is an associate professor at Kent State University where she teaches fashion design with a focus on patternmaking, construction, draping and machine knitting.

“As her professor, I worked closely with Linda in the development of her body of work,” said Marian O’Rourke-Kaplan, associate professor of fashion design. “I was thoroughly impressed by her level of creativity, concept development and execution. Watching Linda continue to grow as an artist has been an amazing journey. Her work continues to grow in complexity of concept, richness of technique and quality of execution.”

Ohrn-McDaniel's LeftoversOhrn-McDaniel said she enjoys problem solving and material process in her designs. Her ideas and stories are strongly conveyed through her garments, yet they remain comfortable and wearable. She sets her own creative challenge through narrowing the range of color and shapes that she will explore through her work.

In this exhibition she uses circles and hearts, and sticks to a palette of black, white and red. While these shapes and colors may seem simplistic, her art is anything but. She uses that technique as a way of pushing herself to expand in other areas such as fit and surface design. As she shares her creative process with each piece the viewer is taken on a journey, and like a three-dimensional tapestry, the rich layers of details, draping and texture come together to convey an idea or tell a story which will warm the heart and stimulate the mind.

—Margarita Venegas, News Promotions

(Above left, Ohrn-McDaniels’ Heartwaves. Above right, Ohrn-McDaniel’s Leftovers.)

Posted on: Fri 07 March 2014

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