Dr. Sun is a scholar in apparel design and product development in the Department of Consumer and Design Sciences. Her design research and creative scholarship has been recognized and awarded (2011, 2014, and 2015) through international peer reviewed venues, such as the International Textile and Apparel Association Conference. Previously, her work has involved traditional surface design techniques, including natural dyeing and embroidery. Currently, her research focuses on human-computer interaction and 2D/3D computer-aided design (CAD) integrating cutting edge technologies, such as digital textile printing, 3D body scanning, and additive manufacturing, in developing wearable product.
The concept of slow fashion has encouraged designers to lead a slower way of living and to sustain traditional arts using eco-efficient approaches. This design research explored integrating traditional Chinese Su Xiu embroidery and resist dyeing techniques to create more sustainable embroidery and dyeing process. Su Xiu embroidery stitches were reinvented to mimic the imagery of water splash pattern and madder and woad natural dyestuff was utilized. Cotton sateen and silk organza were embroidered using premordanted cotton, silk, and wool floss. The technique developed here successfully eliminated the process of dyeing individual color for embroidery floss for a more simplified production process.