Exhibit examines 'Environmental Protection'

A collection of apparel rooted in clothing in relation to the environment is featured in a new exhibit at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery Dec. 6-22.

"Environmental Protection Garments, Because Tomorrow Never Knows" is the thesis project of Erica White, a graduate student in Textiles, Clothing and Design. Her work explores protecting the environment as well as protecting the body from the environment. White designed garments with sustainable techniques including digital textile printing on organic cotton, the use of recycled textiles and industrial castoffs, low waste production, and natural dyes.

The collection examines habitats in jeopardy, including the world's forests, oceans, fresh water and soil, giving rise to pollution and global warming. Each of these habitats is represented with a pictorial garment illustrating the area of concern and a garment designed to protect the wearer from the devastating harms occurring in those environments. Issues that directed the work are lack of oxygen and clean air, increases in carbon dioxide, diminished fresh water and fertile soil, and extreme climates.

The Hillestad Gallery will hold an artist reception 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 10. All events are free and open to the public.

The gallery is on the second floor of the Home Economics Building. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. Admission is free.

- Wendy Weiss, Textiles, Clothing and Design

More details at: http://go.unl.edu/4ym