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“Origami Meets Eco-Fashion” is an award-winning design by Chanjuan Chen, a graduate student in the University of North Texas fashion design program.
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Professor, student earn fashion design awards

A design professor and a student in the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design each received two awards at the International Textile and Apparel Association’s annual conference in New Orleans.

UNT fashion design professor Li-Fen Anny Chang earned the two highest professional-level awards at the conference. She earned the association’s Award for Excellence for her design Urbane Rebel, and won the Lectra Outstanding Faculty Designer Award for her design The Scorpio.

Chanjuan Chen, a fashion design graduate student, won two awards for her design Origami Meets Eco-Fashion. The design won first place in Cotton Inc. Innovations in Cotton Design Award in the graduate student level, and it won first place in Fashion Supplies Innovation Design Award in the graduate student level. Chen’s awards are worth more than $1,750.

Chen researched sustainable clothing, natural fabric, origami techniques and transformable design to prepare to make her design, which was influenced by origami folding techniques to prevent fabric waste. Chen’s main area of research for her Masters in Fine Arts is sustainable fashion.

Local encaustic artist to present techniques

A Denton painter and multimedia artist will present encaustic art techniques during the next meeting of the Visual Arts Society of Texas, at 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Center for the Visual Arts, 400 E. Hickory St.

Wood earned her bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Texas Woman’s University. She worked as a corporate graphic designer for 14 years before she returned to TWU to earn a master’s degree in painting. She teaches in the TWU School of Art and at The Encaustic Center in Richardson. She is a member of the arts society.

Encaustic is a wax painting technique in which hot wax — usually clear or pigmented beeswax — is painted or sculpted onto a surface, usually wood.

Admission is free for society members, $3 for visitors. For more information, visit

Denton native’s Walden photography published

Fine art photographer Scot Miller, a Denton native, will sign copies of his latest book during a closing reception of his latest exhibit at Sun to Moon Gallery in the Dallas Design District.

Miller will sign copies of Thoreau, The Maine Woods: A Photographic Journey Through an American Wilderness during the gallery event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 and 30 at 1515 Levee St. in Dallas.

Miller has been photographing Walden Pond and the surrounding woods in Concord, Mass., for nearly 20 years. His photographs — taken using only natural light through all four seasons — were the sole illustration of the 150th anniversary edition of Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.

The critically acclaimed photographs continue to be exhibited throughout the country. Last week, Miller visited Boston and Cambridge, Mass., for events held in conjunction with the opening of a show featuring his work at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Miller lectured for the opening, and the exhibit, “Thoreau’s Maine Woods: A Journey in Photographs With Scot Miller,” will run through September at the museum.

At the book signing and closing weekend of a similar exhibit at Sun to Moon Gallery, Miller joins his brother, painter J.D. Miller, in showing a large, one-of-a-kind three-dimensional oil painting that interprets Scot’s photograph Color Burst, Maine Woods. The photograph captures a decidedly prodigal fall in the woods. J.D. Miller depicts the supernova of organic color in heaps and swirls of oil in the 3-D painting.

The painting will be shown during the book signing with a limited-edition, archival pigment print Scot Miller produced to raise money for the effort to create a new national park in the Maine Woods.

Scot Miller co-owns Sun to Moon Gallery with his wife, gallery director Marilyn Miller.

For more information, visit or call 214-745-1199.

Local woman wins ‘Zelda’ fan art competition

A Denton native won a national fan art competition for Nintendo, a video game console and game maker.

Dianna Sanchez, a junior at Loyola University, submitted a drawing to the fan art competition, which was held to commemorate the re-release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker.

Sanchez is an avid gamer, and her drawing was inspired in by fairy tales and produced entirely on a digital drawing tablet and computer software. Her piece was among the top 50 finalists whose art is displayed on a screen during The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert tour.

Sanchez has changed her major from psychology to art and design, and she plans to pursue a career in art therapy. She has played Zelda since her childhood.

Sanchez won a Wii U, Nintendo’s latest iteration of the video game console that integrates a player’s full body movement into the console games.

— Staff reports

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