Faculty and Staff

Diane Sparks, Ed.D.

Diane Sparks

Professor
327 Gifford
(970) 491-5360
diane.sparks@colostate.edu

Education

Ed.D. University of Arkansas
M.S. University of Arkansas
B.A. Humboldt State University

Teaching Emphasis

  • Apparel Design
  • Textile Design
  • Design Awareness and Appreciation

Research Emphasis

  • Cross-Cultural Apparel and Surface Design
  • Wearable Art Design
  • Digital Textile Design

Research and Scholarship (selected)

Diane Sparks and Tyler Klene (2017). Surrealism with Floating Origami Rose:Cocktail Ensemble. Exhibited at the juried ITAA Design Competition in St. Petersburg, Florida. Images and Text retrievable from the Design Exhibition Catalogue at:http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/itaaonline.org/resource/resmgr/publications/2017_Design_Catalog.pdf.

Diane Sparks (2016). Fortuny with Flare and a Post-Modern Twist. Exhibited at the juried ITAA Design Competition in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Images and text retrievable from the Design Exhibition Catalogue at:https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/itaa_proceedings/2016/design/53/ .

Sahar Ejeimi and Diane Sparks (2015). Revival of Hejaz tribal embroidery using digital design technology. Exhibited at the juried ITAA Design Competition in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Retrievable from: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/itaa_proceedings/2015/design/55/ .

Sara Dudek and Diane Sparks (2015). Digital West-African-inspired batik meets traditional European crochet. Exhibited at the juried ITAA Design Competition in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Retrievable from https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/itaa_proceedings/2015/design/56/ .

Diane Sparks and Kinor Jiang (2014). Raindrops and Waterfalls. Exhibited at the juried 9th International Shibori Symposium Exhibition in Hangzhou, China. Retrievable from Resist Dye on the Silk Road juried Exhibition Catalogue ISBN# 978-988-18027-5-0. Acquired for the permanent collection by the China National Silk Museum in February 2015.

Diane Sparks and Lizzy Searle (2013). Flora: Dress for a Beach Wedding. Exhibited at the juried ITAA Design Competition in New Orleans, Louisiana.Retrievable from ITAA Design Exhibition Catalogue, from http://itaaonline.org/associations/12469/files/ITAA%202013%20Design%20Exhibition%20Catalog.pdf .

Diane Sparks and Kinor Jiang (2013).Textural Variation in Black Silk. Exhibited at the juried ITAA Design Competition in New Orleans, Louisiana. Retrievable from ITAA Design Exhibition Catalogue from http://itaaonline.org/associations/12469/files/ITAA%202013%20Design%20Exhibition%20Catalog.pdf.

Diane Sparks and Kinor Jiang (2012).Metallic Shibori in Rose Gold.Exhibited at the juried ITAA Design Competition in Honolulu, Hawaii. Retrievable from ITAA Design Exhibition Catalogue, from http://itaaonline.org/general/custom.asp?page=65.

Xu Rui, Sparks, D. (2011). Symbolism and Evolution of Ku-form in Chinese Costume. Research Journal of Textile and Apparel, 15(1), Hong Kong, 11-21.

Awards, Recognitions, Grants, and Competitions (selected)

2017 Lectra Outstanding Faculty Kaledo Award for Digital Textile Design

2016 Lectra Outstanding Faculty Kaledo Award for Digital Textile Design

2012 Scholarly Excellence Award College of Applied Human Sciences

2010 ITAA Fellow Award International Textile and Apparel Association

2010 Lectra Outstanding Faculty Award for Apparel Design

2009 ITAA Award for Excellence for Draping