For her thesis, Deb Spofford aimed to create a textile print collection that was inspired by biometrics, also known as identity authentication technology. She conducted research on how identity data is collected, stored and utilized. Imagery of fingerprints, voiceprints, DNA, handwriting and data collection systems were gathered and used as a starting point for her pattern designs.
To create artwork for the collection, Deb experimented with a variety of techniques, including chalk, block printing, acrylic paint, color pencils, markers, paper cutting, collage, trompe l’oeil and embroidery. Textiles were printed using sublimation and digital printing processes on woven and non-woven materials. Deb’s thesis resulted in three smaller collections— Biometrics, Handwriting and Typography—and her final collection, Identity.