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ARTtalk: Sustainability and access in digital design and fabrication – Panel Discussion with Richard Elaver, Adam Adcock and Nicole Villarreal

Feb 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location: TCVA Lecture Hall

Cost: FREE

Join Richard Elaver, Adam Adcock and Nicole Villarreal​ for their panel discussion, Sustainability and access in digital design and fabrication as it relates to their work in Transformations: App DigiFab, an exhibition of new design and art works showcasing experimental applications of computer-aided design and fabrication technologies currently on display in the Mayer Gallery. 


Transformations: App DigiFab on view in the Mayer Gallery through May 6, 2023

Fizzy First Friday Art Crawl February 3, 5 – 8 pm

Panel Discussion: Transformations: App DigiFab with Andres Tellez, Frankie Flood, Andrew Bailey Arend and Derek Eggers. Wednesday March 1, 6 – 7:30 pm. TCVA Lecture Hall.

Spring Exhibition Celebration: March 3, 5 – 9 pm

Panel Discussion: Transformations: App DigiFab with Chelsea Helms, Travis Donovan and Mark Nystrom. Friday March 24, 12 – 1 pm. Mayer Gallery.


About the Artists

Richard Elaver is a designer and metalsmith working in the overlapping spheres of art, design, and technology. In his work, Elaver integrates the tools of industrial design with the craft of metalsmithing. He develops computer simulations of biological phenomena, and uses them to create design objects.

Elaver received his Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin, and his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2006, as a Fulbright Fellow in the Netherlands, he worked with Droog Design. He is named on over 15 design patents and has helped develop products for companies such as Wilson Sports, 3M, and Craftsman.

Following several years of professional experience both as a jeweler and industrial designer, he is now an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at: The Museum of Arts and Design, The National Ornamental Metal Museum, and the International Contemporary Furniture Fair.

Dr. Nicole Villarreal is a fashion & textile designer, costume historian, researcher, and educator. She has a Ph.D. in Textile Technology Management from Wilson College of Textiles at NC State University. Her research interest is the convergence of 3D technology and fashion & textile design (both old and new), which allows her to combine her passions for garment construction, costume history, and 3D technology.

Dr. Villarreal wrote her dissertation on the use of 3D apparel software simulation for digitizing historic costume. She received her M.Sc. from The University of Texas at Austin where she wrote her thesis on the construction and conservation of the ‘curtain dress’ from the film Gone With The Wind, and did research for the exhibition of The Making of “Gone With The Wind” at the Harry Ransom Center. She has presented at symposia of the Costume Society of America (CSA) and at national conferences of the International Textiles and Apparel Association (ITAA).

After lecturing at UT Austin and NC State University, she is currently an Assistant Professor in Apparel Design & Merchandising (Department of Applied Design) where she teaches studio courses in basic and intermediate apparel design, and lectures on twentieth and twenty first century fashion and popular culture.

organic and geometric elements to create hybridized expressions, which I believe reflect the relationship between humans and the natural world. My constant search for geometry within nature stems from my desire to understand and feel connected to what I consider divine creation.

Adam Adcock is a mixed-media sculptor in his very limited free time. He has a BFA (2002) from ASU, and an MFA (2007) from East Carolina University. He is employed at Appalachian State University as the Laboratory Operations Manager for the Art Dept.

He enjoys being around an environment of creative energy, and loves to share information with colleagues and students. His sculptural works range in scale from hand-held to large outdoor public works, but most are somewhere in-between.

He creates mostly non-representational sculptures because he greatly enjoys the freedom to appeal directly to the viewer’s imagination and visual associations. The materials that are most common to his sculptures are steel, wood, cast metals (iron, bronze, aluminum), concrete, fiberglass, clay, stone, as well as other natural found elements.

Adam currently lives in Banner Elk, NC with his wife and 3 children. He considers the mountains of NC to be the most beautiful and inspiring landscape, and feels very fortunate to be able to call it home.


Feb 3
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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