Jenna Eason


"I am an artist. I am a scientist. My passion is driven by my individuality. My ability is driven by my professionalism."

  • Jenna Eason, Women in the Textile Home Industry Today, 2007

Jenna is a 2007 graduate from North Carolina State University’s Anni Albers Program, receiving two degrees: BS in Textile Technology and BA in Art and Design. In January 2008, Jenna began graduate studies at the NCSU College of Textiles in the Textile Technology and Management (TTM) master’s degree program. Her focus is in Automotive Textile Design, conducting research with Professor Nancy Powell. To support her studies, Jenna spent the summer of 2008 at Nagoya University in Japan taking a course in Advanced Technology and Tasks in Automotive Engineering and participating in global lectures and company visits hosted by Japan’s top automotive companies. Jenna is truly a global scholar, having also studied textile design and engineering in Southern Europe and Ghana, West Africa. She has a vested interest in the automotive and textile industries and believes that learning from the past and the international environment are key to a successful future.

Websites: (Design Committee for "ReDesign") (Collaboration with Meghan Holliday)

Thesis Research:
Factors Affecting Trend Cycles in Automotive Upholstery Color and Motif, 1960-2020
This study aims to understand the trend cycles that occurred in automotive upholstery design over the past 60 years in order to understand the factors that contributed to the fabric’s success, and develop a model for engineering future interiors as an integrated part of the vehicle’s success. This has been done by analyzing the available swatches of US automotive fabrics found in the “De Leo” and “Detroit Automotive Trim” books from 1955-2006. Each swatch will be categorized by the following design criterion: motif, scale, and color. By having a better understanding of the design elements (color and motif) incorporated in automotive fabrics, future designers can learn from previous trends and will have an instrument to use as a catalyst for future developments. Understanding what factors have influenced past trends in automotive interior textiles will redefine the limits and increase the success rate for future automotive fabric development.

Please see Resume for a more complete list of Experience, Publications and Research, Scholarships and Distinctions.


  • Fiber and Textile Art
  • Hand and Automated Weaving and Knitting
  • 3D Textile Techniques
  • Multimedia and Animation
  • Surface Design


  • Maya
  • Point Carre'
  • Weavemaker
  • Powerpoint and Excel
  • Illustrator
  • Microsoft Word
  • Flash
  • Dreamweaver
  • Photoshop
  • After Effects