Emily Spittle is a graphic design major at Longwood. Her series, the Against the Grain Campaign is currently on display in Point of Departure Exhibition.
Emily commented, “Maintaining a gluten free diet on a college campus is especially difficult because the food options are severely limited. Against the Grain is a campaign which advertises informational materials to both incoming and current students about the gluten free resources Longwood University provides. The materials also include resources within the town of Farmville, such as gluten free restaurants and grocery stores, so the students have a range of eating options both on and off campus. These materials make it easy for students with gluten free diets to find food quickly, and at a variety of locations.
A big part of college is learning to live with a roommate and find friends, but it’s even harder with a dietary restriction because so much of socialization revolves around food. Against the Grain has educational materials to inform friends and roommates what a gluten free diet is, and how to maintain the safety procedures of the dietary restriction. These materials can start a conversation and increase awareness of harmful foods or cooking processes. Now, students with gluten free diets can help their friends learn quicker and get back to making food at 3am that everybody can eat.”
Point of Departure is on display until May 17.