Textile design has a very exciting future. New fibres, fabrics and applications are constantly appearing and designers now have a wealth of avenues to explore. In this book, Simon Clarke offers students a basic grounding in the three main pathways of textile design: printed, woven and mixed media textile design, including embroidered and manipulated materials discussing both traditional and contemporary developments in design and production. Using a wealth of imagery and case studies from designers and studios at work today, the book also looks at the basic principles of design and the stages of creating a textile collection, giving students all the tools they need to develop their own work. Finally, the role of the textile designer is explored in a selection of market sectors giving students an insight into the industry and possible career paths they may wish to follow. Designed for students both at degree and foundation level, the book will also appeal to those wishing to enter a career in textile design.
Dr Simon Clarke is a practicing textile designer and artist specialising in digital design who has exhibited his work internationally. He is a Senior Lecturer in Printed Textile Design on the BA (Hons) Textile Design course at University College Falmouth where he is also Pathway Leader for the MA in Textile Design. He has lectured overseas at such institutes as Kenyatta University in Kenya and Savannah College of Art and Design in the USA. Dr Clarke is also a leading authority on African Textiles and on the interchange between architecture and textiles.
Introduction Who this book is for 7 / How to use this book 7 1. Context Early history 11 / Industrial and technological innovations 15 / Twentieth and twenty-first century textile design 22 / Environmental concerns 32 / Summary 34 2. Printed textile design Historical background 37 / Screen-printed textile designs 39 / Inks and dyes 50 /Motifs, patterns and styles 54 / Digital design and digital inkjet printing 64 / Textile design, the environment and science 72 / Summary 74 3. Woven textile design Historical background 79 / Hand-woven textile designs 80 / Digital jacquard weaving 94 / New technologies 100 / New applications 102 / Summary 104 4. Mixed media textile design Historical background 108 / Embroidered textile design 109 / Fabric manipulation 120 / Summary 134 5. Design principles Design tools 138 / Concepts and trends 140 / Colour 143 / Drawing and imagery 149 / Pattern 154 / Visualization, styling and design tools 162 / Summary 166 6. Creating a collection What is design? 168 / The textile design process 169 / Planning 177 / Textile collections 178 / Presentation 183 / Marketing, promotion and sales 185 Display 191 / Summary 194 / 7. Education and employment The entry experience 196 / The degree course 196 / Finding a job 210 / Summary 214 Glossary 216 / Further reading and additional resources 220 / Textile museums and galleries 221 / Selected textile departments and schools 221 / Textile trade fairs 221 / Index 222 / Picture credits 224 / Related study material is available on the Laurence King website at www.laurenceking.com