Textile design

• Textile pattern design is a perfect example of art in an industrial setting, figured with mathematics and aesthetics to make something of beauty and visual interest for every-day and special occasion uses. The work has a sensibility process that explores ways to create a continuous visual flow while fitting diverse and related ideas and pieces into a greater scheme. It takes vision and acuity, supreme color sense and the ability to draw. In the manufacturing environment, it also requires understanding of color separation and printing processes, knowledge of color trends, and the ability to design patterns that work using different “colorways”.


“Colorways” is the word used by textile design professionals, and it means that when you design with different color schemes, they must work with the same pattern. That requires an understanding of color placement, and any printing limitations such as “You can only use 6 colors, and one of them has to be a white resist that when printed over a saturated color, creates a lighter version of that color. With a 6-color limitation, if one of the 6 is a white resist, then you can end up with as many as 11 colors on the final piece.” Ideas such as this need to be built into the design from the get-go, engineered to accommodate manufacturing processes.

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