Textile Design

By Simon Clarke

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  • Paperback
  • 250 illustrations
  • 224 pages
  • 256 x 215 mm
  • ISBN 9781856696876
  • Published February 2011

This book offers students and those wishing to enter a career in textile design a basic grounding in its three main disciplines - printed, woven and mixed media. Using a wealth of imagery and case studies from designers and studios at work today, the book looks at the basic principles of design and production and gives practical advice on creating a collection. Education and employment are also discussed, giving an insight into the industry and helpful advice on finding a job.

About the Author

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 at Kenyatta University in Kenya and Savannah College of Art and Design in the USA.

Customer Reviews

Extremely useful Review by Cressida Bell, Textile Designer
‘Textile Design is extremely useful and comprehensive, I wish I’d had something like it as a student!’ (Posted on 12/5/12)
Accurate and comprehensive portrayal of textile design Review by Pamela Wiley, Professor of Fibers, Savannah Colleg
'The world of textile design has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. In a new global economy , heightened technologies and post-modernity, few writers have attempted to compile an accurate portrayal of textile design in contemporary culture. Simon Clarke has written such a book, and it is comprehensive in its breadth and scope of what was once, a fairly linear topic. Textile design books often stick to historical precedents, technical and industrial applications, with a nod to education and careers. Clarke has changed the game by writing a book that addresses the radically shifting and exciting nature of textile design today.

The book looks at textile design from a multi-angled perspective, one that engages with history, fine art, politics, technology, science and cultural attitudes, along with the mainstays of home décor and fashion. The book is punctuated with a wide range of images and illustrations. Particularly of note, is how Clarke ties in historical and cultural diversities, such as images from artist Tracey Emmin, Gees Bend quilts, Liberty fabrics, and Asafo flags, as traces of inspiration for the innovatively inclined. He speaks of terms such as “technical emancipation” and the “digital vernacular” as he depicts the advances of technologies in both designing textiles and creating them. He expands the conversation to not only look at historical sources as images, but as cultural relevancy and to inquire what our contemporary counterparts might be.

Clarke also offers a solid look at design, production and marketing of textiles, as well as design principles, education and career options. The book explores printed, woven and mixed media textile design by offering a historical overview; industrial, studio, and student examples; and cultural artifacts that articulate different approaches to design methodologies. Textile Design provides an expansive view of a design practice that is reflective of our global, technological and quantum culture.' (Posted on 12/5/12)

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