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Basics Textile Design 01: Sourcing Ideas: Researching Colour, Surface, Structure, Texture and Pattern [Paperback]

Josephine Steed , Frances Stevenson
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12 Mar 2012 2940411638 978-2940411634
AVA Academias Basics Textile Design titles are designed to provide visual arts students with a theoretical and practical exploration of each of the fundamental topics within the discipline of textile design. Packed with examples from students and professionals and fully illustrated with clear diagrams and inspiring imagery, they offer an essential exploration of the subject. An understanding of research methods and techniques for textile design is fundamental in order to produce inspirational textile outcomes. Research is the keystone on which all design begins and the depth and quality of your research will be an essential factor in the overall success of your design work. It is where your creative journey starts and it informs the decisions you make throughout the design process. Basics Textile Design 01: Sourcing Ideas will introduce you to the core concepts and techniques in order to help you achieve the most from your designs.

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: AVA Publishing (12 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2940411638
  • ISBN-13: 978-2940411634
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The concepts, sentences and ideas were very clear and written in a student friendly way ... very good illustrations which are very appropriate and quite exciting. The case studies and interviews are excellent, giving students a broad look at the different aspects of textiles, also some really good quotes. One particular strength is the fact that the authors and interviewees all continually reiterate the value of drawing and solid research ... I did feel like picking up my sketchbook and starting to draw many times whilst reading.' -- Tom Embleton Northbrook College, UK

'Useful and inspirational guide to textile design, outlining the importance of primary research as the key important first stage of the design process. Targeted well for first year students to introduce them to the fundamentals of sourcing and utilising visual information, through years two and three as visual and mental prompts and reminders of the value of developing wide ranging research techniques. The practical exercises are also useful in allowing students to evaluate their progress and the visuals provide the necessary stimulus to encourage more mixed media sketchbook work, always welcome. All in all an inspirational workbook.' -- Sue Riley Basingstoke College of Technology, UK

'As a textile tutor I found this book extremely relevant. I am often asked by students for books I would recommend and until this came along, sadly there was nothing. This is an amazing teaching tool and for the first time I now have a remarkable book which clearly explains the process of how to research for textile print. By including information on where to look, how to start a sketchbook and how professional designers use sketchbooks to start, the designing process is made clear and concise.' --Dominique L'olive Central Saint Martins, UK

About the Author

Josephine Steed BA(Hons) has a broad range of experience in constructed textiles, from designer/maker practice to textile design for mass-manufacture and has produced knitwear collections for a broad range of international clients including fashion designer Abe Hamilton, Marks & Spencer, The Gap, Chloe and Mary Quant. Josephine was Course Leader for the BA(Hons) Textile Design course at Gray's School of Art, The Robert Gordon University and is now a Research Fellow in Textile Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee.

Frances Stevenson is Programme Leader for Textile Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Her working career began with the Crafts Council in London were she helped to stage, promote, exhibit and sell the work of artists and makers. In 1997 she returned to Scotland and set up her studio 'Stevenson' with whom she exhibited and sold her work nationally and internationally at venues such as Premier Vision and the Crafts Council event 'Handmade' at the New York gift fair.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 8 Mar 2012
By Kate
I really wish I'd had this book when I was a textile design student! It sums up everything my lecturers were trying to teach me in clear language and logical sequence. The pictures are inspiring and the captions and descriptions even more so. This book is full of tips and makes me want to grab some paper and go for it. It is written in a really kind and friendly tone - not snobby or pretentious at all. I've always been daunted by the beginning process of design and dreaded blank sketchbook pages. This book gives practical tips and lessons on how and where to start, what to think about, and makes the whole process seem fun again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful book 25 Sep 2012
This is a vibrant and enticing book to motivate students new to textile design.
We have included it on the recommended reading list for the first year students of our BA (Hons) Contemporary Textiles course at Shetland College UHI, and are encouraging all art students who need to lively up their visual studies to read it.
The authors encourage an expansive approach to visual research and I particularly like the inclusion of inspirational quotes, for example from Edward de Bono "it is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all". (pg. 75)
The book promotes the use of a diverse range of sources for information gathering in conjunction with the internet, understanding "it is the textile designer's ability to seek out design potential from everyday surroundings that makes them special" (pg40). When the book is re printed it would be good to see a cautionary note added on the importance of accurate referencing of images and information from the internet and books, a requirement that students often ignore.
The authors have taken care to include a broad range of practitioners which represent the expanded roles within textile and surface pattern design today, from the freelance illustrator Joanna Baseford to artist Yinko Shonibare whose intelligent use of textiles to symbolise cultural, racial and sociological meaning creates works with richness and depth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great handbook 10 Sep 2012
This is a great handbook. I like its clear layout and its brightly illustrated pages where different stages of textile design are clearly identified and explained. This book mixes very specific tasks and useful tips with introductory sessions on well known designers. This book will without a doubt inform readers and future designers that designing for textiles needs thoughts, time, is process based, exciting and with fabulous outcomes. ! No quick fix here! This is a very useful book to have if you are planning a career in textile design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book is full of basic how to information. 19 Dec 2012
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The book is a great first time information on textile design. It's a sort of basics 101 class, very useful. The product came very quickly from the UK to the USA.
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