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5.0 out of 5 stars Textiles made interesting and easy to understand!, 2 Jun 2010
This review is from: Basics Fashion Design 02: Textiles and Fashion (Paperback)
I found this a very useful guide to textiles as it tackles the subject in an easy, straightforward and practical way. It contains everything you could need to know about textiles, fibres and fabrics, colours and design, and also includes sections about the construction techniques, processes, and surface treatments of textiles.
This volume opens with a brief history of the subject. I think this is a very interesting feature, particularly because of the easy and engaging way in which it's written, always accompanied by lots of illustrations and pictures. The introduction begins with the development of textiles and textile designs from 1600 onwards and goes through the changes in pattern and quality before and after the industrial revolution. It then moves on to the creation of new materials such as Nylon, Spandex and Polyester, to the everyday use of jeans.
Since this is a basic `how-to' book, its main and best features are its practicality and the large amount of examples provided with straight-to-the-point text. Concepts such as the principles of textile design are presented in a short, yet detailed way, which allows a clear understanding of the first steps in the planning and designing of textiles. I was surprised on how many things have to be taken into consideration when approaching this subject, but this book takes you through the process step by step, illustrating how to research for ideas - reinventing the `classics' or simply experimenting with new patterns - express the design and create a market for your own textile.
Scale, colour palette, pattern and repeat, placement, surface, texture and weight are only few of the main subjects covered in the various sections of the book, which also offers an accessible and comprehensive description of other topics which range from the importance of the specific qualities and characteristics of fibres, to the main kinds of fabric constructions and surface treatments.
I'd personally suggest this book to anybody interested in this subject, because it condenses lots of useful, practical information into a limited number of pages and gives great, concrete examples and tips to design your own textiles.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and Informative!, 17 May 2009
This review is from: Basics Fashion Design 02: Textiles and Fashion (Paperback)
The book is no. 2 in the Basics fashion design series published by ava books. The author is one of my tutors, who recommended the series to me just after she published. And i'm really pleased she did! The series is brilliant! The layout of the books is really easy to follow, use of helpful 'tip' boxes, clear chapters and lots of useful information, with examples and instructions that follow. Would definitely recommend the series!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must have book for textile/fashion students, 17 Feb 2009
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Jay Rainbow (bolton england) - See all my reviews
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Bought this on the recomendation of my tutor and its been money well spent.
Clear modern images with easy to read/use text. Its content is valid upto and beyond degree level its not just a wishy washy layout book for amatures.
its partner books go hand in hand with it and are also excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Textiles and fashion book, 3 Sep 2012
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This item was on my list of things to buy before starting my Fashion Degree. I have found this book entertaining, informative and is something i can always refer back to. It includes a variety of information about fabrics, processes, and throughout includes designers for reference. I recommend this book to any fashion/textiles student, and for those who are just interested in this area!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Textiles and Fashion, 14 April 2010
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Heather Hubert (Brighton, UK.) - See all my reviews
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I have purchased this product before to aid girls in my GCSE Textiles class. They have found the book very useful and informative and have been glad to have their own copy for reference. I have now ordered more as the GCSE group in September will be a lot larger. A great resource.
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