Sourcing Ideas: Researching colour, surface, structure, texture and pattern is a visual goldmine for designers hungry for inspiration. The book includes a huge array of beautiful and diverse images, but it is more than a sourcebook. Using a number of different approaches, it teaches readers how to look for inspiration in the world around them, and how to extract visual information from a variety of sources using five key themes - colour, surface, structure, texture and pattern.
By exploring new ways of seeing ordinary things, Sourcing Ideas enables readers to create extraordinary effects with textiles. The first in AVA's Basics Textile Design series, the book follows the successful formula of Basics Fashion Design 01: Research and Design, which is used by students and designers all over the world. However, in this book, every example, idea and exercise is geared towards textile design.
Covering print, weave and embellishment, this is the perfect book for all textiles and fashion students, as well as any arts and crafts enthusiasts who are looking for inspiration and tips on how to carry out effective and wide-ranging research. The logical structure of the book enables readers to dip in and out with ease; case studies and interviews with successful contemporary designers give guidelines and encouragement for aspiring designers; thought-provoking quotes and exercises, and above all the huge selection of images, provide the stimulation that will get you reaching for your sketchbook immediately.
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Josephine Steed is Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design at Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University.
How to get the most out of this book. Introduction. What is textile design?: What does a textile designer do?; What are the occupations?; Case study - Reiko Sudo; Interview - Donna Wilson. Research for textiles: What do designers research?; What is primary research?; What is secondary research?; Case study - Becky Earley; Interview - J.R. Campbell. The toolkit: Tools for primary research; Tools for secondary research; Case study - Maggie Orth; Interview - Linda Florence. Planning research: Design briefs; Generating a theme; Methods to explore the theme; Case study - Manish Arora; Interview - Johanna Basford. Observation and analysis: Colour; Surface; Structure; Texture; Pattern; Case study - Yinka Shonibare; Interview - Tim Gresham. Techniques for observational drawing: Drawing techniques; Mixed media; Scale and dimensions; Case study - Missoni; Interview - James Donald. Appendix - How to present your research: Visual presentation; CAD presentation; Verbal presentation. Conclusion. Glossary. Useful resources. Index. Acknowledgements. Working with ethics.
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, London College of Fashion, UK * This is a wonderful textbook to be used as a springboard for design. I intend to use this as an additional text for the course I am teaching now. I am also developing a new course for which I intend to use this as the primary textbook. * Teena Jennings-Rentenaar, The University of Akron, USA * 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 is a very useful book to have if you are planning a career in textile design. * Francoise Dupre, BCU, School of Art, UK * This is a vibrant and enticing book to motivate students new to textile design. We ... 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 ... 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 ... The illustration of change and transmutation of materials and images through dynamic approaches to drawing will be the book's most lasting value to our students from the really useful prompts and exercises to extend ideas in mixed media. * Angela Hunt, Shetland College UHI, Shetland * [This book] acts as a guide to the sort of primary and secondary visual research that a student would be expected to carry out and evidence as part of a textile design project ... [It] is very readable, well laid out and effectively illustrated, and would be good preparation for anyone considering embarking on a course of study in textile design. * The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers *
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