An inspirational and exciting book that explains the processes and potential of weaving high-twist yarns into fabrics that are transformed by washing Weaving with high-twist yarns and contrasting materials can create fabrics with lively textures and elastic properties. Although these fabrics are flat on the loom, they are transformed by washing: water releases the energy of the different yarns and the fabrics "organize themselves" into crinkled or pleated textures. This fascinating book explains the processes and potential of this approach. With inspirational pieces, practical know-how, and advice about building on experience, it gives a broad introduction to designing with high-twist yarns. Techniques range from plain weave to more complex structures, so the book offers ideas for both beginners and experiences weavers. Yarn twists and weaves can also be varied across the fabric, so that rectangular pieces completely change their shape when washed. "Loom-to-body" clothing needing minimal cutting and sewing can emerge from a simple change of yarn or structure. These textiles can truly shape themselves.
Watson’s textile design and colour: Elementary weaves and figured fabrics was first published in 1912 and has been revised several times by the original author and a number of other well respected textile experts. This edition revised by Z Grosicki has been rewritten, reorganised and new approaches have been added to allow a clear understanding of the nature of woven structures. Watson’s textile design and colour is a comprehensive treatise on simple woven cloth construction and design.
The approach of "Informing Architecture by Materiality" opens the way to an innovative use of materials in the design professions. Taking material qualities and properties such as texture, elasticity, transparency and fluidity as a point of departure, the concept described and employed here transcends the conventional definitions of building materials. Instead, the focus is on a multitude of material operations, like folding and bending, carving and cutting, weaving and knitting, mirroring and screening. The featured design strategies and methods address established and "new" materials alike. They are applied both to the scale of the detail and the entire building. The examples comprise prototype structures as well as large building projects. Eightchapters deal with surfaces and layers, joints and juctions, weaving and texturing, nanoscale transformations, responsiveness, the integration of ephemeral factors like wind and light as well as material collections providing professional resources. Written by reknowned experts in this field, the book features many examples from international contemporary architecture. The introductory part provides the conceptual background, while a final chapter describes consequences for pressing issues of today, like sustainability or life cycle assessment.
Urmila Mohan draws on her ethnography of Hindu devotional practices in Iskcon, India, to explore cloth and clothing as “efficacious intimacy”, that is, embodied processes that shape practitioners as devotees, connecting them with the divine and the larger community.
Design and Practice for Printed Textiles introduces students to the techniques of textile design. It provides a guide to the process of textile design from conception of an idea to the production of printed fabric. This text describes what happens in industry and outlines how these processes can be duplicated by hand, with the emphasis on professionalism. This is a practical book written by two people actively working and teaching in the discipline of textile design; it intends to broaden perceptions of textile designers, their work and design skills. All processes discussed are those currently employed by the Australian textile industry and examples of Australian design are included. Design and Practice for Printed Textiles offers information on resourcing ideas and how to communicate them to materials, and assists student progress towards completing a design brief. It also discusses health and safety issues, such as safe working practices and conditions. Page Proofswill be available.