For some time I’ve been considering the use of fabrics and textiles as a new medium to experiment with (and that would explain why some of my recent posts have a bit of a fashion focus).
There are so many ways that patterns can be applied to fabrics. Some of these methods are very common such as printing via machines, embroidery, crochet, lace.. and others are a bit more specialised such as the use of wooden blocks, fabric paints, laser-cutting, etc. There is so much choice and it’s almost like when you walk into a sweet shop as a kid, having to decide which one bar of chocolate to spend your pocket money on. I’m left a little overwhelmed.
Inspiring patterned textiles – a recent Topshop window display in Westfield, White City:
I’ve recently noticed a current trend in the shops for cut-out pattern work garments and accessories, be they high end designer or local high street brands. Here are some of my favourite examples – probably because they are monochrome:
I find these examples inspiring. They also remind me of examples of lattice screens I’ve seen in the past, such as windows from historical Indian Mughal tombs like this one carved from marble (inside Mughal Emperor Humayun’s tomb, Delhi, India):
And let’s not forget the winner of the V&A Jameel Prize 2009: Afruz Amighi for her piece 1001 Pages (2008).
I’ve explained my love for this kind of work previously but I’ll do so again here. The effect of lighting, creation of shadows, effect of movement of the viewer to change the perspective, the evoking of themes of nature, looking through windows, the intricacy of the pattern, the details to look closer at, the lack of colour not being a problem as it is about light and dark instead, a bit like black and white, space and non-space, shapes and the spaces around those shapes, negative space… *starts daydreaming*.