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Digital Art meets textiles

Digital Art meets textiles

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:

Window display by Topshop, Westfield, White City, London
Window display by Topshop, Westfield, White City, London

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:

Hobbs - Invitation Rococo Dress
Hobbs – Invitation Rococo Dress with lace patterns


L.K Bennett Britani Broderie Anglaise Dress
L.K Bennett – Britani Broderie Anglaise Dress
Monsoon Ebony Cutwork Cardigan
Monsoon – Ebony Cutwork Cardigan – layered black cut-out fabric atop white lining
Furla - Cut-out bags and patterned wallets
Furla – Cut-out Tote Satchel bags and Zip Around patterned wallet


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):

Inside Humayun's Tomb, Delhi, India
Inside Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India (Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humayun%27s_Tomb)

And let’s not forget the winner of the V&A Jameel Prize 2009: Afruz Amighi for her piece 1001 Pages (2008).

1001 Pages by Afruz Amighi, winner of Jameel Prize 2009
1001 Pages by Afruz Amighi, winner of Jameel Prize 2009. (Image taken from: http://universes-in-universe.org/eng/nafas/articles/2009/jameel_prize_2009)

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*.

Burberry Geometric clutch

Burberry Geometric clutch

Burberry Geometric Clutch
Burberry Geometric Clutch in Orange Ochre

Anyone who is familiar with the Kufic Arabic script may well recognise similarities between the appearance of this and the geometric pattern used in Burberry’s new Geometric clutch.

Here is an example of a contemporary art piece by Mukhtar Sanders and Soraya Syed illustrating the block type caligraphy style that is formed by using the kufic script:

Kufic Maze by Mukhtar Sanders and Soraya Syed
Kufic Maze by Mukhtar Sanders and Soraya Syed
6 colour screen-print on wood frame
90cm x 68.5cm x 5cm
(Image taken from: http://www.pspthebeautifulscript.com)

I personally like the shapes and colours used in this pattern. It also looks slightly Aztec but that could be because of the shade of orange used which provides a high contrast against the black, in this case helping it to stand out and become the iconic feature of the clutch. I also like the fact that this shade of orange is more of a rustic one than an over-bright or garish one. When using one colour against a black background you don’t have to go too bright as the contrast itself lends a hand in making the colour appear brighter than it actually is.


Burberry Geometric Clutch
Burberry Geometric Clutch in Clove Red

A part of me wonders whether this choice in design could be deliberate in order to appeal to the many rich Arabs who love their designer accessories. But who cares? If you can afford it then why not? I would say: better a rich person with taste than one without! (As long as you’re not wasteful either).



ODIGEO requested the design of an invite to a one-off corporate event held in Marakech, Morocco. ODIGEO have a distinctive brand and style and so wished these to be retained whilst adding a touch of the Moroccan theme. Morocco is well known for it’s many examples of Islamic art and architecture spanning the centuries and this is recognised by all. I therefore chose to customise a traditional Islamic pattern, apply it in white and combined it with the ODIGEO gradient. The effect was quite striking and received much praise.

Odigeo invite design