Textile Visionaries: Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Design is the third giveaway in our 7 day series and a prize it certainly is.
I describe the text as a series of profiles of 36 textile artists who use a variety of contemporary methods to embellish fabrics in sustainable and futuristic ways. I don’t know that you remember me saying this but textile production is extremely complex and intellectually rigorous and this text is certainly a testament of it. Processes are just as varied as the artists, methods encompass cutting edge technology, weaving, surface design, sustainability and dimensional manipulation.
For example, one artist is Margot Selby, an adherent of zero waste. She designs and produces textiles that are used to manufacture her products. The waste from these products are recycled to produce still other items -such as the jacket seen at lower right.
Another designer I’m taken with is Dava Newman. Literally a rocket scientist (professor of Aeronautics Engineering at MIT), she’s designed a “BioSuit” space suit with funding from NASA. The technology has wide ranging medical applications on this planet as well. It is hoped the suit will help children with cerebral palsy to walk.
This is truly a thoughtful and well composed inquiry into a segment of textile artists transcending the boundaries of design via the most tactile and sensory components of our trade -textiles. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.
Textile Visionaries: Innovation and Sustainability in Textile Design by Bradley Quinn
650 illustrations, 312 pp
Publisher: Laurence King (link to purchase on publisher’s site)
Rules to enter today’s giveaway:
Leave a comment describing the most challenging textile design project you’ve undertaken OR a comment describing a process or technique that you’ve been interested in attempting.
Since I’m paying for shipping*, this giveaway is limited to US residents. If you live abroad and are willing to pay shipping, you can enter too.
*The publisher has been truly awesome at providing books for giveaways and has paid for shipping in the past but they sent me this book so many months ago that I feel guilty asking them to extend the courtesy. In short, don’t think badly of the publisher.