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Basics Textile Design 01: Sourcing Ideas

Basics Textile Design 01: Sourcing Ideas: Researching Colour, Surface, Structure, Texture and Pattern

by Josephine Steed

Josephine Steed is Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design at Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Frances Stevenson

Frances Stevenson is Head of Design at the University of Dundee, UK. As a textile practitioner Frances works within the contemporary craft area and strives to create textile products that demonstrate innovation in their design and excellence in their making. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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AVA Publishing SA, 2012
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781474218405
  • ISBN:
    978-1-4742-1840-5 (online)

    978-2-940411-63-4 (paperback)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    Lausanne
  • Published Online:
    2018
Basics Textile Design 01: Sourcing Ideas
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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.