August 5, 2020
The fabrics we fill our homes with speak volumes about our natures, our personality and our style. If you take the time to stop and really look at the textiles you have around your home, you might get an extra insight into your preferences and style. There are a number of characteristics that can be considered when assessing and understanding textiles. Understanding the variations in these characteristics can help when it comes to choosing textile designs to be incorporated or added to your home. Colour or pattern are perhaps the most obvious things that we will see when looking at a fabric. In most cases, you will have an existing idea about the colours that appeal to you the most. But each colour also comes in a variety of hues and it’s the hue that can make all the difference. You might love purple in principle but find that dark purples don’t seem to suit your home. Or it might be a yes to yellow unless it’s that particular shade that makes you feel a bit off. There are so many options in terms of print but always remember that something that looks good as a small swatch might create a different vibe when it’s covering a whole couch. Then there’s weight. A heavier textile design will add a more formal feeling to a space, while lighter fabrics create a less serious and more open vibe. Finally consider durability. This involves you also thinking about how frequently your spaces will be used, and by whom. If you’re looking for a long-lasting fabric in a high traffic area, select something tougher than you would for a sitting room that is infrequently used.
Being a Textile Designer
There is great joy to be found through the art of textile design. It’s like being an artist on a canvas that is fluid and flexible. Textile Designers love imagining their designs featuring in spaces that people love; helping to create an ambiance that makes a house a home. Textile designs also find their way onto fabrics that adorn people’s bodies, in fashionable and comfortable clothes that help them express who they are. Being a Textile Designer requires knowledge of how fabrics work: how different materials can be used, how they hang, how they perform in different ways. Then, they need to know how colours take to different materials, what can be expected from dyes, and how different colours add a mood or tone when they are used together. Most Textile Designers have an eye for detail and appreciate repeating patterns and geometric designs. The ability to see both the small components and the bigger picture helps a designer to get an idea about what works when it comes to patterns. Textile design can incorporate bold colours and contrasting shapes. Working on textile design also requires the ability to listen to customers, to understand the perspectives of others and interpret them to create a tangible design. Some customers find it difficult to express what they are looking for and it brings satisfaction to be able to bring an idea to life.