Textile work is known to human kind since ages dating as back as the stone age. Its origin is untraceable but being oblivious to the origin wouldn’t matter, humans have mastered the art to a level which resembles a highly advanced civilization. It is hard to imagine what had triggered the human mind to establish such a realm of art, which gradually evolved at an unfathomable pace. We've come a long way from simple interwoven leaves to advanced bullet proof Kevlar, the applications are vivid ranging from simple cloth work to world class upholstery, enough of the past lets dig into the current form.
The current sciences have evolved some peculiar fabric technologies, which includes the techniques involved in fabric production and the fabric itself. Mass production machinery for textile-based production is a result of post-industrial revolution era, something very commonly acknowledged. Such technology is just a medium to bring a mere thought or vision into reality. The real deal is harnessing the thought or idea of the fabric in the mind out of nowhere. Prior to the engagement into designing any fabric one needs to figure out or rather understand certain essential parameters. Not any specific framework can be established, if it did so, it would limit the imagination. These parameters are simply needed to be ruled out by the artists themselves. As rightly said by the BUDDHA, “Understanding is an art and not everyone is an artist” is highly applicable in such artforms. It is eminent for the designer to ascertain the link between imagination and visualization, to get an optimum output.
Let us discuss certain ways to imagine and visualize textile suitable patterns. First of all, you need to draw inspiration by locating a source. No better source than the natural wonders around you. For instance, the camouflage pattern was noticed through vegetation arrangements and the color contrasts resembles by the shades of green. Take a look at the mines the, the rusty shades there could be used to determine fabric colors worn by almost anyone, possibility varies from person to person but never goes to a waste. Watch a living being, understand its persona, what color comes to your mind when you see a fierce tiger, include it to its striped pattern, just an example, feel free to cut loose your imagination and experiment. The texture of the fabric can be imagines by observing texture patterns of oil spills over water.
After considering the above ideas, or drawing too much inspiration from nature, if you wonder is this plagiarism or straight way stealing from nature, it is understandable. Here’s a walkaround to this, a term referred as ‘Abstract art.’ A complex mechanism or way of visualizing which gives a hint of how minimal we understand how our mind works but anyways this works. Let, your sub-conscious take over in this scenario. You might see a pattern in your dreams, simply draw it after, that is if you remember it. Look out in space, filled with abstract artforms resembled by the dust clouds, nebulae, galaxies, quasars, star remnants and get inspired. Use some Geometry, if you hate it just forget about it. Make sure you express yourself, express your soul. Enlist the objectives behind designing a particular pattern, let commercial benefits be last on the list. Ask suggestions, seek the electromagnetic spectrum and include it in your designs.
Human mind has unlimited horizons of visualization, let the canvas be inspired by its own thought processes, make sure you develop your sketching and painting skills so that no efforts are left behind to develop a thought inducing pattern among the spectators. The textile designing realm is just as similar as drawing, the purest of all art forms. Divert yourself from all the irrelevant thoughts jump straight into the canvas, let your creativity create, let the textile visions take over and the arts begin.