Researching & Designing a Graphic Printed Textile

Researching & Designing a Graphic Printed Textile

Researching & Designing a Graphic Printed Textile

This lesson is researching and designing a graphic printed textile by Lindsay Boehl. In this lesson we’ll focus on how to pull research and design a textile pattern by using inspirational imagery by famous artists.

Note: You will need access to Adobe Illustrator software in order to do this lesson.

Module Description Step
1 Researching Artwork 1-4
2 Designing From Inspiration 1-7
3 Creating A Repeat 1-5
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MODULE 1 • Researching Artwork

Step Description
1 When designing textiles inspiration can help a lot to develop an idea fully and take a print to the next level. A lot of popular textile prints can be very basic elements such as flowers or geometric shapes. Designing prints with a theme or some novelty is a bit more involved and take some research to get the point across completely the way it’s intended. Researching topics or just shapes or motifs is important to get right and to be used the right way.
2 A simple Google search can return hundreds of results, which definitely act as a good starting point. It can help give an overall theme to the thought of the design, but show all the imagery in one place. Other ways to research can be using stock sites like Shutterstock, unsplash, or pixabay. Just to name a few. These sites can provide additional research and possibly more filtered results. When searching by a topic or artist. You can also download the files that already have artwork made to us as well. But we’re going to focus on creating our own art based on inspiration we pull from a particular artist.
3 Let’s take Keith Haring, for example. He has a very recognizable point of view in his art. And if we went to an image search, and took a look, there’s a few very common motifs and themes that pop up in his art throughout all of his designs. When looking at his work, it’s pretty easy to see what you could do with it considering there’s very simple color palettes and shapes use throughout his collection of work. If we talk about where his inspiration came from, it was actually based in African art, which if you do another quick search, you can see a variation of African themes throughout Haring’s body of work, people and figures are very prominent, as well as bold and graphic styles and African art. You can see a lot of examples of line work, which are things that he carried through and did in his own way as well. So something like this is very reminiscent of something that Keith Haring might have had throughout his work. So some of those pieces are very recognizable. While he did take that African art feeling and make it his own, he did not necessarily copy everything he saw verbatim.

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