What’s Your Textile Identity?
“If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?” We hear that kind of question in election years, directed at the candidates. It’s interesting to hear the answers, but the other day I started thinking of that question with a textile slant.
I was pulling articles out of old magazines and filing them into my idea notebooks, when a juxtaposition of images got me thinking. There was a 2-page ad for some sort of home decor, paints or cabinets or something. On the first page, a black background surrounded a transparent silhouette of a woman, and through the silhouette you could see the next page, which showed a dream kitchen.
Well, I was only interested in the silhouette idea, so I separated it from its second page. I happened to set it down on top of an ad from Architectural Digest that showed 3 large swatches of designer fabrics. They completely filled the silhouette. To me it seemed to say, “These fabrics express this woman’s personality.”
So here’s something to think about:
If you were a textile, would you be historic, vintage, or modern?
Would you be a fashion fabric, a furnishing fabric, or something else?
A neutral, or a bright color?
Would you be cotton, linen, silk, wool, or a manmade fiber?
Would one textile be enough to express your personality?
This is my own version of the Textile Woman , made with scans of some of my woven swatches, clip art from an old CD, and Photoshop. When I arranged the fabric images at random in the silhouette, the patterns began to look like the curves of a woman’s neck, chin, and hair. I had a lot of fun playing with that. I can see myself creating more of these!