finding new ways in textile design
The daily pattern is a research project exploring the possibilities of content-based textile
design in which the daily news is used as the inspiration and content for the patterns.
Why do this?
With the constant flow of information surrounding us at all times, the world in one way
has become smaller, but also more complex. Using the daily news as content and
inspiration, this mass of information can be visualized in textile design, re-appropriating
traditional approaches to pattern making in order to embed meaning. Too often textile
design is approached from a purely aesthetic perspective. This project explores
approaches to textile design that serve not only a stylistic, but also a communicative
function in which the resulting form is the direct product of the content itself. The goal is
to explore the potential of interior designs to move beyond stylistic concerns to reveal,
directly or latently, deeper layers of meaning.
How is it done?
The project began by creating a database which collected news from six different
newspapers from around the world: The Guardian, The Australian, The Citizen,
Shanghai Daily, The Washington Post, and the New York Times. News content would be
gathered from these sources several times daily. A variety of other online resources as
well as the printed newspaper were also used for content. I worked together with a
programmer to develop Processing (processing.org) applications to analyze and
generate patterns from this information.
What are the outcomes?
The initial results mainly consisted of prints on textiles. However, as the project
continued it became less about producing an image on textile, and more about working
to embed content and information in the materiality of the pieces themselves. This was
a challenge in itself, but was quite successful in certain mediums, particularly weaving.