Digital Imaging and Design Experimentation in Textile Printing Education

By Nahed Baba.

Published by The International Journal of Visual Design

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Published online: October 10, 2014 Free Download

Digital imagery plays a central role in the printing process for textile and fashion design. Teaching textile printing at undergraduate levels requires the presentation of various forms of experimentation and techniques like digital printing, intended to generate print designs for textile and fashion. Can the use of digital imagery of different forms and concepts to create reflection, illusion and transparency as an experimental strategy for textile design, enhance student skills and creativity in textile printing? This paper attempts to answer this question. A group of students from the fashion with textile design program of the College of Fine Arts and Design in the University of Sharjah at UAE was asked to look at the different use of light and its reflections on the surfaces. This was used as a case of study to create a dialogue between the artistic imagery, repeat patterns, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and textile design concepts. The result of this project was a print series of contemporary designs that reflects the balanced integration of the previously mentioned parameters. This author concludes that the method of both experimentation and expression with digital imagery enables undergraduate textile and fashion designers to expand their individual creative skills and to gain a concrete knowledge in textile design.

Keywords: Digital Imagery, Textile Printing, CAD

The International Journal of Visual Design, Volume 8, Issue 1, October 2014, pp.17-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: October 10, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 902.911KB)).

Dr. Nahed Baba

Assistant Professor, College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates