A Study on the Weaving of Immaterial Textiles and the Metaphorical Implications

By Shu-fang Huang.

Published by The International Journal of Visual Design

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The use of textile materials in contemporary artistic practise is related to the individual speculation and collective cultural meaning in which artists apply plentiful textile forms and vocabularies to explore a diverse perception of the world. This paper explores how contemporary artists have been developing their art through textiles and how the intimate vocabularies of textiles are transformed into their own stories and memories—especially family memories—whereby their intentions and the use of ordinary techniques have achieved a new spirit of textiles. This paper would explore the traces and patterns of mutual interpersonal interactions in the environment through practical works. The images of sewing lines as well as the static and dynamic lines collected in my surroundings might have encountered and associated with each other through one’s own fragmented memories and everyday life. Through moving images, the works explore how the intimate vocabularies of textiles are transformed into a sense of alienation, whereby an artist’s narratives are delivered in the course of memory collection. From materiality into immateriality, this paper explains how one artist has been developing her art by using textile vocabularies to convey her memories, feelings, and emotions. This paper considers this representation of textiles as a fundamental way of thinking.

Keywords: Immaterial Textiles, Meaning of Making, Repetition, Memories

The International Journal of Visual Design, Volume 7, Issue 3, November 2014, pp.1-9. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 417.912KB).

Dr. Shu-fang Huang

Full Time Lecturer, Department of Fashion Design, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Pingtung, Taiwan