Digital Craft

Date: 2006 - 2007

Principal Investigator: Melanie Bowles

Funded by: Chelsea College of Art and Design

Digital textile design and print is a fast growing development in the textiles and fashion. This is having a huge impact on the look of textile design and as a result a new aesthetic is emerging. Printed textiles are being created with a harder and more graphic ‘look’.

This research explored methods of designing textiles with digital media, with the intention of retaining historical and traditional textile elements that have been lost in the new technological explosion. The main aim was to redefine a contemporary textile craft practice utilizing new digital technologies. The outcome for this research was an eight-piece textile collection of digitally printed scarves on silk. This collection was shown at Craft Fair ‘Origin’, Crafts Council, October 2007.

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