Creating a visual glossary to explain a textile designer’s purpose for creating and their process of crafting.
Designed and written as a brief dictionary that holds all that is in ‘need of explanation,’ (The) Glossary exercises transparency and gives meaning to the part of a designer’s process that lives outside the bounds of conscious reasoning.
(The) Glossary is the second document of my ︎︎︎ RISD Textiles Degree Project and ︎︎︎ Brown Contemplative Studies Honors Thesis.
“The meaning of our work is connected to how it is made, not just ‘concepted’.”
︎︎︎ COLOR IS A TACTILE MEDIUM
Color is an overwhelming part of the human experience—with the visual-perceptual system comprising up to eighty percent of our sensory interactions with the world. As textile designers, our conversation with color becomes more complex. To experience a fabric is always an act of tactile-visual synesthesia. Whether it is touched or seen in isolation from the other: the two always engage in some symbiotic dialogue. How do we begin to approach color as a medium that intrinsically interacts with form, structure, and a textile’s collateral from the inception of any work?
︎︎︎TANTRA MEANS LOOM
Tantra is an esoteric, multi-sensorial, and often synesthetic meditation tradition that originated from the South Asian subcontinent. It is an embodied practice that activates and calms the mind, body, and being. The word tantra comes from the root word tan which means ‘expansion’ or ‘warp,’ and the suffix tra refers to an ‘instrument’ or ‘loom.’ By extension—tantra references an ‘instrument for expansion’ that is said to align the body’s focal points that are metaphorically described as spinning wheels—the cakras—centered along an internal axis. The word tan also means ‘body.’ Tantric practices are inextricably connected to the body, and the body to the apparatus of the loom itself. In the space of tantra, the body is accessed through the modality of the senses.
︎︎︎ KNITS HOLD THE BODY
The most exceptional quality of a knitted fabric is its great degree of stretchability. Unlike wovens, the relatively new invention of the knitted fabric can morph to hold and envelope a great multitude of shapes and forms. The mutability of the knit makes it a diverse textile. The human body is always held in the arms of a textile—with knits, it is a tailored experience of feeling hugged and cocooned. While knits naturally make outstanding garments, they also lend to creating unique interior and exterior space interventions. Textiles in space are one layer removed from the body. To alter what Issey Miyake said: I would say, my fascination is with the interaction between the body and cloth in space. The form of the knit complicates and gives nuance to this relationship. How can a knit, if suspended in space, still hold the body?
4 weeks (October - November ‘23)
Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop
Concept Development, Textile Design, Graphic Design, Book Layout