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Textile Designs: Two Hundred Years of European and American Patterns Organized by Motif, Style, Color, Layout, and Period (1991)
by Susan Meller, Ted Croner (Photographer), Ted Croner (Photographer), Joost Elffers
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Covering two hundred years of European and American fabric design from the late 18th to the late 20th century, Textile Designs presents a cross section of the printed materials that decorated our rooms and clothed our bodies. Most were the textiles of the common man. The cloth of everyday life - printed calicos, flowered cretonnes and chintzes, polka-dot silks and foulards, and the myriad "imposters" hoping to pass as costly damasks, brocades, tapestries, and embroideries. Textile Designs is illustrated with 1823 full-color examples organized by motif into more than 320 categories. Together, cumulatively, these patterns become individual words in a gigantic language of the visual imagination. This book is a kind of dictionary of that language. In Western fabric design, the parts of speech can be divided into Florals, Geometrics, Conversationals, Ethnics, and Art Movements and Period Styles - the subjects of the five chapters of this book. And each of these broad categories, or families, have been divided into many subcategories, such as Roses and Sprigs among the Florals; Chevrons and Herringbones among the Geometrics; Bubbles and Butterflies among the Conversationals; Americana and Chinoiserie among the Ethnics; Art Nouveau and Empire among the Art Movements and Period Styles. The successful textile designer seeks not to devise something never before imagined, but to create a variation on one of these preexisting themes (Or perhaps not even to do that - a quantity of any season's prints are frank borrowings from earlier designs.) It is the tool of the trade, the language that makes textile speech possible - why try to transcend it? So much can be said with a rose.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)746.6The arts Graphic arts and decorative arts Textile arts Dyeing, Fabric Painting
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