The New Textiles: Trends and Traditions

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Throughout the world the last decade has seen a flowering of decorative textiles for interior furnishing and fashion, and of textiles as high art. Simultaneously, textile crafts and home weaving have enjoyed their own resurgence. Textiles are now a fast-developing field nurtured by extraordinary public interest in many countries, and many questions are being raised. What is the relationship between art textiles and high art? How indebted to crafts is industrial textile design? What effect does computer technology have on textile design? Chloe Colchester draws together the diverse strands of the burgeoning textiles world for the first time in a single study. Dazzling reproductions of work by the best and most influential practitioners worldwide are supplemented with analysis of the latest developments. A comprehensive reference section gives biographies of designers and fabric makers; lists of further reading, galleries, and museums; and other information.

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In this colorful and extensive survey, Colchester offers a wealth of visual images and an informative narrative on the evolution of high fashion, fine art, and craft textiles in the late 20th century. She explores the relationship between art textiles and fine art and the use of technology in textile design. Using examples from renowned international artists to illustrate her points, she explains the technological advances of the new "intelligent" fabrics and contemplates the "increasing convergence between craft and design." Also valuable is the section that includes biographical sketches of artists, publications, and a glossary. The lavish photographs are a visual treat for the art/craft/design enthusiast seeking inspiration in the fiber arts and for interior design students. Recommended for academic libraries supporting art/craft collections and public libraries where design/fiber art interest is high.
- Vicki Gadberry, Harris Media Ctr., Mars Hill Coll., N.C.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A visual feast of recent textile design innovation. -- International Textiles

Dazzling photographs...an evenly balanced look at the new fast-developing world of textile art. -- Textiles

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