Design Studies Summary The historical textile I have chosen to write about, “Keyboard” was designed by Henry Spence Moore , an English designer, and sculptor. He is best known for his semi- abstract, monumental ,bronze sculptures located around the world. ” Keyboard” is furnishing fabric made of printed wool. The ergonomics of this textile are hard to observe without physically touching the fabric but it looks rough. I do not think you would want your sofa to be made of it. The aesthetics of ‘Keyboard” are quite dull. No bright colors are used so your eyes are not initially attracted to this textile.
But the print is quite abstract so when you look close enough it intrigues you because you want to work out what the pictures on the design are. It is a musical themed textile as you can tell by the name. There are long lines of piano keys dividing the print into separate parts. In one row there are pictures which appear to be a saxophone, a tambourine ,and a person who is possibly a singer or conductor. The other row contains a pair of hands which is the clearest picture on the print, but the other pictures in that row are really hard to work out. Maybe one is a musical triangle, but he other pictures look like leaves.
The color choice is very neutral- brown, beige, cream, and light pink- so this textile wouldn’t be too harsh for a room even with the odd pictures on it. The function of this textile is to be used on furniture. This is quite a safe material to use for furniture as wool is not as flammable as some natural fibers sucks as cotton. It shouldn’t be too expensive as wool is not an expensive material. The target market for this textile would be musical people. The contemporary textile I have chosen to write about, ” Red or Dead Elvis” was designed y” is a dress fabric made from screen printed cotton Jersey.
From what I can tell the ergonomics seem to be quite good. It is a smooth material as its cotton and that’s what would be good for a dress to make it comfortable. The aesthetics of” Red or Dead Elvis” are interesting and very sass. I can imagine a girl wearing a dress with this print during that time. The design contains pictures of a very familiar face to everyone around the world, Elvis Presley. This will make this design interesting to a lot of people because of the familiar face on it. Etches of bold classic tailoring fabrics such as Handouts, Clenched, Herringbone and Prince of Wales are used in this textile. The monochrome quality of the prints brings out the geometric characteristics of the fabrics, they all have similarities therefore contrast with the pictures of Elvis, making him stand out. The function of this textile is to be used fro a dress. It’s a soft material though flammable. It may be an expensive material due to the intrigued designs and the fact Elvis is on it. The target market would be a female who likes crazy patterns and Elvis obviously.
My favorite textile would have to be ” Red or Dead Elvis” because I like the geometric style of the patterns and I also like Elvis. ” Keyboard” and ” Red or Dead Elvis” hardly have any similarities apart from the musical theme. “keyboard” is too dull for my liking, and ” red or dead Elvis” is so eye catching with the bold contrasts of black and white, geometric patterns and soft photographs, and the hundreds of square patches. “keyboard” is unique and semi-abstract, ” red or dead Elvis” has classic whether you’re drawn to one or the other. In my case it’s the familiar textile because IM interested in Elvis.