From the Textile Design Lab: 60s Pop Tutorial with Julie Gibbons

Monday, March 24, 2014
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In the full tutorial in The Textile Design Lab Julie walks you step-by-step through transforming the vintage floral on the left to the Pop-inspired print on the right,…

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History of Surface Design: Athos Bulcão

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
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 Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons.    I discovered Athos Bulcão (1918-2008) quite by chance, when I was pinning something of his on Pinterest (I…

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History of Surface Design: Art Deco

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
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Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons.    When I was a teenager I cottoned onto Art Deco style and loved it for its symmetry and…

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Russian Folk Patterns – Part 3

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
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Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons. Part 1 in the Russian Folk series here, Part 2 here.   When I first started investigating the various styles…

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Russian Folk Patterns – Part 2

Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons.   As I mentioned in Part 1, there are some common themes that run through all of the Russian…

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Russian Folk Patterns – Part One

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
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  Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons.   I don’t always know exactly what I’m looking for when I start investigating a particular pattern style….

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History of Surface Design: Damask

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons.   You might be forgiven these days if you think of damask as a type of pattern, featuring elaborately…

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History of Surface Design: Shibori

Thursday, February 19, 2015
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Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons.   Shibori has been getting a bit of press lately; it seems to be never too far away on…

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History of Surface Design: Katagami & Katazome

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
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Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons.   Katagami is the traditional Japanese art of paper stencils, and katazome is its complement – the traditional art…

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History of Surface Design: William Morris

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Series on the history of surface design by Julie Gibbons.   William Morris (1834-1896) is best known these days as a designer of sumptuous patterns for textiles and wallpaper,…

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