Monday, February 11, 2008

Textile, Textural, Tactile

textile,textural, tactile: something composed of closely interwoven elements; specif: a woven cloth b: the structure formed by the threads of a fabric 2a: essential part: Substance b: identifying quality: Character 3a: the disposition or manner of union of particles of a body or substance b: the visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance of something

I picked up my copy of the Jan/Feb issue of Selvedge , one of my favorite magazines, today. It features an eerily beautiful piece of tactile design by Ma Ke on the cover with more photos inside. I'm tempted to pick up a second issue just to pull it apart and put the photos on my inspiration board. While I am not a textile artist (yet), I love the photographs in Selvedge and am inspired every time I pick it up. As noted the 3 Ts as I call them are apparent in every issue. When I go to flea markets (though rarely can I find in American markets, what you can find in European markets). I look for scrapes of linens, silks, soft aged cottons, anything that has a silky soft or nubby feel. One of these days I'm going to figure out a way to collage and then photograph them. "Unwrapped" by Carolyn Quartermaine is one of my most used books in my art/photography library. Whenever my creative world is feeling gray or flat I will turn to this and find inspiration. And then I venture forth in search of a photograph to capture the spirit of the 3 Ts...

Something a bit more unusual, a glimpse of Ma Ke's world via Paris:


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