Monday, January 19, 2009

Innovative Fabrics

By now you probably know I have a passion for textiles and fabric. I love dissecting interesting fabric and playing with new materials to create my own designs. Playing is so important in art and design.

During the Inspired Design conference Andrew Wagner, editor-in-chief of American Craft magazine, discussed the innovative fabric work by Dutch designer Eugene Van Veldhoven. His fabric designs are created through coating, embossing, needle punch, laser cut, ultrasonic welding, pleating, relief printing, and more. For example, the first fabric is constructed of glass beads - can you even imagine?! The resulting fabrics are amazing and very dissect-worthy.

I believe these textures and images are inspiring, even if you aren't a fabric stalker detective like myself. I would love to touch and see these in person!

30 comments:

L'Atelier said...

They are amazing!

Laura said...

i just can't believe all the cool stuff being done with textiles these days! thanks to your posts, this is becoming a new obsession of mine... :)

citysage said...

Wow---these look so amazing! I can't even imagine how I would put these to work in my home or in my wardrobe...I would just want to fondle them all day!

Raina said...

Those last two make me weak in the knees.

A-M said...

Oh so true. I just want to reach in and touch them. Just beautiful. A-M xx

Jane F said...

Lovely finds!

Design Lovely said...

Very cool. That honeybee one looks amazing and I want to touch them too!

A Day That Is Dessert said...

These are so beautiful and amazing!

please sir said...

So glad you enjoy!

annechovie said...

Great textures...I like the one that looks like a honeycomb!

jess gonacha said...

WOW, incredible!!! they look so labor-intensive!

Julia said...

These are incredibly yummy! :)

erin@designcrisis said...

Gorgeous! Love all the texture here!

hmstrjam said...

i love fabrics, have been seeing this laser cutting idea in the fashion world...

a print a day said...

that glass bead fabric would be so so awesome in a home or office setting...

i want to go to the convention next time!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

oh--these are fabulous! I helped put together some textile shows when I worked at MAD and loved looking through all the innovative new textiles, especially cool ones from Japan...just gets better and better!

Joyce said...

The fabric looks beautiful!!

Congrats on winning the contest! I am so happy you won!! xoxo

Michelle said...

Oh wow, these remind me of plant cells, so beautiful.

TNF said...

very very cool stuff...

wunderbug said...

*such* cool fabrics. they kind of remind me of what you'd see in a petrie dish, close-up under a microscope!

i.d. said...

Beautiful! It's amazing what we can do these days with modern technology. xx

Savvy Mode SG said...

I learned a great deal about various fabric when I was a brand manager for an apparel company. there are so many choices!

Sharon said...

the one made of glass beads is fascinating!!I wonder how much the material weighs...

Stella said...

Great texture, some of them are very fascinating!

Courtney said...

The texture in these fabrics is incredible! And thanks for the link love! xx

megan said...

love these!

Rachel said...

Loving all this texture! These are fabulous and they make me want to rub my face in them (which makes me know that they are awesome fabrics).

josephine said...

these textiles look gorgeous! as much as i love organic, natural fibers (cotton, silk, cashmere) for everyday wear, i love looking at innovation in fabrics.

littlebyrd said...

I LOVE these! I know, I just want to touch them. Can you imagine how much fun it would be to create something with them?

Victoria said...

Wow! Especially loving those last two fabrics!

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