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Digital/Material: developments in printed & woven textiles Conference

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Digital Material Conference
Date of Event
27th October 2017
Last Booking Date for this Event
22nd October 2017

Keynote speakers:
Phillip David Stearns, founder of Glitch Textiles in New York
David Mabb, artist whose work includes a commitment to the radical potential of design
Surface pattern has the power to transform objects, materials and environments, layering them with new understanding. Patterned, decorated and ornamented surfaces can add colour, texture and the illusion of depth, and they can carry symbolic meanings that are cultural, political or psychological. Application of printed surface pattern has been revolutionised over the last decade by advances in technology. Digital printing offers unparalleled scope for innovation, yet follows a rich historical tradition of printed decoration in fashion, the interior and beyond.
The Digital/Material international conference celebrates and examines the transformative power of printed and woven textiles. In recent years we've been on the crest of a wave of print and pattern that sees no sign of subsiding, with, for instance, new digital decorative techniques in architecture and interiors, the digital deployment of smart materials, and the emergence of engineered pattern in garments. This conference seeks to explore the legacy of past politics of pattern, as well as the deployment of pattern in politics: how pattern has been used as a powerful tool to provoke, explore and present thinking on political issues.
Topics will include:
Print and Perception - exploring the relationship between content, cloth and context - Dr Sonia Andrews
Patterns of Home - Sharon McElroy
Fashioning print: surface pattern as embodied narrative and emotional expression - Ania Sadkowska
Digital Copy: The Uniting of Hand and Technology - Dr Kate Wells
Materiality and the body - Sue Prescott
Digital printing accessibility and the impact on printed textile design - Coral Fowey
End of day Performance: In the Making: Light Dial part 2 - Evelyn Bennett & Rebecca Waterworth

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