The Textile Book / Edition 1

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Overview

Textiles are central to our life and are at the heart of the world's largest industries. In recent years there has been a dynamic shift in attitudes toward textiles, fuelled in part by explosive developments in technology. While textiles have always retained roots in craft and industry, the discipline now embraces a much wider range of practices. Innovations in the industry demand a fresh approach to the subject, which this comprehensive introduction ably supplies.

This is the only comprehensive introduction to textiles and will become a standard textbook on textiles and fashion courses. Taking as their starting point the very meaning of textiles, Gale and Kaur go on to show the astonishing range of opportunities for careers in the field, from the creative (artists, craftspeople and designers) to the social and industrial, to the commercial and associated practices (buyers, journalists, researchers and scientists). The Textile Book takes us behind the scenes with professionals to reveals what various jobs involve, what influences decision makers, and how their decisions affect what we buy next season. What happens to clothes before they reach the shops? What determines the "must have" item? How can recycled bottles be transformed into silk-like yarns? These and many other questions are explored to show the diversity that makes up the contemporary global textile scene.

Author Biography: Colin Gale is Head of the School of Textiles and Jasbir Kaur is Lecturer in the Department of Textiles, Fashion and Three Dimensional Design both at University of Central England and Birmingham Institute of Art and Design.

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"Essential reading for anyone considering a career in textiles."—Embroidery Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859735077
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Gale is Head of the School of Textiles and Course Director of the MA Textile, Fashion and Surface Design course, University of Central England, Birmingham.

Jasbir Kaur is Lecturer in Textiles, Fashion and Three Dimensional Design, Institute of Art and Design, University of Central England, Birmingham

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Overviews
1 What is Textiles? 3
2 The Cultural Place of Textiles 7
3 Perceptions of Fabric 21
Pt. II The Creative
4 The Textile Designer 37
5 The Designer-Maker 49
6 The Craftsperson 63
7 The Textile Artist 77
Pt. III The Social and Industrial Context
8 Global Textile Traditions 91
9 Ecology 107
10 Industry 121
11 The Role of Trends and Forecasting 133
Pt. IV Related Disciplines and Studies
12 The Buyer 145
13 Journalism 157
14 Science 167
15 Research 179
Bibliography 191
Index 201
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