Design for Printed Fabrics
Winter 2021

The fabric design for this project stemmed from a body of work that abstracted photographs by using them as a surface treatment for three dimensional forms. For this specific fabric, I wanted to carry on the work of abstracting photographs, by studying its two-dimensional form in repeats.

The concept was to use images from my personal archive in combination with a grid or line pattern to produce an optical illusion. I was particularly interested in an image of people in the distance at Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI. The contrast of color and scale between the people and the landscape felt cinematic, familiar, and lonely. The image inlaid in a hand drawn grid and layered over a sky pattern abstracts the photographs legibilty. The grid of images is sporadically revealed through out the pattern to contrast structural and organic.

The applied object concept was a large and architectural carryall bag. The hidden handles visually create a floating effect and contribute to the optical illusion. The final prototype uses the fabric pattern in a ripstop nylon with cotton batting.