Patrice is an Associate Professor in Textile Development and Marketing, Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC. Her education includes a B.A., University of Michigan, History of Art, 1970, and an M.A., Fashion and Textile History: Museum Studies, FIT, 2015. Patrice founded Patrice George Designs in 1979, a textile studio in NYC specializing in design for dobby and Jacquard woven textiles for the interior textile industry. She has been a consultant to cottage industry and handweaving projects sponsored by UNIDO, CARE, and other NGO’s in Jamaica, Laos, and Mexico.
Dobby to Digital: 40 Years of Evolution in Woven Textile Design
200, Friday PM
This seminar will explore design trends in dobby-woven fabrics, from the mid-1970s through today. Beginning in the 1980s, the change from traditional woven design and manual production to computer-aided design and production introduced handweavers to structures and production practices previously used only in the textile industry. Meanwhile, industrial designers learned to use the new design tools to reinterpret traditional handwoven products, eventually leading to the current revival of artisan textile production around the world. Examples of fabrics, both handwoven and commercial, will be on hand to examine. Participants will receive a collection of weave design drafts from my studio archive that can be adopted for contemporary projects on 8-24 harness looms.