On any given day, it isn’t easy to predict where your art will take you. In the case of Jessica Jones, she was happily involved in her graphic design career when someone called and asked if she would design some patterns for fabrics. So off she went to Adobe Illustrator where she designed some repeating tiles of patterns that would be suitable for printing on fabrics. There would be a learning curve and refining of ideas. Now she has several fabric design lines on the market.
For anyone interested in designing fabrics, it’s not exactly a budget friendly path to the fabric stores shelves. The prepress process alone will run into thousands of dollars. But there is help. An outfit called Spoonflower.com allows any artist to enter the world of fabric design. Simply upload your 25 megabytes or less TIF or JPEG file and you can have it printed on a variety of fabrics. Possibilities are endless.
Of course, the worlds of fabric and art and technology don’t seem to collide as easily on any average day. It’s easy to not notice the patterns on carpets, sofas and draperies that we encounter daily. But it all began with someone’s idea of art. This brings to mind the noted textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen who went into architecture back in the 1950s and after a weaving class turned to textile design. He once wove cloth from pine cones and seed pods found on beaches. No word on the itchiness factor of this cloth.
With his work appearing in museums everywhere, Larsen is now a famous name in the world of textile art. It was Larsen who would become the major influence behind avocado green and harvest gold, those well worn decorator colors of bygone days. Back then he was known as a modernist. Along the way he collaborated with a descendant of Kublai Khan and taught weaving classes to Joan Crawford who wove plaid suits for her children. Now Larsen lives in the exclusive Hamptons where his home is also an arts foundation and his gardens are open for public tours. Take virtual tours here