This morning I had a meeting with Colleen Quen and Rick Lee to review textile designs, color, fabrics and scale. We also decided on a name for the installation: Suface & Shape: Reflections on Silicon Valley. The museum wished to modify the name to fit the grant application, so the final name is:
TECHstyle SoftWEAR: Surface & Shape
Below: I was amazed by how quickly Colleen honed in on the patterns she was draw to for each garment. She will be making one for a woman and one for a man. She selected three fabrics for each.
Below are the revisions to colors and scaling of designs after Colleen's feedback. The top row is for the woman's garment. The bottom textile row is for the man's garment. I ordered silk test swatches from Kent State University's School of Fashion's
TechStyleLAB and cotton lawn swatches from Spoonflower
Rick shared some great concept sketches for the installation. I am so very excited for this collaboration!
This textile draws upon an image submission by Matthew Ebisu of the Santa Cruz coast. I like the muted colors of this piece as well as the Japanese feel of the repeat pattern.
Photo submitted to fusionwear sv by Matthew Ebisu.
Using the above image submitted by Carmen Uruena Slee to fusionwear sv, I created this below textile in the freeware SumoPaint and Photoshop. The photo is from Sanbourn Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Detail of design.
Well, several different ideas came into the final design of this fabric. Data on Santa Clara youth from KidsData.org
made its way into the design in the form of pie charts and a graph, the former representing teen's feelings of involvement in school communities and the latter in the form of a line graph showing the decline of student self inflicted injuries over the period of time from 1993 to 2006. The Indian textile motifs were inspired by textiles brought to me by Anu Guda. This particular one below I was very drawn to by the large dramatic motifs and by the bitmap-like look of the weaving design.
Anu educated me quite a lot in the diversity of Indian textiles and even showed me how quickly a woman can put on a sari. She included written descriptions with each textile (see below).
Below: I recreated the design by drawing it in Illustrator and then added some video game computer graphic elements. I use to do a lot of cursor design and icon design so this was fun to bring in element of my past career into this design.
The mental health of the youth is one important thread in weaving an understanding of a community. The reason I wanted to allude to video games and youth mental health is that here in Silicon Valley there is a wide range of computer literacy in children from region to region and I wonder if there is a negative impact in feelings of connectedness to school community and peers in the youths who spend a ton of time playing video games. Does video game involvement fall along ethnic lines? Do feelings of school connectedness very from one ethnic group to another? From my experience teaching in some Hispanic communities I see there is little involvement in video games and even sometimes a lack of familiarity with computer interface navigation. The Indian, Chinese and other Asian students I see in Cupertino and Sunnyvale are very comfortable with digital media and it is common to see children with their heads buried into their game devices.
There have been quite a few article in local and national media about mental health issues of youth here in Silicon Valley this past year. The up and down arrows allude to emotional feelings of being up or down.
This design pulls from demographic charts of Santa Clara County from the 2000 Census created by an elegant applet called Geocensus
which works in conjunction with Google Earth.
The flower motif I created here was inspired by the mustard flower, a common rotation crop flower in the agricultural era and still visible through out Santa Clara in the few open fields and on trails. The bottom flower here is the White population demographics. The left flower is the Black population demographics. The top flower is the Hispanic population demographics and the right flower is Asian population demographics. These are all for Santa Clara County.
Black population demographics
Hispanic population demographics
White popluation demographics
This design below draws upon fusionwear sv images submitted of Eichler architecture by Kathleen Peters, San Jose City Hall and Spanish tile roofs...all part of our visual vocabulary here in Silicon Valley. The design is also meant to riff off of sari textile design and colors. Anu Guda submitted many amazing saris for me to document and in the process got me thinking about weaving techniques and color schemes. Colors were pulled from a color palette from fusionwear sv image submissions and from Anu's textiles.
I pulled the color palette from these image submissions by Kathleen Peters.
photo by Kathleen Peters
Shadows from above image rendered in Illustrator and then arranged to mimic an ikat design
Photo By Cole Takara of San Jose City Hall Rotunda.
Spanish tile design created in Illustrator above inspired by local Spanish tile roofs such as at Hayes Mansion. Example here is a Quinceanera photo by Hector Villablanca.
Photo by Hector Villablanca. www.FotoVillablanca.com
Back in February I found this San Francisco Bay Area wind visualization application
by Nick Thompson and knew that I wanted to incorporate his tool in some way into one of the fusionwear sv textiles. It is mesmerizing and beautiful to watch this application. Below is the wind patterns on June 10th, 2010 at 3:00pm.
I traced each green line in Illustrator and then opened the file in Photoshop to create the textile pattern below. I also used imagery drawn from Middle Eastern garments, Mexican textile patterns, Chinese patterns, Japanese motifs and Indian motifs.
I was fortunate enough to correspond with Nick Thompson and he recommended this site to me: Taprats
. This is an application which creates interesting Islamic star patterns. I also found Glambient
fascinating. It takes patterns and morphs them into other patterns.
color palette extracted from image submission to fusionwear sv
Various ethnic patterns pulled from submissions float like pollen
Mexican medallion plate at San Jose Berryessa Flea Market.
Detail of Mexican plate
Motif the Mexican plate inspired
detail on sleeve from garment at Hijab Corner. Inspiration for motif in this textile.
Detail on Chinese garment of hisotrian Connie Young Yu