Contemporary textile designs inspired by seasonal symbols of China

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Cynthia Ann Jones (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Lavina Franck

Abstract: Traditional motifs from ancient cultures have been used as one source of design influence for textile designers. The purpose of this study was to show one way in which traditional forms can be adapted for contemporary expression. The four seasons motif of China served as the author's design inspiration. The design process originated with an investigation into the four seasons concept and ensuing floral and animal symbologies. The development of the seasonal symbologies in China is traced and illustrated by photographs of representative Chinese textiles. Two textile projects were undertaken: one project was in the form of four scarf designs with each scarf representing a season; the second was a dragon-shaped kite symbolizing the spring season. The designs of both projects were based on Chinese textile designs illustrated in this paper. The contemporary techniques of silk screen for the scarf printing and machine applique for the dragon kite were the selected media for the projects. A description of each project is given, including the materials and techniques employed. Color photographs illustrate the completed works.

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Language: English
Date: 1977

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