Swimming-Inspired Textile Design

Here is a collection of hand-dyed swimming-inspired textiles and the process book documenting the research, fabric tests, and techniques used. The motifs are based on pools tiles, symbols such as the "T" on the bottom of the pool and the "+" target on the wall, and water. The color palette and textures are inspired by water.

I dyed these textile with fiber-reactive dyes that I mixed to create specific colors. I used tape and potato dextrin as resists to create designs. I also made stamps for some of the motifs, and created others through patchwork, embroidery, and beading.

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Swimming-Inspired Textile Design

Wall target motifs
Wall target motifs
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Patterns based on pool tiles
Patterns based on pool tiles
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Pool tiles
Pool tiles
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Pool tiles
Pool tiles
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Watery design
Watery design
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Pool motifs
Pool motifs
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Patchwork indigo shibori pool tile pattern
Patchwork indigo shibori pool tile pattern
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Pool tiles with beading details
Pool tiles with beading details
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Wall target motifs with beading outlines
Wall target motifs with beading outlines
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Beaded pool tagets
Beaded pool tagets
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Patchwork indigo shibori
Patchwork indigo shibori
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Process book documenting background research, inspiration, color palette, sketches, techniques used, fabric tests, and small-scale swatches
Process book documenting background research, inspiration, color palette, sketches, techniques used, fabric tests, and small-scale swatches
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Process book documenting background research, inspiration, color palette, sketches, techniques used, fabric tests, and small-scale swatches
Process book documenting background research, inspiration, color palette, sketches, techniques used, fabric tests, and small-scale swatches
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Process book documenting background research, inspiration, color palette, sketches, techniques used, fabric tests, and small-scale swatches
Process book documenting background research, inspiration, color palette, sketches, techniques used, fabric tests, and small-scale swatches
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Process book documenting background research, inspiration, color palette, sketches, techniques used, fabric tests, and small-scale swatches
Process book documenting background research, inspiration, color palette, sketches, techniques used, fabric tests, and small-scale swatches
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Process book documenting background research, inspiration, color palette, sketches, techniques used, fabric tests, and small-scale swatches
Process book documenting background research, inspiration, color palette, sketches, techniques used, fabric tests, and small-scale swatches
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Process book documenting background research, inspiration, color palette, sketches, techniques used, fabric tests, and small-scale swatches
Process book documenting background research, inspiration, color palette, sketches, techniques used, fabric tests, and small-scale swatches
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Watery design
Watery design
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Water-inspired indigo shibori patchwork
Water-inspired indigo shibori patchwork
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Water-inspired indigo shibori with silver embroidery details
Water-inspired indigo shibori with silver embroidery details
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Water-inspired indigo shibori with stamping details
Water-inspired indigo shibori with stamping details
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Fabric collection on display at a gala
Fabric collection on display at a gala
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Tote bag made from hand-dyed canvas fabric
Tote bag made from hand-dyed canvas fabric
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