Textile Practices as Media for Narrating Local Story


In this study, mainly the living materials of my hometown and its spatial imaginations will be explored through textile practices, and be transformed into the subject matters of designs. Some humane images in local places will be investigated, in expectation to review the connection between the designer and the places where he/she live, in order to contribute to the revelation of the deepest longing of human demand for home and for collective memory of places. Narratives of Tainan alleys will be specified in this research to manifest in textiles practices relating to creative design. How to give those humble alleys a contemporary vision is an important goal of this study. Through experimenting with textile materials, textile artists transform their environmental perceptions and experiences, and convey special intersection between individual inner (memory) and outer (environment). By confirming intellectual energy of self introspection through perceptual expression of textile creations, additional values of the materials are generated. This study explores the importance of contemporary textiles that further can be developed into creative designs concerning memories of local places. The research purposes include: 1. By studying the cases of textile practices, to review the meaning and value of traditional industrial innovation in Taiwan. 2. Through textile practices to explore how design can be connected with designers living places. 3. In exploring the development of textile creation, local elements of living places in Tainan can be applied to the design process.

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Shu-Fang Huang, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

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Conference: ACAH2017
Stream: Arts - Visual Arts Practices

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