Techniques, Tutorials, and Inspiration
Chronicle Books 2012 US
RotoVision 2011 SA
Freelance designer Laurie Wisbrun’s recently published book covers a great many aspects of fabric design and printing. Divided into three parts, this informative guide is a wonderful reference manual.
Part 1, Designing for Fabric, includes brief descriptions of basic pattern types such as floral, geometric, conversational; types of repeats, scale and density etc. There are discussions of legal considerations in regard to source material, building mood boards, and color and trend forecasting. Terrific tutorials explain with clear photographs and concise text several styles of repeats both by hand and with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Part 2, Fabrics and Fabric Printing Methods, begins with a discussion of fabric types, inks and dyes, and continues with a comprehensive section on printing techniques including screen printing, stenciling, block printing, and resist dyeing. Again, marvelous tutorials cover these hand printing methods. Also included in this section is a nice overview of digital printing and working with firms such as Spoonflower.
Part 3, The Fabric Business, includes chapters on the different careers in the industry, developing collections for licensors, developing a marketing plan, and the ins and outs of trade shows.
Interspersed throughout the book are inspirational interviews with established designers such as Lotta Helleberg, Joel Dewberry, and Josephine Kimberling, who work in varied capacities in the fabric and textile field.
The information on understanding patterns and the fabric industry provides a good overview for beginners, though it is not as in-depth as someone who is more advanced would want it to be. However, the tutorials really shine. That alone is worth procuring a copy for your bookshelf!