Types of Pattern Designs

This weeks morning lecture was based around the different types of pattern designs. I found this lecture particularly interesting as I feel it is important as a designer to learn as much theory towards Textiles as possible and to be aware of current trends that always evolve around colour and print.

We were required to find our own examples of different patterns we had been shown following up our lecture and a small list of extra ones. I have documented some of my finding below:

This pattern originats  from India in the 17th Century; imagery is primarily floral based and tends to have a light colour palette.

The paisley print is easily recognized with its repetition of a teardrop shape. It is commonly used in some contemporary brands such as Fashion company Pretty Green

Art Nouveau
This style of design is an international art style. It was inspired my natural forms and focused on curved lines.

Tolie De Jouy
This pattern type usually consists of rural and idyllic imagery. The term Tolie De Jouy originates from France. Often used by Textiles Designers Timorous Beasties.

Neo Classical
Refers to any style that uses ancient Greek and Roman forms as a starting point. Acanthus leaves, plaques, griffins, floral urns, swans, horses, lions. The flowing curves of baroque, Empire, English Regency. Layouts are formal, balanced, harmonious, implying power, solidity and tradition.

Damask is a form of weaving to create the pattern design. It tends to have a striking diamond repeat pattern structure that is commonly used for wallpapers.

Calico Prints
Small floral, close coverage, 3 or 4 colours plus white. Also tiny geometric motifs as well as stripes and plaids. Traditionally used for dresses and aprons, frequently for patchwork quilts.

Lingerie Floral
This consists of floral pattern in Lingerie garments. This is usually very beautiful, feminine and intricate. Embroidery or print can both be used.


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BA textiles - Cardiff School of Art and Design

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