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Fashion Print Design by Angel Fernandez and Daniela Santos Quartino is first and foremost a luxe art and design publication, yet it brings in embroidery via the fashion design print methods and fashion catwalk illustrations, allowing the reader to decipher how their own embroidery could become a print design.
About The Author
Well, we searched and searched but we could find very little about either author! It is published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
Who Is This Book Aimed At?
It has a universal ability appeal, due to the rich nature of illustrations and visual content. the pattern examples will engage those less experienced, whilst the ideas and techniques explained will enrich design and textile artists alike.
As you can see, the book is divided into several boldened sections, with chapters separated within each one. Aspects such as developing ideas, applying ideas to fabric and motif ideas are all covered.
We wanted to focus on the textiles side, personally we loved the luxe close ups of how materials can be manipulated to produce designs…
Coming from a textile artist perspective again, if we are into embroidery, print design may have seemed alien to us. However illustrations within this publication reveal how they can be developed into print designs and digitally altered to produce new work. For those wanting to extend their skills, this may be an exciting prospect.
There are of course many other illustrations within this publication. Looking through them all, we felt that they were all of a good quality and visually educational.
What Makes The Book Special?
It has been printed as a large hardback publication, making it one for the coffee table as well as being a helpful resource for art and textile based tutors and students. We imagine this one will be housed in places like university libraries as a valuable reference.
The hand drawn examples printed are also very inspirational. There are plenty of them and could be taken down the embroidery or design route.
We also appreciated the real life insight into a designers life. This could be a valuable learning resource for those wanting to widen out their creative knowledge.
Anything Wrong With The Book?
If you are a traditional embroiderer’ and wish to stick to this as a method, this probably will go over your head. However if you want to freshen up your practice as an artist and get excited by cutting edge design – grab your copy now!
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