Finishing School finds two students Danielle Dengerink and Shana Anderson, who have just graduated from OCAD University writing about their own work and the experience of working with Ivan Canjar of Artistic Textiles in Pickering, and doing digital printing for their thesis projects.
I first ran into their work at OCAD University's booth at the Spring 2009 One of a Kind Show just before Easter then I met them at the year end MAAD 2009 (Material Arts and Design) exhibition opening at the Lennox Gallery. It was a very busy night and the amount of work on display from the fibre/ textile students was distracting to say the least. I took many pictures including the two of them standing with their work. [you can see the rest along with Concordia and Sheriden current fibre studies students work on-line at the Facebbook fibreQUARTERLY Group]
Shana Anderson and Danielle Dengerink the Material Art and Design
Danielle Dengerink Lazer cut Silk yardage
Shana Anderson arm chair Upholstered
Digital Fabric Printing is the newest development in textile design. It has brought many possibilities accompanied by new methods, processes and form to textile design. As two emerging designers trained with a focus in “traditional methods” it is the new possibilities digital printing provides to textile design that are exceedingly exciting.
Digital printing allows designers a new freedom within their designs. It eliminates any boundaries made by silk-screen size or by the number of possible colour separations; rather designs can contain an endless range of colours, which can overlap, intersect and mix. There is also the ability to use transparencies, gradients and simulated textures, all within one yardage. Never before have designers been able to layer motifs so generously, or had the ability to produce both repeating and non-repeating patterns on any scale and once the design is complete to effortlessly change the size of these patterns to any scale.
Digital fabric printing allows the ability to create a pattern that flows and changes throughout the whole yardage rather than a traditional repeat and finally the process also has many environmental advantages because there is a significant drop in the use and waste of chemicals.
Shana Anderson and Danielle Dengerink are both recent graduates of the Material Art and Design Program at Ontario College of Art and Design. In their third year they were both accepted to study on exchange at Winchester School of Art in England where they were introduced to the potential of producing their designs through the digital fabric printer process. Taking to it immediately, both chose to explore the process further upon returning to OCAD for their final year thesis projects. Artistic Textiles made these projects possible as OCAD did not house its own printer at the time, OCAD will now be receiving its own digital fabric printer in the upcoming 2009/10 school year.
sense of depth and of slight confusion, a trompe d’oeil
Anderson’s current digitally printed textile designs are based on the experience of living within a metropolis, combining the structures of downtown high-rises with grid formations of the streets. Anderson began collecting maps while travelling, feeling a heightened awareness of her new surroundings leading to the development of a strong interest in sense of place, environment, and city. Street maps and architectural imagery had become the driving force behind her patterns, coupling with perspectives in which one views a city, be it the cityscape on the horizon or bird’s eye view. Throughout the collection, Anderson designed to create a sense of depth and of slight confusion, a trompe d’oeil within the imagery.
Digital printing enables Anderson’s unique computer-generated imagery to be produced. These textiles could not have come to fruition using traditional textile techniques such as silk-screen or block print, yet her knowledge of these techniques enables Anderson to create designs that take advantage of the benefits digital printing offers. These designs incorporate what is now possible: layering of detailed line motifs, overlapping colours, and changing opacities. Designing in this manner within Photoshop and Illustrator enables Anderson to spend more time developing imagery and patterns. It also allows her to change the size and scale of the patterns to accommodate different applications. There are also additional possibilities when considering the large selection of fabrics available through Artistic Textiles, which has aided Anderson’s work in exploring variations of the similar motifs, as well as applying different fabrics in several applications. Anderson applied cotton canvas from Artistic textiles as upholstery, applied polyester mesh as window coverings, and used silk for lampshades and pillows. For more information and contact details see www.shanaanderson.ca
Shana Anderson automan Upholstered
Shana Anderson pillows
stray from formal rules and definitions of pattern
Danielle Dengerink Silk Tunic Dress
DDanielle Dengerink Mosaic Pattern Silk yardage
Dengerink’s textile designs draw from traditional stained glass and contemporary architectural glass design. Depicting representational motifs using a combination of hand-painting and digital-generation technologies, Dengerink created a collection of digitally printed pattern designs for application in fashion. Her work is a celebration of craft and new technologies, traditional and contemporary, and of the past and the future of textile design.
Dengerink’s main interest in using the digital printer to produce her designs is the ability to stray from formal rules and definitions of pattern. No longer bound to the size of a screen, she was only bound by the size of computer files that could be generated and successfully worked on. Throughout her recent work, Dengerink has strived to create designs that transform and change rather than repeat. Although her designs do employ repeated elements, they are not always duplicated in the same manner, or they have been altered to disguise the repeat. Freed of formal rules, her work plays with symmetry by creating a visual balance through use of colour, flow, and aesthetic appeal. Not only do her designs take advantage of the new possibilities that digital printing brings to textile design, but Dengerink consciously designed in a way that included the use of the digital fabric printer as a necessity, and not simply as a means to avoid other more laborious methods. Dengerink’s work promotes print and pattern as a visual experience, and in this case, made possible by the technology of the digital fabric printer.
For more information and contact details see www.danielledengerink.com
the potential of producing their designs through the digital fabric printer
Working With Artistic Textiles
Artistic-Textiles is an independent company specializing in digital fabric printing, based in Pickering, Ontario. They have the ability to print custom designs of any length, beginning with a half- yard and continuing from there, allowing for one offs or small-scale production. Artistic Textiles offers a huge range of fabric choices, including polyester, hemp, linen, tencel, silk, and cotton, all in a multitude of varieties and weights. In addition, they also give the client the option of sourcing their own fabrics that are then treated in order to comply with the printer’s dimensions and dye process.
Founder, Ivan Canjar, works closely with the client to ensure that the desired result is achieved successfully. The printing process begins when the desired design file is transferred to Artistic Textiles, in person or online. This file (.jpeg, .pdf, .ai, .psd, or .tiff format) which is accompanied by a hard copy as a colour and image reference. Subsequently, using a smaller swatch file Ivan completes a series of colour tests and returns them to the client. This allows the results to be compared by client, and the most accurate colour swatch selected. Colour testing is a crucial aspect of the process considering dyes are accepted differently on each material creating varied results. Using the correct colour swatch as a guide, the file is printed on the selected yardage, steamed, and washed. Artistic Textiles then delivers a beautiful textile that is ready for use.
For more details and contact information see www.artistic-textiles.com
| || photo credits all photographs taken by Christine Lim, provided by the artist and used with permission. except, "portraits", OCAD Booth, and Lazer cut dDess, taken by Joe lewis|