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1st Edition

Digital Design for Custom Textiles
Patterns as Narration for Stage and Film

ISBN 9781138084179
Published December 3, 2018 by Routledge
156 Pages 109 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Digital Design for Custom Textiles: Patterns as Narration for Stage and Film is a beginner's guide for creating custom textile patterns for performing arts production, with an emphasis on storytelling through design using hand and digital design techniques. The book offers essential information for the beginning digital designer, such as:

  • methods of designing patterns, appliqués, and unique textures for custom textiles;
  • custom textile examples including various styles of pattern repeats, digital embroidery, and cut and sew textiles;
  • full-color, step-by-step instructions and practice exercises;
  • production timelines;
  • a textiles and patterns glossary.

Digital Design for Custom Textiles will allow students and design professionals to embrace digital media to enhance their work, apply digital alternatives to find the perfect fabrics and embellishments, and create more meaningful and personalized designs for the stage.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Why this book?

Chapter 2: Getting Started: Concept and Timelines

Chapter 3: The Elements and Principles of Design for Textiles

Chapter 4: Textile Production

Chapter 5: Technically Speaking: Digital Basics

Chapter 6: Surface Work: Styles of Prints and Repeats

Chapter 7: Render the Pattern: Creating Your Own Digital Textile Print

Chapter 8: All in the Trimming: Digital Applique and Embroidery

Chapter 9: Making Piece with It: Print, Cut, Sew

Chapter 10: Final Dress: Tips and Tricks for a Smooth Process




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Amber Marisa Cook is a costume and scenic designer whose work has appeared in regional and academic theatres across the United States, including Off Broadway. Currently Assistant Professor of Costume Design for the Conservatory at Southeast Missouri State University, Amber is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and an alumna of The University of Michigan-Flint and Michigan State University. To find out more about Amber's work, please visit