Rethinking Textile Aesthetics: The Lesson from the Chinese Traditional Textile Crafts ArcInTex International Network Meeting (Spring 2019)

Workshop 2

Rethinking Textile Aesthetics: The Lesson from the Chinese Traditional Textile Crafts

    dr Roger Lo (XJTLU), Grace Xiang (XJTLU) and Suzhou Kesi embroidery institute

    April 12, 2019 - April 13, 2019

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Photo by Grace Xiang

Traditional textile crafts such as Kesi (Silk Tapestry) and Embroidery are recognized as the intangible cultural heritage in China. The techniques of interweaving and layering of fabric threads, which have been practiced for hundreds of years, produce a unique look-and-feel and long-lasting effect on the resulting fabric products. While being used as a production method to transfer paintings, calligraphies, illustrations on to fabrics, the interweaving technique itself generates a visual quality that induces somewhat captivating impression. This workshop invites participants to elicit the aesthetic quality of the interweaving textures and apply that as a design language to generate visual design works. Previous work done by the hosting design team will also be shared an demonstrated in the workshop.

Schedule 12th April

  • 10:30 - 11:30 Introduction to Kesi-inspired Generative Visual Arts (Location: Design Building, Material Library)
  • 13:00 Gather on the Ground Floor of Design Building
  • 14:00 Arrive at Suzhou Cheongsams Town
  • 14:10 Enjoy Kesi making in Master Cai’s studio
  • 15:00 free time in town
  • 16:30 Gather in the gate of Town and go back to XJTLU

Schedule 13th April

  • 10:30 - 11:45: Coding tutorials for mimicking Kesi textures (Design Building, DB105)
  • 13:30 - 16:00: Discussion and Tutorials on personal creative projects