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Museum and Textile Reproductions for Museum LA

Design Pool is excited to let you know about a volunteer project we are working on with Museum L-A in Lewiston, Maine. Museum L-A was founded to tell the story of the textile mill workers who had once worked in the Bates Mill in Lewiston, which ceased production in 2001. Their mission reads that it “connects generations and cultures, fosters a spirit of discovery and human ingenuity, and helps people experience the rich history and heritage of work, the...

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Suzani Pattern Definition and Design

A Suzani is a form of embroidered textile native to Central Asia. The term is derived from the Persian word for needlework, "suzanikari". Suzani tells the enduring story of mothers' love for their daughters and the beautiful handcrafted dowry pieces that they lovingly and laboriously created for their wedding day to bring happiness, protection, and prosperity into their married life. Suzanis were a symbol of a family's wealth; the greater the ornamentation signified the societal status of the bride's family. Through...

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Plaid Pattern Definition and Design

In its simplest definition, the plaid is a box layout of stripes, usually horizontal and vertical, and almost always crossing at right angles. The simple definition of a check-like arrangement is scarcely descriptive, but plaids have been produced in such a variety of layouts for centuries that a more searching definition might not cover them all. Their origin is in the threads of the loom, the warp set up lengthwise in the weft filling it in horizontally. Tartans are plaids...

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A Creative Vacation to England, Ireland, and Scotland

About three years ago, I learned of a company called ACE Camps through a colleague. I describe it as an adult creative summer camp. It has always been a bit of struggle for me to find friends with similar vacation interests, but when I heard about ACE Camps, I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and take a vacation on my own. It turns out that stepping out of my comfort zone was the best idea ever. After...

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Trellis Pattern Definiton and Designs
Trellis Pattern Definiton and Designs
Trellis Pattern Definiton and Designs

Trellis Pattern Definition and Designs

There is always the desire to bring the outdoors inside to our interior spaces. The garden as a source of design inspiration offers endless forms, colors, and textures that create a feast for the eyes and senses. A trellis (treillage) is an architectural structure, usually made from an open framework or lattice of interwoven or intersecting elements that are normally made to support and display climbing foliage. They were first invented by countryside gardeners who needed a way to support growing...

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A Creative Vacation to Lisbon Portugal

Running your own creative business can be incredibly fulfilling and rewarding, and the life of an entrepreneur is never boring. But a creative business is not all drawing and drooling over color swatches. It's also sending out checks, figuring out why your website isn't updating and making sure there is toilet paper in the bathroom. It can be a challenge to switch on your creativity after an afternoon of boring bookkeeping. To keep her designs fresh and exciting, Design...

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Common Pattern Repeats

Computer software may make it easy to take a motif and tile it out, but that doesn't mean that a pattern has been designed. In fact, a skilled pattern designer can spot a design that has just been tiled out from a mile away. Ok, maybe not a mile, but definitely from a few steps behind someone on the sidewalk walking with a dress printed with a horrible repeat. How can pattern designers spot it? It hurts our eyes. Well,...

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ITNH Printing Equipment

The Basics of Digital Textile Printing

From high print resolutions to limitless creative possibilities, digital textile printing opens up a world of opportunities for DIYers and businesses both small and large. But the textile printing process can be a bit more comprehensive than printing on materials like vinyl or paper, so it’s important to have a solid grasp of the basics. Take a look at our overview below to get a general understanding of the process.   Ink Chemistry The most important thing to understand about textile printing...

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DRRP Designs a Beautiful Office Space for Alicorp

Using data to support decision making is a trend in nearly every industry. Big brands use data to decide where to open new stores, how to market to their customers and how to get everyone to keep scrolling, clicking and buying. DRRP Arquitectura, an architecture firm in Lima, Peru, is designing buildings with data. DRRP describe its process of designing with data as an intelligent design approach that responds to the specific needs of the people who will be using...

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Polka Dot Blog Pattern P31

Polka Dot Definition and Designs

The polka dot has been and will always be a classic pattern. A basic favorite among textile patterns, it has never been out of style. The polka dot is a classic spring pattern, particularly in the colors of navy and white. It takes its name from a Bohemian folk dance, first performed in Prague in 1837 and brought to Paris by 1840. By 1845 the polka had spread to England. In the United States, Godey’s Lady’s Book (https://www.accessible-archives.com/collections/godeys-ladys-book/), featured a...

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