Screen: Topographical 3
SCREENPRINTING: TOPOGRAPHICAL TEXTILES 3 Though cloth is generally thought of as two-dimensional, this course explores the potential of textile surfaces to buckle, wrinkle, shrink, blister, shrivel, and disintegrate. In this course, students alter the surface of cloth with chemical and mechanical processes to create topographical structures. Devore (burn-out) on velvet introduces the dual vocabulary of transparency and opacity. Cloqué (shrinking) on cotton and fulling (felting) on wool initiate expansion, contraction, distortion, and present the opportunity of crafting three-dimensionality. In addition, printing, dyeing, and constructed manipulations are explored. Many of these processes are not entirely predictable; therefore stress is placed on experimentation and improvisation. Slide presentations, readings, and examples of altered fabric surfaces will be examined for inspiration.