Rethinking commercial textile design frameworks to align with biophilic theory.

Pratt, Caroline (2018) Rethinking commercial textile design frameworks to align with biophilic theory. In: Activating Biophilic Cities Conference, 4 September - 5 September 2018, University of Greenwich. (Unpublished)

Abstract

With urban habitation becoming ever more prominent, nature can often seem a far away and unobtainable sanctuary. It is now widely accepted that connecting with the outside world is a valuable antidote to societal pressures and can assist in combating our compromised health and mental wellbeing; yet bringing awareness of this connection to a space seemingly devoid of nature can prove problematic. Within interior textiles and wall coverings it is often the most literal interpretations that explore our connections with nature but what if the surfaces and objects within our interior spaces could also help to harness and awaken our connection to the outside world beyond the figurative? – What if textile and interior designers could introduce an experiential and heightened awareness into the objects we consume? This paper suggests ways in which this connection could be achieved. Exploring new ways of working with botanical prints and abstracted characteristics, this research looks to align existing repeat pattern structures with nature based systems and develop a collection of design outcomes which promote the consumer to engage in a heightened awareness of the natural world.

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