Graduate students in the Department of Design and Merchandising will display their original textile designs in a new exhibit, Multiplicity: Exploration of Visual Vibration, to debut on Wednesday, May 4, in Colorado State University’s Gustafson Gallery.
The original textile designs featured in the exhibit are intended to stimulate the visual senses. Inspiration for the designs is wide-ranging and comes from an interesting array of sources, including diffusion of ink in water, iconic images from the American Southwest, bubbles bursting, recombinant deconstructed paintings, sunflowers, specimens from the realm of entomology, wilted blossoms and whitewater rafting boat paddles.
Each of the textile designs was printed on silk using state-of-the-art digital textile printing technology. Color is a focal point in the exhibition, both from the perspective of interactive figure-ground relationships and as an aspect of digital design technology.
Textile design provides a unique window through which to experience the dynamics of color, pattern and variety in approaches to aesthetic beauty. In creating new designs for this exhibition, each student researched a specific product area and intended consumer, then generated a minimum of 12 textile designs using a unique source of inspiration. From a collective pool of 96 designs generated by the students, 40 were chosen for the gallery.
The exhibit opens Wednesday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery. The student designers will be in attendance to interact with gallery viewers and discuss their work.
The Gustafson Gallery, part of the Department of Design and Merchandising in the College of Health and Human Sciences, is located in room 318 of the Gifford Building at 502 West Lake Street. The Gallery is part of the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Admission is free. The exhibit runs through Sept. 14.