Ross School - Senior Project 2008-09

Student: Stefanie Lipani

Mentor: Lisa Gillespie

Title: ŌTextile DesignĶ


Design and fabrics have always been an interest of mine. This attraction led me to choose textile design as a Senior Project. I made my own scheme, and put colors and ideas together. I gathered a great deal of information on the various ways of designing fabrics from several local artists, museums and traveling. This helped me narrow down my ideas to one specific fabric design. I began taking classes at Amagansett Applied Arts, where I learned about textiles, and how to silk-screen and block print. My final product is a series of seven silk-screened fabrics, and 5 motiefs reflecting my own personal style.


Images (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

For my project I wanted to create a collection of textiles, which would help me explore my creativity in design, color and fabric. Fabric and design have always been an interest for me, and doing this project I felt I could widen my perspective of color and design. The main goal for my project was to produce a collection of fabrics, which I felt expressed my personality and taste in design. I also wanted to learn how to silk-screen, block print, dye fabrics and find new ways in which I could put colors and designs together. The process of my project took a long time; there were many different steps. My over all process consisted of finding fabrics, sketching designs, dying fabrics, learning silk screening as well as block printing myself, and meeting with designers in the field. To get my project started, I began with designing many different shapes and designs, which I hoped would turn into a fabric. Finding and dying my fabrics was the second step. After I had my designs together I decided I wanted to bleach fabrics as well, which was a huge step for me with color, because I wanted to start by having very simple designs and fabric, but with the bleach I took a chance. After having dyed the fabrics, I had to figure out which design would go on each colored fabric. This was difficult for me because the dyed fabrics did not come out the way I previously expected it to, but with the different shades of color I came up with I found that my fabrics were even better than I expected it.  Although I didnÕt really understand the point of senior project at a time where weÕre applying to school and schoolwork, I now realize what a great opportunity this project has given me. Not only did I gain confidence by designing my own fabrics and speaking to people in the field, but I also realized that I have the ability to speak in public. So in the future when IÕm called upon to speak in a business setting, this is something I now know I can confidently do. While putting together this project, I met great people in the field; I also gained a love for textile design and silk-screening. In the future I hope to continue silk-screening, and designing. I have now been toying with the idea of putting my own design on shirts. This project has been a great beginning for me, and I am now so grateful for the opportunity to do this senior project, and IÕm so thankful for the people who have helped me along the way.

Works Consulted

Chintz And Cotton: India's Textile Gift to the World. Hardcover ed. Sydney: Kangaroo P, 1994.

Gregg, Marie. Personal Interview. 20 Sept. 2008.

(Textile Designer for Raymond Waites)

Gregg, Marie. Phone Interview. 19 Oct. 2008.

(Textile Designer for Raymond Waites)

Gregg, Marie. Personal Interview. 7 Jan. 2009.

(Textile Designer for Raymond Waites)

Italian Renaissance Textile Designs. Paperback ed. Gilsum: Stemmer House, Inc., 1986.

Lasersohn, Jill. Personal Interview. 5 Nov. 2008.

(Textile Design Collector)

Morris & Co. Designs & Patterns. Paperback ed. Adelaide: South Australia State Government Publications, 2003.

McDowell, Kate. Personal Interview. 17 October 2008.

(Former Textile Designer)

Simonton, Casey. Personal Interview. 19 Nov. 2008.

(Designer for Amagansett Applied Arts Collection)

The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End. Paperback ed. New York: The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, 2008.

The History Of Printed Textiles. Hardcover ed. Great Britain: M.I.T. P, 1969.

Textile Designs. Hardcover ed. London: Thames and Hudson Ltd, 1991.

Waldron, Dan. Personal Interview. 14 Nov. 2008.

(Silk-Screen and Block-Print Designer for Amagansett Applied Arts)

Community Member (Details)

(September 20th, 2008) Marie Greg (Textile Designer for Raymond Waites) agreed to be my community member and seemed pretty excited about it.

Meeting with Marie Greg at her house: (September 20th, 2008) I told her my ideas on the project, and we spoke about how it is important to always work with designs, which I love, and to have fun with it. We also spoke of new ideas I could come up with, with nature as an inspiration.

Phone conversation with Marie Greg: (October 18th, 2008) She was very excited to hear of what I had accomplished in the past month, we spoke more of new ideas, and what I could add to my project, I also emailed her photographs (October 19th, 2008) which she spoke to me on the phone and said she very much enjoyed (email wasnÕt working). She helped me come up with the idea of coming up with one last design.

(January 9th, 2009)-Marie Greg came by the school to see the work I had done over the past few months. She told me she thought I did a wonderful job, and loved the way my pallet looked. Her favorite pieces are the navy blue bleached fabric, and the light blue cross-shaped fabric.

(November 5th 2009)- Met with Jill Lasersohn (Textile Design Collector) and looked at her many textiles, which were amazing. We talked about what I wanted to do for my project, and what I felt should be my inspiration. I spoke about of how India was a strong influence for me because I had traveled there years before, and strongly enjoyed the fabrics. She lent me wonderful textile books, which showed me the many ways I could design my fabrics. Lastly she gave me the idea to work at Amagansett Applied Arts for my final product.

(January 27th, 2009)- Jill came to my presentation, and later came to see my work in the gallery. She later sent me an email saying how she enjoyed the presentation.