Nature - A New Look At An Old Problem

Our starting point was the amazing persistence of natural imagery in textile design, despite the enthusiastic commitment to progress and technology that Modernism celebrated. Up until the nineteenth nature remained an entire world, which gave human beings an indirect access to the beauty of heaven and justified the delightful and delighted motifs which could be used in the expansive and formal clothes that were worn. Textiles are synaesthetic, evoking the sensuality of smell and touch, as well as the joys of imagination. Modernism preferred the formal geometric pattern making represented an orderly universe. The radical implications of ecology are often in conflict with the sterile representations of nature which seem to continue to haunt the textile industry. We are in need of new myths which will celebrate our dependence on nature in a positive rather than a restritive way. The new interest in ecology can perhaps be best supported by the relationship which exists between the harmonies of the unconscious mind (as described by Freud) and the remarkable oscillations and the reverberations which Einstein discovered. Is it possible that in these we may discover patterns that can suit the ecological revolution?

Text by Jane Graves The Secret Lives of Objects