Kate DePara – Textile Designer

Kate DePara – Textile Designer

June 21, 2019 2 By Bernardo Ryan



I originally wanted to become a textile artist to develop a holistic approach to designing traditionally a textile designer will create the textiles and then clothing designers will come to market and purchase already printed or already designed textile but I thought how do you really create a vision of your own using someone else's artwork my name is Kate de parar and I'm a textile designer a textile artist is someone who essentially applies color and texture to surfaces textiles are materials that are derived from fibers and yarns so we have woven textiles knitted textiles and what we call non woven what I love about textile design is that I can start from anywhere I can start from a drawing a painting a photograph working digitally you can exercise a lot of different creative outlets my textile designs are inspired by everyday occurrences and objects whether it's a color or a texture or pattern or just an ordinary object I started designing patterns and garments after having been in grad school for a few years and studying fibers and material development so strictly textiles and textile design so it was a really natural progression for me and also I felt like I saw a lack in the marketplace as a consumer and as a woman my step by step process always starts from a place that I can't necessarily predict it's always starts with creativity so I go on walks I try to put myself in situations that I'm not normally in I try to travel to have quiet time and think and write so this is where I get my ideas I just try to find myself in a place where I can get inspired from there I settle on a couple of themes so themes that aren't necessarily particularly related to one another whether it's a color texture and object and then from there I refine the concept over and over and over again I edit editing is such a huge part of the process from there I actually marry the color and the texture with the textile and try to decide what will be a good fit and create the textiles with the season in mind whether it's fall or spring and then once I have the textiles and I kind of reassess everything and feel them touch them see what the drape is like and what I think it'll look like on a final piece and from there I designed the patterns so I I don't start with a muslin I feel like starting with a fabric that has a different hand is really complicated and it is completely different from the final product it would probably be a lot more economical as I did but I start with the silk and the cotton and I go ahead and start cutting and make a first sample and draft a pattern from that and then edit the pattern several times and work with my my pattern maker and seamstress on making a good fitting I think our textiles are unique in that we are using a variety of different processes so we're hand dyeing screen printing block printing digitally printing we're trying to use all of the different methodologies and textile design to get really unique effects each process has its own special sort of quirk or trademark and I like to celebrate those I want people to take away from my design a sense of confidence definitely comfort and overall PD