Date of this Version
In Approaching Textiles, Varying Viewpoints: Proceedings of the Seventh Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2000
In the fall of 1998 students and faculty in the fibers department at Savannah College of Art and Design began to use their newly installed A VL electronic jacquard 100m (figure 1 ).
Since its arrival, students have explored the 100m's capabilities for designing and producing samples for the textile design industry as well as using it as a tool for art making.
Students preparing textile design portfolios study woven structure and its relationship to image-based digital design directly through their use of the 100m and the design software. Because they weave their designs independently of a technician, there is much flexibility for modifying and refining designs, and then re-weaving, all in a relatively short time period. Rather than relying solely on simulations of weaves, students create actual woven samples and short lengths of fabrics. This process enables students to push their designs further and to work more inventively.