Texture: Camille Oppedal

The carpet of my apartment.

The reading mentions how texture, a property through either perceived or physical depth, often plays as backstage to pattern. Therefore, texture is not the key focus of a design but a way to enhance pattern or further the impression the pattern gives. I noticed this in the design of my apartment’s carpet. Up close, the floor is clearly composed of tightly wound, raised knots of fabric, but from a distance, it is clear to see that the linear variance of color among these knots forms a pattern that overwhelms the texture with it’s loudness. The texture is still perceived by physical touch, but it acts more as a supporting role visually to the aesthetics of the carpet’s pattern. However, if the carpet lacked any texture, it would not only feel much different, but it would look different as well, possibly becoming a noisy collection of random flat lines that is now muffled by the knotting. Removing the texture would also transform the environment into one that lacks the warmth that a knotted, almost “knit-like” texture implies, and potentially create a flat, cold, less inviting space. These impressions that certain textures give are an interesting thing to consider, especially when it becomes my turn to create a pattern.

My cheap pleather jacket.

Texture is beneficial to an overall look not only by enhancing pattern, but also by utilizing contrast when color remains the same. This image of my leather jacket shows the texture difference between the cotton-based hood fabric, and the faux-leather fabric of the main jacket. The two materials are both black, but the difference in finish–a matte and soft fabric against a textured and slightly shiny material– creates a juxtaposition that separates the jacket into what appears to be two pieces that compliment each other but are unified at the same time. This effect would not be the same if the two textures were the same. If the whole jacket was the leather texture, it may be a bit overwhelming or give the impression of the hood not being very comfortable/flexible to wear. If the jacket were all the same material as the hood, then it wouldn’t even be a leather jacket to begin with. It is only the marrying of these two opposing textures that creates an intriguing aesthetic that is varied and has depth. The power of just varying texture to create noticeable difference is another interesting thing to remember for project 1.

About Camille Oppedal

20/ aquarius/ college student/ WSU/ Digital Technology and Culture major
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