Over a series of several days, I did my best to examine the textures and materials surrounding me and take photos of the textures in the moment I first witnessed them. I never had really reflected on how prominent texture was in the materials I use and see in my every day life until I received this assignment, which allowed me to observe these more in depth.
I snapped this photo of my duvet cover in my bedroom the other morning when I woke up. Ellen Lupton explains that texture adds detail to an image, providing an overall surface quality, as well as rewarding the eye when viewed up-close. The duvet in its entirety varies in pattern and texture, as it had a woven quilt-esq appearance with the same simple, ivory shade throughout. My favorite texture is the polka-dots, which I focused on in this photo. Observing this texture up-close allows me to appreciate the effort and detail that the designer must have committed to this material.
This photo focuses on textural design on a small sculpture of an elephant in my living room. One of my roommates lived in Southeast Asia for many years, and bought this handmade sculpture there while traveling. Lupton explains that texture in our environment helps us understand the nature of things. This texture, accompanied by the bright blue and gold color, adds depth to the sculpture and upholds its level of personal craftsmanship. Without this intricate design on the sculpture, the item completely loses detail and what makes it most unique.
I have four of these placemats on my kitchen table. They add minor detail to our home and make for more of a warm environment. Lupton states that texture is the literal surface on a printed piece, as well as the optical appearance. Nonetheless, the blue, almost metallic color on the placemat allows the woven detail of the texture to really stand out – especially when light from the light fixture above our table reflects upon it. Dimension and continuity of this texture really catches the eye. For something that is likely mass-produced, the placemat is very intricate.