Color, Material and Surface Design – Crafthub Maker Exchange Residency



Hosted by Design School Kolding

April 2022 Design School Kolding opened the workshops to one week with focus on color, material and surface design. Design School Kolding is well-known for their education in textile design and their open workshops. It is a place where creative minds gather to immerse themselves in craftmanship, design and artistic research. Design School Kolding is an independent institution under the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science training designers at undergraduate and graduate levels.

At the Craft Hub residency, Design School Kolding invited 12 external practitioners to engage with some of the techniques used in textile design to openly discuss matters of color and material across craft disciplines. The field of textile design is often seen in collaboration with other craft disciplines, such as textiles for clothing or interior. To introduce others to try a selection of techniques, opened a discussion of the role of color and materials in relation to product experiences – further it led to a playful engagement and a broader discussion on creativity through making. The residency was facilitated by textile designers and workshop managers from the textile department at Design School Kolding Signe Fink and Iben Høj drawing on their many years of experience in textile printing and knitwear design respectively.

The residency started with a short presentation on colors and how we tend to have favorite ones. These individual color pallets were challenged through guided exercises to unfold perspectives of selecting colorways – for one thing randomness principles and methods. The introduced principles and methods were throughout the residency explored applying various techniques. With a material-based approach, participants experimented with developing ideas within color, material and surface design.

Participants started by building a color index with reactive Remazol water colors on paper to develop color pallets from. Further colorwork was explored through weaving sketches using various strips of paper (colors shades and paper qualities) and moving on to treads and years as medium for studying intersections and relations between colors – blending, patterns and stripes ect. These rather elementary sketching techniques were challenged and unfolded in yarn windings and small-scale weaving to also challenge and explore material surface.