2016 » Papers » Volume 3 » ArahPaint, a powerful designing tool for textile repeat patterns
|1. ARAHPAINT, A POWERFUL DESIGNING TOOL FOR TEXTILE REPEAT PATTERNS|
Volume 3 | DOI: 10.12753/2066-026X-16-243 | Pages: 445-452
Textile design is basically the process of creating designs for woven, knitted or printed fabrics. To create a seamless repeat pattern or design on a textile fabric are used different traditional and digital art techniques. A pencil and paper could be present during the first part of this process. In order to complete a design and transfer it to the textile surface, before fabric weaving, knitting or printing process, it is necessary to use professional software.
ArahPaint is Arahne's open source software which can be downloaded it for free along with a demo version of programs ArahWeave for weaving and ArahDrape for mapping. ArahPaint is a drawing program for the textile professionals, but in equal measure and for the engineering students who intend to develop their full creative potential as surface textile pattern designers.
This paper presents the advantages of using ArahPaint as an inspired and unlimited teaching tool based on the elements and principles of construction of seamless repeat patterns.
Some of the most important features of ArahPaint program are related to ability to magnifying the drawings with a specifiable scale, degree of magnification and units, to working with large images up to 30.000 x 30.000 pixels, to drawing instantaneous in seamless repeat across borders, to viewing multiple repeats, to previewing the pattern in repeat and to generating fast pattern designs with special filters. ArahPaint contains many other useful tools for creative works, which, obviously, can never replace the human creativity, imagination and innovation, but can be used to explore a variety of repeat pattern formats.
In connection with the process of converting a design idea into a fabric are presented the steps and modalities to creating repeat patterns for Jacquard woven fabrics.
textile design, Arahne, ArahPaint drawing program, seamless repeat pattern, Jacquard woven fabric, creativity