There’s More to Fabric Than You Think: Radica Textiles

The process of creating a new design begins with inspiration and a sketch. However, both are aligned once the designer has the right fabric. In Charles Village, Sarah Templin is providing original, hand-drawn, and screen-printed textiles designs at her studio, Radica Textiles.  

(Photo from Radica Textiles).
(Photo from Radica Textiles).

“I’ve worked for over ten years in textile design, apparel design, material sourcing, textile-focused product development and textile-related site specific installations, Templin said. My ten years of experience in museum exhibition design, installation and curatorial work have undoubtly shaped my approach to textile design.”

Templin’s interest in textile design began in a fashionable state.

“Like so many other high school girls of the 90’s, I took apart thrift store clothes and re-constructed them into a garment that theoretically fit me better or at least fit my fashion whim of that moment,” Templin said.

In college, the Radica Textiles owner learned how to sew clothes from her own patterns and learned how to sew sculptures from fabric.  

(Photo from Radica Textiles).
(Photo from Radica Textiles).

“I especially loved to sew patterned fabric in a way that created another pattern, like sewing lots of seams and darts on striped fabric to turn it into a chevron,” Templin said.  Logically, I became more interested in the material itself and threw myself in textile design.”

Making an original textile design takes many steps from drawing drafts to figuring out a single motif to creating a pattern.  Templin biggest decision is deciding whether she should hand-paint or hand-screen. Each textile technique has a special process.

(Photo from Radica Textiles).
(Photo from Radica Textiles).

“Although it’s incredibly labor intensive, this [hand-painting] process is terribly special- it yields such rich nuances and variety of detail in a way that no other process can,” Templin said. You won’t find beautiful, feathery brush strokes or variations of color saturation with other methods. On the other hand, the screen printing has a more graphic appeal than painting fabric, with crisp edges and even blocks of color. If you look closely, it’s evident that the fabric is printed by hand, yet you still get a uniform result.”

Throughout the year, Radica Textiles plans to work on new colorways for existing patterns and new printed/painted fabric options.  Radica’s fabrics are more intended for interiors than apparel.  Templin doesn’t mind collaborating with fashion designers.

(Photo from Radica Textiles).
(Photo from Radica Textiles).

“Apparel designer and stylist, Julie Bent and I have worked on one project together making a pouf and have ideas up our sleeve for other projects,” Templin said.

(Photo from Radica Textiles).
(Photo from Radica Textiles).

Visit Radica Textiles website here: www.radicatextiles.com and purchase Radica Textiles here: http://radicatextiles.bigcartel.com/

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