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Re: Tartan Design

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NTIEVA Student Assistant 3 (ntieva3)
Tue, 4 Mar 1997 10:18:27 CST6CDT

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> Some time ago, I cut an article out of a travel magazine about
> the design of Scottish Tartan plaids, which included color
> illustrations of the different plaids for each family clan. It
> explained how the colors used were significant and how each
> family clan had a dress tartan and a hunting tartan. I was
> planning to use this as a lesson plan by having students design
> their own family tartan using colors which would be significant
> in some way to them. It would be fun to include the birthday
> stripes as well.

Handwoven magazine has had several articles on designing stripes
and plaids using different series of numbers: Morse Code, the Fibonacci
Series, converting alphabets to numbers, looking at color ratios
in paintings, then translating those into a woven design. If
you need Handwoven's address or more information, email me.

Best wishes,
Rebecca Arkenberg
Graduate Research Assistant
North Texas Institute for Educators on the Visual Arts
University of North Texas
PO Box 5098
Denton, TX 76203

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