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Notebook, 1993-

ELEMENTS

Texture

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The visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance of something . . . . A composite of elements . . . . a pattern of musical sound . . . . Basic Scheme, Essential Part or Substance, Identifying Quality or Character . . . . The Disposition or Manner of union of particles . . . .

C O N S I D E R
Texture refers to the surface characteristics of a shape. This may be plain or decorated, smooth or rough, and may appeal to the sense of touch as much as to sight. [Wong, Wucius. Principals of Two-Dimensional Design. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1972.]

Texture refers to the surface characteristics of a shape. Every shape has a surface and every surface must have certain characteristics, which may be described as smooth or rough, plain or decorated, matt or glossy, soft or hard. Although we generally regard a flat painted surface as containing no texture at all, actually the flatness of the paint is a kind of texture, and there is also the texture of the material on which the shape is created.

Nature contains a wealth of textures. For instance, each kind of stone or wood possesses a distinct texture which an architect or an interior designer may choose for specific purposes. The piece of stone or wood may also be finished in a multiple of ways for diverse textural effects.

Texture may be classified into two important categories: visual texture and tactile texture. Appropriate texture adds richness to a design.

[Wong, Wucius. Principals of Two-Dimensional Design. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1972.]



C O N S I D E R:
Visual & Tactile Characteristics and Qualities of the Surface of a Work of art Resulting from the Way in which the Materials are Used.

Characteristic physical structure given to a material by the Size, Shape, Density, Arrangement, Proportion of its elementary parts

Essential or Elemental Part or Quality

Web, Woven, Interwoven, Intertwined [Threads, Strands... that make up a Textile Fabric]


R  E  F  E  R  E  N  C  E  S 
1 Texture n [L textura, fr. textus, pp. of texere to weave -more at Technical] [1578] 1a: something composed of closely interwoven elements; specif: a woven cloth b: the structure formed by the threads of a fabric 2a: essential part: Substance b: identifying quality: Character 3a: the disposition or manner of union of particles of a body or substance b: the visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance of something [the __ of an oil painting] 4a: a composite of the elements of prose or poetry [all these words . . . meet volently to form a texture impressive and exciting -John Berryman] b: a pattern of musical sound created by tones or lines played or sung together 5a: basic scheme or structcure b: overall structure

2 Texture vt [1694]: to give a particular texture to

[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]



Texture. Characteristic physical structure given to a material by the Size, Shape, Density, Arrangement, Proportion of its elementary parts. Visual & Tactile Characteristics and Qualities of the surface of a work of art resulting from the way in which the materials are Used. Essential or Elemental Part or Quality. Web, Woven, Interwoven, Intertwined [Threads, Strands...that make up a Textile Fabric].

Texture l. The characteristic structure of the interwoven or intertwined threads, strands, or the like, that make up a textile fabric... 2. The characteristic physical structure given to a material by the size, shape, density, arrangement and proportion of its elementary parts - soil of a sandy texture... 3. An essential part or quality; essence. 4. Fine Arts. a. The characteristic visual and tactile quality of the surface of a work of art resulting from the way in which the materials are used. b. The imitation of the tactile quality of represented objects. 5. Anything produced by weaving; woven fabric. -v..i. 6. to make by or as by weaving. 7. to give texture or a particular texture to. [Late ME < L texturea web = text(us) woven ptp. of texere) + -ura, ure]

[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House,1968.]




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