Creativity, method and process in digital fabric printing: A 21st century paintbrush

Rob Burton

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This paper analyses how the arrival and widespread use of digital printing affects the artist as maker in the postmodern world of instant reproduction. In response to the question of using digital printing as an artistic tool, a 21 st century paintbrush, the marks and imagery of paintings and drawings of the author's own work produced over the past few years were analysed. The digitally printed fabric outcomes, large scale painterly prints, will be presented as examples of how digitisation becomes a powerful tool to the textile artist with the creative textile maker manipulating technology and not being controlled by it. The conclusion will show how digitisation and new technologies should not be seen as creating isolation but can be integrated into the textile artist's tool box to inspire and enhance creativity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-230
Number of pages14
JournalDigital Creativity
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Contextual studies
  • Creative methodologies
  • Cultural theory
  • Digital fabric printing
  • Printed art textiles


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