Many fabrics and textiles have rough or nubby textures, making them fairly useful in some design work. Even some of the clothing textures (like the leather, denim or knit sweaters) can be put to use in other ways. One of the reasons I first started photographing textiles was for a friend who designed “things” for sale in Second Life, like various bits of clothing, but he also wanted to be able to have a variety of life-like textures for using in his “shops”, so the textiles page was born out of a friend’s needs. Some of these might be good for use in backgrounds in many other applications.
Some of them are funky created textures, and some of them come from vintage clothing, like the mink textures. Yep, they’re real mink. My grandmother had a beautiful mink stole that was custom made for one of the “rich ladies” whose homes she used to clean. A few of them gave her their “cast-offs”, but I can’t even imagine how this would have been considered a cast-off. It was (and still is) absolutely perfect – even the lining and inside tag still look new. My grandmother took very good care of it, and it was worn on only the most special occasions. Myself … I wouldn’t wear it. I mean really … it’s an animal’s hair (er, fur). I just can’t handle putting that on my body. I even have trouble with real leather.
So, on to the textures!