Textile design requires imagination, sensibility for the use of colors, knowledge of materials and skills how to treat materials, including mastering textile design techniques. As textile designer and owner of Halle Design Hala Yousif presents in this site her very own and unique style that is inspired by her background and life she lived in different countries of the world. The textile designs she presents are applied in the exclusive fashion industry and in high end interiors.
Textile design inspiration
The early years
Hala’s textile design style embrace the many rich influences the path of her life have crossed. From her country and culture of origin, Iraq, to those of her two countries of adoption, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Her early work is inspired by Iraqi folklore, the history of Babylon and the elements from the Sumerian and Muslim cultures and arts. It is characterised by the intricate patterns, painted on clothes in swirls of warm bright colours.
Designing textiles in Europe
Then the fresh breeze of Sweden blows. The colour palette shifts towards the pure limpid colours of the Scandinavian landscape, with the particular emergence of white. Patterns simplify and minimalize.
When living in Sweden the bright and clear skies impress and inspire her for new designs. First the colors are completely different compared to her country of birth. The ice, the snow and the huge difference in temperature are life changing but sources of inspiration. In addition the minimal use of colors, the sunlight that reflects from ice and snow inspire her to take this completely new environment as the basis for her designs. Using textures kept in her memory and stored already during her childhood this results in a unique concept.
Textile design blend of styles
The textile designs Hala presents on this website provide a blend of styles from Scandinavia and the country she was born. The Arabic kalligrafie and lines and curves come straight from a 1001 Nights. At the same time, the textile design techniques, the materials and colors used incorporate the Northern influences. However, the sprinkle of silver and gold stays to complete the fairytale atmosphere.
“ Purely out of interest, I visited Halle Design. The captivating Hala showed a variety of fabrics and creations in a thousand and one colors, materials and structures. It was like a kind of vacation, a journey along sandy beaches and lush forests, past oriental decorated palaces. Then suddenly another flight through the air with light-transmitting airy materials. Hala’s work stands for worldly design by a true Master of Arts.”Mannie Klijn Velderman
Textile design techniques
In her country of origin Hala is textile designer in the Iraqi Fashion House and is skilled in pattern design, hand painting and patchwork. In Sweden she masters the silk painting technique and silkscreen printing. In Paris at Malhia Kent she spends many hours with the loom and weaves for haute couture customers. As part of her education in the Netherlands she learns a number of new techniques as textile designer. These textile design techniques offer her a wealth of new possibilities and combinations in textile fibers, colors as well as in structures. She experiences the Academy in Maastricht, Malhia Kent in Paris and the Textielmuseum in Tilburg as great places to experiment and to practice textile design techniques.
In cooperation with the Textielmuseum Hala develops home textiles for the high end market. The 3D weaving textile design technique is her favorite. Hala delivers the idea and pattern for the textiles and in partnership with the Textielmuseum she experiments until she is satisfied with the results.
While weaving in the Textielmusuem is mainly done using automated weaving machines Hala masters also the hand weaving textile design technique. Her internship at Malhia Kent in Paris is very valuable and is of great influence. She works hours and hours with the loom experimenting with many yarns and different colors. On top of that she learns in Paris what it means to be part of a design house and deliver designs to haute culture fashion companies like Chanel.
Lasering textile design technique
With a laser it is possible to create patterns on certain textiles. Not all textiles can be lasered, however the synthetic textiles work very well. Hala worked out different examples for home textile products.
Textile design technique knitting
Hala uses also the knitting textile design technique in some of her designs.
In the Netherlands Hala masters the dry felting textile design technique. She uses the technique to unite different pieces of textile, for example lace and wool. It turns out to be a wonderful technique and it can by applied using different materials. Hala is aware how poluting the textile industry is. While being aware of this, this technique enables her to contribute to a more sustainable world. This unique textile design technique can be very well used with left overs from used pieces of textiles to create women’s fashion. She connects different kind of textiles even old pieces of clothes in a very special way with a great esthetic effect. She has come across customers and fashion designers who want to apply it in their designs for dresses. Enjoy the effect in the shawls in the pictures shown.
Related to the exhibition Earth Matters of the Textielmuseum in Tilburg, the Netherlands, designers were challenged to reuse textiles from old clothes and create new designs. The red shawl was her contribution. Pieces of an old shawl, a pullover and left overs from the French design house Malhia Kent are connected together with old pieces of wool with fitting colours.
The result is a fully new luxury exclusive shawl. Wouldn’t you want such a new creation and contribute to the environment?
Printing and hand painting on textile
When living in Iraq Hala already applied patchwork and hand painting on silk. When living in Sweden she still carried in her heart the culture of her childhood. The influence of the Scandinavian environment grew bit by bit. However, she missed the heat of the sun and the whirling use of colors as she carried it in her. These memories and that feeling inspired her to design the colorful silk shawl collection with the textile design hand painting design technique. She calls this silk shawl collection “Reflections under the Sun”.
Patchwork textile technique
Patchwork is used if pieces of textile are sewed together
Hala’s textile designs
Find finished texile designs in in her textile design online shop.
Hala created finished products like Handmade scarves: You can find more information and background on her handcrafted scarves blog.
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Textile designs – Hala’s movie
Hala Yousif is textile designer and owner of Halle Design.
Find here the link to her biography