Floydiana has appreciated Floyd County’s texture in the metaphorical sense of a social fabric. But the area has many literal ones. Many of these are agricultural: the hide of a cow, the fibers of a straw-bale, the fabric of bib-overalls, …. Texture may be fundamentally tactile–i.e., perceived by nerves in the skin or tongue. Skin of the fingers, for example, easily distinguish between a steel and nylon guitar string, and the tongue knows grits from meal. Texture can also be sensed indirectly by kinesthesis, as when the foot gives in a pile of manure or registers no friction on ice.
The senses are a symphony orchestra that directs the conductor. Even the ears can help define a texture. I explored this phenomenon by holding a mug fashioned by Jayn Avery, first rubbing a smooth part and causing a squeak, then with a fingernail rubbing the textured lace/cloth imprint and evoking dullness. Of course the eyes, ever vital, both reveal and infer texture by registering its shape, depth and color.Here are photographs of animal, vegetable, and mineral textures that characterize Floyd County, Virginia. Some subjects are natural, others man-made, others both (i.e., domesticated animals). In a some images texture will overlap with pattern, a similar but less tactile word. May each photograph invite your fingers to reach out and scrape, squeeze, or rub.