Floydiana has valued Floyd County’s textures metaphorically, as social fabrics. 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. The fingers easily distinguish between a steel and nylon guitar string, and the tongue knows grits from meal.
The senses are an orchestra that directs the conductor. Even the ears can help define a texture–a phenomenon that an be explored by holding a mug fashioned by Jayn Avery. First rub a smooth part with a finger-pad, causing a squeak; then with a fingernail rub the textured lace/cloth imprint, evoking only dullness. Of course the eyes, ever vital, both reveal and infer texture by registering shape, pattern, 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).