CoryB1,Interesting comments. I'm the student undertaking this research.
The survey is based upon art/design collaborations with sailing.
Your thinking too much into the idea of that photograph. Its an hypothetical example. A visualisation of what could be achieved. As a designer I create print pattern designs.
I'm asking about the concept of having patterned sails.
I can understand some not agreeing with the idea, the most important point in all this is the sail its functional it has to work but is it possible to have the design element within that as well. Thats what my research is for