Reflecting upon my graduate collection, I have extremely happy with what I have achieved and I am proud to be leaving University knowing how hard I have worked and the effort that went into the project. During some very difficult and challenging times, I am extremely proud with what I have completed.
Here is my plan for what I want to include within my collection, this helped me when I’m coming to send things off to print or to make visuals for my portfolio.
I have lots of all over prints and designs, when I went to visualise my ditsy floral print for a bedding, I realised I’d need a coordinating pillow design. I painted this floral stripe to be placed at either side of the pillow. The designs underneath are other examples of pillow designs that I played around with. The small floral compositions and individual painted flowers would be placed in corners of pillows.
Im so happy with this visual and collection of fabrics, the colours are consistent throughout, the imedrgry and size of flowers work well together. Below and my visuals I have. created so far. This week has been exreamly busy making final adjustments and corrections. Adding additional details, making extra colour ways, making final visualisations, printing final pieces and creating concept boards for my collection.
Following on from my successful line work studies and designs, I drew two large floral bouquets, using a range of different plants and flowers, mixing up small and large illustrations to result in two beautiful studies. Not knowing what to do with them, I didn’t want to repeat my other bouquet design and place them next to each other in a block repeat, I repeated and repeated the two bouquets and just overlaid them. Although I did again use a simple block repeat, I think the outcome looks really complex and not an obvious repeated structure.
These mini floral bouquets are some drawings that I actually did a few weeks ago and never found a design idea that suited them. I looked at use putting them in a simple repeat or a diagonal pattern but the outcome was always far too simple and plain.
While experimenting with layouts I duplicated all three bouquets and went to put them side by side, but where the commuter pasted them was slightly overlapping, which created a very complex and detail composition. I didn’t like this at first as I thought it looked overly messy.
This week I also wanted to try and come up with a textural marked design, Here are a few of the different design pattern styles I created swatches off. I didn’t like how any of these looked right away. The bottom right picture I think was most successful, it wasn’t util I scanned it in and changed the colours I thought it could be part of a design.
Here are the two components together, the outcome of this design is so much better than I thought it could be, its so busy and complex, I see this working for upholstery fabrics or curtain fabrics.
My ditsy floral print that I created a couple weeks ago, I have altered and changed it a number of times now and I am still now completely happy with it. After wanting to change the colours again, I decided also that I wanted to add extra detail into the plain bold colours on the leaves and petals. I did this by using a Wacom pen and board and went over using the pen tool on photoshop. I really enjoyed doing this as this was the first time using a Wacom, I really enjoyed the freedom of being able to draw and edit drawing digitally.
Adding extra detail to this design I think has made a huge difference, I see this design being very similar to the work of Sarah Gordon, her work has extra small added details and marks. My inspiration behind this piece was a print by Edinburgh Weavers, see image below, I think the idea of have smaller floral design inside flowers is so cool and adds conversation to the print.
Working through colour ways.
Colours always been something I have struggled to incorporate into my work, and I has let my designs down in the past. This semester it is important for me to push my colour use and get myself out of my comfort zone.
Looking at market research, I can really see how much colour can change and effect a piece. The Ada cushion by ROMO really shows the variety of looks and outcomes of styles you can achieve by simply changing the colour. This week I have really tried to experiment with colours and get some of my deigns to stand out for their use of colour.
The above piece is my ditsy all over fabric and I see being on bedding ranges. From previous posts I showed my colour ways, this week I wanted to elevate these and push some crazy new colour combinations for it. To get these colour palettes I looked at a range of market research of prints where I though their use of colour stood out. Prints by Natasha Coverdale, Cole & Son and Edinburgh Weavers were used as inspiration.
Above are the images of the Flora Stripe design I created using AVA CAD CAM. Being inspired by the wallpaper below from World Of Wallpaper, I loved the was the dots made the design less harsh on the background. I also like how the fits have made the flowers become invisible and interstate with the dots.
I have also tried to experiment with colour ways for this design, adding more vibrant bright pinks and touches of lime have really made the pieces stand out a little more and look less bland.
Having drawn the images for the print below ages ago, I thought I should put them into repeat! I’m so surprised at how good the print has turned out to be, seeing as though, putting the names under the flowers was a complete accident and were purely there to help my verify which drawing was which plant. I think the print works externally well and I see it being perfect for any kitchen fabric or wallpaper.
Images of painted pages using emulsion, painted with a dry brush. I individually scanned parts of them in, then used the clone tool to create an all over texture wallpaper. To create different colour ways I changed the modes of the textured layer to interact with the background colour. I think this print has worked out extremely well, looking at collection so far, I have a lot of bold floral prints that would be a feature in a room, I think my collection needs this print for coordinating with others.
Seeing how successful the textured print is, I decided that my ditsy print was far too simple and needed another layer adding to the background. Using the wand tool in photoshop I selected use one colour of the texture and layered this behind the floral layer. I know this is a very subtle effect but I think it woks well and adds something else to the design.
Also this week I decided to start looking at designing my ceramic collection. In the past I have found it hard to do this and struggled when coming to composition ideas. To start designing I looked at lots of market research first. Looking across a range of sites, I was drawn to M&S, Habitat and La Redoute for composition of imedrgry ideas.
The plate idea below I think is really successful and could work well on a large and smaller plate. the individual sections of the plants will be easy to apply to the ceramics as they should have movement so won’t crease. The think blue painted line round the edge however I don’t think will be achievable.
Below are some of my ideas for mug wraps, I like the idea of the plants growing from the bottom of the mug, so the first idea I think will be most effective. Obviously the colours of the second one would need to be changed, but I think the contrast in styles would be nice against the line work.
I LOVE this plate design, I know that having a full design for a plate will be harder to apply however this design I think is too nice to not use! I love the hand drawn florals together. To transfer this to use I think I will take it into illustrator and image trace it to get a more graphic bold pattern that won’t be too sketchy.
Over the spring break, I made the decision I wanted to create a long hand screen printed registered length to present in my graduate show. Wanting it to be over 2 meters long, I knew I’d lots of room to spread out to avoid any mistakes and drips of excess pigment onto the print, coming in during the easter break seemed like the best idea. I decided to mix my pigment beforehand meaning once I got into the print room I could get straight on to printing. Working out this print I realised I’d need 250g of each pigment.
This design was created by hand painting 4 compositions of florals and arranging them to interact with one another using the software AVA CAD CAM. This design really suited being used for separated screen printing, the graphic style mean that’s the individual screens fitted really well together.
In terms of keeping track of what screens I had used and what colour was for each screen, I thought it would be easier to do one screen at once and do all 4 prints of it, I did this to avoid mixing up pigments.
I ended up doing this whole print in two days, 10 hours all together. The first two screens I did on the first day as it took me a while to get into the rhythm of it, print, technicians dry the print with a hair dryer while I power wash the squeegee and the screen, then dry screen with a cloth and finish with a hair dryer, ready for second print. This process took a lot longer on the first day, the second day we got that whole process down to 15 minuets! Meaning I could do a whole screens print in an hour, resulting in the last 5 screens being done the second day!
I decided to do this print onto a lightweight linen that had a slight brown/green colour to it. I though as though the colour of the fabric went well with the pigment colour ways I chose to use.
Wanting the fabric hung for the show, I am still undecided whether I want it hung by a wall or in front of a window, allowing light to shine through. This is why it is important to have a slight transparent fabric. Because of the slight open weave to the fabric, it meant that the pigment actually went through to the backing cloth, which soaked up the excess pigment. It wasn’t till I was pealing the linen of that I realised I would have a second ghosting print left underneath.
Because of how important this print is to my collection, I decided before I started printing that I wanted to have a completely clean backing cloth, so there was no chance anybody’s prints left on the old backing cloth would transfer onto my print. I am so happy I decided to do this as it left me with a clean white/cream base for my print to transfer on. The linen fabric left a really nice texture on the second print, meaning the darker colours have a slight check to them.
This is my finished printed length, I am so happy with how it has turned out, I ended up doing 28 prints all together. After it taking so long, it was hard at the end to not rush it and try and speed up the process, but I am so happy I didn’t. The prints line up so perfectly and the colour pigment mixing is just perfect. I am so excited to see this hung up at the show!
Busy and fun week this week! My week started off with a whole day in the print room, by myself! I had so much fun experimenting with colours and fabric to print my designs on. I created some prints to go within my kitchen collection, working on the idea for table linens and curtains.
Working on my line work studies, I decided to print the same design on two very different fabrics, a medium weight canvas and an organza. Both prints turned out perfect!
Later on in the week was the University of Bolton’s virtual fair, there were guest speakers of a past graduate, Debbie Buchan from ‘AVA CAD CAM’, and Kieth and Mark from ‘Mini Moderns’. The whole fair was amazing, was a quick tutorial of AVA and hearing Kieth and Mark talk about the prints were amazing!
This week I have also been playing around with different plant and flower shapes and looking at creating a ditsy print idea. I had a really good day as I usually really struggle with colour ways and creating fun and exciting combinations, however, I created these four and I absolutely LOVE them. I think the are so different but also work really well together. My personal favourite being the bottom, blue and dark orange one. I have never worked with these colours before but I think they’re so striking and look amazing as a combination.
Lastly, on Friday, I had a session working on AVA in uni. I created this wallpaper/ bedding design idea, I am super happy with how it has turned out. I especially like the subtle stripe that I have created using the indiviual flowers. I found the actual forming of the composition quite difficult as I am not very good at AVA yet, layering the objects was tricky and cutting out sections was also hard to do. with more practice, I hope to get better at AVA.
This week started in the print room again, using my liner art work, digitally I created this block repeat of two floral bouquets. The actual prints came out very clean, I didn’t think the artwork was going to come through as the line in the screen were very fine. I am super happy with the result!
I also printed this design, of Scandinavian flowers with their names dotted in-between the illustrations. I am really happy with how this print looks on fabric, I can imagine this print working on tea towels or other kitchen accessories.
Near the end of the week I had another painting session, I wanted to create these painted illustrations to use in a ditsy print, I am really happy with the style I have established for this collection! Next week I am going to take these forward and put into repeat.
A key influence for me this project, is the work of and designer Josef Frank. I think his designs are so innovative and different to anything else on the market. He also features designs on a whole range of products and surfaces.
I love the style of painting on the wallpapers and fabrics, I see my painting style being extremely similar. Going into the print room this week, I had prepared a screen that features 6 colours, meaning 6 separate screens for registered screen printing. I LOVE doing this process as I find the result to individual, especially when you don’t line yer screens up exactly and you see other colours coming through.
The images above are of a print I did using use one of the six screens. Printing onto this sheer fabric, I was able to gain a silhouette effect, giving me the opportunity for additional patterns and marks to be layered underneath.
Below is my six coloured print, in two colour ways! I am so happy with the result, it was definitely worth the time spent! The colour combinations I think have worked really well, and the proportions show how changing them slightly give the design a completely different look!
I am starting this week looking at Isik Guner, after purchasing her book, ‘Botanical illustration from life’ I am drawn to her amazing drawing and painting skills. Her main strength is her iconic realistic botanical paintings, but I am obsessed with her illustrative line drawings.
Reflecting upon her work, I have started to create small individual illustrations of Scandinavian plants. Previously in my project, I created some line studies in compositions, I think it makes sense to create them individually, this way I can fully explore each individual plant then piece them together in compositions later.
I am really enjoying creating these illustrations, unintentionally whilst I was drawing, I was putting the names of each of the plants underneath, I was doing this purely for my own benefit of reminding me which plant it is. However, I thought that keeping the name of the plants actually creates a fun, educational side to the design. This could be perfect for a children’s collection but also would look fun on wall hangings (see below), as well as tea towels, notebooks?
After creating individual illustrations, I started to think of how they could create designs, being an all over print, using branches to connect them all and climb up the wall or create bouquets. Below are some examples of market research I have looked at that explore each of these possibilities, my favourites being the bouquets and climbing branches.
Whilst exploring drawing these bouquets, I started to create these small mini bouquets, I love these as they are so ditsy and delicate, they’d work in repeat well, however also work on stationery item such as notebooks, cards and gift-wrap!
While creating these, I decided to play around with colour and media, adding gouache and watercolour in with the line drawings has created a complete different look to the design. Adding the bold colour to these mini bouquets I think is really effective and ties all my design together.