Inspired by the concept of camouflage and how animals use this technique to disguise themselves predators and prey.
This interior collection expresses the notion of standing out and keeping concealed. Neutral colours are used to juxtapose with bright warning colours. These warning colours are used as cautionary advice to inform animals that this species is either poisonous, venomous, or are trying to mimic these such animals.
Through exploring ways predators and prey obtain a hidden profile, fabrics have been manipulated through fraying and hand smocking to represent this unfocused, indistinctive image.
Motif drawings have been created through the process of dotting to build up layers and shadows, and show detail within the animal. Experimentation through changing dot size and density has also been explored to suggest different ways of representing the notion of camouflage.
This project is about using dramatic elements from the weather as a starting point, this project was to create four A1 scale textiles outcomes, each responding emotionally to extreme weather experiences.
The emotions expressed are Fear, Powerful, Frustrated and Anxious.
These textile art pieces are intended to give awareness about the change in weather that as a society we have noticed. The main inspiration was looking into natural disasters and dangerous weather that has affected our world, for example, the Australian bushfires. It let to the concern of how certain weather can trigger some emotions. and affect our mental health.
Each emotion has its own colour palette with print and embroidery processes used together, making textural surfaces as an important part of the project. Not only has this been explored with textiles, but large scale drawings were made and became a key part of the journey for design development.
Key Words: New material innovation, circular design, bio design, bio-plastic, sharing community, research, experimentation, fashion flare, bespoke fashion, Surface design
The bio-material community is an emerging design sector which focuses on finding new ways to approach sustainable material innovation using green Chemistry. The process of material creation is an amalgamation of science, cooking and design. The driving force behind the material research is centred around bio-degradable materials, the principles of circular design and zero waste.
Sustainable fashion collections often place emphasis on the ‘worth’ of the fibres used to construct the clothes. The collection of apparels is often assembled with fabrics namely, organic cotton, bamboo and hemp. Frequently, the use of these natural fibres is the selling point for the collections. Timeless garment design combined with natural, sustainable materials, is often championed over the textile design element of the collections. Timeless designs encourage consumers to ditch keeping up with trends and the throw away the fashion culture, by creating pieces that are unending in their ability to be worn over long periods of time. The seemingly infinite wear of the items means there is less need to constantly update wardrobes. Subsequently, reducing the accumulation of textile waste gathering in rubbish tips.
The outcome of this project focuses on creating samples for a new fashion concept that balances textile design with innovative sustainable materials and processes. Adapting existing textile processes to be more environmentally responsible: for example; creating an eco-friendly binder for screen printing, to allow surface pattern design to be more viable when creating sustainable fashion collections.
The materials within the project are all biodegradable. Subsequently, the future disposing of the textiles in the project will be less damaging to the planet. The samples are not made to last but are still sustainable, allowing the materials to be led by design concepts spanning further than the fibres used to construct them.
The fashion industry is currently facing a crisis of excess textile waste accumulating in landfill sites around the world. A consequence of the throw away culture many consumers have adopted towards fashion. Fuelling the inspiration for imagery for this project is the period of baroque, a previous time of excess; a period where the ownership of quantity and quality goods was used to show wealth, resulting in the rich owning an excess of land, clothes and other materialistic items. The excess ownership in the baroque period does not differ greatly to the excess amassing of clothes in many consumers wardrobes today, as a result to adhering to fast fashion. The link between the excessive consumption of textiles within today’s society and excess display of wealth in the baroque period, creates the concept of ‘excess in baroque’ to be an ideal line of inquiry to pursue for design inspiration.
The bio-material sector is in an emerging phase, consequently the materials are not available for commercial use. The uniqueness of the textiles lends itself to the bespoke fashion and textile market. In the future, the aim is for the textile innovations that started as part of this project to be commercially viable within the fashion industry, hence the title of the project ‘Fashioning Textile Futures’ .
‘For me print and pattern shouldn’t be limited for use just within the fashion and textile industry’
Polished Up Pattern explores a personal journey combining my love for both pattern and beauty. The project has been treated as an entrepreneurial and career focused brief for myself, drawing on the knowledge gained of pattern composition to continue a passion of working in the beauty industry.
This a creative opportunity enabled me to develop a range of surface pattern designs, to showcase diverse artistic skills within in a beauty salon setting. These distinctive designs intended to be applied to a variety of areas within the business, including furnishings inside a new salon environment, branding/promotional content and nail art designs. Already a personal ‘unique selling point’ of the business is the skill to be able to successfully adapt and apply pattern designs to the much smaller surface size of a nail plate.
With a combination of client feedback and trend research key words were identified and extracted, including ‘Power Flower’, ‘Dense Doodles’, ‘Hyper Nature’, ‘Terrazzo Collage’ and ‘Artistic Abstracts’. These key words were used to keep the project driving forward as a reference and to gain inspiration for motif generation predominately through collage and CAD manipulation.
Saving Our Ocean’s Wave was created with supporting information from a dissertation looking at sustainability in textiles, focusing on recycling fabrics and eco-friendly materials.
Research suggests that sustainability within the textile industry is addressed towards the fashion industry but appears to be overlooked in the home and in interiors. The textile industry is one of the most pollutant trades globally which needs to be articulated to a wide audience. Consumers seem to be oblivious to this by continuing to shop which creates a demand that then needs to be met. This means designers need to be creating sustainable alternatives and options for consumers. Therefore, this project showcases ethical approaches to home-wear design by incorporating off cuts, waste and eco-friendly fabrics.
This interior collection targets a family audience, creating designs for children aiming to raise awareness for saving oceans. By creating fun interiors, families can be educated about marine wildlife due to sensitive colour combinations as pops of colour such as corals and yellows will represent the fading away of the ecosystem due to human disruption. The designs have been printed onto a range of sustainable options for example, recycled fabrics as well as bamboo and other natural fibres, whilst also attempting to subtly educate the families about the use of sustainable materials.
The designs featured in the collection have been digitally printed and worked on top of, keeping in mind sustainable approaches. An example of this is considering how to apply long lasting and durable texture which is why wallpaper samples will have flocked sections of detail rather than applications such as puff binder which would rub off and not last. Off-cuts will also allow unique end results as different fabric types take colour in different ways creating a variety of outcomes.
A contemporary collection of luxury graphic metal surface concepts and paper-based works, embracing nuances of mid-century and brutalist architecture in their design.
The collection is targeted towards the luxury market, with the option to use the metal outcomes for a range of applications, such as large-scale interior surfaces, within the automotive industry, architectural cladding, or scaled down for opulent jewellery pieces. Alongside the metal outcomes is a coordinating collection of placement designs, intended to be either transferred onto metal, or to be commissioned as large-scale wallpaper murals, also capturing a structural brutalist intent. The wallpaper and metal products can either be used individually, used together to create a coordinating scheme, or even to use the metalwork externally on a building, and the wallpaper internally.
The beauty of brutalist architecture is often a topic of debate, not only for architects, but for many in the wider community. ModBrut aims to take the modernist and minimalist elements of the brutalist style, and bring them to life with a new beauty, by conveying it in a unique, graphic way on the surface of metal.
Future trend forecasting indicates how important it is for us to be in touch with textural surfaces, and surfaces that catch our attention and encourage us to interact with them – and this collection provides just that. Metal has a cooling contrast to other raw materials, providing a refreshing sensory experience. Its reflective quality allows light to bounce around spaces in new and exciting ways and allowing as much light into our environments as possible is proven to improve our well-being.
With a strong skill set in photography, capturing cityscapes, urban spaces and architectural structures is a key driving factor for many personal projects, but plays a pivotal role in the development of this collection. These photographs have inspired mixed media drawings and collages, and were directly recreated on the surface of the metal pieces. Additionally, working as a designer within a historical context highlights the importance of celebrating design movements from the 20th Century, and bringing them into today’s creative movements with a contemporary outlook.
This collection aims to celebrate and highlight the beauty of critically endangered species in the rainforest that inspired the outcomes of the collection.
Evanescence includes a range of bespoke textile statement pieces for high end interiors. A selection of the fabrics allow light to travel through the material whereas some include the aim of expressing the technical skills of the designer.
There needs to be more attention on species that are endangered due to human action such as deforestation, farming and hunting. The collection aims to draw attention to unusual species that people may have never seen before. The concept of this project shows the existence to non-existent life in the rainforest through the notion of fading that can be explored through line, shape, colour and density. The textile statement fabrics created explore some of the following print and embroidery processes such as sublimation, devore, fraying, silk shading, fabric manipulation and layering of fabric.
The physical effects that depression has on the body is represented through textile processes
The series of 3D textile pieces are to heighten the awareness of the physical effects of depression, to encourage more funding in the mental health sector of the NHS.
The concept of this project is to reflect the biological research of the change in the body for people with depression through exploration of textile manipulation into 3D form, focusing on shape, colour and the three key words.
The three key words that reflect the physical changes of the body for people with depression are: Constriction, Clustered and Diminished. The words are the base drivers of this project and are applied to the development of textile process testing to effectively portray the physical effects of depression. The main areas of the body focused on is blood vessels, the heart, neurons, and neurotransmitters which are all influenced by to the key words.
The project idea has been taken further by setting up a crowdfunder to encourage more people to donate to the NHS to support the mental health sector. A postcard will be sent to anyone that has donated through the crowdfunder that displays this work as well as more information about the physical effects of depression.
Architectural Minimalism is a printed textile surface pattern collection, which injects vibrant and modern forms into interior spaces in the hospitality industry.
Bold shapes combined with fine textures are inspired by European architecture and metalwork structures, from nostalgic trips to Barcelona, Paris and Milan.
The Architectural Minimalism collection aims to bring life back to outdated hotels and restaurants. Utilising contemporary compositions and a vibrant colour palette intends to transform these interiors into more cheerful and social spaces. The proposed products vary from wallpaper murals, to hanging lampshades and upholstery, overall being a versatile collection for different interiors. This is highlighted through the digital visualisations which further showcase how the statement prints inject bold colour and shapes into the desired settings.
Each design within the collection has been hand crafted using collage techniques, in order to provide a variation of shapes, colours and textures. Incorporating textural elements adds more depth to the designs, as well as portraying rustic details of architecture and metalwork through a modern twist. This allows exterior details to be developed into designs aimed at interiors, therefore creating a link which consumers can appreciate. The mix of pastel and deep colours with graphic shapes provides a stylish and minimalistic aesthetic. Digital design enables a fusion of these elements, overall creating dynamic repeats which emphasise scale within printed surface patterns for interiors.
Sea Dreams is a luxury interior collection for a child's bedroom, the collection has been designed to stimulate imagination and create an awareness of the world for young children.
Hand and digital design work has been combined to create an exciting and inviting environment, suitable for a young child's bedroom.
Taking inspiration from ocean imagery and upcoming trends, intricate hand-crafted collages, drawings and digital compositions have been created. ’Sea Dreams’ is a collection of framed prints, fabrics and mural wallpaper designs for a luxury children’s bedroom setting. The chosen colour palette is inspired by S/S 2021 trends, such as 'Transform' and 'Save the Seas,' but has also been designed so that it creates a calming and inviting environment for the target audience to discover.
The purpose of the collection is to stimulate imagination, as well as create an awareness of the sea world for young children. The ocean may be a place young children may not have yet discovered, bespoke mural designs illustrate these environments, giving young children the opportunity to explore and interpret their own story of the ocean scene, within their own bedroom. Bedding and upholstery fabric ideas also form part of the collection, these have been designed in a much smaller scale, to compliment the large scale murals. These fabric swatch samples, have be printed onto Poplin, a 100% Cotton fabric. Cotton has been chosen as it provides the best durability and non- allergenic quality suitable for the target market.
Due to the complexity of design processes: intricate mixed media collages, large scale bespoke mural designs, specifically chosen materials suitable for the target market, high end digital printing processes, this collection is aimed towards a luxury interior market level.