Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Print inspiration from John Lewis

MissPrint - Songbird

Hello! A couple of weeks ago my parents came to Leeds for a few days and we ended up popping into John Lewis. I don't usually go there much (being a student means having very little money) but I remembered they have a fabric and wallpaper department so decided to mooch around for some inspiration.

It was hard to miss these lovely birds on such a vibrant yellow and nice to see bold characters on display especially considering my current project. I love the mischievous look on their faces! The little details in the birds surrounded by a clever use of negative space creates a balanced, easy to follow design. I think this is my favourite from what I saw, but maybe that's because I prefer an illustrative approach when designing. 

Kate Spade New York - Gerbera

I really loved these large scale florals by Kate Spade New York, especially on the green. As a textile designer sometimes simple is better and I think this is a perfect example of that. The different colour ways also offer something different each time; it's such a small change but can instantly alter the mood of the design. It would be easier to play safe with the silver, but If I had to choose I would definitely go for one of the brighter options.

Celia Birtwell - Beasties

Celia Birtwell - Classical Star

Lastly here's a couple from Celia Birtwell. The first was from the children's section spotted for the whimsical narrative and drawing style, which I love. It's so simple and sweet but not overly cute-sy thanks to the toile de Jouy style of print. The red line contrasting with the beige ground is suuuuper nice and definitely my favourite. I have this thing with bright reds recently but I'm not sure where it came from! The little stars as a simple repeat is probably not the most innovative design, but in these colour ways it just really works. It definitely makes for a nice complimentary print against something a bit more decorative.

This has been quite a short post but I think I'm going to visit again sometime and spend a bit longer looking through the fabrics. It's great to find inspiration for my own projects, and maybe then I'll have a few more of my faves to share with you. 😌

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Floss: Shop and zine

Hello! I hope you've had a lovely week. Today I wanted to share issue one of Floss zine, as well as a few other things, which Ellen from Floss Shop kindly sent me a while ago. (I've been so overwhelmed with degree show work I've finally managed to find the time to sit down and put together a post!) I really love buying and reading zines because of the handmade qualities. Knowing somebody has lovingly put together their own little book of pictures and words is something I find so personal and interesting to read through.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Final collection progress

Screen printed design featuring my inky bird drawings

Ive been in a bit of a low mood recently which is why I've been reluctant to post on my blog. I'm starting to realise that there can be a difference between my personal work and designing for a commercial brief which is something I considered a lot before I started my degree show collection. I like things that are weird and unusual, I like drawing with ink and making mistakes and I like being bold and expressive. Right now I'm just happy to make things that express my own personal style!

Snippets of developments for my final collection

I actually went to a talk at The Hepworth last weekend called Printmaker as Designer from Mark Hearld, Angie Lewin and Emily Sutton. It was super encouraging to listen to as it helped me understand that I can be a printmaker / artist first and designer second. I'm way more influenced and inspired by art and illustration than patterns and textiles because a lot of the time they have so many restrictions. Hearing how these artists and illustrators adapted their work to fit textiles was the sort of wake up call I needed with regards to how I view my own practice. 

With all of that out of the way this week I finally managed to start screen printing and I'm really happy with the results! It feels so good to get back into it again especially when things turn out the way you want them to. I'm definitely going to try and get back into blogging a lot more frequently even just for myself!

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