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. 😌

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