Some Floral Inspiration

I am currently looking into floral motifs and designs for my wallpaper and interiors collection that will be showcased at my degree show this may. I began by drawing and painting some designs and flowers in watercolour. I have been inspired by the work of Scottish painter and printmaker Dame Elizabeth Blackadder.  Elizabeths florals are fresh in colour and maintain a delicate and whimsical feel. Her drawings are detailed and convey beautiful combinations and arrangements of florals. Here are some of my favourite prints,

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Preparation For My Degree Show 2014

 

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As a fourth year design student there comes a time where the studio becomes frantic due to the deadline for the annual degree show. New graduates display their 4th year work and portfolio to the public and members of industry. The degree show is the first step and platform to showcase the work of new emerging talent within the design world. As a textile designer, I will be displaying a collection of both fabric and paper samples in my degree show space. I am specialising in floral wallpapers for a commercial interiors market. My designs are based on two collections, spring and autumnal florals. This week we will be allocated our degree show spaces, we must design the layout of our space and think about how our work will be presented individually as well as a collected class.

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 DJCAD Degree Show 2013

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Judy Scott Degree show space 2013

Above is a lovely example of a textile degree show space. Judy Scott is a recent graduate of DJCAD and showcased her degree show work last year in 2013. Judy created a both a childrenswear and womenswear collection from her printed textile samples. Judy continues to create new designs now has her own brand, she is currently making a new range of menswear ties. Her work is becoming well known in the industry, she has recently created a window display featuring her work for Selvedge in London.

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Judy’s designs were displayed in Selvedge’s stop window this year.

Another example of a textiles DJCAD graduate who has found success is Johanna Bassford who graduated in 2005.

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Johanna is famous for her trademark detailed monochrome illustrations. Since graduating Johanna’s work has appeared as covers and designs for famous brands. She has also had her own exhibition in the DCA Dundee last year showcasing her designs. Johanna continues to create beautiful work for new projects and has become well-known in the industry.
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Internship with Aimee Kent

I recently started my internship with Glasgow based print designer Aimee Kent. I am very excited to see first hand how a textile design studio works and learn more about the daily running of a business. Aimee is part of the “Starter for 6” programme set up by the Cultural Enterprise Scotland, a premier start-up and investment programme for creative industry entrepreneurs. Her studio is based in Osbourne street in Glasgow city centre.

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Aimee’s business values focus around ethical and sustainable screen print production. She hand prints using environmentally friendly dyes and organic sourced fabrics. Aimee makes prints for her own collections, as a collaboration with other designers/makers and as requested commissions. Her print designs are versatile and fit into both the interior and fashion sector. Aimee’s brand successfully fills the gap in the Scottish textile market for quirky and contemporary textiles that are responsibly sourced.

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“Aimee’s abstract, drawings and mark making techniques, produce eye-catching prints with a bold, distinct, almost tribal style. Aimee creates energetic abstract patterns and finds inspiration from her childhood in Kenya as well as travel and foreign architecture.”

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Here is Aimee’s website with more information about her designs,

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Sanna Annukka

I have recently fell in love with some of the designs by designer and printmaker Sanna Annukka. Her work reflects on landscapes and stories, a bit like a whimsical folklore fairytale. She takes her inspiration from her heritage and time spend in Finland as a child. Her work is very colourful and vibrant and she creates beautiful patterns. She has also worked for Finnish design company Marrimekko, here are some examples of her work that I admire,

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Photoshop Patterns

I have created some animal illustration characters for my hallmark project. We have been asked to make and create an outcome in the form of cards, wrapping paper or any gift products, using Monty Python as the inspiration. I used the crazy patterns from the animation introduction as my starting point. Being a textile designer I focused on patterns and decided to create my own, I’ve found my project has taken its own spin on things. For my next stage I might look into some surrealism to create a narrative in my cards and gift products, I want to create a collection of gift products that fit together with a quirky kitsch edge.

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