Studio Project Research

For my final year project at DJCAD I have been looking into ornate design in textiles. I have found some inspiration from Baroque florals and William Morris Wallpaper. I have always been an admirer of extreme patterning and use of gold in design. While developing some of my motifs ready for printing I have started to look into luxury chocolate designs. Upon a recent trip to Marks & Spencers I spotted some beautifully decorated chocolate packaging. There were gold embellished chocolate selection boxes to patterned printed wrappings for the plain chocolate bars, each bar wrapped in a different striking pattern. I found this source of inspiration is useful in terms of branding. Chocolate is described as a luxury product, a gift, something special. This is what I wanted my branded textile collection to be like. Here are a few selected images, including the Marks & Spencers chocolates and some tasty treats I found on Pinterest.

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Gatsby Inspiration

During the summer Ive been thinking about what to do for my final year project at university which will lead to my degree show next year. I have always been into ornate and patterned surface design. A recent trip to the cinema to see the new Baz Luhrmann film Gatsby has definitely inspired me to look along the lines of old hollywood glamour and into the world of art deco. I was very impressed by the movies visual effects, party atmosphere and edgy urban soundtrack. An ultra modern take on the renowned F. Scott Fitzgerald classic.

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The costume and set design were extravagant fitting the decadent era of the 1920’s, to the point where the viewer wanted to jump in and join them! The costumes were floaty and sparkling with pearls and diamonds completed with a cocktail glass. The soundtrack includes Lana Del Ray, Will.i.am and a Beyconce and Andre 3000 cover of Amy Winehouse’s single “Back to Black” .

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 I started to look into art deco design via Pinterest as I could make mood boards all day,

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I have always loved using metallic’s and bold colour in my designs, the art deco era definitely exuberates all that is glamour and detail to excess. I am feeling inspired and ready to get started on creating!

Final Boards

Here are the outcomes of my 4 week Bradford project, I choose the combined processes brief which allowed me to include some stitching into my dyed fabrics. I also added gold foils with the help of the heat press. The final product would be used as a garment for the fashion market, I thought a scarf would be best as you would be able to see the fine details and reflection of the foils with the fabric being ruffled around the neck.

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