Friday, 15 October 2010


Currently working on my dissertation based on textiles and doing some research.

Alongside this we are starting on our self initiated project, i am working from drawing inspiration from florals and developing this range into hopefully a finished product for homeware. My colour palette in mind at the moment is bright and bold with perhaps some rich red and purple entwined too.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Inspire me Papers Project

Continuing from my last blog my assignment was to design nearly "anything" using the papers.

So my idea was inspired by the male market, i wanted to create a stationary range of notebooks which involved robots. This isn't aimed at a particular age group as i feel that the market is missing a range which is in between child-teenagers-adults range. I felt that the kids were always very animated cartoony ranged and the adults were always plain. So my idea was to just create a range suitable for all.

So i began experimenting with the drawing, designing stage and then moving onto paper-Cut outs inspired by marimekko. Mainly with a bit of black and white and later using some colours. And then having a fiddle with other papers.

This was inspired by the artist Su Blackwell.

After a bit of experimenting i decided to take my designs onto photoshop to manipulate designs and add the Inspire me Papers. In doing so i was able to create 10 designs which i thoroughly enjoyed producing for my project. But the Project aim was to design 4 pattern designs. So i chose my final collection to be 4 designs i think worked together very well.

This is my final collection.

The first design is a design of a circuit board with text and a play on opacity.
Number 2 on the top right are of paper cut-outs placed into repeat and a small wood pine paper robot.
Number 3 on the bottom left is omnicromed tools which have been placed in horizontal repeats and collaged stripes.
My last design is a combination of the same robot that also includes text, tools and silver silkweaved robots.

Here are my six other designs:

And i would have liked my design to include some embossment but this was difficult to apply on the final design as i couldn't emboss on strong coloured paper.

I also applied my design on photoshop onto some notebooks to give the company a visual. 
And also produced a sample onto a notebook.

And a finishing touch of a bookmark created with cotton fabric, magictouch and stitch. 

This was my display table. :)

This was a 2 week project which i have thoroughly enjoyed and was able to get those creative juices flowing.

Next uni project is a 4 week project based on future trend predictions..... to be continued..... :)