After my pecha kucha presentation with Lucy, we were then allocated a space in the 3rd years student to exhibit our Moodboard, Colourboard & final print collection for the term. Being given the chance to exhibit some of our work has just been great, as it has allowed us to see everyone’s finals.
This terms Digital project in my opinion, has just been so valuable as a developing textiles designer. It has given me the chance to learn/improve skills that I can work on over the next 2 years, in order to help me design professionally at industry level standards. Prior to this terms digital module I have learnt a few new printing techniques during term 1, however I have felt as if I’ve just been repeating a few of the same techniques that I’ve done previously during my A Levels and Foundation. Which has been great to go over and practise, I just feel as if I’ve learnt so much this term that has really kept me focused and ready to try new tools on both Photoshop and Illustrator programmes to improve. Steve’s 12 digital workshop sessions have just been great, refreshing my memory of Photoshop and Illustrator, as I haven’t used them this intensely since my Textiles and Graphics A Levels.
Looking back through my work from this term, I am actually shocked at the amount I have learnt and created in such a short space of time and having not used the programmes for so long. I did feel like a beginner to start, although Steve’s tasks for each session not only refreshed my memory but have really pushed me to use new tools that I previously didn’t know how to use.
Lucy’s digital lectures each week have also been so essential in our design process, as Lucy has taught us so many steps to consider whilst designing our final collection. I like the way Lucy taught this whilst telling us about her successful business and the steps she took to create her designs.
Overall I am really happy with how my final collection has turned out, as I feel as if I’ve met all of the points that I wanted to for my ‘Re Evaluate’ theme. I love my chosen colour theme as it’s a bit wacky compared to others that I’ve used before. I’ve used the Llandaff cathedral visit from the start of the year as my main inspiration, taking small shapes from the my drawings and repeating them combining my Term 1 and 2 work together. I could have easily created more than 6 final prints, which has definitely got me excited about undertaking a large project later on in the course.
This project has most definitely got me looking forward to the projects a head of me next year and about playing around with the programmes over the summer. To remember all of the skills i’ve learn so that I’m planning on using Photoshop & Illustrator as much as possible over the summer so that I’m ready to use it again when we return back.
Laser cutting is a technique that I’ve never used before today, we had a machine last year during my Foundation but I never required it for any of my work. Although is something that I’ve wanted to try out for quite a while. I chose quite a simple design for my first laser cut piece to play it safe, however Steve did give me the change to laser cut into green and pink acrylic. This has allowed me to place the cuttings that would have just become scrap, into the opposite colour to create 2 different samples. Allowing me to create a more interesting final piece. I’m most definitely looking forward for the chance to use the laser cutting machine with a more complex design on a different material to push the boundaries a bit more.
Throughout this past week, I have spent a great deal of time trying to decide what final patterns I’d like to include in my final collection and overall I am very happy with the way which they have turned out. As I was slightly worried to begin as I have used a varied selection of imagery to create my final prints that are all quite different to each other, but I think they all are tied together by my colour palette. I can imagine my final patterns, as wallpapers or printed onto fabric to be used as upholstery as I think they’ve got a quite fun, contemporary feel to them.
I have tried to use as many of my favourite drawings from my Term 1 sketchbook, as inspiration as they have given me such a great starting point for me to progress from. Being able to vector draw over the top of my originals has been a great tool and has enabled me to rework original shapes. The pattern above was originally a drawing of leaves from outside Llandaff Cathedral, however I have recreated my linear drawing by using my block colour palette. Yet I have layered the leaves to go with my theme.
The print above was inspired by a section of the ceiling at that cathedral, that I have reworked again and again in Illustrator. I then decided to create the layered block coloured shape, influenced by Art Deco shapes.
The 2 prints above are both inspired by the cathedral windows, I had so much fun creating these prints in particular and I created so many other versions and struggled to choose my 2 favourite.
Above are my 2 Photoshop final repeats, once again inspired by my Cathedral visit, however they are both slightly different to my other 4 finals as they are re-works of my originals recreated in by exactly tracing over the top. I have then coloured them in a block bright coloured sections before repeating them using the define as a pattern tool. Looking at these prints now I’d say the only think I’d change is the black blocked areas no the left hand prints as it looks quite harsh next to the other 5 prints.
To end this years stitch workshops we were divided into small groups, to have a 2 hour digital stitch tutorial with Maggie. Throughout the tutorial Maggie talked us through the Janome Easy Design programme and showed us step by step how to trace and repeat our designs into a circular shape, ready to be stitched out using the large industrials stitch machine. Being given the chance to have a quick go using the software, before we do in second year is great as I feel that when we come back I’m more likely to try to create more complex designs.
Below is a collage of a few photos showing my design at different stages of it being stitched out and below that is a scanned in copy of my daisy design completely finished.
Learning how to create Art Boards on Illustrator has just been so beneficial, as it has allowed me to quickly and effectively develop my ideas. Having the multi board option has really helped my progression and is something that I will definitely be using whenever possible. Below are a selection of screenshots from few of the 12 Art Boards, that I have created so far.
Overall I am very happy with how my work is progressing towards creating my final ‘reevaluate’ collection. To create my Art boards, I began by scanning in images from my Term 1 subject sketchbook filled with sketches from our visits to Llandaff Cathedral before Christmas. After choosing the sketches that I wanted to develop further, I then quickly began to draw over using the pen tool to create vector shapes/ live tracing. I particularly like how you can easily layer and repeat shapes on top of each other to create patterns in illustrator, as I have found it so much easier than organising layers in Photoshop. My next task is to now pick out my favourite motifs, in order to pay around with scale ready to create my repeat designs.
During todays session, Steve gave us the chance to digitally print a few of our repeat patterns that we’ve been working on our the past few days. It’s been a great way to see what our digital designs look like printed out, as I have never had the chance. One of the most interesting things that I have learnt from this experience, is how important print placement is on the page. It is definitely something that I will spent time working on in future prints. I am now really looking forward to finalising my 6 final designs for this project, as I am now starting to visualise my final collection for this term.