January - May 2018
Woodland Flora is a collection of printed interior fabrics, aimed to be featured in the main living areas of the home, such as the bedroom, living room and dining room. The fabrics used are medium to heavy weight with linen, silk and cotton fibre contents, along with wallpaper. These fabrics were chosen because they are strong enough to be used to upholster furniture, such as a chair, they drape well, which is ideal for making curtains, and they have an interesting, more prominent texture to them. Polyester fabric has been used to produce my digital sublimation prints.
The inspiration for my Woodland Flora collection came from my home county, Northamptonshire. As a child growing up in the countryside, I enjoyed regular woodland walks with my family and our dogs. I find nature very calming and relaxing, as well as being aesthetically intriguing; the intricate detail that make up a vast variety of flowers and leaves is incredible. Most plants found in gardens are brightly coloured and are controlled enough to determine where and how they will grow. I find the muted purples, reds, pinks, greens and creams of the woodland flora, to be even more beautiful. The random placement of the flowers, cause them to grow more freely, entwining with each other spontaneously, creating a stunning natural composition. The flowers I have employed within my printed fabrics include; Anemones, Hellebores, Crocuses, Grape Hyacinths, Glory of the Snow and Snowdrops, along with many more. These were specifically chosen because they are all found in the British woodlands and most, if not all, bloom between late Autumn to early Spring, keeping away from the generic bright Summer florals.
With my love of painting, I wanted to try and produce a painterly aesthetic to my work. Through my experimentation and exploration, the best way to produce this effect was through monoprinting. I painted directly onto screens and pulled the design through, to produce a watercolour feel to my work. Additionally, using leaves, metal plate monoprints were created and scanned into the computer, using elements from them to produce digital prints that look almost like they have been created using wooden block hand printing.
The original objective was to use solely hand technique, but due to the fine detailing within the illustrations this was not always possible through the use of screen printing, therefore digital-printing methods where introduced into the collection. This has allowed for a more varied colour palette since there is no limitation of colour within digital design.
A muted palette has been used, with a few brighter shades, to make the designs stand out. The colours range from dusky blush pinks to light refreshing greens, with the accompaniment of blues, reds, white, creams and purples.
My degree has given me the knowledge in what it means to be a professional textile designer. I have gained many new skills within dyeing, screen printing, digital printing, sublimation printing, digital embroidery and laser cutting. My illustration techniques have greatly improved as well as my fluency in using CAD, within Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. I hope to take these skills and the experience further into my career to develop myself as a successful Printed Textiles designer.