Journal task 

There was a task set to explore the journals which the library has to offer, an really interesting journal I found was called the textiles view magazine. This magazine was full of information about up coming trends for spring/summer 2018. It was full of colour pallettes and fabrics that are going to be on trend for spring/summer 2018. I feel that this journal will be really useful for future briefs for trend forcasting and over all it was very inspiring.


Digital Roses

After having a go at my new drawing tablet I decided to carry on trying it out by creating some repeats of flowers. I really like how these black background ones have turned out as they look very professional with a background colour and it just finishes off the whole piece. Also I think the image of just the house works really with the roses and it would work well as an fabric notebook. Furthermore the style which I have created these in fits in well with Rifle Papers house style.

Digital Drawing Tablet

I have just recently brought a digital drawing tablet I thought it would be a good idea to try out using it by taking the drawings I did by hand and take them in to digital to see how they would look in digital form. I was really impressed with this drawing tablet as it allowed me to draw freely on a computer and the style the drawings have given by being digital drawing works really well with the house style of my company Rifle Paper. Therefore I would like to try more digitally drawn images as it works really well as for their house style.

Book Research

As part of a set task, I had to collect three books from the library that related to a textiles technique I wanted to pursue, my project theme, and something that I found inspirational. I was able to gather three books that were full of inspirational image and possible techniques I could explore. I enjoyed this task as I like looking through books to find inspiration and I found a few books which I would like to buy for my self.

The first book I found was an technique book which explains an variety of printing techniques. It was called printed pattern – a guide to printing by hand from potatoes to silk screens. I found this book really helpful as it has shown be a different variety of printing skills I could use, I would like to try so more things like lino printing and etching.

The second book I found was called print and pattern 2, this book was extremely inspirational as it was full of 100s of different designers and designs. I can see my self going back to this book in the future to be inspired. One image that I found was an image of builds that was created using by looking at the block shapes and lines of the build, I really like the layout and approach to this image and would like to try this in my own work.

The next book I found was called The pattern base, this book has over 550 contemporary textiles and surface design. Therefore this book was full inspirational material and it was really interesting however one image that I partially like was by the designer Charlotte Mason and the design was created for paperchase. I really like this design as it shows me possible layouts I could use for my own designs of building.

Overall I found this task really useful and inspiring and I also found this book that had stunning images of nature and florals and I would love to own my own copy of this book as I really like the old botanical style they have been illustrated in.



Types of Textiles design

A design theme is the underlying objective that ensures the textiles designs are on trend and will continually come into the textiles market. There is a wide variety of themes that could be used and here is a variety of them.

FLORAL – the most important basic textile design. Abstract; stylised; realistic.

ETHNIC OR FOLK – also known as folklore; peasant; provincial. Includes all forms of plants, flowers, birds, animals, human figures, scenic subjects, geometrics. Can be highly stylised, realistic, sophisticated, naïve.

MONOTONE – designs of only one colour with white. Modern and traditional.

PATCHWORK – derived from patchwork quilt traditions. Also appliqué patterns that appear to be stitched.

LIBERTY – classic blouse-sized florals, often with a fine outline. Originally from Liberty’s of London.

CHINTZ – a glazed or polished cotton, beautiful florals with trees, birds and animal and human figures. Combining realistic and stylised motifs in the same design. Originates from India.

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CONVERSATIONAL – realistic or stylised motifs that tell a story. Can be campy and fun or sophisticated and high style.

BATIK – imitates the wax resist effect. Usually exotic florals and ethnics.

PAISLEY – a curved abstract palm motif derived from the cashmere shawls of India that were woven in Paisley, Scotland. Can be set and conservative or bold and dramatic.

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GEOMETRIC – composed of abstract shapes such as squares, triangles, circles. Can be very ‘free’ or mechanically set.

FOULARD – also known as madder, tie-silk, cravat. Carefully drawn, geometrically styled floral, paisley or Persian motifs.

ART NOUVEAU – sensuous, flowing, organic lines, with motifs taken from nature and plant life.

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ART DECO – clean, geometric lines, formalised modern and angular. Motifs can be derived from flowers, plants, Egyptian art, animals and human figures.

CONTEMPORARY – usually non-figurative, either modern and crisp, or painterly.

BOTANICAL – realistic and well drawn botanical motifs as found in illustrated books on flowers, plants, herbs. Detailed, fine, pen line drawing and lettering.

TOILE DE JOUY – means ‘cloth from Jouy’ in France. Finely illustrated stories of current events or romanticised landscapes and figures.

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SCENIC OR LANDSCAPE – designs in which the motifs are placed in a horizontal layout and, when combined with the subject matter, suggest a scene. Can be rural or cityscape subjects. A realistic style of drawing tends to be used.

COUNTRY FRENCH – originating from carved woodblocks from 18th century Provence, France. Rustic look with an Indian and Asian influence. Often bright in colour. Small set patterns and large chintz florals.

TROPICAL – motifs and colours inspired by lush, sunny tropical regions of the world. Flowers, leaves, trees, animals, birds, insects, fish, figures and geometrics. Primary colours. Often tossed, all-over motif layout.

TAPESTRY OR WARP – designs that imitate the look of elaborate embroideries or woven jacquard fabrics. The vertical, (warp), or horizontal, (weft), threads are emphasised by paint or by pen and ink. Graph paper can also be used as a guide.

WEAVES – similar to the above, but extended to include effects such as straw, flax, bamboo, rattan, cord, wicker, basketry, knits, crochet, etc. Can be used as independent designs or as background effects.

NEO CLASSICAL – refers to any style that uses ancient Greek and Roman forms as a starting point. Acanthus leaves, plaques, griffins, floral urns, swans, horses, lions. The flowing curves of baroque, Empire, English Regency. Layouts are formal, balanced, harmonious, implying power, solidity and tradition.

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DAMASK – printed damask designs imitate the original fabrics woven in 13th century Damascus. Elaborately patterned, formal, all-over or striped layouts.

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DOCUMENTARY – inspired by or adapted from a decorative historical document or fabric. Can be from any culture. Usually a fairly close approximation of the original.

CALICO PRINTS – small floral, close coverage, 3 or 4 colours plus white. Also tiny geometric motifs as well as stripes and plaids. Traditionally used for dresses and aprons, frequently for patchwork quilts.

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THE LINGERIE FLORAL – dainty, small, usually widely spaced designs. Rosebuds, daisies, nosegays, ribbons and butterflies. Clean, delicate pastels.

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‘LITTLE NOTHINGS’ OR ABSTRACT – small, simple shapes in 1 to 3 colours. Geometrics, dabs, wriggles, crescents and commas. Usually a tossed open-spaced layout. Often the same design is done as light-on-dark and dark-on-light.

ORGANIC TEXTURES – found in nature and includes woodgrains, reptile skins, sand, pebbles, grasses, clouds, sea shells, bird feathers, fur, leather grains, etc.

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ARTIFICIAL EFFECTS – using a stipple brush, sponge, toothbrush to spatter, tissues to blot, or any number of other techniques to create a textured, irregular appearance.

GRAPHIC TEXTURES – these are geometric in nature with a simplified, clean and stylised look. Their appearance from a distance gives a strong, all-over textural quality.


Josef Frank Exhibition

When on my work placement as I was at home and quiet close to london I found out Josef Frank had his first exhibition in the uk in london. So went and visited he exhibition in the fashion and textiles museum and it was truly amazing and inspiring. His style of work is the block work that I need to start trying in my own work. Furthermore it was really inspiring to see his work in real life and set up in how it would be used.

reflection of my aims for my brief

After just completing the field module which I choose as work placement I have developed new skills which I would like to take forward in to more subject area. As I was a technician for my work placement I was able to explore new techniques which I have never done before. One of them was metal etching and I really enjoy this and I was extremely pleased with the outcomes it gave and I would love to try this more in my brief to see how I can develop it. Also I would like to try out some more print techniques like lino printing and some more heat print/ resist techniques which I saw and students do on my work placement.

furthermore I have recently brought my self a digital drawing tablet so I would like to experiment with that and see what I can come up with on in digital textiles to see if I should go down that rote instead of print. And maybe do some digital prints which I can then take forward and print or stitch on top.

Also on the drawing and design aspect of the brief I would like to look in to drawing using a mixture of block colours/shapes and then just line work to see how it could work together. And at this stage of the brief I want to start to mixture both the buildings and floral’s together. Overall I looking forward to getting back into this brief and exploring what I cant create.