Reflective Statement – S/S 2018 collection Cutesy Architecture

I’ve now reached the end of my Making Connections project, it has been an insightful project as it has allowed me to grow as a designer by gaining a huge amount of knowledge on the standard of professionalism in the textiles industry and helping to find myself as a textiles designer. Overall it has truly been an interesting and wonderful experience and one of the longest projects I have ever done. At times this has been challenging as it has dragged but overall it has been great to go in depth in the different aspects to creating a successful collection and preparing myself to what is to come in my final year.

For this project, I’ve been hypothetically working for the stationery company Rifle Paper to produce a collection of 12 design that are inspired by the architecture partially looking at the cute arcade shops and rows of house that look vintage as that fitted really well with their house style. Furthermore, the collection was also inspired by florals as they are used a lot in their products, I wanted my theme to have an element of this as well. Rifle Paper’s house style is very blocky and feminine therefore I wanted to stay true to their house style so I made sure that I stopped myself from creating line drawings and just stuck to blocks of colour. This was new to me as I mainly normally draw with lots of detail and line work so it was interesting to try something new and experiment with a new style, which in the end I found quite enjoyable and appeasing to the eye. Therefore, by doing this I believe that my final collection fits well into their house style and has made the collection successful.

By looking at the final 12 samples, you can see that I have tried to show as much variation as possible, by making three sub groups to my collection. By this I mean that I have created almost three mini collections the make up my main collection. I have done this by creating 4 samples that look at houses and building, then another 4 samples that focus on just florals, then the next 4 samples focus on the element within architecture like windows and doors. And within each of these mini collections I have added floral in most of them to keep consistency within the collection as well a variation. Therefore, all of these mini collections are what make up my main collection that co-ordinate together as they have the same drawing style and colour palette.

For the choice for my colour palette I selected colours that are in the trend Kindship s/s 2018 to keep my collection relevant and on trend for the season and year my collection is for. In addition, I selection some of the key colours that Rifle Paper like to use in their colour palettes so my collection would work within their house style with their current collections. Furthermore, this collection is aimed at stationery; this includes notebooks, dairies, cards, gift wrap and accessorise like pencil cases and laptop cases. Thus, there needed to be a variety of different substrates of fabric and paper so the collection could work for the different products. I enjoyed the opportunity to use both paper and fabric as it gave very different finishes to the samples but it works well together too.

One of the main objectives I set for this project was to explore multiple techniques, the three specialist techniques I chose to use for my final samples were screen-printing, digital stitch and digital print as these fitted in perfectly with my chosen company’s overall design appearance. Also, I wanted to push myself as some of these areas I hadn’t done much in before, so it was nice to explore a skill in more depth and gain more knowledge in that area too. Rifle Paper focuses entirely on print, whether it is digitally or hand printed so I thought it would be appropriate to carry on with their style. However, I decided to add in some digital stitch as I thought it worked really well within the collection and it was great for a product like a fabric notebook to make it more luxurious. I really enjoyed the screen-printing I done for this collection as I tried for the first-time screen colour separation and it was really successful and interesting to do. Also, I was really happy with how professional it made my print look instead of just a one colour print, I defiantly want to do more of this in future projects. I also really like the digital prints I created for this collection as the style and finish work extremely well with my chosen company’s house style. Furthermore, I enjoyed the process with digital print and will defiantly use this process in future project, even though when it actually came to printing I had a lot of issues with the colours not coming out the right shades and things being faded but with a lot of perseverance I managed to sort it out.

Furthermore, I created a variety of CAD visuals for my designs as it is important to see how the collection would work on products and it helps the clients visualise how the designs would work as a collection too. Therefore, I create one CAD visual set up as a collection of stationery to show how the products would work together and I’m really pleased with how this come out.

Like with any project, there will always be space for improvements and in the case of my work, I would like try more digital stitch as I only slightly touched on it within this collection and I believe it could have worked really well with some of my floral designs to create more texture. However overall this has been a very successful project where I have been able to produce a collection of 12 samples to a high-end professional standard and grow as a designer.

Product Placement – Displacement Mapping

I’m happy with the designs I have been producing for my collection for Rifle Paper company I’m hypothetical working for. Now the next step is to see how my designs could work on products and what sort of products show they be going on to. To complete this I used Photoshop displacement mapping to make it look more realistic.

I placed my designs on the a various of different stationery products like, notebook, folders, gift wrap and accessories like laptop cases. I think these all turned out very successful and it makes my collection free more realist and I could see it in a shop. Overall the one that I think works the best is the one that  has a collection of stationery together as it shows how it can work as a set and with each other.

Digital printing

I tried to digitally print my digital designs but we came across a few problems when doing this as the first ones I did came out completely the wrong colours and they came out really washed out. Steve said that could be due to the fabric we used and maybe the settings of my images. So we tried a different fabric and then looked into my images to see what could be wrong and the reason the colours didnt match was because my could setting was set CNYK instead of RGB. Therefore once I change this setting my colours came out the right shade and because we change the fabric too it came out how it should have.

This is how the print come out the first time :

This was the second attempt one:

I really like this process and can definitely see my self using this in third year. However you have to make sure the colours are right by doing a colour atlas first to check this. And it does take a bit of time to get this right but when it does work it is really successful.

chelsea harbour design showrooms and Kings road

On Thursday we went up to London to visit the Chelsea harbour design showrooms for London design week to gain inspiration for our own designs and to see the whats on trend. There was such a wide range of different designers that showcase their work there and the were so big and very sophisticated and professional and even the the build its self was extremely stunning. I was extremely impressed with how professional the show rooms were and it was a real eye opener in to how the industry works and they level of standard of work they produce. Therefore it showed me how I should present my work to a professional standard when I do present it. Furthermore by walking around and exploring the showrooms I could see a variety of different design themes and trends.

New design themes : tropicals, ruffles and pompoms, calming blues.

Unusual, innovative idea: fabrics made from unusual textures, wholly open structures.

colourings and trends for a/w 2017/18, also s/s 2018, and beyond : the green tropical trend is one that definitely stood out amongst many of the design collections for s/s 2018 but I also saw a lot of blues as another colour trend.

innovative design and drawings styles : there was a lot of hand draw and painted styles that have been made in to repeats. furthermore I noticed that there was a huge amount of embroidery stitch work and had been printed and then stitch on top. that was interesting to see as i am doing this in my work.

interesting fabrics, fibres and other substrates : fabrics made from plastics and very open structures, and plastics mixed with natural yarns.

presentation styles : I noticed that the presentations were of a extremely high standard and most of the sample finishing were done by either over locking or pinking shears. All samples were hung up with hangers or placed in a sample book. also all the of samples have a label of them at the back to tell you what designer it is.

Here is a few photos I took that inspired me

overall by going to the design rooms it has shown me that I need to be working to a professional standard and how I can get to that standard of work.

King Road – I also explored kings road with the huge amount of design shops they had down there, designers guild really inspiring and interesting and most of the interior shops were laid out like the chelsea showrooms so this was interesting to see as well. overall the trip to london was a real eye opener and truly inspiring

Digital Stitch and Free Machine Embroidery

Digital stitch is a really effective way to create stitch detail, and on this piece the house was digital applique stitched with worked well to create straight lines. However I also wanted to digital stitch the flowers too but as advised from Maggie this would just not be possible as the flowers were too small and the digital stitch machine would not be able to do it. Therefore she advised the I free machine embroidered it instead and I have to say it has words quite well. Overall digital stitch worked well and I would want to have a go and see what it would look like with a flower repeat.

repeat design

The technique of create a repeat design by hand in really interesting to learn and quite simple to do once you know how to. Also it was interesting to find out the a lot of company want this to be done by hand now as well and not digitally. The only downside to this technique is that it does take awhile to do but the outcome is very successful. After trying this technique I had ago at trying out some different design repeat layouts with extremely simple imagery just to see how it would work. Overall learning this technique has shown me how to create professional repeat for industry and this will be really helpful for next year.

Screen Printing Colour Separation

Screen printing colour separation is something I have always wanted to try but never doing it before, so I guest how to do it by making 3 different screens that each had what would be different colours on each screen. Also by putting registration marks on each screen you can make sure it lines up. I really liked this technique and think it is really effective at getting different colours within on screen print and I would defiantly want to do this again. furthermore I think it works really well for the company Rifle Paper and it has allowed me to create bold blocky shapes. Also I quite like how it has worked with just the two colour screens with out the black line work, which I could then take in to stitch and free machine on some details.