I’ve just put up my exhibition selecting my 6 best designs from my cutesy architecture collection, I’m very happy of how this collection turned out. Im glad that I changed my header for my exhibition as now that they are all the same size it look a lot more professional and finished with the addition of my logo on the front. And now that this is completed I’ve finished my second year of my degree which is scary and exciting at the same time as 3rd year is just around the corner so a lot more hard work to come.
This is all my designs in the custey architecture collection.
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.
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.
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.
Silk painting is a great technique looks like you painted directly on to the silk fabric and it also almost looks like stain glass. This technique is great if you want your work to look quite blocky which I do as it suits my company. I would like to try more silk painting as I really like the effect this gives.
Flock is a great way to add some texture to your work. However flock is a bit like foils in a way due to the fact there is only a certain amount of colours to choose from so it is hard to find colours to match my colour palette. With the flock I like the what has been left, a refined white line. I managed to find a colour that matched really well with my palette, both of this prints I have created could work with my colour palette. I would like to try this flock technique over other screen prints to create some depth.
Screen Printing is a great technique that allows you to create one screen that can be used in a wide range of different techniques, however just the traditional screen printing with just pigment also gives I really nice print. Using my colour palette I explored different screen prints with the same image of a house. Overall I really like screen print however I think that these prints that I have done are a bit basic an need a to screen print over the top to create more depth.