Every project needs a starting point usually a theme or just a word. Mine was Grown. Initially I wasn’t sure what would come of it but I devised a colour pallet from the brief given, the reason I chose this theme was because of the colour pallet. My favourite colour this year is Hemlock and I felt it would go perfectly with this concept. I started researching my theme, looking at growth in nature inside and outside, an obvious thing to look at was trees and flowers but then I began to look at the texture of bark and moved on to what was unfortunately growing in my kitchen… mould.
Once I had gathered sufficient images mostly using the WGSN website I started researching the market Anthropologie, a young exciting brand based on culture and wild patterns, they reach out mainly to a younger audience but can be for middle aged women too. They also deal with interiors which are just as beautiful as their fashion and appeal to everyone including the eco-friendly.
I started researching into print and weave, looking at Linton tweed for weave, which I later discarded and designers like Katie Wattles for print.
Figure 2 & 3
I began looking at the mould in the pots and pans me and my flat mates had neglected to wash up again and as I did and started drawing I noticed some of my pages were covered in ink blotches, I started using the coloured shapes on my page to create patterns that looked like the mould.
Then I started actually using inks on purpose along with acrylic paint to represent the bark and other textures I found outside that had more substance to them. I continued experimenting with this media and others like wax and brusho’s looking for something that really captured what I was seeing grow without any aid from humans in the bottom of our cups. I even experimented with some inks in shaving foam. Then I took what I had into cad, I didn’t much like it as it was too clinical looking and not to my own handwriting. Eventually I started printing in the workshop with stencils and working around a shape onto different surfaces like felt and velvet to get a furry sort of texture.
I then started thinking about the product I was going to make, a collection of tea towels used in the kitchen ironically. I made and presented boards that would show what I had been working on as well as my final ideas.
I have yet to create a final patter or make the product but I intend too. As I do not have a final product yet there isn’t much I would change except maybe I would have done more research into the marketing and trend side of things to understand it all more. However I’m very excited about my final designs and will upload to the blog when they are complete.
(Figure 1) Caroline Milon, Jessica Leclere, Jersey knit with bark pattern foil coating, Comp: cotton, wool, foiling (online) Available at; http://www.wgsn.com.libaccess.hud.ac.uk/content/wgsn/unifiedsearch.html?q=bark%20&tags=&type=all&t=all&_charset_=utf-8
(Figure 2) Anthropologie, radiant petals dinner plate (online) Available at; http://www.anthropologie.eu/anthro/catalog/category.jsp?pageName=New+Arrivals&navAction=jump&id=HOME-NEWARRIVALS&cm_sp=TOPNAV-_-HOME-_-HOME-NEWARRIVALS&cm_re=TOPNAV-_-HOME-_-HOME-NEWARRIVALS
(Figure 3) Katie Wattles, 2012, (online) Available at; http://katiewattles.com/kw3.html