I've been combining different photos together by changing the opacities on different layers to create different effects. This top photo is my favourite as I really like the spectrum of colours that are coming through.
These photos in different sections have made me think about the possibility of using illusion to create imagery that appears different at other angles of perspectives, changing the meaning of the image etc.
These images confuse slightly as looking quickly the bold yellow flower stands out and almost appears as if that is the image, but on closer inspection there are lots of other elements combined within the image.
Layering up my drawings to obscure the identity of the pattern, I began to notice small faces within the print, which was completely accidental, perhaps this could be something to play with, hiding elements within the print?
I've begun to experiment with colour, taking my photos and drawings and combining the colours and tones together..I'm not really sure about this piece, I quite like the vibrant pink within the white and brown, but I don't think this is quite the effect or colours that I'd like to focus on.
Looking through the collections on Vogue UK I just love Mary Katrantzou's latest Resort collection for 2014. Using her her classic style of clashing sections of print, Katrantzou has combined florals with architectural elements, and even where the print is more architectural influence there are still flashes of nature involved. It's all a bit surreal and the landscapes she creates with her juxtaposition of imagery are great.
The main thing that strikes me about Katrantzou's work, and throughout this collection, is her use of colour, soft tones and vibrant flashes, everything works together harmoniously, each colour setting of the next.
I love how vibrant the collection is, and even with use of such bold colour, it's done in such a clever and thought out way that the colour isn't too in your face bold.
I decided to draw this plant as I loved the range of different marks it involved, areas of high and low density, different shaped and sized sections, it had a great variety of things to focus in on.
I drew the marigolds below as I liked the fluidity of the line creating a ruffled texture.
I don't want to keep these images as whole flowers, I only want to use them for their patterns, I think it'd be interesting to take these apart in photoshop and put them back together again in a different way.
I visited Cannon Hall to take a wander round it's extensive grounds and gardens. I wasn't particularly expecting to find anything that would inspire me, however it became a great opportunity to take close up photos of the plants, which zoomed in on have some great patterns and textures on them. As well as that I came across this dead tree, which had fascinating patterns all along it.
These two are my favourites from the collection that I took, I just love the swirls embedded in the grain of the tree, all the bark had fallen off and these were what was left if its place.
There were some other interesting examples of patterns in bark, with the tree on the left appearing to almost look like cooled lava, and the tree on the right having small circles and spirals all along it.
During the summer I undertook a 3 week placement at textile printers Digetex in Manchester.
I was unsure what to expect and what I was going to be asked to do. I was really looking forward to being able to get hands on experience within a textile printers, and that's exactly what I got.
I gained experience in all aspects of the business, which I didn't think I would be able to do, I mainly thought that I would purely be based in the studio. However I was able to gain experience in the factory , customer services and of course in the studio.
I really enjoyed being able to see the process of the printing in the factory, seeing first hand how they check the fabric, coat it, print it and then wash it. There was a large order whilst I was interning that needed to be finished the next day, so I was able to lend a hand printing on the heat press and cutting and finishing various bits.
I was also asked to help out on the phones for a few days, this taught me valuable customer and communication skills, and once I got the hang of the phone switch board I did enjoy it.
Helping in the studio was the main part of the internship, I helped source room sets to be used for various collections, I then produced a range of visualisations using the rooms that I had sourced.
I was asked to use some of their designs to be put onto a new range of cushions, experimenting with different compositions and layouts to create the new collection. I also helped out with imagery for the new website and with sending out samples to new customers.
This was a really hands on experience, where I got to see every aspect of how the company was run, it was great to be able to meet the people in each department as they could each teach me different things about the business. I enjoyed seeing all the different ranges of fabrics, designs and clients they were printing for whilst I was there. It was a real eye opener into the commercial world.