Danielle Vaughan

Featured Designer Biography

The Origin Of Design is please to introduce Danielle Vaughan, a graduate of Cardiff Metropolitan University with a degree in Textile Design. It was during Danielle’s three years at CMU that she developed a love for the process of silk-screen printing, and this is where she developed the skills required to create surface pattern designs on different substrates.

Danielle Vaughan Screen Printing

 

Inspiration

Danielle takes her inspiration from travel and the world around her. One of her collections was created based on travelling along the Californian Coast, where she extracted small elements of details and manipulated them into creative surface patterns. Each design is created with great passion and inspiration from her experiences and this creates unique and personal work which we, at The Origin Of Design, find honest and endearing.

Danielle’s Design Process

When it comes to the design process, Danielle always begins her designs by hand, drawing them using her inspirations prior to the CAD process. She feels this this being the most valuable element of designing. After that, she uses digital rendering to manipulate the drawings into patterns and makes them ready for production.

We are really excited to work with Danielle and would like to assist her in building a successful career. We will work hand in hand with each of our designers to develop and produce ranges that they are proud. We are excited to see what this designing has in store!

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We are really excited to work with Danielle and would like to assist her in building a successful career. We will work hand in hand with each of our designers to develop and produce ranges that they are proud. We are excited to see what this designing has in store!

Interview with Danielle Vaughan

When did you realise you were destined to become a designer?

I have always had a true passion about Art and Design, even from a young age, but it was not until I was studying for my GCSE’s that I truly realised I wanted to fully pursue something I loved so much as a career.

What were the first steps you took in order to pursue this dream?

I studied Art throughout my time at High School, which then lead me to go on to study an Art Foundation at the University of Glamorgan (now known as University of South Wales). During my time there I found myself constantly introducing patterns to my work, whether it was for Animation or even for Photography. With this in mind I made the decision to focus on Textiles and Fashion for the rest of my time there.

Moving forward, I went on to studying at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where I focused on Textiles for Interiors and Fashion. Here is where I really grew as a designer and gained a full understanding of the creative process involved in developing surface patterns and experimented using different processes and techniques.

Where does your inspiration come from and do you have a preferred method/process that you like to follow when developing your designs?

Throughout my time at University I really thrived off the media of print, where all my designs are created so that they are easily translated into either a Silk Screen print or can be used to produce a linoleum print. I start by creating my designs from drawings, mainly taken from my own photographs of inspiration. I then draw by hand the details and manipulate to create working repeats using Photoshop or Illustrator. This, then, is an easy way to determine whether the design is best suited to be digitally or hand printed.

My main inspiration comes from my love of travel and experiencing new cultures. I have recently launched a collection based on my time at California where I traveled along the Coast, experiencing some of the most beautiful sights along the way. I took photos to extract small details, which later I used to create surface patterns. This collection was created all by hand using the process of Silk Screen printing.

As I designer I am completely inspired by the world around me, and my personal experiences. I feel as though my true creativity is formed by those experiences and makes me extremely passionate about each design I produce.

Since graduating, how has your career developed and do you have any concerns for the difficulties you may face on the road to success?

Since leaving University, I exhibited in 2014’s New Designers; this then launched me into focusing on setting myself up as a designer and working freelance for other companies. My main concerns for the future difficulties that I may face focuses around making my clients happy. As a designer I want to produce designs that meet every expectation, but at the same time project myself throughout. I also feel as though financial concerns are an influencing factor, though I know these are things that every new designer will face. I know that if I were not going to face factors such as these then it would not be as rewarding and satisfactory when I succeed.