Rebecca McCormick

Designer Biography

Creating pattern and texture for fabric and paper is a huge passion of mine. The possibilities are endless and I find my creativity can be endless too. I like to draw, paint, design and dream up new ideas. Forecasted colours and combinations are of huge interest to me, and are a key element to design. My newfound love is paper and fabric manipulation I feel I have flourished in my technique and skill. I like to scan the manipulations, layer and vary the opacity to create designs with a depth and complexity of pattern.

I am newly graduated in a textile for fashion and interiors degree, and am really passionate about being in this industry to broaden my knowledge of textiles, surface pattern and design.

My design journey started in my love for drawing and painting at a young age, from there I chose creative courses at A-Level, and eventually realised I wanted a career in the design world. To do this I applied to Cardiff Metropolitan University. Here I Learnt software, techniques and processes that aid my creativity, and allow me to create new and exciting designs. I have had many great opportunities from university, such as working alongside worldwide design companies to a set brief, Visiting and participating in New Designers exhibition, and having work chosen for exhibitions.

Design has been a massive part of life, I like to draw inspiration from anything around me. Certain things that catch my eye, whether it be a bird, or a reflection on water. Patterns and marks can be drawn from anything. I spent 6 weeks in brighton, and would spend any time I had sketching on the beach or at the park. I love to draw and paint. My illustrative style is reflected in my designs. I like to scan images in and create designs from mark making I have made and drawings.  This work is shown in my illustrative Brighton project.

My second source of pattern making would be my paper and fabric manipulations, I really enjoy the mathematical workings out, and how something as simple as folding can create such complex and detailed patterns. I have put that skill into practice and scan my manipulations to digitally create patterns, I enjoy the mixture of hand and digital. My folding starts as a flat piece of paper or fabric and transforms into a complex, textured piece. I either start by drawing a graph and cutting into the media I have chosen, moving on to fold a range small and large folds to create pattern or mentally remember the graph and fold the media with a range of mountain or valley folds. Creating pattern with these hand folded creations is a joy, they create beautiful layered geometric patterns that can vary in scale and complexity with the help of photoshop.

My appetite for fabric and paper manipulation started in University, we had a lesson on the subject, from then I’ve flourished in my technique and skill. My second year wool project was my first large-scale manipulation. Using hand dyed wool I used the Canadian smocking technique, I was shortlisted for my work to be exhibited in the Welsh National Woolen museum. From there, I went into Shabori, which included manipulating fabric by hand, dying and realising the stitched fabric. I then created pattern from the resist dye technique.

This seamlessly leads to the Final Major Project. My designs have originated from paper manipulation. Photos where taken of my manipulations and I went on to develop them in Photoshop. Much of my fabric and paper manipulation have been started with the laser cutter and various different engraving and cutting templates. I’ve enjoyed the challenge to get the templates exact and precise.

hexagonalsimplegreenI have used tracing paper instead of fabric as one of my substrates, my decision was based on my folding techniques and the fact I’m using it to design lighting. I’ve fallen in love with the delicate nature of tracing paper, the sheer material gives a translucent, soft and exquisite esthetic and yet it’s durable and perfect for manipulation. When used as lighting the subtlety is perfect for the atmosphere I wish to create.

I have chosen the designs especially for tracing paper samples for their depth and complexity of pattern. When lit with a dull bulb the designs are softened, so it was important for me to design a bold pattern that would work when lit. All of my light designs are photo manipulated using Photoshop software. My manipulations naturally create.

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Creating pattern and texture for fabric and paper is a huge passion of mine. The possibilities are endless and I find my creativity can be endless too. I like to draw, paint, design and dream up new ideas. Forecasted colours and combinations are of huge interest to me, and are a key element to design. My newfound love is paper and fabric manipulation I feel I have flourished in my technique and skill. I like to scan the manipulations, layer and vary the opacity to create designs with a depth and complexity of pattern.