For this range, I gathered a number of images which were really interesting to me, then made a collection of mood boards so I could identify areas of interest. I looked at artists Sol LeWitt (see Amy’s blog post exploring this) and Calum Innes, as their work incorporates geometric shapes and linear aspects, which as a woven textile designer are particularly interesting to me. As well as this, I have a keen interest in Scandinavian design. I really like the clean and simple design ideas which are associated with it and this also relates to my interest in the Bauhaus design movement, which began in 1919 Germany. I find Anni Albers, who was a student at the Bauhaus School, fabrics fascinating with the cross of geometric shape and colour.
I wanted to to try and create a minimal design collection which looks at texture, linear pattern and geometric qualities.
After I gathered images of interest, I took my own photographs capturing linear elements which I distorted or work into on photoshop. I had a look at some colour ways which worked with the style I was trying to achieve and incorporated them into my designs. As I am interested in a minimal style, I used varying densities of grey along with a few highlight colours.
From here, I would usually go on to weave some initial samples of my design ideas and artworks using dobby and jacquard looms to create different fabric outcomes. Usually by sampling at this stage, I can see what ideas are working and develop them forward, at the same time as analysing areas that didn’t work so well. But I have gone ahead and created some interior simulations on the computer to suggest the feeling of some of my fabric ideas.
As they are not woven samples, I feel like some of the texture and fabric qualities are lost, but the initial ideas are there.
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