Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Summer Florals.

Today I wanted to share some photographs I took over summer, looking at floral forms. I found I was drawn to decaying flowers, I think its because I love that flowers are thought of as beautiful when they are alive, but I think that the interesting shapes they create when they are no longer growing can be beautiful in their own way. What do you think?

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Ferm Living.

This Danish company creates interior products, with a strong sense of graphic image and line, enhanced by added blocks of colour, The company was set up with the intention of providing exciting, graphic wallpapers for the whole home, at an affordable price. I love how the line on these products looks bold, with a strong sense of narrative, but on closer inspection seems more tentative and slightly childish. I would love my products to have intricate designs such as these, which draw the viewer in, suggesting a story or adventure. 'In the rain' wallpaper can be purchased for 65 euros a roll, with matching bedding 71 euros and 'mountain friends' cushion costs 54 euros.

All images and product information can be found on the Ferm Living website, in the 'Kids room' section.

Monday, 22 October 2012


I need to mess around creating a few possible colour palettes this weekend, so here's some colour inspiration!

1. Skull set - fortune, watercolour and pencil on paper, via ghostpatrol.
2. Rainbow trails from modele puissance via gems.
3. Charles Rennie Mackintosh artwork from creature comforts. I love the placement of the colour on this!
5. Gorgeous florals from Jenndigo designs.

What are your favourite colour palettes at the moment? 

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Ana Montiel.

Ana is a London-based Spanish designer and illustrator who works with a variety of surfaces and media. She is inspired by a wide range of influences, such as holistic beliefs, physics, yoga, and the Arts & Crafts movement. She produces freelance work as well as commissions.

All images were found via Ana's website. I could share so many more images of her work, I think its amazing! I really admire Ana's strong use of colour and line, as well as her ability to adapt designs for different functions and products, whilst still keeping a strong sense of herself running through the work.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Market Research at Next.

This week I have been researching children's bedroom collections on the high street, researching how the different fabric designs are put together to create a theme within the room. These images are all from the current 'Next' collections. I love the bold forms and colour palettes, and the way the repeat patterns have been put together, with different images that work well together, they definitely aren't boring. Prices range from £20-35 for bed-sets, £30-50 for curtain sets, with extras such as light-shades, rugs and cushion priced around £15-35. All images are from the Next website (sorry for the blurriness, I couldn't find any large enough images).

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Artist Textiles.

I am really inspired by a number of artists in the 20th Century who believed that everything should be made beautiful, which led to many of them producing textiles for furnishings and fashion.

One example of this is Raoul Dufy, who in the 1910's was commissioned to design textiles, with people such as Paul Poiret being drawn to his primitive, folk-art quality wood cuts, overlapping and juxtaposing of layers, stylised designs and pure colours. I love the way his pieces suggest movement and excitement.

A group of artists that also shared this belief was the Omega workshops, set up in London by Roger Fry in 1913. The aim was to destroy the distinction between fine and applied, by working on objects, textiles and furniture. The co-operative ran for 6 years but continued to be influential for a number of years after, with their abstract, colourful designs. I have been drawn to their work after learning about it at A-Level, as I admire their mission and love the colour palettes used in the work.

1. Raoul Dufy for Bianchini-Ferrier, Fashion textile Charlot, block printed silk, c.1919
2. The Omega workshops textiles swatches, 1913, linens
Both images from 'Artists' textiles 1940-1976' by Geoff Rayner.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Print ideas.

Here are a few doodles I tried out over summer, thinking of designs that would lend themselves to print images. I don't think I will be taking any of these through to a final product, but I am pleased with certain shapes and line quality and will be looking at taking these into further ideas.


Friday, 12 October 2012

Interior Inspiration.

I have decided that my final collection will be home ware and toy textiles for children so I have been looking at some images of contemporary children's rooms for inspiration. The images below show the kind of room that I can visual my products fitting into,                               with themes based on nature, storytelling, and a sense of nostalgia, adventure and excitement.

Images via:
2 & 3. Smilerynker
4, 5 & 6. Bleubird
10. Bolig

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Summer Doodles.

Over the Summer I filled a few sketchbooks with doodles and drawings, experimenting with a range of media. I found that I really enjoyed drawing without the pressure of a deadline or a specific project, and was drawing everything and anything around me, though I am happier with the images inspired by natural forms. I was much freer knowing that if I wasn't happy with the results, nobody had to see them, and I actually like some of the pages, so may be taking them into final year pattern ideas. I want to get back into that expressive way of doodling now that I am back at uni. Below are some of my sketchbook pages, with more to follow!