Guest Speaker

Neil Hubbard
Designer for Heatherwick Studios
Established by Thomas Heatherwick in 1994

Making up things
“Design is solving a problem”
“Every brief gives you an opportunity to do something new. It is not a problem to be overcome, but an opportunity to invent and be creative.”
“Some things don’t need making, but designers can make them happen”
“Know your content. KNOW YOUR BRIEF.”

The Hive University Building – Singapore
A fully concrete University building without edges of corners to encourage interaction among students in a centralized communal space. I found it interesting to hear this was build on a budget of car park.

Bombay Sapphire Distillery – Basingstoke
A beautifully designed green house as part of a renovation project that expresses Bombay Sapphire’s use of natural herbs and spices in their distilleries.


UK Pavillion, Shanghai Expo – Seed Cathedral
A fiber optic building encasing seeds in thousands of glass rods, this meant they glowed within.

London 2012 Olympic Cauldron
A cauldron made of over 200 copper kettles each representing a country participating in the Olympic games that forms into one. After the games each country was presented with their kettle.

My Thoughts
It was very interesting to hear the motives behind some of these designs. I feel it was important to understand that the beginning idea process is a key stage when designing. Overall I felt it was was very inspiring to see some of these cleaver and inventive designs and would love to read further into this company and keep myself updated with some of the amazing current and ongoing projects.


Print Workshop | Week One

Subject – Making Connections

To start back our new term, we dived back into our chosen workshops for the following weeks. I started with print, I was keen to develop some of my designs onto a screen and begin with my printing. I feel that I am most comfortable in print and was very excited to get started for this term.

I decided to go with two drawings from my design book to be developed onto a screen. One slight more simplistic and the other intricate.

Whilst waiting for my screens to be developed I began with mixing some colours from my colour pallet ready to print with. I went four different colours from palette. (First, fourth, fifth and sixth). I feel they complimented each other strongly as a group.

I started printing with just the one colour at first as I was unsure how the prints would turn out and I printed this on a thick card as I wanted to practice on materials other then fabric. I like the colour of this background against my prints and I especially like the composition of the circular design.

Now I have tried my prints out I began using my other colours and fabrics, I even tried some different fabrics like some of the ones below.

I particularly liked the turquoise and the dark green colours I used as they portrayed that contemporary feel I wanted to come through in my prints. I feel that white fabrics I used worked best alongside these colours. I also tried overlapping my two prints and I think it worked particularly well with a tropical feel.

The top two prints were fabrics were experimented on different types of fabrics and I feel they did not turn out as well as I had hoped due the clearness of the print.

Mark Making 

Subject – Making Connections

Although a bit messy, I decided to revisit some of my old mark making skills and create some new ones using some of the beautiful gouache paints I purchased for this term. I used different sized paint brushes to create some of these marks, mainly using free and fluid hand movements.


I mainly wanted to get back in the momentum of creating imagery that was quick and allowed me to use different strokes and a marks when drawing. I produced a variety of different marks that show interesting print styles and I imagine a repeated pattern using some of these would look great as a background when designing prints or croquis in the future.

Above are a couple of some smaller prints examples I created trying out some of these new marking making experiments. I find the left one particularly inserting.

These are some of the gouache paints I used, they turned out to be very useful for this project and I have really enjoyed working with gouache paints this university year. It was refreshing to step out of my comfort zone being water-colour based paints and to try something new.

Types of Pattern Design (Continued)

I have continued to find my own examples of different pattern designs we learned from Tuesday morning lecture. A list below shows more examples of my findings:

The most important basic textile design. Abstract; stylised; realistic.

Ethnic of Folk
Also known as folklore; peasant; provincial. Includes all forms of plants, flowers, birds, animals, human figures, scenic subjects, geometrics. Can be highly stylised, realistic, sophisticated, naïve.

Designs of only one colour with white. Modern and traditional.

Derived from patchwork quilt traditions. Also appliqué patterns that appear to be stitched.

Classic blouse-sized florals, often with a fine outline. Originally from Liberty’s of London.

Realistic or stylised motifs that tell a story. Can be campy and fun or sophisticated and high style.

Imitates the wax resist effect. Usually exotic florals and ethnics.

Composed of abstract shapes such as squares, triangles, circles. Can be very ‘free’ or mechanically set.

Also known as madder, tie-silk, cravat. Carefully drawn, geometrically styled floral, paisley or Persian motifs

Types of Pattern Designs

This weeks morning lecture was based around the different types of pattern designs. I found this lecture particularly interesting as I feel it is important as a designer to learn as much theory towards Textiles as possible and to be aware of current trends that always evolve around colour and print.

We were required to find our own examples of different patterns we had been shown following up our lecture and a small list of extra ones. I have documented some of my finding below:

This pattern originats  from India in the 17th Century; imagery is primarily floral based and tends to have a light colour palette.

The paisley print is easily recognized with its repetition of a teardrop shape. It is commonly used in some contemporary brands such as Fashion company Pretty Green

Art Nouveau
This style of design is an international art style. It was inspired my natural forms and focused on curved lines.

Tolie De Jouy
This pattern type usually consists of rural and idyllic imagery. The term Tolie De Jouy originates from France. Often used by Textiles Designers Timorous Beasties.

Neo Classical
Refers to any style that uses ancient Greek and Roman forms as a starting point. Acanthus leaves, plaques, griffins, floral urns, swans, horses, lions. The flowing curves of baroque, Empire, English Regency. Layouts are formal, balanced, harmonious, implying power, solidity and tradition.

Damask is a form of weaving to create the pattern design. It tends to have a striking diamond repeat pattern structure that is commonly used for wallpapers.

Calico Prints
Small floral, close coverage, 3 or 4 colours plus white. Also tiny geometric motifs as well as stripes and plaids. Traditionally used for dresses and aprons, frequently for patchwork quilts.

Lingerie Floral
This consists of floral pattern in Lingerie garments. This is usually very beautiful, feminine and intricate. Embroidery or print can both be used.

Journal Task

For this task we were required to find a Textile related journal that would link to our current practice. I am looking at Interiors for my current project with the theme of ‘Contemporary Tropics’ so I decided to look at Elle Magazine as I have always loved the visual appearance and layout of these magazines and I thought they would be perfect for this task.

I found there were a lot of very minimalist and contemporary design ideas throughout this journal that really appealed to me. I also then a lot of use of plants and greenery which I could relate to a lot as this is how I would display my designs within and interior living room space.

Library Task

Making Connections – Subject

As we were starting a new term, today was all about revisiting previous library inductions with Martha and making use of the many books our library has to offer. By taking a look around at the different books this may help inspire and generate new ideas for our themes and upcoming project.
We were required to select three books that we believe will be useful for our current practice and take these home to analyze.

My theme is Contemporary Tropics and this is mainly based around interiors. This task was a great opportunity to have a look at some interior space and see what other theme have emerged throughout the years in this area.

– The first book I looked at was ‘Inspiration Tricia Guild’
I found some of the colours in this books particularly interested as they were very similar to my colour palette

– The second book was ‘Surface and Finish’ – A directory of materials for interiors.
This book was full of interesting designs and patterns I found very inspiring and it broadened my mind to the different materials that can be used when designing.

– The third book I found was ‘Inside Minimalist Interiors’.
I am hoping to possibly use some of the room plans like the ones below to create some new contemporary designs and patterns. I love the simplicity of some of these room and will be also creating a minimalist space for my upcoming project.