Fabric Samples – Harlequin

After a long wait, on Friday 25th of March my fabric samples have finally arrived and I am super excited to open them. Unfortunately these were the only samples that I have yet to receive and I ordered a number of samples from numerous companies. Luckily, the fabrics from my chosen designer for this module were the ones that did arrived and was mostly concerned for these samples so I am very appreciative of the companies generosity.

I ordered in total five different samples from selected collections and some of the samples even came with the alternative colour ways on the back of the fabric which is useful to see in comparison to my designs for my current studies.

The three different samples below are differently my favourite and I love the sections that we selected for my samples. The top one especially reminds me of a watercolour based design and the colours are beautiful.


Harlequin – Show Room Visit

Whilst on my visit to the Chelsea harbour interior show rooms yesterday, I was ecstatic to discover my chosen company for this module Harlequin, had a showroom there. I was frilled to get the opportunity to see the fabrics first hand and thought I would do a separate blog post as I spent a significant amount of time inside here.

I mainly focused on the fabrics and wallpapers this company specialize in, I loved how easy it was to sort through all the fabrics on display and being able to touch and feel each one in the flesh was amazing. I was mesmerized by all the colours and designs that I had never discovered before and even came across collections I have researched previously throughout this module such as Tempo, Tresillo and my favourite collection Amazilla.

I photographed fabrics I found particularly beautiful, as well as ones that related to my colour pallet and my concept boards.

I made sure to photograph some of the different colour ways and designs that work in a collection as this is a method we have been carrying out when creating designs and croquis samples for this module.

I was also very appreciative to find that free samples where sent to you upon request and I selected five different samples in store that I found interesting. I will document these fabrics on arrival and I am excited to recieved them. I plan to display and collage some of these samples onto my concept boards.

Overall I am completely overjoyed with my time spend at the showrooms and felt supper privileged to have spend time looking around the Harlequin studio and even order some of my own fabrics samples to keep.

Chelsea Interior Showrooms

Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.
London Design Week 2017.

On march 16th we finally got the chance to visit the Chelsea Interior showrooms after much talk about the trip throughout the second term and I was absolutely ecstatic. This was the first time ever visiting the showrooms so I was absolutely blown away by the building alone, the layout made it very easy to walk around every floor so I could get the chance to see inside all the showrooms.

I also was very impressed by the modern and edgy design ideas they displayed throughout the building and even got a free coffee – which is always a good start!

I started from the top of the domes working my way down, this way I could visit as many show rooms as possible. I come to the realization that browsing alone was a better way to collect samples and speak to some of the designers one on one so I continued to do so the duration of the day. I felt this was a wise and very professional decision.

I mainly focused on the interior based showrooms and tried my best to collect as many brochures and samples as possible to take home. I was very surprised at how generous some of the designers were and I managed to even get some samples sent home as well as some goody bags, catalogues and even a free cosmetic up bag!

I seen a lot of examples similar to ones we have been experimenting with in class, things like repeated patterns and croquis (All over or tossed, one way layout, free flowing, border, striped). I felt this was important as a designer, seeing all the finished designs opened my eyes to how well these techniques work as a final outcome and inspired me to create more. I also came across a lot of interesting colour ways, something we have been creating with our designs throughout this module.

I found it really interesting to see that a lot of designers were currently using the ‘tropical’ theme, which is the theme for my current project. A lot of the show rooms were decorated this was and I was so inspired to see the way other designers had experimented with colour and print using this theme. Wallpaper and fabrics with this tropical print were a reoccurring theme and I absolutely fell in love with them, I was also a massive fan of the use of plants and greenery. I had this in mind when selecting my theme.

I found it really interesting to see that a lot of designers were currently using the ‘tropical’ theme, which is the theme for my current project. A lot of the show rooms were decorated this was and I was so inspired to see the way other designers had experimented with colour and print using this theme.

See further blog post for more information and photographs during my time spent in the showroom (Harlequin – Show Room Visit)- my chosen company for current project.

CAD Visuals | Displacement Mapping

Adobe Photoshop

As required for this module we were required to produce some examples of displacement mapping using our designs. This is a technique we were taught in a previous term for our digital module and revisiting this would be useful for our current practice.

Displacement mapping allows you to visualise your designs on a product or object, making it useful when when deciding what designs work best on what. I am focusing mainly on interiors spaces for this brief, I want to include things like cushions, throws and even rugs. I feel my designs would work best in this department.

I discovered a very useful tutorial on YouTube demonstrating how to use this technique on Adobe Photoshop. This tutorial uses an example to follow step-by-step.

Repeated Patterns – Digital

– My colour pallet. (Contemporary tropics)

In order to have more variety for my final outcomes, I decided to have a play around some more with my imagery using digital design. I felt I learnt a lot from last years module and want to develop these skills further in my current practice. I started with some plain imagery selected from my design book to start, this was a simple repeated pattern experimentally mainly with colour.

I then wanted to see what repeats best suited the second imagery I had chosen. I used some of the ones we had been looking at class. (All over or tossed, one-way set layout and border). The imagery for this design was taken from a print design I had created using an artificial cheese-plant leaf and oil based ink. I repeated this using the different layouts and also changed the colour of the background using colours from my palette.

Print Workshop | Week Three

Subject – Making Connections

I began this weeks workshop by experimenting with a different printing technique. I purchased some artificial leaves online that I thought would be useful for this project and decided to try out the press in the other print studio.

I used two different coloured inks to mix together the turquoise and the forest green hues from my colour pallet. I starting by rolling the ink onto my leaves (this was tricky due to the thickness of the stems). I then placed paper below and above the leaves and began rolling then through the press.

I am very happy with the final outcomes using this technique. I had hoped for a subtle, faded print when I placed paper below the leaves which is exactly what was achieved. It was a shame that I couldn’t find any real leaves to use through the heat press which is what I had hoped for but overall I think this technique is strong and work very well with artificial leaves.

I plan to develop these prints further by turning the prints into a motif ready to be made in a repeated pattern. Although I am happy with the result of the more faded prints I plan to use the darker ones as a motif as I feel they will work much stronger as a repeated due to the density of the ink.

Back working with silk screen printing –
I spend the duration of the afternoon experimenting more with screen printing. I decided to try out using two colours in one print to create a different effect.

 I changed the direction in which the dye was pulled through as you can see right and top left. I personally think the right print worked the best and I feel this could be used as a repeated pattern design. I will hopefully try out different colours from my colour pallet in further workshops.


Croquis Design – Studio Lecture

Subject – Making Connections

This mornings lecture was based on croquis design, This is a type of repeat pattern that you can do by hand, (first sketch, rough draft, outline) making it a basic but effective way of creating a repeated pattern. This technique has been around for a number of years and the majority of textile designs are first painted out as a croquis.

Their is a huge variety of different compositions that can be used when creating a croquis design such as set designs, stripes, tossed/free flowing, or borders. We were shown some examples in order for us to gain a clearer understanding of what we were required to produce when creating our own croquis. Scale and proportions within the motif is something we were expected to experiment with.

We were all given an exercise that enables us to experiment with some of these patterns and motifs, like creating a family of coordinating designs. The motifs within our designs are not expected to be the same, the colourways we create can tie coordinating designs together as a whole. It is also required to create a design that varies with different colourways to show variety and understand how drastically colour can effect a design or motif.