Brand Reseach – Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely is an Irish fashion designer based in London. She began her career designing hats, and moved on to design work on handbags and a variety of other items including kitchenware and womens clothing.

Although she is famous for designing a variety of things I decided to further into her women clothing as part of my brand research. I love her retro, 70’s style look she has within her designs and this trend is definitely very current at the moment.

I have recently had a look at the autumn/winter collection and I really like some of the retro skirts and dresses. The retro designs and very authentic.


Research | Making Connections

                          ” C O N T E M P O R A R Y   T R O P I C S   F O R   I N T E R I O R ”

I have decided to look at the theme “contemporary tropics for interior” for my module level 5 ADZ5999. I am mainly going to be looking at interiors and furnishing.

I love the light pink and pale background with green shrubbery being the main statement in designs and interior spaces. I have found inspiration from different medias such as; internet, library resources and shop research. I will use this inspiration to create more designs.

I recently came across some lovely Elle magazines in the library which were filled with some interesting modern and quirky interiors designs. I was very excited as some these rooms and interiors are very relevant to the current ideas I have for colour schemes and design ideas for my up coming project.

I have decided to look closer at some of the design ideas for interior I stumbled across whilst on my holiday over summer. I will use similar colours in my design and follow up the tropical theme I have decided on.




I also really love the use of these green shrubberies and plants in front of some of these lovely monochromes. I am hoping to stick to lighter colours but I will incorporate lovely muted tones for my colour blocking that will work just as well as these designs.





After looking further into the brief. I decided to take the time to do some mark making to
get back into the rhythm for my upcoming module.
I recently bought some lovely watercolours and brushes from WH smith which I used to create some excited marks and patterns.

I used the colours –
Sap Green | Hooker’s Green Dark | Flesh Tint

I experimented with the brushes in different way creating fun and free hand motions. The brushes varied in width and size so this was to try them out and see what sweeps and motions work best when hand painting.

Level 5 ADZ5777 – Reflection

What designer do I inspire to be?

I have always found myself hugely interested in interiors and colour. I would love to one day design my own prints to be produced onto fabrics and furnishing for interior. I love to mix and create my own colours, I feel I can always research further into colours for interior and this is something that I thorouly enjoy.

Looking into all the different options I have within textiles industry is a useful way to look and all the different paths available at this stage. As a designer keeping my options open by looking into these industries could develop any interests I already have or influence me to look  further into ones I would consider I am less interested in.

I feel my main strengths in textiles would be print and dye. I enjoying colour blocking and designing prints.This is something I feel I can always expand and experiment with by the use different colours and textures.

I found myself pleasantly surprised when creating prints on photoshop and illustrator for our digital module. I would love to use the skills have already developed from these workshops in my upcoming projects and combining them with colour and dye.

Amsterdam, Netherlands.

During my hectic work-filled summer holidays, I got the chance to visit Amsterdam in Holland as a early birthday treat!

As well as soaking up the sunshine, when in town we visited quite a lot of cafe’s and restaurants where I found myself obsessed with some of the modern and inventive interiors. From wall art to light fixtures I was completely in love and decided to look closer into colours and designs for interiors.
I made sure to take the time out to photograph a lot of them as this was huge inspiration for me for upcoming projects.

                                                                           C A F E


                                                                          B O C C A 
                                                                         C O F F E E –


These two cafes in particular really stood out to me as I love the minimalist choice of interior they have used. By taking muted, pale colours and adding things like shrubbery give them a modern twist and creates that contemporary look without too many colours of patterns.


I created some quick collages using similar colours and shrubbery. The background colours are pale, which makes the colour of the leaves stand out similar to the way they do in some of the cafes I visited.

I am going to develop these ideas further by created some designs and prints that may feature in any upcoming work!


Today we spent the afternoon creating a design to be laser cut onto wood, I used a stencil font and created the design on Adobe Illustrator. I tried to give my design a modern take by adding the squares around my name. This design was intended to be my project title to use as cover for this project.

I think this design fits well into my theme as well as using wood. I like the effect it has on the wood, it gives the design a rough edge and reminds me of some of the decayed images I used for my mood and colour boards. I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and plan to create more design to cut on various materials at some point in this project.

Progression of my design being laser-cut: