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.

Croquis Design – Workshop

Subject – Making Connections
Croquis design exercise.

Following up our studio lecture on croquis, we were all set an exercise to try out some of these techniques using our own designs. I starting by tracing over a sketch from my design book and using the half drop repeat to create a motif, I changed the direction of the print in a following design.

– The above designs were created by tracing over a watercolour drawing from my book that I thought would be particularly interesting once colour had been added and for the second part of the exercise that involved different methods like collage and reassembling. This was the border croquis technique that we had been shown and I wanted this to be a simple design. I feel once the image had been manipulated and reassembled it was a lot stronger and the subtlety was portrayed exactly how I had hoped.

– The last part of the task in the exercise was to create three motifs that work well as a collection, I decided that the first designs I created using lino would work better for this exercise as they felt very minimalist and contemporary which is the base of my theme. I created four designs as my collection as I feel they work better as a whole with my design having four images to work with. Overall I am very happy pleased with the outcome of these motifs. I feel the collection part of this exercise was more successful.

Print Workshop | Week Two

Subject – Making Connections

I started this weeks print workshop by experimenting with new background materials to print with. I came up with idea to use wood as a base so I collected different scrap pieces that I feel would compliment my prints and my colour pallet.

I decided to stick to the one design when printing on a new material. I am happy with the outcome and I feel the simplicity of the pale wood against my tropical design works very well together. I feel the colours worked perfectly in addition to my contemporary theme and this was an experiment I will definitely carry out again in the future.

In the afternoon I wanted to bring back in some of the foils I used in the first term. I wanted metallic prints to be an element of my theme and thought I would revisit this technique using my new designs. I decided to select a small amount of designs to be layered with foil, I feel it will work better as a whole for a collection with just a handful of prints being used for this technique.

Due to my print being fairly busy, parts of the foils did not come out as well as I had hoped but I think the colour of the foils against my prints harmonize nicely and this was just a refresher for me. Overall I feel I am happy with the results and a small amount of the designs I produced I feel are strong. I will be using some of them to be mounted for my final collection samples.

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.