Parrots

This parrot all over designs is done a little bit differently than all the other designs. I just copied on the motifs at random to cover nearly all the page. I decided to leave some white bits so it’s not too dark. I faded the whole layer out which gave quite an interesting outcome which sadly wouldn’t work for my collection. This repeat turned out really dark so I’ve brighten it up a little bit.

I love the symmetry of this parrot and that it creates additional patterns in the negative spaces.

I like symmetry, I though if I draw straight lines in Photoshop but make them dip where the motif is it might look good. It didn’t, this I probably the worst outcome.

Parrot on leaves. I wanted to try doing a pattern that wasn’t so carefully thought out like the other ones. I really like this one and the link between parrots and leaves I’ve created. I’ve changed the opacity of the background to 80% and also moved the red parrot on the top leaf to the centre.

 

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Swan

Swan with flowers and leafs motif looks so cute. I decided to use a simple half drop repeat and added the leaves as a background. I have also mirrored one of the columns to create variety in my designs.

Changed the colour of the swan and used less flowers as a motif. I think the yellow and red complement each other very well. Decided not to use the flowers in the top layer but as a background. The yellows swan repeat looks quite effective but plain. I also like the multi-colour flower repeat. After adding them together I think it is too busy, maybe if I played with scale and fading more.

Orange and red swans. I made quite a single motif and decided to repeat it in strait vertical lines. It looked quite plain so I decided to play around with the same repeat and fading out tool again. I think it works for this design very well.

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After changing the colours of motifs I decided to rotate the motif 90 degrees. I think it works quite well so I played the colours.
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I added the two repeat patterns on one, it looks really crowded. Played around with the opacity in the background layer at 40% and it looks much better.
I have done the same with the purple version of the design. I don’t really like how the colours work together. Even though they are faded out they transferred in to very bright colours which doesn’t work for my collection.

 

I really like the random swan repeat however it looked a little bit plain so I decided to add some big scaled leaves as a background and change the opacity to 80%. Then thought it looked quite dull so I decided to use some vibrant red, I quite like the outcome of this one.

Flamingos

Random flamingos. The flamingo translated amazingly in to Photoshop. Had a little play around with multi-colour then decided to do yellow and green only.

Half drop mirror flamingo pattern looks good but it needs a background. Decided to use some of my mark making but it didn’t quite seem right.
Then I decided to add a similar colour as the base colour. Also tried just base colour without the mark making.

I thought why not use the pattern I already have as a background? It look a little too busy so I faded the back layer 80%. Still didn’t look quite right so I decided to fade the bottom layer even more to 60% and made the top layer bigger. I am really happy with this design I think it would work very well on many surfaces not just hospital gowns.

Alternative colour ways. Using colours out side my colours pallet was quite fun as it really showed how the pattern can progress in to a lot more surfaces. I really like all 3 options and how different they are but I think my favourite one of the navy and orange on the right.

Decided to play with scale by making the repeat small. Played with colour and also added the previous pattern on it. I think it’s looks too busy even after fading the bottom layer.

Swan with flowers and leafs motif looks so cute. I decided to use a simple half drop repeat and added the leaves as a background.

 

New drawings

After getting my feedback I was happy with the grade but I wasn’t happy with the work I produced. I wanted to work on it more and happily we had few weeks of independent study. I decided to do some more drawings showing more techniques which I can then translate in to motifs and patterns in Photoshop,

Flamingo, painted using acrylic paints. I’ve used a pulling technique to create texture. I am really proud of it however I think I need to work on the feet/claws a little bit more.

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Parrots. I created those parrots using dry paint pulling technique. I like the textures on the wings and bodies of the birds but again I need to work on the claws.

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Parrot in watercolours. I wanted to experiment with a different media so I chose to use watercolour to represent the vibrant colours. I used a black fine lined for outlines as I wanted to show detail of the wings.

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Parrot in acrylic. I decided to do the same parrot in acrylic again as I feel like my acrylic painting skills are better. Also I think it work better for the collection I have in mind.

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I created this swan using acrylic dry paint pulling technique. I am not as proud of this as the flamingo or parrots but I still like it. I think it will look good when I work on it in Photoshop and convert it in to designs.
The leafs. I decided to do those leafs because I wanted to have variety in my designs. Some of the designs from the last collection seen to similar to me so I will be using the leafs as motifs for backgrounds for some designs.

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I really like the pink and white flowers that I’ve done using dry paint pulling technique. I think they will look good in my designs.

I love daisies. For this one I’ve used the same technique as for the other ones, but I have also done an outline for the petal detail and it makes it look less realistic.
I decided to use more techniques so I’ve used wet paint technique with I don’t think looks as good as it doesn’t create a texture. Also it might not match my collection.
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I think this rose it beautiful however it seems to me like the leaves are a little bit out of proportion.
I like this little collection of blue flowers but I think it is too dark.
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Ordering samples online for research

As I have mentioned before I order free samples on line from many companies my favourites being Laura Ashley, John Lewis or Farrow and Ball.

To find out more about ordering samples

I make sure I order samples from different companies and collections to really see the difference in making and designing. I wanted to have a close look at what the industry was doing, it was hard for me to research hospital gowns so I decided to focus on repeat patterns. This was a great way to see how and what patterns work well together and how they are valued in the industry.

Buddy system

During the last 2 week we have been paired out with a 3rd year textiles student. We were helping them out with wall preparation and completing work. I was paired up with Joanna White. She was a really good buddy but at times I thought like I had to lead her more rather she leading me. She didn’t also have a job for me which was fine as she had to focus on her work so I offered my help to other people who struggled more. After doing few people’s header I was called the ‘header queen’ by the 3rd years and became very popular at doing them. In those 2 week I must of done over 200 headers! I didn’t mind it as it was quite simple and fun.

The 2 weeks went quietly and problem free however the last day was crazy. Everyone was panicking a little bit with the up coming deadline, including Jo. We had a problem with putting up the shelves which got really stressing for both of us as the time was running out but we finally managed to put them up. Jo also wanted me to create a bow for her International Greetings project which was quite fun.

Jo has answered many questions for me and she made me calmer about 3rd year. Her project was inspired by symmetry and geometry. She used toned colours and made her collection for interiors.thumbnail_image5

Overall I think the buddy system was very helpful and worked very well for me. It was 2 weeks of doing my own work which probably gave me a nice break and a step back from it which was nice. I think this will make me more focus and relaxed about my future work.