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Personal critique of Summer Show 2017

This year Summer show was very impressive. With many talented people all over the university I personally think (probably a bit biased) textiles was the best!

This work was amazing. I think it caught my eye because I am interested in kids also the I love  how she put some of her samples in hoop. I love the use of hoops as I use hoops in a lot of my travel photography, I have even created my own hashtag page on Instagram.


I also like her designs and her hand painted motifs. I think it was creative to use hand made motifs and translate them in to repeat patterns digitally. I Liked her hanger racks as they were different than other people’s which made her stand out.

Another person I really liked was Roni Marshal. I have done all her headers so I had a really close look at her amazing work. She has been inspired by Japanese culture. Roni hand painted all the final designs then digitally print.

I think her collection works very well for interiors, she is a talented painted and her work translates well on cloth.


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.

Ordering free samples

To strengthen my technical and professional skills I have been ordering a lot of free samples from different companies such as John Lewis or Farrow&Ball. I order fabric or wallpaper samples so I can then create technical folders where I can compare them. I am limited to 5 a week so my folder is filling up slowly. I like to order samples with different patterns and in different colour swatches but I also get different plain fabrics so I can see how different they feel in life.

Farrow&Ball website

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Types of designs

There is a lot of different types of designs, repeated or not. As I am designing repeat patterns for hospital gowns it will be good for me to research them.

CHINTZ – a glazed or polished cotton, beautiful florals with trees, birds and animal and human figures. Combining realistic and stylised motifs in the same design. Originates from India.


PAISLEY – a curved abstract palm motif derived from the cashmere shawls of India that were woven in Paisley, Scotland. Can be set and conservative or bold and dramatic.


TOILE DE JOUY – means ‘cloth from Jouy’ in France. Finely illustrated stories of current events or romanticised landscapes and figures.


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 – printed damask designs imitate the original fabrics woven in 13th century Damascus. Elaborately patterned, formal, all-over or striped layouts


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.


THE LINGERIE FLORAL – dainty, small, usually widely spaced designs. Rosebuds, daisies, nosegays, ribbons and butterflies. Clean, delicate pastels.


‘LITTLE NOTHINGS’ OR ABSTRACT – small, simple shapes in 1 to 3 colours. Geometrics, dabs, wriggles, crescents and commas. Usually a tossed open-spaced layout. Often the same design is done as light-on-dark and dark-on-light.


ORGANIC TEXTURES – found in nature and includes woodgrains, reptile skins, sand, pebbles, grasses, clouds, sea shells, bird feathers, fur, leather grains, etc.


FLORAL – the most important basic textile design. Abstract; stylised; realistic.

ETHNIC OR 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.

MONOTONE – designs of only one colour with white. Modern and traditional.

PATCHWORK – derived from patchwork quilt traditions. Also appliqué patterns that appear to be stitched.

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

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

BATIK – imitates the wax resist effect. Usually exotic florals and ethnics.

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

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

ART NOUVEAU – sensuous, flowing, organic lines, with motifs taken from nature and plant life.

ART DECO – clean, geometric lines, formalised modern and angular. Motifs can be derived from flowers, plants, Egyptian art, animals and human figures.

CONTEMPORARY – usually non-figurative, either modern and crisp, or painterly.

BOTANICAL – realistic and well drawn botanical motifs as found in illustrated books on flowers, plants, herbs. Detailed, fine, pen line drawing and lettering.

SCENIC OR LANDSCAPE – designs in which the motifs are placed in a horizontal layout and, when combined with the subject matter, suggest a scene. Can be rural or cityscape subjects. A realistic style of drawing tends to be used.

COUNTRY FRENCH – originating from carved woodblocks from 18th century Provence, France. Rustic look with an Indian and Asian influence. Often bright in colour. Small set patterns and large chintz florals.

TROPICAL – motifs and colours inspired by lush, sunny tropical regions of the world. Flowers, leaves, trees, animals, birds, insects, fish, figures and geometrics. Primary colours. Often tossed, all-over motif layout.

TAPESTRY OR WARP – designs that imitate the look of elaborate embroideries or woven jacquard fabrics. The vertical, (warp), or horizontal, (weft), threads are emphasised by paint or by pen and ink. Graph paper can also be used as a guide.

WEAVES – similar to the above, but extended to include effects such as straw, flax, bamboo, rattan, cord, wicker, basketry, knits, crochet, etc. Can be used as independent designs or as background effects..

DOCUMENTARY – inspired by or adapted from a decorative historical document or fabric. Can be from any culture. Usually a fairly close approximation of the original.

ORGANIC TEXTURES – found in nature and includes woodgrains, reptile skins, sand, pebbles, grasses, clouds, sea shells, bird feathers, fur, leather grains, etc.

ARTIFICIAL EFFECTS – using a stipple brush, sponge, toothbrush to spatter, tissues to blot, or any number of other techniques to create a textured, irregular appearance.

GRAPHIC TEXTURES – these are geometric in nature with a simplified, clean and stylised look. Their appearance from a distance gives a strong, all-over textural quality.

My personalised Clothing

My personalised clothing website in another business which offers a wide variety of customised products. Standard, ladies, kids and T-shirts, hoodies, sweats.

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They are being more innovative and creative so they offer to put the logos or names in different positions on the clothing.


Reviews and rewards! They have a reviews section and also got an award for trusted service.


Devon shirts

Devon Shirts Devon shirts looks like a really good and reliable business with many great offers to chose from, however as a designer I don’t like their website design.

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What I did like was the amount of clothing they had to offer, there was more then dozen of categories and after you clicked on one more subcategories opened. They had really good products within the categories too.


My favourite category was Accessories. From bizarre subcategories like umbrellas, ties and badges to my personal favourite dog vest. accessoris

After clicking on a products you get a choice of colours and size, after clicking on a picked colour you can see how many they have in each size. I think is a really idea for when people are ordering more then few garments.