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Final collection

Time to pick my final 6 design for the assessment and exhibition.

Half drop mirror flamingos + alternative colour ways.

flamingo vertical big lines red + 20% oppacity in the back

Parrots all over

red parrot + blue parrto all over lighter

Random multi-colour flamingos

flamingo random colour

Mirror half drop swans + Coordinates small scale half drop flamingos

swan with flowers blues

1flamingo in line blue + red

Parrots on leafs + Coordinates diamond parrots

parrtos on leaves 0pacity 80

1red parrot in small diaonds with parrot lines bg opaciy 40%

Vertical line swans with faded background

1swan vertical lines red + orange with oppacity bg

 

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.

swan vertical lines red + orange with oppacity bg

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.
swan vertical lines purple green (blue green)
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.

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.

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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‘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.

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

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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.

Custom Planet Ltd

Custom Planet Ltd is another good company which specialises in personalising clothing. They value their clients so they offer exclusive special offers and discounts. Their clients are brand like NHS, Newcastle Falcons or Newcastle University.

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The have a lot to offer from simple t-shirts and hoodies to knitwear and bags. And of course they have an option to print, embroider and screen print logos or names to make your clothing more personal.

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Click here to find out more about our range of Product Personalisation options

Custom planet also has a promotional products section in which they advertise a lot of different products like stationery products, roller banners or hats.

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A4 Apparel

After having a little think about my project, are my hypothetical competitors companies like IZ – wheelchair, Gownies or Medisave? Or more companies what are customising fabrics and garments?

A4 Apparel is a company which customises clothing, they specialise in personalised clothing decorators. They worked for clients like Carlsberg, NHS, Landrover or BT .

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clients

They specialise in many different sectors such as fashion clothing, workwear, uniforms or sports wear. A4 Apparel uses many different techniques to personalise different clothing such as screen print, embroidery, vinyl transfer or direct to garment.

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In their additional offers they have garment finishing and bespoke clothing. They are a very highly professional firm with 15 years experience and top name brands.

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