New Patterns

After receiving my feedback I wanted to continue with my project by creating some new prints and using my plastics in a different way to give me more interesting things to hang for my end of year show. I started looking back at some of my old drawings and I became really confused as to what new motifs I could use. I thought about continuing with this circuit board theme and started messing around with some small patterns on photoshop. Initially as a tester I created the basic pattern, and then separated it into the four sections, moved them around and added more patterns in order to create the repeat. As you can see I started with this one, and made it into a repeat, but I thought there was to much white space, so I left this one and continued with the new pattern.

But before I did this, I started looking at different colour ways for this design. personally I really like the original in white, blue and green because it looks clean and precise. But as you can see I have continued to look at more which also work.

This is the second design I created, starting with the same original piece but this time I added lots more into the design, including new squares and circles to fill the square more, leaving less white space. These three images show how i created the design, adding more to the initial pattern, and then taking it into four squares, moving them to the opposite corner and adding more pattern to fill the space. Doing this on photoshop instead of paper makes creating repeat patterns easy.

I used this finalised pattern and created a few different colours ways using my original colour scheme. My favourite was is the blue, with the pink and green on top. It looks really futuristic and clean, but the colours are bright and quirky. I want to test this pattern onto plastic but unfortunately I don’t own any blue plastic because thats the only colour I didn’t buy.

These are some CAD visuals I created looking at garments, instead of stationery. After talking with Irene, the fashion teacher a few weeks ago, I decided I’m really interested in incorporating more fashion into my textiles work, and I think this pattern works really nicely onto these clothes as CAD visuals. Although I can’t now go back and complete a fashion course because I’m in second year, I will try my best next year to work along side the fashion teacher more and learn as much as possible in order to gain more skills to try get a job in the fashion industry in the future.

Going back to my stationery, I have created a mock up book with a similar pattern to this one. Take a look: The first one is just the repeating pattern, which looks fine, but just slightly boring. The second one I made took me ages, creating a pattern using all the pieces of the old patterns I had created, but it doesn’t repeat and I also included a title with the font I have been using for this project. I think this looks much more interesting, with less white space and more different shapes.

With this second mock up book, I’ve tested some alternative colour ways, which I think although don’t go so well with the theme. I think the overall style looks great. Especially the pastel colour scheme. Its subtle and cute for my target market, although it could be argued that the orange is funky and also is good for my target market.

Aldwych- London Unused Tube Station

Today I was lucky enough to go on a Brit Movie tour of this very old unused tube station. I have always been interested in abandoned buildings and London transport services, so to be able to visit an unused tube station was really interesting to me. IMG_8644.jpg

Here is some of the history of the tube station:

The tube station was built in 1895 for theatre goers, but weirdly enough actually knocked down Strand theatre to build the station. It was originally built with enough space for six lift shafts. However two were completed and only one was ever used. Inside the entrance hall they had a shop and photo booth. The tiles that were in the entrance hall were metric, and before it became a listed building the tiles were changed to a lime green colour.

People entered and exited the building the same way because the station was never finished.

 

Within the lift, the operator would sell tickets. These days people would sit and wait in the lift for the train to leave holborn at which case the bell would ring in the lift and and lift operator would lower the lift onto the platform so that people were not waiting on the platform.

During  world war 2, the government did not want people coming into the tube stations to take cover as they thought it was unsafe. Eventually they put in medical facilities and toilets in order for people to be safe. They closed down stations during this time and put hammocks within the tracks so that people could shelter from the war.

On the first platform was a 1972 final stock train from the piccadilly line. This line was now used mostly for training for staff of London transport. The line still is live however, many films have used this station to film at, so can be closed for this. IMG_8636

This platform was last used by the public in 1914 and closed eventually in 1917. Almost 100 years since its been used properly and still looks in good condition.

The second platform was never finished, however during the war, was used to store crockery and paintings by the royal family. They also tested different tile patterns on the second line which are now used on the Bakerloo line at Piccadilly Circus.

I think the history of this station is very interesting. Although it was once used it has not been used for 100 years now. And because it is a listed building it cannot be touched or edited in anyway. Which I think is lovely to have the building and tiles in original condition. Posters from the period still are in the station which shows how much things have changed. I feel so lucky to have been able to see this.

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Reflections

This term at University has flown by and I have really enjoyed this digital project. When we first got the brief with the three theme, I was quick to choose Urban Beat as my theme. I thought it was perfect, describing the work that I have done previously and what I am truly interested in, which is Urban Exploring. The words: decay, raw, edgy, urban, gritty and industrial express my constant theme in art work, as you can probably tell.

I already had previous experience with Adobe Photoshop, so using this program within the project I found really easy. However, attempting to learn and use Adobe Illustrator I found a lot harder, because it is so different to Photoshop. But eventually I have found interesting ways to use the program. The designs I have created I think show my true passion for this theme and I hope you can see that threw my work. Artists like photographers Marchand and Meffre and print designer like Miss Print have really inspired my work this term. Marchand and Meffre due to there themes and beautiful photographs, and Miss Print because of there simple yet effective designs. I have also found it useful working alongside Lucy and getting her input about my project, because she is part of the current print industry. I have had an insight into how the process of designing occurs and have found this helpful in thinking about my future potential.

I have now finished and chosen my final six designs, made headers ready for my show and created my Pecha Kucha presentation. I am so excited to show of my work, as I think I have worked hard this term and created a good outcome that stays true to the original brief. Never the less, I am normally a confident person, but the idea of presenting my Pecha Kucha presentation is so nerve racking, knowing that I need to stay in time with the presentation and say everything I need to in such a short space of time. But lets just prey for the best.

For my show I have chosen a beautiful bronze piece of card to head all of my work. To keep within my industrial theme. I think this works well and looks very professional. Also with my new skills that I have learnt I have created a beautiful piece of extra work using this bronze card and the laser cutter. I drew out a cog design on Photoshop and transported it into Illustrator to create an outline for this. I then waited 30 minutes for it to be cut out and placed it on black card so it stands out. Which I think will add something extra to my show.

I really hope people see my work and can see I am passionate about it. I now see the potential in digital textiles for my future career and am excited about the future and what it will bring me.

Finished Digital Print with Screen Printing

After creating my screen and receiving my finished and washed piece of digitally printed fabric I then wanted to screen print onto it. Although the fabric had shrunk making it awkward to match with sizes, I still went ahead with the screen print with bright orange foils. I knew the intricate design would be a problem but I thought it might look slightly better then it came out. I’m glad this was just a test piece, but seeing others work makes me inspired to keep trying with this idea.

Digital Print

This is my digital print, printed onto fabric. I was so pleased with the result. It was a quick way to get a clear print onto fabric. However, it did shrink in size. So this method could be slightly awkward if you want it to be a specific size. The colours look so bright and beautiful.

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Final Six Designs

This is my chosen final six designs for my project. I choose these designs because I think they fulfils the brief very well.

‘URBAN BEAT’

Urban beat depicts a dynamic raw energy with a gritty undertone. A modern-metro- an edgy course, cool approach to design. Street strength/ graffiti/ industrial materials.

I think these designs represent the words urban, raw, decay, edgy and industrial. And i think they work well as a collection. I can’t wait for my presentation and show.

Colour Ways on Photoshop

This design, I had orginally created on Photoshop. So when I attempted the colour ways I instantly merged the layers and using the ‘fill tool’ spend ages colouring in sections. However, I thought this was really sloppy. As you can see that the third design along the right hand said there is still remaining black shapes where I found it time consuming to fill in. Not to mention the circle within the print.

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I eventually re-opened the document and merged the layers together of just the concepts. Making it easier to edit the colours and make it more presentable. I made some new prints using patterns of colours in rows, which i think looks nice. But I will be using the original as i think it works best in the collection.