Screen Prints

Here are some screen prints I printed a while ago, during the two weeks of being third year buddies. This was the first time I screen printed onto plastics and I think it went very well considering. I started off looking at colours from my colour palette and because I had brought in this green plastic I thought it would be best to start there. This is now an old print, but you can see it repeats. This pattern has now been replaced with the pattern I have been placing onto mockups which I think looks a lot better, but this is the repeat of a similar pattern. I thought the green came out really well, although the paint has lead a little, I really like the texture of the plastic and think it works really well. If I had the chance I would go back and repeat this on pink plastic, but sadly I don’t think we have anymore time in the print room before our final deadline, and even worse I don’t own any blue plastic.

I then started playing around with some other plastics and a metallic pleather I bought back from china, with new colours not from my colour palette to see what my designs would look like in different ways. I decided I really liked the shine of the metallic pleather, the colour really worked well with the while pattern on top, obviously its hard to show this on photoshop because its such a unique fabric. However, I also really liked the colour palette of the black plastic with the white and red, and since then have created a new colour palette using these colours which I think works nicely, and could work well for my target market. I think it also keeps within the sci-fi theme which is obviously a bonus.

I also created a sample with orange plastic and flourescent pink paint on top, but this didn’t photo well at all, so if you get the chance to ever see my work, keeps your eyes peeled for it, because it does surprisingly look quite pretty.

I think screen printing onto plastic is such a brilliant idea, but I think I want to gain more experience with this during my third year, and try using different scaled shapes to see if the paint will lay differently accordingly. Yet to be tested.

Final Collection

After being inspired by my trip to china, and wanting to continue my research and development project that I initially started while at university in Beijing. I decided to continue with the theme looking at the WGSN trend for Spring/summer 2017 called digital wave, but also taking influences from 60’s space age fashion motifs.

When I was in China I was studying fashion, so I was looking less at patterns and more shapes, in particular looking at the human body. When I returned home to start this new project looking at fabric samples of patterns, I thought it might be harder for me to continue working towards a fashion outcome and moved onto stationary.

For my hypothetical brief for this project, I choose the store Cyber Dog, a futuristic fashion and accessories store based online and in four major cities in the UK, as the company to work for. I choose this store because it is so interesting and elaborate of the futuristic theme, which is what I wanted to portray in my work. The fashion could be called wacky, or out of this world if you wanted to be funny, but its different and I thought it would inspire me to be more creative with motifs and fabrics. It was after I visited the store in Camden, London, when I began to draw more of the fashion illustrations, because all of the different shapes were so inspiring, not to mention the colours and patterns. Cyber Dog have never launched a stationary brand previously, which made it more fun because I have nothing to compare it to, but also it would be a unique selling point if it was to end up in there stores.

I started working with fun and quirky motifs, some of which were inspired by my travels to Shanghai. I picked colours for my collection mostly based on the digital wave collection on WGSN, but I specifically chose bright colours because I wanted the final outcomes to be stand out visually. With my first set of motifs I applied different colours multiple times to see what colours worked together and decided that the green blue and yellow worked best, with some pink. But also the purple, red and pink worked together. I struggled to combine them all because there is a lot of colours in my colour scheme.

From the beginning I was very concentrated working with the spaceship motif, and I played around with lots of different patterns and colours to see what would work best. It was only until I screen printed the design that I realised It was working for a much younger target market then I had originally thought about creating for. Which meant most of my work up until this point was irrelevant to my project. This is then when I started to think about circuit boards and more fashion illustrations because these patterns seemed more mature and slightly raunchy which is where I was heading with the futuristic theme.

I drew out eight different fashion illustrations, with inspiration from many websites, including Cyber Dog. But in the end I choose the best seven and ended up giving them futuristic names like: Venus and Solar-Jexa. It worked out pretty well considering I was looking at stationary and these illustrations could work well for diary’s, so with there being seven, there was one for every day of the week. Which I have shown in my cad visuals.

I am practically proud of how much I have learnt since returning from my Erasmus. I have tested and gained so many valuable skills, including learning how to screen print again but also using multiple screens for one design, and how to digital stich. I think some of my best work was created using the digital stich onto the plastics. Although I am sad that I can’t use it for anything else, I love the textures it brings to my work. Especially with the stitch on top. I think it’s a very interesting idea to use them together because the plastic is so smooth and clean, but the stitch adds an element of hand-made crafted art to it. Giving the samples more character. I want my samples to be interesting to touch because after all you would be holding a notebook and it would be more interesting if the textures were fun.

My final samples came out really well. Showing lots of different skills and I believe to be presented very clean and professionally. I wanted to showcase all my skills on the chosen six samples, However I did mount the theme corresponding designs together and wanted to showcase that as one design rather then three individuals, although the top print is the most important in my eyes. I wanted to show I have looked into lots of techniques during this projects and tested both on paper, fabrics and plastics with many different motifs that work together, correctly for my target market which I think I have managed very well. I have used my time wisely and thought about ways to develop this further by given each of my illustrations names to make this project come to life and slightly more personal. Although I have thought about my market competitors, I have never seen anything quite like this with bold prints and the use of plastics. I think these designs are unique and interesting which is why I think I am so passionate to continue more work with these themes.

 

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If I was to continue this project and develop it further, I would be very inclined to test UV paints and find similar fabrics which I could laser cut into or emboss. I think these ideas create an even more futuristic fantasy impression, which in its self is quite edgy and fun. But I think overall this project has been very successful and I have really enjoyed it. My final collection are all well linked with the theme and produced to a high standard which I am most pleased with.

 

Research and Development- Skirt Finished

Today when I got into university, I wanted to finish my skirt as I only needed to stitch the waist band together, which should have been relativity quick and easy. I went to a different stitch room, and I think the sewing machine was slightly different. I was very worried because all my previous attempts of the waist bad went wrong at so many points, and I had to unpick a lot of stitches. However, because this fabric is transparent, it made it slightly easier to keep neat. However, at certain points it went slightly off track, because the speed of the machine is very temperamental. I am so pleased to say I have finished this to a very high standard in comparison to my previous few. However I still want to make a face mask/goggles.

Fabric Market- Round 2

Today was the second time I visited the fabric market, as Alice and Rosie wanted to buy some for there project. This time I really only needed some basic starchy white fabric to create my shoes out of. But ended up buying more then I wished. As soon as we walked into the first store I was attracted to this plastic they had rolled up by the door. At first I bought a meter of yellow and orange, but ended up going back and buying green and purple. I thought this plastic would make a great clutch bag or some sort, using geometric prints on top. I also loved how the edges of the plastic glowed and that the more you layer up the more different colours you got out of it. I also saw some distressed denim I loved. Both Alice and Rosie bought some, and me being myself I didn’t want to end up with all the same stuff so I did not buy this, but may have to come back later on. I also bought some more Chinese printed silk. I do not have a picture of this, but again I think it would make a nice bag of some sort. Thats all I have in my head at the moment- Bags!!!!!

Such a lovely trip though. Will defiantly be back before we go home.