My lockdown and summer projects have focused on photographs I captured in Italy 2019. I was inspired by the quote “You can find inspiration in everything (and if you can’t, look again)”- Paul Smith. I interlinked my photographs from Italy with my work created to answer the GSA postcard’s weekly themes. I have explored a variety of weave structures to build my personal structure library. When working remotely, I focused on developing my deflected double weave and diversified plain weave samples into my finals on my table loom. My four weft Jacquard samples have allowed me to directly translate my collages and Photoshop designs into a large-scale cloth.
I would like to target this collection to the interior market, creating sophisticated yet fun work to brighten a variety of different spaces. I like to create quite thick durable fabrics that work best within an interior context for both homes and hospitality venues. The vibrancy that I have been able to achieve is due to my yarn choices, by using acrylics and cottons, the colours are strong and bold.
I have gone down the responsible design route of promoting wellbeing. Each of my collage collections have little quotes to go alongside them to develop their positive message. Building on the quotes: ‘orange is the happiest colour’, ‘when life gives you lemons’ and ‘flowers grow out of the dark moments’. I have taken design elements, such as pattern and colour, from these uplifting collages and used soft comforting yarns to explore the full sensory impact that woven textiles can have on the brain to boost our mood and overall wellbeing.