Interior Designers/Companies

I begun my research in the library throughout wallpapers books and observed how most of the designers don’t just stop at that but they can be either interior designers, architects  etc. I feel belonging to me as well this versatility of not limiting myself to only one or two categories and this is not because I still don’t know what I want to do as I thought before, but because I see myself coming up with a new design that can probably fit better on a dress or a wallpaper or a chair. And this is one part of the process I enjoy the most, how my mind tries to find a hypothetical fitting for it.

I found some designers I fell in love with at the first page only because of the visual communication and others because of their values through which they design or the end they want to pursue. Sometimes I find it hard to express in my designs what I want because even if the information is in there somewhere I can not find. In this moments it is refreshing to browse through other artists and say yes, that’s what I wanted to do! I want to be able to take their philosophy and make them mine.

Timorous Beasties

I love their diversity of patterns that range from modern-urban to a more classic but always with a contemporary twist. The colourful splashes in a mirroring technique is one of the things what gives me satisfaction in both watching and designing, and even more if they are combined with a contrasting touch of colour where the curiosity of whom is watching is challenged in understanding what is it exactly that thing that catches the eye.

Timorous Beasties

Kit Miles

Kit Miles is a luxury interior surface designer. He is well known for his dynamic use of colour and fantasy feel of his own interpretation of reality. He combines organic designs with objects and gives most of his work a three dimensional touch. I’m amazed by his bold use of colour and the historical touch he infuses in his designs. He had his internship with the Timorous Beasties, one of his inspirations.

Kit Miles

 

Evan James Designs

They design original 3D wallpaper made by modules so that can be easily customised and in continuous movement by replacing or removing some or all tiles.

Evan James Designs

Linda Florence

She makes bespoke hand printed wallpapers and also installations for interior combining techniques such as laser cutting, silk screen printing and ceramic printing. It was important to understand what techniques can be involved in the production and that it is actually possible to make such stunning and visually perfect designs enough to cover a room.

Linda Florence

Susan Bradley

Even though she’s not my kind of style I’m happy i ran into her studio while researching in the library because of how she likes mixing decorative with functional. And this is something I feel I could be too. Her external damask wall decoration captured me.

Susan Bradley

Florence Manlik

She gives a very soft touch to her hand drawn designs that remind me of eastern delicacy. Fer designs are very versatile in fact she was commissioned to work for fashion, wallpapers, book covers etc.

Florence Manlik

Zoe Design

She make both murals and wallpapers or panels. Their own collection or made to measure. She is influenced by the Chinese culture and uses the specular technique in repeating patterns. It is researching these two elements from the Timorous Beasties’s inspiration that I found Zoe Design.

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Graham and Brown

It is a wallpaper Company, they feature quite a number of designers and Companies with different styles. And they have an interesting Inspiration page as well with some tips and future trends. Here’s the trend that inspired me the most: the Trace Layered Landscape, the Trace Distressed Details and Trace Marble Movement.

Anthropologie

Researching about this well known company I ended up focusing on their shop displays instead of their products. They feature interesting modular installations / wall coverings using all sorts of materials and found it inspirational for my modular experimentation:

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Surface View

Surface View is a wallpaper company that have a fascinating range of grand scale imagery representing flowers. I don’t particularly appreciate their vintage style but their mock-ups certainly give me an immediate understanding of how much can scale influence the overall look of a design’s outcome. Which is important for me considering that I want to experiment with scale.

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Fashion Designers

This is the sector I’m keen on designing the most, together with the wallpaper sector. It is unique the way a certain fabric looks like in our hands and the way it reacts when folded and/or combined with others on a body in movement. It’s fascinating.

I love specular designs, it feels like you can play around with them on the fabric and place them accordingly to shape one side of the body or the other. It also interests me the ‘strange’ combinations of colours and pattern that seen separately you would’t immediately think they could belong together as well as very simple elements that can make your head turn. And the damask patterns.

Inspiration from nature is vital for a harmonic combination of colours and forms.

Alexander McQueen

A genius who didn’t really liked the fashion world (and here I kind of recognise my self) but with the passion for couture he ended up in it changing it by contrasting Dior’s perfect look of the woman with his theatrical and more obscure vision of beauty and its contrast. Severely judged in the beginning, in 10 years he became one of the most admired fashion designers and even after his death his style and message still survive. Both his and Sarah Burton’s prints are a unique inspiration for me.

Alexander McQueen

Roberto Cavalli

Growing up in Italy , weather you like fashion or not, you get to know most of the fashion designer from television and gossip magazines. He was the first one that I started to admire his prints which are totally inspired from nature, felines most of all and laces, lots of laces mostly in the SS 2011 collection!

Cavalli

Guo Pei

Called as the McQueen of China. I find her style seductive and has the ability to transport me to another time, an eastern beauty. I personally don’t like most of her creations, but the few I do I’ll print them and put on the wall for eternal inspiration.

Guo Pei

Issey Miyake

His style is an inspiration and a revolutionary thinking that I had much to learn from. He went against all that has been instilled in our mind in the western culture about the woman’s body and its beauty. He wanted to achieve flexibility in movements and an easy production of the garment leaving the body free and hidden inside while the western culture was constraining the women’s body into a tight cloth in order to reveal its shapes.

Issey Miyake

Iris Van Herpen

An amazing sculptural designer that plays with sensations and visual effects pushing continuously the boundaries of fashion design using in her creations innovative techniques and radical materials as well as 3D printing along with the traditional. It’s like she knows no limits.

Iris Van Herpen

Rad Hourani

I really like his simple but sophisticately folded collars, futuristic, transformable and unisex clothes. He’s monochromatic predilecting black and a few other colours in a dark tone and almost never combines them unless it’s black and white, which I predilect in many of my clothes as well. Until this point of my research, and i went through tens and tens of stylists this is one of the few REALLY ready to wear ones. In fact, pick one and I’ll wear it without questioning.

Rad Hourani

Elie Saab

He can be a true inspiration for a fashion designer lover appreciating all those bids he manages to use in his creations, personally i don’t have that patients. Said that there are some of his pieces that really intrigue me both the digital as the embroidery patterns. Al the women wearing Elie Saab give me the sensation that they feel like the most beautiful in the world. Subleme!

Elie Saab

Zero Waste Daniel

He is clothing designer and a zero waste pioneer. In his last two years of practice he saved tones of scrap fabrics which he used to make his collections which are internationally renown and wore also by celebrities. I found our recently about him and found it inspirational for a sustainable practice never to forget in our process of designing and making. And it also related to a few denim pieces I did last year with recycled scraps and chosen to be exposed in the Heart Gallery this June.

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Noa Raviv

Noa is a Tel Aviv born and a 2016 graduated fashion designer that already gain world wide recognition. She had the idea to combine deformed 3d objects using 3d software, created by a command that the software was unable to execute, then translated it into fabric.

Noa Raviv

Liliya Hudyakova

The russian artist Liliya Hudyakova is actually a photographer with a good eye. Her Fashion & Nature photo series pairs accomplished fashion designer’s dresses and other pieces with the natural views that she imagines might have inspired them. It is addicting to scroll through them and endlessly inspiring.

Liliya

Gareth Pugh

A mind blowing fashion designers. Hes designs are inspired by shape, proportion and process. One of the pieces that attracted my attention was this modular installation / garment with a futuristic and dark touch.

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My reflective thoughts and creative intentions for Module ADZ5777 Subject ‘Making Connections’

Not only one year has passed already, but so did the summer holidays and here I am reading the brief for the first term of my second year realising that time has come for the going to get tougher. I have to admit that I’m a bit less relaxed then an year ago but most of all, I feel so excited to throw myself into the new challenges and techniques awaiting for me and improve the skills I have already acquired.

I took the first couple of weeks of the holidays to enjoy them without any schedule. Then the time came to see the Denim Exhibition organised by my teacher Sally Grant and hosted in the Heart Gallery. It was awesome to see my pieces hanging on the wall among other people’s work backing up such an important topic as the sustainability. Thank you for this opportunity. This got me a bit more motivated to always try to be actively involved. To put me in the game and don’t miss even the smallest of opportunities.

I also decided to deepen my digital knowledge, especially Illustrator which I liked since I first opened it and Photoshop, the one I always managed to avoid until happily forced to face it by the academic staff for a digital presentation. Now we have a love&hate relationship which I’m sure it will improve considerably in the year to come. So I started and almost finished the Digital Textile Design book (2nd edition) and its resourceful tutorials. Together with some others on You Tube, an invaluable as well as a free tool. From the first pages I’ve learned about the fractal design that I found intricately interesting and will surely get back to and got a general knowledge of how lots of artists play/ed with software, real objects and effects to manipulate photographs and create stunning designs. Here are some of mine:

My intention is to continue the job I’m doing, explore as many different fields as I can and experiment accordingly in order to be able to find my path and style. For now I feel I belong everywhere and nowhere, and even though this makes it easier for me to learn something new, it also makes me realise that i’m spreading my energies instead of focusing them on what really makes me, me.

Degree show critique

Degree Shows Critique

The third year textiles degree show as expected, it had a very positive and energy filling impact on me. From the moment I stepped into the room I started to get inspired by everything. Impressive the professional overall look of everybody’s work. Making a quick analysis I’m pretty sure I liked half of the designs I saw, and for example, this doesn’t happen to me in a retail shop etc.

The 2 designer I liked the most (among others) are:

Gwen LLoyd Thomas

 

Philippa Renshaw

 

Trends in WGSN

WGSN is an online trend forecasting company in the creative industry of textiles, fashion, interior etc. founded in 1998 in West London by brothers Julian and Marc Worth.  They give analysis and research service to retailers and the industry. As they say ‘We define what’s next so you can make smarter decisions today’. For a designer it is very important to know the market and future trends, not necessarily to follow them but to be aware of them in order to make conscious business choices because in the end monetizing our work is equally important.

In my work related to the Urban Beat theme I considered two of the future trends of WGSN’s S/S 2018:

      1.Mix ’n’ match graphics go back-to-basics, with simple geometrics and hand-drawn motifs coming together for a playful textile collection. Drop shadows and over-printing create a three-dimensional feel, ideal for rugs and throws. Stripes can be worked in multicolors or broken up with diagonal lines for a contrasting look.

Mix N Mach

I took inspiration from the Mix’ n’ mach trend in my illustrator designs in a combination of simple geometrics of manholes and bricks in a playful collection, I also reworked a classic zig zag pattern adapting it to the others design and used the drop shadow in a mechanism pattern to give a dynamic and three dimensional feel.

      2.Urban Surfaces: Fabrics take inspiration from urban surfaces, from graffiti spray-paint to rough concrete, layered graphics to painterly brush marks. Digital photographic prints mix with hand-drawn doodles for cushions, while hand-woven rugs present textured deconstructed stripes in chalky electric pastels.

Urban Surfaces

I used this trend in my Photoshop designs taking inspiration mostly from the graffiti spray-paint using the black brush tool in contrast with a yellow background, a brick construction and a layered colored photograph partially eased, for a dynamic effect.

Here’s the full trend report:

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Photoshop and Illustrator

Photoshop and Illustrator are both Adobe graphics programs used worldwide by designers, architects and artists in general. They have similar characteristics but vary in many ways. Here some main differences:

Photoshop is a great program for modifying already created images or graphics and it is pixel based, which means that the image is made of teeny tiny colored squares. The problem with it is that if we enlarge to much a photograph or a Photoshop based image, those squares get bigger and the photograph will become blurry.

Adobe Illustrator is vector-based software, so instead of using pixels it uses mathematical constructs to create vector objects that even if enlarged infinitely will still keep the same image quality as it does if it’s scaled down. This is the reason that Illustrator is used often to create logos or anything that may need to be printed or displayed at different sizes no matter the size in which you created it in the first place.

A You Tube explanation of the differences:

The two software combined are enough to create a whatever shapes and design our mind can imagine and another amazing thing about them is that the majority of the commands are the same in both so once you’ve learned one it will get easier to learn the second. There are some important basic tools to learn and a huge amount of tutorials on You Tube to demonstrate them. I’ll post here some of them that have been very useful for me.

Photoshop:

This is a good starting point for a beginner:

Illustrator:

The pen tool is one of the most important tools in both softwares and Lynda.com explains it very well:

The rotate tool that, for example, helps building petals around a center to create a flower maintaining the proportions and distance from the center and the other petals:

Pattern generator is a tool that helps easily to create a perfect repeat instead of using a clipping mask which can be a bit more complicated in the beginning:

Another important method that I’ve learned lately was how to transform a CMYK/RGB color in Panton color:

Mood Board and Color Board

Once chosen the most appropriate images that best defined my Theme, I uploaded and started manipulating them in Photoshop. In order to create smooth looking boards I used tools as the rubber, merge tool, magic wand, brush and crop tool and resized the images to create the effect of a unified look, almost as a single photograph on the page.

Mood Board

A Mood Board is an arrangement of images, materials, text, etc., a type of collage of key images to get inspired and it’s a very useful tool to evoke or project a particular style or concept:

Mood Board

Color Board

A color board is still a collage of images that can give a general idea of the topic given, like the mood board but it has an added important element, colors. The colors, in combination of the chosen pictures give the visual outcome we were searching for.

Once selected the images, I used the Color Picker tool to select the most significant colors and I ended up with seven. I then put them in a vertical sequence, in a mechanism patterned color palette. The palette serves both for the finishing touch of the Color Board as to use it as a reference for the future designs to come. I indeed insert it alongside my every art board to assign the proper colors (and their gradients) to the design objects I was creating.

Color Board

Color Palette idea:

Another great way to make a color palette ColorSnap. It’s enough to upload a photograph and they create it automatically in a few seconds. Then you can either stick with it or they give you the opportunity to change the palette by selecting other colors or tones, for example I inserted my Color Board and this was the result:

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And Hailpixel is another fun way of creating one in a very simple and quick way.