Inspiring!

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Hello! I was recently researching some Textile/Fashion designers and came across a few that I thought I’d share because I find them quite interesting and inspiring. I got two books out of the library for this research and the first book was:

  •  New Fashion Print by Martin Dawber and the second was:
  • Textiles Now by Drusilla Cole.

They took a while to find but I’m very glad that I found them because they introduced me to a lot of new designers/companies that I had never looked at before and gave me a better insight to the world of Textiles and Fashion.

I will only mention a couple because there is so many great designers from those books & there is not enough space for them all here! So hopefully you enjoy the next section of this post…or at least find it interesting enough!

There is a few that I can’t get online due to their blog’s being restricted etc etc but if you ever get those books, check them out! They are Vicki Fong, Jillian Cole (Graduate of DJCAD!) and Gina Pipét. I couldn’t find those but knowning my luck, I won’t be able to find another few so here’s hoping I get something for you all to look at!

One designer I did get though was Rupert Newman. He studied at University College Falmouth and while he was there he experimented with his own style of mono-printing and discovered how to repeat the original motif with a roller. From this, he produced wallpaper designs and from the collection he created, he focused his creative ambitions into the world of Textile Design using the digital print facilities of Falmouth. Before this, he went to Sherborne School in Dorset – where he grew up – and developed his own distinctive style while studying an art movement called Rayonism, a Russian movement in the early 1900’s where the artist’s paint the rays of light that are reflected from objects rather than the objects themselves. It was from this project that his artwork has had a kaleidoscope look.

These are two pieces of art from one of his sketchbooks. I really like both of these in particular as they are quite colourful and quite unusual. they represent his kaleidoscope style very well. Also, I think that they are quite graphic and eye-catching. Well, they caught my eye! as I find graphic and more illustrative art quite interesting and I particularly like approaching my own work in this way as well. If you want to see more, checkout his website here! Rupert Newman.

Another designer I want to show you is Longina Phillips. She has her own company that goes by the name of Longina Phillips Designs. She grew up in Poland but now lives in Sydney,Australia where has studio now is. Her studio/business includes herself and a team of designers based in Surry Hills, close to Sydney. She studied at the University of Technology, Sydney and studied Visual Communications. She is inspired by the world around her and particularly likes bold/very strong graphics, uncluttered statements and everything that is beautifully drawn.

These pieces are from her current womanswear collection. I particularly like these as I really like the colours and the beautiful details in each design.

This is a sample design from her swimwear collection.

This is a sample piece from her menswear collection. I could go on and on showing you all her wonderful and very interesting designs but I don’t want to bore you…especially if your not a fan of this particular designer! Thought I would show anyway!. For more of her designs, check out her site. Longina Phillips Designs

Those designers are from the New fashion Print book by Martin Dawber. Great book! have a look! Textiles Now by Drusilla Cole was the other book I took out for research. I found this book particularly interesting as it not only showed me new textile/fashion designers, it introduced me to new styles/techniques that are very unique and interesting! The first designer I want to show is Jeung-Hwa Park. I think that her work is very unique and very beautifully approached.  She is a Textile Designer and here are some examples of her interesting work! These examples look very fine and delicate as well as being very unique and textural.

More examples or her work are on her website, check them out here! Jeung-Hwa Park

Lastly, one more designer to show you! Carole Waller. Here is some examples of her very interesting and unique work!

For the whole collection (those pieces included), she hand painted her designs as it makes them much more personal and unique. I really like this approach to creating a design on fabric and this is something I will consider when it comes to the fabric sampling stage. To see more from this wonderful designer, check out her site! Carole Waller

So that was a quite a long blog today! but hope you enjoyed everything and found something inspiring like I did! Bye bye for now!

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2 thoughts on “Inspiring!

  1. A great collection there. Light seems to be a common theme.
    The image that looks like stained glass caught my eye – have you ever tried to create some?
    I was listening to something on the radio the other day and they were discussing Hildegard of Bingen, a medieval nun who wrote some very famous music. She also produced colourful illuminations which one of the people on the radio said reminded him of migraine auras – the patterns that some migraine sufferers see when they have an attack. I thought that was quite interesting… Something so beautiful from something so painful!

    Might be worth checking out some of her work. The library might have some of it but that link should get you started!

    1. Thank you! it sounds quite interesting so i’ll definitely have a look and see what kind of things I could get from it. I have tried stain glass once but that was a while ago but it was quite interesting and fun – I think I actually still have some glass paints – so might try them again on some things or try something to give the same effect. I found that particular designer quite interesting and I really liked her hand painted collections – definitely something I will try. Thank you again!

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