Screen print designs

After designing my final croquis designs, I decided to take these further into a screen print design, experimenting with foils and pigment. I particularly wanted to focus on using foils as for me I feel this best represents the 1960s trying to include an element of the space age.

Some designs had worked better than others in terms of the foil. Some came out more prominent and sharp where as some others were slightly broken. I feel that these design ideas have a long way to go, they did not came out as expected but it was just an experiment as to what they may look like. I played around with using an complimentary colour in foil and feel like it worked well with the dark blue. However I did find it hard trying to replicate the same blue I had created in gouche. The blue that I did create was too much of a pastel blue, it needed that element of grey and when adding black to create that shade, it would just go too dark.

What I also liked about using foils in this process was the design left within the foil, this could equally act as an element of design within my interior place. I think it would work well considering a bar works closely with lighting, I believe that the design left in foil could work alongside lighting effects well.

My next step from here is to develop my designs into a better more professional aspect, these are not worthy of final designs, but were a good indication as to whether I want to carry them on. I will now experiment more with these, more within the silver foil to what I can create from the foil and the design left in the foil. I would also like to experiment more with a background colour and the moment I feel the white background is washing the design out.



Croquis and coordinating designs

To start off the design process within my chosen theme, we began with croquis. These are small versions of what we intend our final designs to look like within fabric, these can range in sizes but for me, I stuck with 20 x 20. These designs can either take place in a digital format or by hand, but as my colour theory was completed with water colour and gouche paints, I too decided to develop any hand painted skills I have and use them within my croquis designs with potential development later on within a digital process, but for now, this was where I was going to start.

When I first started this process, I had hit a wall especially within my chosen theme as I was primarily focused on textures and mark making and  was unsure how I could develop any drawings I had. The drawings I had in my sketchbook did not appeal to me as a final design I could develop further, however from a little help and guidance from Sally, I had borrowed a book from the 1960s. This book opened up many options for design from the geometric design to architecture. I took one image from the book – 1960s halls of residence and used that as my starting point.

The designs that I created involved me drawing one alternative design in multiple ways. I wanted to come up with a variety of one design so I could pick the best final design to co ordinate along side other designs that would fit and work together in bar/club. I believe that designs worked well and pushed me in the right direction to find a print that would work within a bar, as much as re creating texture is my main aspect for this I believe having an element of print would give the room something more.

I used the same colour blue throughout my designs to keep consistency. The blue is made adding white creating a tint, but also adding grey to deepen the colour. After speaking to Sally again on another 1-1 tutorial we spoke about including an complimentary colour to work along side the blue. I experimented with orange in alternative colour ways and colour chips. (see technical file) but decided these colours are too much and the complimentary colour would be used throughout the hard furnishings within a bar such as a rose gold within the lighting or seat frames. 

My biggest problem for me now was to create alternative designs, as I am sure I do not want to over power the interior with so much print and pattern my next step was to experiment with co coordinating patterns. I began trying to re create textures I had created through fabric such as using the pleater in stitch by drawing lines however this didnt work as much as I had planned, so I looked at alternative ways of mark making.

The first image I used grey gouche paints creating this design by screwing up tissue paper and dabbing around my paper, the second was created using a flat brush, using the end of my brush to create different thicknesses of line and creating a pattern.

The third was my attempt at recreating my textures from the pleater in an abstract form, this was created by folder paper, painting the edges and repeating on paper. The forth coordinating design was again created using gouche paint. I created this design by painting the edge of a ruler and dragging it across my page. I feel that these designs as a four may clash but with one or two with and my original print of the building, I feel they can work well, but an alternative colour design of  a couple is ideal, just due to preferences, a consistent colour of grey may be too much.

Again using the same blue to keep up the consistency, I created an alternative colour way for the flat brush design. Keeping it within my colour palette so that all designs could work together.

Devore print

To follow on with our ideas with the devore print for our chair, I carried out a few samples in devore and screen print in different materials. I experimented with white on white screen print however I think because the squares had too much of a surface area it looked too much of a bright white and didn’t give the effect I had hope for and decided that it was best to rule out this.

Next I experimented with a range of materials for devore on the thursday with the intentions to heat set them on the monday, however our print tech did this for me and the samples had failed and then he got rid of them so unfortunately I do no longer have these prints, due to this and the long process it takes to get some devore paste I did not have time to experiment again and further print the length for the chair, so me and partner decided it was best to rule out this idea and continue with our sourced materials of the curtains, which we gathered through the use of social media.

Field Group Project 2

As we are now beginning to join our new groups within field with people from all design aspects, today was about interacting with our groups and learning from the benefits of group work.

We began by getting into pairs (preferably with someone you don’t know and works within a different discipline) from this we had a drawing activity where we would draw using your group members hand whilst your hand was relaxed and then change throughout. Although this sounds easy it wasn’t. To fight the urge to draw when a pen is in your hand is hard, it is something that appears so natural, I also found it difficult that when the pen is in your hand and it is being controlled, naturally you want to go with the flow but you cant see in their head what they want to draw, I felt that this was a good way to begin conversation and work together because we could give each other directions/instructions as to what we wanted to draw. This was also a good way to gain patience to wait and see peoples ideas and perhaps they could benefit you within your discipline during field before you say no to something you may of had a bad experience from.

For our second activity we were all given five pieces of paper and from that we had to write down a noun, verb, adjective, genre and random word to do with our previous field group work. These all then got jumbled into five different hats, in which we all picked one from each hat to find that we had something completely different to what we had put in the hats. Once we had done this the next activity was to go with your partner to the library to find images of these words to later create a collage with all images combined.

My words: Crime, kinetic movement, pushing, steps and texture

IMG_20150302_210529Finally we reached to the end of the day where we began to start our collage but before, we joined another group to make a group total of 4.

Before getting straight into our collage we spoke about the words we had chosen and talked about why we chose these images to fit these words. For example I chose an image of escalators in London for kinetic energy. Specifically in London as London is primarily a busy and active place where all use of transport is needed. Escalators are used access more transport such as different tube stations. Soon after discussing what our images were about we began to think of a way to present our collage, whether it was ordered or scattered. We came to the decision that it was to have order but to diffuse all images and create a mini scene, as a lot of our images were ideal backgrounds, such as trees, buildings etc. we also had mentioned  it was like a new city with all of these chosen words that make up a city with its own dimension of a magical aspect, hence the snow white seven dwarfs. This was to represent the word magical.

The black and white theme was something that was suggested and I feel like it works well. I think it helps set the scene that we intended to create. Although it was all in one colour, it has shaded areas to show the different tones or density of certain images that you would see in real life and in colour. I feel that if it was all in colour, it may be to loud and not create this scene of new magical city that it appears to us.

What I enjoyed about these activities was that it was a good way to discuss various ideas of ways to portray a final piece (collage) to listen to each other and their personal ways of linking key words to various images/movements/stories. This is all preparation to our final collaborative piece and ways we can all influence and learn from one another, broaden our thoughts and initiatives.

Final Group : Mel Macdonalds, Erin Joynson-Evans and Shakia Thomas