My graduate collection of textiles is centered around the beauty in our environment, looking at natural surfaces; their colour, texture as well as broader landscapes and forms. I have gathered inspiring imagery from the coast in Cornwall to work from, as well as researching the St Ives artists and their own methods of working. Barbara Hepworth, Sir Terry Frost and Patrick Heron immersed themselves in the colours, textures and forms found in and around St Ives. These artists also look at the wider landscape of Cornwall and I have likewise explored the man-made shapes and forms which dominate the Cornish coastline. My interest in natural materials does not end with visual inspiration and I am keen to work with natural fibres and historic processes that have a lower impact on our environment. My design practice is rooted in sustainability and as a printer I am always questioning how I can reduce the environmental impact of my textile designs. This project returns to simpler printing methods which conserve ink and reuse existing materials: the textiles are woodblock printed by hand using sustainable materials. The collections meets the requirements of Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification, the pigment inks are Soil Association UK approved and the base cloths organic. See the full collection here.
This simple printing method is how I created my graduate collection.
For my final year project I decided to return to simpler printing methods by woodblock printing my textiles. My initial reason for this was to reduce the amount of chemicals both going down the drain and into the water system. Through my printing experiments I found that there were many more environmental benefits to printing in this way such as reduced water and ink use.
I enjoy working on a variety of projects. Find out more about more about my freelance design work here.
A surface design competition to use pattern and apply it to everyday furniture. See more about this project here.
This fabric was produced as part of my time studying at Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan. Click here to see all my projects from my time in Tokyo.