I’m feeling pretty positive about this

What’s this? The world!

Why? Because there are so many people that want to make things differently.

Look:

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B Corporation (2017) B The Change Media. Available at: http://www.bthechange.com/ (Downloaded: 3 January 2017)

I’m feeling pretty positive about this because I’m clearly not the only one thinking about a sustainable future, there are brands, companies, individuals and researcher thinking about HOW we can DO things differently and defying the way things have always been done.

This is creativity in action!

See complete web page here

Inspiration from Dana Cohen

Dana Cohen is doing something that isn’t new but that I find very new.

For her project Worn again she’s totally owning the “reconstructed” look in texture and shape, taking advantage of the colours and apparent stiffness of the resulting fabric, making the garments really take another life.

I’d love to learn the technique that she uses to blend both materials 😀

Worn Again, her graduation collection, introduces a new and environment-friendly approach to textile manufacturing. The Worn Again process create a new cycle of life to used textiles that were thrown away. Dana is collecting these used fabrics and shredding them to create ‘cloudy’ felt.

From: http://www.cohendana.com/about/

See images here

Image engraving // screen printing

FINALLY! well, I don’t know if this is going to work (or how it is actually going to turn out) but I remember having a struggle with turning images into bitmaps to screen print, but in this case, I am going to try laser engraving.

I think that if would be possible to use this same directions to create images for screen printing, I’m guessing that the black dots would need to be bigger (future experiment?)

Directions for Photoshop:

The image needs to have a good contrast so it translates well to one colour.

Open –> Image file and tweak the colours

Image –> Mode –> Grayscale (yes to discard colour information)

Image –> Mode –> Bitmap
Resolution: 300 dpi / Use: Halftone screen
Halftone screen:  Frequency 53 lines/inch / Angle 45 degrees / Shape: Round

AND I got this:

bitmap

And, image ready for the laser machine:

laser

Images from the experiment TK (as we said in my old job!)

How exciting!

 

 

 

 

I’m in England

And I felt so happy about it yesterday on our first field trip —I certainly hope that it is not the last one, we went to three studios that had really valuable information to share about their work, inspiration and techniques.

And it was amazing to see some English pretty landscapes 🙂

First, we stopped at Stroud at Studio Seven, where Liz Lippiatt works and creates colourful things in a shared space with other 6 artists. Liz has a long career in making and does screen printing in velvets, silks and linen, her textiles and prints tell stories and show how much love and passion she puts into it. A couple of things stuck from meeting her and her work space: design, or textiles in this case require so much love! She transmitted the enthusiasm that she puts into her work, and that fact that things have changed throughout the years don’t seem to have affected her desire to create and collaborate, which I find both fascinating and brave, because this is a life choice that one must be committed to make it financially viable, and her signature, she has a clear style, her colour choices and experimentation with textures and materials show a mastering of screen printing but without getting stuck doing the same  things.

I loved how she overlaps textures and shapes and uses the back and front of the fabric for her designs.

See her extensive gallery here 

 

Then we went on to Moreton-in-Marsh to visit Rapture & Wright, a studio founded by Peter Thwaites and Rebecca Aird in 2004, they do textiles for interiors and wallpapers, all printed by hand in their barn/studio.

At first I thought, where are we? Because the place seemed isolated to me (please excuse my lack of English sense of space as some places do seem pretty isolated to me -used to a big BIG city) but then we went in in the middle of a printing session and I saw the size of the printing table, which was massive, and the big roll of fabric that they were setting. Rebecca talked about their 12 year journey and how they manage their business. I was pretty pleased to see than in practice, there are people out there that build their business around sustainable practices such as sourcing locally and using friendly fabrics such as linen, which is the only fibre that they use for their designs. I was at awe at the skill and speed of the printers that managed to print the first colour of the table in about 30 minutes.

An interesting fact, they have a mill in Scotland producing all the fabric that they use.

YES! And everything is printed by hand!!! Wallpapers and fabrics.

Again, love and passion for making everywhere.

See their collections here

 

Lastly, we visited Beckford Silk and they make scarves! A family owned business that has been around for quite some years. Anne, the director and daughter of the founder, showed us the silk scarf making process from start to finish. She talked us through the process of coming up with new designs and the process of separating the colours for screen printing.

At some point in their history they even used block printing, my most loved memory from block printing was reading about William Morris and how he believed that everything should be made in the middle ages way… but I know that screen printing came way after, I still found that very interesting.

Beckford silk know their customers and their process and they even have some space for a store, see their shop, clients and videos here.

 

Common observation from the three places:

They write it down

they keep strict written notes on how they mix the colours, this is essential to their process and a recommendation from them all.

Write our processes down so we can go back and know how to achieve something cool or keep exploring on something that didn’t go too well.

And
ps. I need to get out more.

 

Inspiration from Heather Orr

I really wanted to get some notes down about Heather Orr’s lecture last Friday at the Lecture theatre at Sion Hill.

She talked about her career and the path that led her to where she is now. I felt identified when she talked about her experiences after graduating from her MA. I certainly know a lot of people that have felt disappointed right after finishing university, coming from a creative atmosphere where one can do practically anything and clashing with how the real world works in design and feeling hopeless and frustrated… At least that was my experience, and by the way she expressed herself, I felt that it has been hers as well.

She mentioned something that was key to me: Collaborate with people that have a complimentary set of skills.

Her whole experience and the story of the development of her practice was fascinating to me, not only because they keep exploring new markets but also because they keep evolving and learning from their mistakes but always knowing What they’re good at, What they want to do and Who they are as a brand.

The desire to keep exploring with different materials and surfaces and learning from different environments, such as being a lecturer or collaborating with charities, reminded me of that curious mind that is essential for any designer —something that I’m currently working on.

Definitely worth hearing her talk 🙂
See her work at: http://www.heatherorr.co.uk/