A year of inspiration from the world of design

I’ve been inspired by many things and people this year and it started back in January whilst still in 3rd year at DJCAD whilst I was researching for the Partnerships Networks and Connection Module with the brief set by the Bradford Textile Society.  As ever an oriental theme started to develop ~ inspiration from Textile View, Bloom and library sources were just the beginning

inspiration textile view

and books were a great source of information

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the amazing trend forecasting bloom journals by Lidewij Edelkoort

this one is my favourite

Bloom tinctorial

The Society of Dyers and Colourist was the final brief of the year under the Partnership Networks and Connections Module.

Living Jewels

inspiration in all things bugs and

 Art Forms in Nature ~ Ernst Haeckel

Haeckel, E. Art Forms in Nature


Selvedge magazine has introduced me to many amazing designers over the years, this edition  featured  Mary Katrantzou a fashion designer from Greece. I adore her use of colour and pattern and the amazing photographer who captured her designs Eric Madigan Heck.  His work is outstanding and is an art in itself. He has photographed some of my favourite designers work too.  His work interests the part of me that would love to be a stylist, arranging accessories, interiors etc for magazine shoots and photography.

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Eric Madigan Heck  photography

Mary Katrantzou florals

eric madigan heck

As a textile designer I often wonder how my designs would be interpreted into the final outcome

the designers choice of model is important on how their cloth will be seen

One model who has cropped up often this year is Ginta Lapina from Latvia

Again the stylist in me is fascinated by the photo shoots she has appeared in

for many of the finest; Kenzo, Yves St Laurent, Hermes, Stella McCartney, Valentino, Chanel,

Versace, Fendi and Prada and many many more

Ginta Lapina Muse Magazine

Muse Magazine

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look book for Neiman Marcus

As ever this list would not be complete without the mention of Issey Miyake  and his  Pleats Please Collection.  I now own the book of the same title and it is filled with incredible design and shape.

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issey miyake pleats please

issey miyake pleats

Chanel – autumn/winter 2012-13 collection was another favourite

with the mix of textures from light weight chiffon to woollen yarns

Chanel A/W 2012

Chanel A/W 2012

Chanel A/W 2012

Chanel A/W 2012

Comme des Garçons

shape colour and form

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comme des garcons

comme des garcons

Reiko Sudo of Nuno Corporation was first introduced to me by James Donald whilst I was studying Textile Art at Dundee College

And has been a constant source of inspiration through the Nuno Books

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I was very lucky in November to see her work in real life in Edinburgh at the Dovecot Studios

a whole gallery dedicated to textiles – it was incredible

Reiko Sudo

Reiko Sudo

Reiko Sudo

Reiko Sudo

and Rowan Mersh and his Textile Sculpture is my latest fascination.  His work intrigues me and with my latest love of all things 3 dimensional; form and shape within fabric, you can see why

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Rowan Mersh

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So this ends my inspiration for now hope you enjoy the links I’ve included


Bradford Textile Society ~ Design Competition

As part of our Partnerships Networks and Connection Module we take part in various live briefs. At present we’re designing for the Bradford Design Competition.  I took my starting point from previous designs I’d completed over second year and once the collection of images were all together I felt there was a possible oriental look happening.



We’re encouraged with all our briefs to see what’s happening in industry and a good place to start is with Textile View Journal and the trend forecasting books.  I also collected a series of images from books journals and online sources ~

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Am now drawing and working on developing the designs