BA (HONS) DESIGN FOR TEXTILES

Alphabetic Chaos

This project is inspired by my experience of dyslexia and visual distress, which causes words and letters to distort and form patterns. My main aim is to take inspiration from the challenges I have experienced and create aesthetically pleasing fabrics. I hope to convey what I, and others, see in a commercially viable way through the use of pattern, shape, texture and especially contrast to represent the relief from visual distress contrasting coloured overlays bring to black lettering. I have created a collection of unique, tactile/stimulating knitted fabrics and surfaces intended to be used as a range of practical interior products such as wall hangings, fiddle throws, cushions, rugs, large cushions and comfy floor blankets suitable for shared family spaces such as playrooms, bedrooms and living areas. These products encourage fidgeting, which is often a symptom of neurodivergent people and known to be a great stress reliever.

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My lifestyle and market board features some of the brands that have inspired my collection, this helped me envisage what environment my final pieces would fit into.

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In this sample I added popcorn stitch and picot edge to create the nobbles and triangle shapes, these are secure and integrated into the fabric. Having the vertical lines in the background gives foreground and background to the fabrics.

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The use of beading adds further interactivity to my samples and I added these to a few of my samples via loops. I wanted my pieces to be tactile and this image illustrates one of the ways I achieved this.

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Most of my samples stick to certain colour groups but in some cases, I added more of my bright colours from my colour palette to bring contrast and balance to the collection as a whole.

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Here is one of four of my visualisations that I have created. Bringing a flat vector outline and some realistic elements gives a playful look overall and illustrates how my pieces would look in the environment they were designed for.

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