BA (HONS) DESIGN FOR TEXTILES

Under a Full Moon

Exploring Scottish Folklore opened my eyes to the wonder and mystery of the natural world. Left curious about what could be lurking in murky waters and the effect the moon has over us. Aware of the impact the Textile industry has on the environment, I set out to create a collection of interior fabrics and wallpapers that celebrate the wonders of our world without damaging it in the process. Building on knowledge of screen-printing I’ve adapted these ideas into a more digital process, to suit current working conditions. Using a combination of digital and traditional craft practises to mimic a screen-printed aesthetic, I created designs that tell the story of these Scottish tales while still being mindful of the environment. I envisage a future where sustainability is key, where our planet is protected rather than exploited.

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This design is inspired by ‘The Selkie’, who sheds her sealskin under neither the light of a full moon. If a man discovers her skin, he will hide it, compelling her to become his wife. With her skin hidden away, she spends her days longing to return to the sea.

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This design is based on ‘The Blue Men of The Minch’. The Blue Men are sea dwelling creatures who spend their time looking for passing ships with sailors to lure into the stormy waters, the only way to avoid a watery death is to solve their riddles and rhymes.

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This design is inspired by ‘The Kelpie’ who is a shapeshifting water-spirit who seeks out children, pulling them into the depths to a watery grave. Often described as being a horse-like creature, the Kelpie lurks in remote lochs and rivers, waiting to lure unsuspecting passers-by into the murky water.

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I used digital methods to combine hand-dyed fabrics and line drawings to create designs that capture the spirit of these tales. Bringing together practises that are not usually combined to create depth and texture within my wallpaper prints.

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After doing mostly digital work this semester, I was excited to set up a mini exhibition space to showcase my final wallpaper collections, even if it was only in my living room.
It felt like such an achievement to see my designs come to life in this way.

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