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.
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.