The creation of this collection was inspired by a phenomenon called ‘Cabinets of Curiosity’: private collections from 1600-1800 that were the predecessors of our modern museums. These collections showcased a wide variety of rare and curious objects, varying from specimens in jars and medical equipment to butterflies and shells. The collections were designed to spark a sense of wonder in their viewers.
My aims were to produce a variety of printed textile designs for wallpapers, furnishing fabrics, lampshades, cushions, tableware and additional fashion products such as scarves. Usually I love the process of hand printing, however, without access to printing facilities I pushed the boundaries of my design style to suit digital printing methods.
This collection comprises of visual studies of the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow and Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in Leiden, the Netherlands. Both these museum collections originate from the phenomenon described above.
My scarf design was digitally printed on a Silk Twill fabric, giving the product a very luxurious feel and subtle shine when it catches the light. The headscarf was digitally printed on Bamboo fabric. For sustainability reasons I have refrained from using synthetic fabrics or cotton throughout this collection.
What can be seen here is a Brushed Texture Wallpaper sample alongside a digitally created wallpaper visualisation. I utilized brushed texture paper quite frequently in my final designs as it adds dimension to my detailed watercolour paintings. The lampshade visualisation illustrates a wide scope of different products complimenting each other.