BA (HONS) DESIGN FOR TEXTILES

Cabinets of Curiosity

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.

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This image shows a selection of sketchbook work I created using gouache paint. For my project I painted all elements by hand before digitally putting them together. To provide context that they belong to a museum collection I included the nametags of the different moth species.

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As an addition to wallpapers, furnishing fabrics and fashion fabrics I created a collection of tableware and accessories. They are photographed against the backdrop of an accompanying wallpaper design, forming a cohesive collection with a wide variety of end-uses.

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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.

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This image shows a digitally created visualisation of my designs on wallpaper and couch cushions, alongside a photo of an A1-sized wallpaper sample. The photography for this project was done in an abandoned house in the hills of the Scottish Borders to contribute to a curious feel.

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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.

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