As part of my degree show collection that can be seen at Leeds Arts University 9-14 June 2018. A nostalgia for simpler times, reminiscent of happy childhoods spent in gardens and parks is translated into printed textiles. The wildflowers picked, pressed in books, and placed in hair during childhood decorate delicate silks and cottons. Reminiscing about the days of our youth provides a welcome break from the hyper digital and politically turbulent world. Textures with a homegrown or wild look inspired by meadows help to realise the trend story.
The Hallucinogenic Blooms collection shows tropical blooms in surreal forms being altered through a psychedelic vision. A playful quality is created through uneasy colour pairings and multi-coloured florals on dark grounds.
A key trend for S/S 19 sees a technology driven world reconnect with the things that touch us, whether that be physically through the feel of clothing on skin or psychologically as psychedelic qualities and colours rejuvenate or sooth the mind.
Unexpected compositions and a strange fluidity requires a closer look, upon inspection the botanical can be seen. Watercolour and felt-tip drawings contrast against vector based line-work, merging two styles mirrors the space between virtual and reality. Consumers emerge themselves in the real-world, a welcome escape from the hyper digital.
Lime green and sunny yellow contrast against the dark grounds of the print collection to create a combination that rejuvenates and excites the mind. Pinks and reds give a feminine edge, while creating an unexpected, sophisticated look. Warm and soft pinks with cool and gentle blues create a soothing vision that calms visually overwhelmed eyes.
The strength of buildings is illustrated in a textile print designed for stretch lycra used in sportswear. A busy city dweller has time to run in the morning or evenings, the print translates this concept and the colours of dawn and dusk into a print that compliments a female figure. Perfect for use in form-fitting running gear, the horizontal and triangular shapes, broken up with the rectangular shapes of silhouetted buildings, stretch and move while maintaining the original aesthetic of the design.
This response to the Pyschotropical S/S 18 trend for a high street womenswear print collection saw botanical forms inspiring the imagery seen on textiles. A dramatic mood is created as lush, painterly florals contrast against dark backdrops. Natural and manmade styles merged as photographic cyanotypes created a flat contrast against the painterly blooms. This is escapism from the digital world, as consumers seek out and celebrate the more sensual side of the natural world around us.
Nature reclaims the concrete landscape as this story sees the tiniest seed smash through solid composites emerging as a strong plant. Marks and shapes appear like concrete and other composite mixes, while chalky pastels contrasts with bold blues, greens and pinks. Intricately painted botanicals explore the traditional methods of recording plants while photographs show the modern way of scientifically representing every detail. The story creates vibrant exotic designs for Spring/Summer, perfect for swim and beach wear.