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Elin Jones | Field: Exposure ADZ6888 | Textiles BA Hons


This is my lookbook. In the next pages i am going to be showcasing my completed collection, my product mock ups and also some of my final pieces. This collection is called ‘Vintage Crime Scenes’ and focuses entirely on a 1930’s style murder and crime.

Collection statement This whole collection is based on the theme of 1930s crime scenes. I have had a personal interest within this theme, and I was able to create a dark and macabre collection from this. I took inspiration from 1930’s crime dramas such as Poirot while also being inspired by the New York photographer Weegee, who would seek out crimes and was able to photograph them as they would have happened. I wanted to capture the grittiness of the vintage crimes within my collection. I was ready to capsulate this by using a combination of pen and watercolour. I believe I was able to capture a graphic look towards the collection.

What makes my work unique? I believe that my work is unique in the sense that I prefer to create dark and quirky imagery. My style of work tends to be graphic which is different from what is normally seen in the mainstream media. I am also able to create work with pretty outcomes from these dark themes.

The next few pages are going to show my completed collection of ‘Vintage Crime Scenes’ Each page is divided into its own set from the collection. The sets will show a ‘Crime scene’ set, a ‘Detective’ set and a ‘Weapons’ set. I believe that each set from the collection is unique and different yet flows evenly throughout.

Crime ScenesThis section of the collection focuses on the violent aspect of the designs. My hero designs depict violent and graphic murder scenes. I took inspiration for these scenes from researching different crime scenes and also having my own ‘crime’ photoshoot helped inspire me to create dark and striking illustrations. I was then able to take inspiration from the hero designs to create a few blender designs. While the theme behind the blenders is dark they can also be visually pretty.

DetectiveThis set of the collection focuses more on what I thought would have been the detective objects side of the collection. I had taken inspiration from different vintage stereotypes such as the pipe and the magnifying glass. I purposely made this collection slightly less dark by adding colour into the mix. I wanted this to be less graphic than the crime scene as I felt like the collection needed to have lighter tones.

WeaponsThis set focuses on the weapons that could have been used as a murder during the 1930s. I took inspiration from my research on the different kinds of vintage weapons. I also mostly used a black pen as a medium as I thought that the harshness of the black would have been a good representation of the harshness of the weapons.

Mock Up Photos

After I was happy with my collection, I needed to showcase my patterns on the products that I had planned them to go on. One of the products areas that I had in mind was stationery, I felt like my designs would have worked well on a smaller scale. I showed this by showing off my patterns on notebooks and makeup bags. I was also interested in fashion textiles and felt like my hero designs would have looked great on a bigger scale. I decided that I wanted to keep to the vintage theme of my collection and therefore showed my designs on a vintage style dress. Here are my best mock up creations that show off my patterns.


As the main part of my collection focuses on creating a series of handkerchiefs, I felt that it was appropriate to create handkerchiefs of my own. I did this by sending off my three favourite designs to fashion Formula on 4 different types of fabric that I felt that was appropriate for handkerchiefs. The 4 fabrics are Avio Cotton Mix, Gloss Satin, Crepe de Chine and Slub Chiffon. I chose the fabrics that I thought were the softest and also the thinnest fabric, as from my research I found that the fabric used for handkerchief are normally thin cotton or satin. The fabrics that were chosen worked really well and showcased each design differently and therefore making them unique. Here are photographs of how the handkerchief turned out.

Here are the three different fabrics are shown together, I think that the different fabrics give a unique variation to the handkerchiefs.

Here are the hankerchief all together.

Elin Jones | Field: Exposure ADZ6888 | Textiles BA Hons

Vintage Crime Scenes Contact details: Blog: https://elinjonesart.wordpress.com Email: elinjones02@gmail.com Instagram: elinjonesart

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