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KATHY BECKETT [DESIGN AND COLOUR ANALYSIS] ................................................................................................................................................................................................. CV and Portfolio at New Designers 2012


My primary research captured two geological formations, Silicone Carbide and Mica. Silicone Carbide, a synthetic compound, provided me with sheer angles and complex geometric structures, while the microscopic cross sections of Mica gave me ephemeral textures and saturated colour gradients. Throughout the past year I have been combining these two opposing forms and through drawing and collage I sought ways to unite them. By applying the colour compositions of Mica to manipulated geometries of Silicone Carbide, my collection has developed to form a hybrid mineral ; Silicone Mica. The techniques I have used to design from these sources echoe this juxtoposition. Due to the importance of reflections and refractions of light in my original source, I chose to focus on materials that would allow light to pass through space or reflect light with a certain ‘irredescence’. Silicone Mica fuses glass structures and knitted fabric with a focus on the interaction of colour. The work produced is intended for interior spaces.

‘SILICONE MICA’ Graduate Project 2012


PRIMARY RESEARCH initial images of mica and silicone carbide (left to right)


DRAWING: STRUCTURE drawings of silione carbide


DRAWING: COLOUR collages of mica


VISUALISATIONS: early experiments in context


COLOUR ANALYSIS research and development of key colour palettes


DESIGN DEVELOPENT application of colour and structure


FINAL FABRICS: COLOUR ANALYSIS A2 sized fabrics: Digitally printed Silk Jersey and Silk/Wool Striped pieces


FINAL FABRICS: MODULAR SEATING DESIGN fabrics ranging in size depending on proportion of seating module. Combinations of different silks and wools.


HEXAGONAL GLASS TILES glass tiles designed for wall mounting with a back light


As part of the project ‘Silicone Mica’ I researched ways of fusing fabric inside glass in order to create textiles that were both structural and ephemeral. The experiments were succesful and I was able to generate a technique that would work well. I am still undergoing research and development for this part of the project and I am seeking further sponsorship and investment for the project to continue. As research is still underway I am choosing not to publish my findings as yet. However if you have a genuine interest I would be happy to share my work with you.

FUSED GLASS AND FABRIC research and development

Portfolio 2012  

A summary of my degree show work produced for my BA(hons) Design : Textiles in June 2012.

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