Class of 2020 - BA (Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern BA (Hons) Textiles Practices

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Class of 2020 BA(Hons)Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern BA(Hons)Textile Practices

Class of 2020 BA(Hons) Printed Textile Design & Surface Pattern BA(Hons) Textile Practices We are excited to show off our amazing graduating students. The work on show, is a result of all our student’s talent, hard work and commitment,not to mention resilience after 3 years of study. It is a showcase of this dynamic textile area covering all applications of commercial print and pattern design for interiors, fashion, giftware and many other surface pattern applications, as well as showing off the unique multidisciplinary approach to materials and textile applications that students choose to focus upon. Despite the strong emphasis on commercial sensibilities for textile print and surface pattern, many students have chosen to focus on more bespoke outcomes through the development of their textile practice, and the application to different kinds of products through their ability to create, manipulate, refine and make skills. Over their 3 years students have developed their abilities in our textile workshops, studios and FabLab facilities where they are encouraged to pursue their personal interests and approaches to design, material innovation and contemporary styling. Designs have been applied to different products, and aimed at different markets, clients and audiences.

Understanding the Textile industry and the potential to work in this exciting and dynamic area is their focus. They have worked on national and international live briefs. Showcased in this brochure are their ideas, inspirations and a sample of: -student print and pattern collections, designed for specific purposes and markets that are informed through research of trends, market and colour analysis. - students demonstrating specialist textile print knowledge and skills that are developed from personal visual research. - examples of a fusion of traditional making with digital and new technologies – from laser cutting and 3D making, through to print and dye applications, knitted textiles, crochet, tufted surfaces, embroidery and innovative fabric manipulation. - each student has explored print, pattern making, textural surfacing and the potential of the designer and designer-maker to make and sell their work. Our students are highly engaged, and industry ready.

Ella Howard-Baker Transcending Beauty Ella is a surface pattern designer from Plymouth. Her work is a mixture of psychedelic and boho montage style using her own drawing, and mixed collected photographic imagery. In the ‘Transcending Beauty’ collection, her concept is all about changing the beauty in the print, by introducing unexpected images - that may seem “random” but, Ella, see’s these, as simply, adding another dimension to the storytelling, that exist in all of her prints. Ella also likes to use surrealist elements in her work as well as sometimes playing with our perception of what is good or bad taste. As a keen traveller she also has found inspiration from National Geographic Magazines as a source of finding adventure that is key to her approach to designing. Her current printed designs are bold and brave, using collage and layout techniques against striking backgrounds. She also mixes this up using digital techniques to heighten her use of flamboyant colours within her current collection.

Instagram: @howardbakerdesigns

Helena Casas Trashiful: Reborn to a Second Chance Helena’s latest work has been inspired by satellite images of the Earth, which despite being stunning, also link to places that have been environmentally affected by our consumption and disposal methods. In her collection, she examines the possibilities of upcycling billboard vinyl and high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles to create wearable art accessories, and insertion panels for fashion or costume design. As a designer and maker, Helena demonstrates a great passion for finding unexpected aesthetic results by mixing textures and applying traditional and nonconventional techniques. She also looks for the surprise factor on the viewers to inspire and to look at waste as uncanny treasures that are waiting to be rediscovered by the hands of artists and designers. Instagram: @by.helencas Email:

Belinda Bayley Paradise Lost and Found Belinda specialises in Printed Textiles for fashion and interiors where she uses a lively mix of layered collected images, a variety of drawing styles and exuberant colours to highlight the plight of endangered species in tropical rainforests around the world. Belinda specialises in drawing flora and fauna and is equally at home with a pencil and paper or a computer, designing digitally. Belinda has a passion for nature and the outdoors which is evident in all of her collections. From childhood she has enjoyed the touch of different textures and says this is why she is drawn to the tactile nature of textiles and her love of transferring her designs to fabrics and wallpapers. Her current wallpaper collection is inspired by her devotion to a more sustainable future and her inspiration has come from wanting to highlight the trade of animals that are illegally hunted in the tropical rainforests. She feels it is important to highlight how rainforests are ecologically important to our planet and with this collection she celebrates the beauty of the wildlife and plantlife in these endangered areas, Instagram: @belindabayley.print Portfolio:

Georgia Green Eve in Eden Georgia works in a range of traditional and digital textile techniques using dye and print to design for fashion and interior markets. Her work has led her to create bespoke textile designs that are both meditative and tactile.. Her practice is inspired by the surface texture of organic and natural forms found on her travels. In this graduate collection entitled ‘Eve in Eden’, she has been drawn to John Milton’s Paradise Lost for inspiration. In her own interpretation of paradise: of sandy shores and sundrenched tropical palms, this digitally printed collection has a minimal bohemian feel. Dyes have been used to create a light and ethereal sun-bleached collection with an underlying theme of deep and rich tempting shades. Traditional techniques stand at the forefront with processes such as Shibori and hand painted devore process. This collection aims to capture the ethereal concept of paradise, celebrating the feminine divinity of Eve using lightweight sheers and silks to play with aspects of transparency and opacity. Her collection is intended for the luxe resort wear market. Instagram: @gee.prints Email:

Paula Harris Coastal Waters Introducing Paula Harris who works with a combination of ancient Japanese techniques and processes combining Shibori, Sashiko and Boro with the use of natural Indigo dye and the natural resist process of Tsutsugaki. From her initial drawings and designs, Paula has produced her own Sashiko templates and during her final year has researched extensively, as well as focusing and perfecting these traditional textile methods. The narrative and inspiration behind these design processes are taken from her hometown of Exmouth and surrounding coastal areas which has culminated in a collection of bespoke patchwork wall hangings for the home. Paula makes full use of a combination of natural fibres such as denim, calico, cotton and canvas. Instagram: @ paulas_textiles

Lauren Earl Nature’s Healing Lauren is a textile designer based in Cornwall specialising in delicate, hand printed and dyed silks. ‘Nature’s Healing’ is a collection of luxury printed fabrics intended for a high end fashion market. Inspired by the concept of forest medicine, this collection’s visual stimulus is focused on texture and pattern found within nature’s healing elements. Screen printing techniques, silk painting and fabric manipulation have been used to capture the contrasting, abstract surfaces by layering and utilising resist methods and dyes to develop pattern.

Instagram: @wwearltexile_ Email:

Suzanne Drummond Pattern Within Suzanne is a printer & maker based in Devon. She has a great love of print-making and revels in this process. Her work is designed and created to be used on Textile and Paper products. In this collection she has begun working with more traditional skills including natural dyeing, resist work and indigo Suzanne draws inspiration from a mixture of the brutalist architecture of Plymouth and the many years of living in London - another urban environment where the abstract shapes, patterns and colour of day to day life have influenced her design work. She is particularly interested in the interplay between negative and positive spaces and these elements have become increasingly important within her design work, which has created an exciting and innovative visual language that transfers easily to her bold and beautiful print work.

Portfolio: Instagram: @drumm_o

Kay Nicholls Whimsical Cottage Garden Kay is influenced and inspired by nature and in particular her interest in biophilia and the love of life and living systems to promote and enhance wellbeing in the home and workspaces, Kay has used the traditional japanese technique of silk flower making called ‘Somebana’ and has mixed this with a combination of hand embroidery, embellishment, hand-painting, liquid embroidery and freestanding lace techniques. Her collection, Whimsical Cottage Garden is one of a series of participatory pieces that have used volunteers who have opened their gardens to Kay. . From her observations, she has created sheer bespoke drapes that allow the design and fabric to blend with nature. Her ultimate aim has been to bring the outside in 365 days a year, to clients who may be house-bound or for those that simply want to enjoy the outside all of the time . Instagram: @kaynicholls29 Email:

Kate Pepler Flower Power Feminism Kate Pepler is a multi-skilled final year Textile Practices student with an innovative approach to producing ornate and vibrant embroidery and crochet pieces. Her core design values in her practice are all things colourful and kitsch, drawing inspiration from the radical movements during the 1960s and 1970s such as the Pattern and Decoration movement, the Women’s Domestic Needlework Group, the Second Wave Women’s Rights movement and the Flower Power movement. Her final collection goes on to explore these movements and aesthetics through the medium of crochet.

Instagram: @katepeplertextiles Website: Email:

Hannah Perry Urbanised Botanics ‘Urbanised Botanics’ questions the harmonious relationship between plants and the man-made world, taking inspiration from Portuguese architecture for its obscure lines, shapes and colours. Patterns derive from the simplification of the buildings, looking towards the configuration of shape versus line. Initial drawings using charcoal and procion dyes stem from a fascination towards shadow, light and opacity. A concept based around the exploration of biophilic well-being in our urban spaces, this interiors collection embodies the core of Hannah’s practice through expressive use of colour, process and pattern.

Instagram: @perry_prints Portfolio:

Giela Marquez Amazing Amazon Giela’s work encompasses a blend of both traditional and digital processes manifested in a contemporary style. In this project, she takes inspiration from the recent record-breaking wildfires in the Amazon rainforests and the endangered species of animals, flowers, and plants that are part of this precious and fragile environment. Giela’s designs are fueled and inspired by her interest in ecology and the environmental impact of pollution. Her concerns are focused on the massively important role of the ecological environment that our children are growing up in. However her designs aim to tackle this eco-anxiety with a collection of designs that are aimed at a children’s market and are playful, colourful, interactive and educational. She wants her designs to shed awareness and convey a message of hope for every child and parent. Giela has designed a collection of prints to be used as room dividers intended for children’s refugee camps around the world. She hopes her designs will bring colour, hope, curiosity, and a sense of a safe space into their otherwise challenging life and conditions they are growing up in. Instagram: @designsbygiela Email:

Demi James Coral re-energized Demi’s inspiration comes from her passion for highlighting the Coral fluorescence which occurs when coral produces almost a sunscreen to protect it from climbing sea temperatures. This is usually their last sign of defence before they die, which Demi is keen to highlight within her intricate and delicate as well as beautiful embroidery pieces. She is especially inspired by the work of Alexander Mcqueen, Chanel Couture and Elie Saab. Her research into environmental issues that are affected by pollution have fuelled her inspiration and her decisions to use recycled materials as part of her meticulous bespoke creations that are rich in colour and texture. Demi sees her work being used for fashion couture pieces as part of a garment or as an accessory piece or even perhaps for bespoke furnishings.

Instagram: @demi_embroidery

Katherine Toms Lost in Yesterday Katherine is a surface pattern and printed textile designer who focuses primarily on colour, experimentation and the environment. A wide range of digital and traditional mediums makes up her designs from Matisse inspired cut outs to detailed pencil drawings. Her latest print collection ‘Lost in yesterday’ is a wildlife campaign for high fashion intended to bring attention to endangered species from land, sea and sky, who without change and activism will be lost in yesterday.

Instagram: @katherinetomsdesign

Isabelle Parfitt The Curated Japanese Dynasty Collection Isabelle uses a mixture of contrasting colours and detailed designs that take inspiration from botanical and landscape forms. She has used her expressive black ink drawings which have been inspired by the traditional Japanese method of Sumi-e. Isabelle’s research into Japanese culture, and its interior spaces has become a huge inspiration for this collection. Isabelle has developed her collection of print designs turning her ink drawings into structured repeating patterns that have been digitally enhanced for fabric production. This collection has been created primarily for interior products but Isabelle is equally at home designing for fashion.

Instagram: @Parfitt_Designs

Madeleine Willis Floral Elegance Madeleine’s work showcases her fascination with combining aspects of abstract shapes together with hand drawn delicate florals. She employs a thoroughly mixed media approach to her drawings using watercolour, charcoal, wax resist, collage, oil pastels and gouache paints together with the use of an array of hand-made drawing tools to great effect This collection celebrates her love of all things growing and flowering with the use of a rich colour palette. This collection, Floral Elegance, has been inspired by her many trips to Royal Kew Gardens in London and more recently through her daily walks during lockdown. Her expressive style of drawings evoke a feeling of calm together with the intricate brush marks that add detail and pattern, creating an array of repeat and conversational print designs for fashion. ‘Floral Elegance’ is intended for high end luxurious sleepwear, and is printed on organic silk.

Instagram: mads_prints Email:

Heidi Wakeley Circuitry Stitch Heidi is a textile designer and artist from South Brent, Devon. Her work features an insight into the different areas of textile design, highlighting her diverse and curious interest in textiles as a whole. Her work expands beyond the fundamentals of traditional forms of textiles and embraces new and innovative ways of integrating ordinary materials into unusual combinations. Heidi enjoys pushing the boundaries of textile creation and hopes to make a career of being a mixed media textile artist. In her latest work ‘Circuitry Stitch’, she is exploring microchip and circuit board designs through mixed media embroidery to demonstrate a traditional textile practice in a new innovative way. The collection features an array of fabrics, wood, clay and latex combined through hand and machine embroidery, unifying a traditional practice with a modern theme.

Email: Website: Instagram: @heidiwakeley

Jessica Streatfield Neon Swirl Jessica is a textile artist from Worcestershire, who is currently based in Cornwall. She enjoys screen printing, designing clothing and putting collections together. Influenced by her surroundings, Jessica often creates geometric prints and experiments with different media on textured surfaces. In the latest collection ‘Neon Swirl’ she has been inspired by the 1990’s British rave culture. This collection offers a range of vibrant, psychedelic prints designed for women’s rave wear, where it explores the music genre, ‘Drum and Bass’ and how we respond to sound. Jessica has combined a number of processes using marbling, digital editing and the addition of embroidery. ‘Neon Swirl’ consists of designs for printed flares, bandeau tops and bralets, including the rave essentials of bucket hats and scrunchies. The aim of this collection is to allow all those that wear her designs, to express themselves with confidence and with no judgement attached.

Instagram: @jessicarose_patterndesign Email:

Millie Hann Discovering the Devon Coastline Millie is a textile artist from Devon, who finds inspiration from the local coastline and the beautiful Devon beaches. Millie begins her projects capturing the essence of the outdoor seascapes, rock pools and beach life with exploratory pencil drawings and paintings in acrylics and watercolours, capturing the picturesque coastal scapes on her canvas or sketchbook. This is where she gains her most creative ideas for projects and transfers them into her designs. These drawings, paintings and mark making experiments are then expressed through textile embellishments. Millie uses wool and felting, stitch and thread work to add intricate detailing with beads that are used to create enticing, calming and dramatic textile artworks.

Instagram: @milsbhdesign Email:

Naomi Pennington A Year in Flower Naomi’s work is a mixture of traditional and digital processes. She is currently exploring combining her flower drawings and mandala symbols to create designs that can help with mindfulness. Her research has illuminated that colouring in something as intricate as a mandala can help reduce anxiety and stress - something which has proven to be important for her during the Covid-19 pandemic. As an optimist and for her final collection she has taken inspiration from flowers of all four seasons. She has hand drawn flowers and combined these with digitally drawn mandalas. Another inspiration has also been her love of bohemian prints and bright colours which can be seen throughout her collection and portfolio. Naomi has designed this collection for fashion scarves aimed at customers for the lifestyle store, Anthropologie. She aims to work as a freelance designer and within the fashion and home furnishing industry.

Instagram: @naomi_jayne_designs

Ella Denson Coral Life. Ella’s inspiration has come from wanting to highlight the devastating effect of coral bleaching on the natural coral reefs from around the world. She has drawn inspiration from the coral forms and colours that are found as the corals become stressed through pollution which causes corals to lose their colour and become susceptible to disease. She is fascinated by the beauty of this process while also wanting to highlight the tragedy of this effect. Ella’s collection is designed for a high end boutique hotel market to be used on feature wallpapers and on printed interior fabrics for cushions, bed linen and bed headboards. Her approach is simple and bold to create a statement within a room alongside contrasting work that include stripes and smaller scale layered patterns.. Her designs were created using a fusion of mark making and abstract shapes with masking techniques and the addition of bleach on to block colours. The intention behind this collection was to emphasise the importance of coral reefs around the globe, and in turn helping educate the public on coral bleaching. Instagram: @ella_textiledesign

Susan Manser Recxploration To mean:- Reclaiming/Recycling and exploring the full potential of a garment’s life cycle. In this concluding collection Sue has sought to highlight the potential of reclaimed denim through sourcing, manipulating and embellishing this well known and hardy material. Sue is committed in her quest to re-imagine discarded clothing and save them from becoming landfill by making them into bespoke designs for clients who are environmentally conscious and want to own clothes that are designed individually. Sue uses, print, stitch, embroidery, folding, and tufting techniques to transform the flat surfaces into textural and highly embellished textile designs for fashion and fashion accessories.

Jessica Barber Abstract minerals Jess Barber is a textile designer who works and lives in Cornwall. Jess’s work is a mixture of print and textile surface techniques. In her current collection she has used digital print, inks, tufting, punch needle and embroidery. The current collection is inspired by looking at minerals under a microscope, geodes and rock formations as her visual starting points. These she re-imagines as patterns for textured surfaces and surface designs. Her collection is created to be applied to interior products and settings. An example of her making skills are shown in her upholstered stool design, cushions and on tufting for rug designs. Her aspiration is to run her own company producing hand and machine tufted rugs, cushions and wall hangings.

Instagram: @jessbarber_designs Email:

It has been a pleasure to see all of our students develop and grow into confident and skillful individuals.

We will miss you and want to wish you all good fortune in your next adventure and endeavours. Be confident, resilient and never loose sight of what you want to achieve in your lives. Close friendships have been found, so be kind and support each other and keep in touch with us as we love to hear what you are doing in your careers. We have lots of contacts and hear all the time about industry opportunities that we will pass onto you. From all of us (Cathy, Emma, Charlotte, Becky, Kathryn, Ellie, Fiona, Norman) with respect for all that you have achieved. Well Done Cathy Freeman

Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for BA (Hons) Textiles

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