Rhiannon Wright is a Textile Design student at Nottingham Trent University and I went along to ask her about her course, who inspires her and her own designs.
In the her first year of the degree course she was able to work with a range of textile techniques including print, embroidery, knitting and weaving. You then have to decide in your second year where you would like to specialise in one of these disciplines.
Rhiannon chose print design and her most recent project was a live brief for Next to design a series of prints for their A/W 16 collection. She has just submitted her pieces and we wish her luck.
The theme was ‘Return of the Rudeboy’ and her group looked at tailored checks and dogtooth prints. The ‘Rudeboy’ style had an obvious colour palette already with navy, black, white and red but they decided to add a modern influence by replacing the red for a blood orange.
Their work was influenced by designers such as Christopher Kane and Helmut Lang at Liberty for their dark, graphic prints, as well as The Kooples for tailored checks.
Here are Rhiannon’s own gorgeous final prints for the Next live brief.
Rhiannon prefers a bright and cheerful colour palette. One of her favourite print collections of late is MSGM Spring 2015 collection for their colourful graphic prints and florals with a twist.
I too loved the MSGM print range with the retro feel of the blocks and the floral twists.
These type of designs have influenced us all and it is fun to play with the colours and make these truly bold for high summer.