Over the last six weeks of summer, we have been celebrating this year’s graduates’ work of all styles, giving a platform for new designers. We have been reviewing shows from colleges, universities and New Designers in London and have picked our top collections. Each collection has been unique and showed a different set of skills by each of the designers.
In our last week, we look at many different styles of print and texture. An overall theme is networks – networks of the brain, of urban buildings and of people that surround the designer.
Thank you to everybody who has been involved with our first graduate feature, and good luck to all of our graduates with their future endeavors.
Rhiannon Wright spent the past three years studying Textile Design BA (Hons) at Nottingham Trent University:
Most of my recent projects have been inspired by urban areas within cities and the architecture surrounding it. Layering up unorthodox materials and fabrics, such as perspex and neoprene – to create a contemporary feel. Artists and designers such as Charlotte Love and Bridget Riley (to name a few) have inspired me throughout my journey and have shown me that simplistic patterns can be effective and dynamic.
I would love to just keep working creatively, maybe within a small screen printing company as its an area I have really loved throughout my time at NTU.
See more of her work: @rhiannonwrightdesigns or on her website.
Chandni Chohan studied Printed Textiles Design at Demontfort University Leicester. Her project is called ‘Beneath the Surface’ and is a collection designed for A/W 2017:
‘Beneath the Surface,’ initially explores the human brain, its organic structures and connections as well as translating the minds emotions into strong marks using gouache paint and a dry brush. Thinking less literally had lead me to look at other connections such as train networks, drawn with fine liner pen, to create a contrast with the organic nature of the brain. This idea then developed into looking at those connections, which are in flocking algorithms and swarm intelligence patterns, which created diversity and depth in my designs.
As a printed textiles designer, I aim to create prints, which are unique yet, contemporary and those, which are in line with the current trends. I use surface techniques such as foiling and flocking sensitively to accent areas of my design and also to give my pieces a finishing touch. I enjoy layering textures and linear drawing, creating contrast between two elements aids my design and ‘Beneath the Surface’ captures the principles of print, scale and placement being considered to create interesting pieces, which fit the market they are designed for.
Beneath the surface being a collection designed for A/W 2017, I was influenced by the designer Jenny Packham, her A/W 2016 collection using sophisticated grey tones with hints of purple and yellow became the basis for my colour palette hence I chose rich grey tones with accents of purple and yellow to create dimension and variety in the collection.
I would love to have a career in designing fashion prints and maybe one day having my own establishment where my designs are made into actual prints on various fashion garments. A long term goal would to be a teacher, teaching the subject of fashion and textiles, supporting future designers and helping their development of creativity and design.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniela Girgenti also studied BA Textile design specialising in print at Nottingham Trent University:
My graduate collection originated from my experience working in New York; being emerged with the culture, exploring unseen urban surroundings. I find Inspiration in materials and the interaction between surfaces. My prints depict bold combination of colour with a minimal sporty aesthetic.
Incorporating engraved perspex and digitally printed fabric created a collaboration for bag designs, which were seen down the graduate NTU fashion catwalk and my personal degree show, this inspired my love for contemporary materials and working with accessories.
My year in the industry has shown me that i want to keep gaining more skills and develop my design style with in the fashion industry and the end goal to have my own studio also emerging myself into different cultural experiences from other countries.
Daniela enjoys designing prints and wants to keep doing just that.
And see more of her work on Instagram: @daniela.designs and her website here.
I have just completed A-level Textiles at Strode College, Somerset and will be moving on to the Art Foundation Course in September.
My inspirations come from people, places and things around me, I like to translate my designs into print and then construct the fabric into actual garments using my own fabric as a personal response. The first design below, for example, was inspired by my photographs of light reflections and shadows through a chandelier.
I will be taking a pattern-cutting course during the summer holidays. My intentions are to apply to university next year to study fashion. My aspirations are to carry on creating garments for myself and others, whilst honing my textiles skills and learning new ones.
PLEASE NOTE: These designs are the intellectual property of the artists and as such may not be used or replicated but may be available for purchase direct from the artist.