Graduate Fashion Week – Print Special


Sophie Wade –


Another year, another round of graduates work tirelessly to show their skill and innovation to industry experts. Here is a closer look at some of the graduates that really caught our attention with regards to print.

Claire Tagg, UCA Rochester

Claire Tagg’s collection, Flight, represents the life of an air hostess. The expressive, textured surface design includes stylized illustrations and glamorous florals. See her online portfolio here –

Irene D’Antonio, Edinburgh College of Art

Winner of the Marks and Spencer’s Womenswear Award, Irene D’Antonio’s work combines Italian tailoring with japanese influences. Printed maple and ginkgo leaves dance upon a beautiful muted pallete of peach tones and pops of marigold yellow.


Lauren McArthur, UCA Rochester

When at the seaside’ is the beautiful collection by Lauren McArthur which really celebrates fun, bright surface design. With seaside scenes and twee beach huts, this collection is rich in detail and a lovely addition to the catwalk this summer.



Read more about this years winners and view the catwalks here –

Graduate Feature: Unique Journeys


Over the next few weeks, we will be 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 is unique and shows a different set of skills by each of the designers.

The fourth week of our feature is all about the students that have truly unique ideas about print and structure – the work that truly stood out to us at New Designers.

Aidan Whitley

Aidan Whitley is a student with exciting, new ideas from Leeds College of Art. Inspirations for his FMP included Memphis Milano, the Bauhaus in particular Johannes Itten and Wassily Kandinsky:

My inspiration is more in terms of concept. As a designer I aim to be as multi disciplinary as possible, combination of discipline, process, Methodolody and ideation to become a creative all rounder, adept to tackle any brief. This comes from the ethos of the Bauhaus, which I wrote my dissertation on. This project in particular was also attempting to make what could be considered tasteless, tasteful. Using bright clashy colours, bulky materials and block dynamic shapes, I produced a collection which could span many markets and contexts. This collection was a combination of Bauhaus ethics and Memphis design values. Making something entirely functional but still adorning it with pattern print and colour!


See more of his work: and @aidanwhitley

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Aidan’s work at New Designers 2016:




Ciara Long

Ciara studied a Master of Design in Surface Pattern Design at UWTSD, Swansea College of Art. Her illustrations and prints are fun and quirky:

The final major project for my masters collection was inspired by my environment. Things such as rummaging through antique shops, travel and even just making a cup of tea were recorded in my sketchbook and influenced the final outcomes of the project.

My aspirations for the future are to work as an in house print designer surrounded by lots of like minded creatives.


See more of her work on and her Instagram @ciaralongpattern




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Molly Hutchinson

Molly Hutchinson studied BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design, specialising in Surface Design, at Buckinghamshire New University:

My collection, DE:HABITUATION, consists of Jesmonite tiles and larger-scale pieces that explore incidental mark-making techniques. Habituation results in parts of a landscape going unnoticed because they are no longer new. The collection, created for an interior setting, is designed to delay the occurence of habituation through hand-craft techniques that continuously produce unique and unexpected outcomes. In a time when technology is rapidly developing, and in many fields replacing people, design that celebrates the uniqueness of the human touch is becoming increasingly popular. The collection responds to this trend, demonstrating it has not been mass-produced through its incidental processes.

I would like to work in a multidisciplinary way, on lots of different exciting projects for varied applications. I want to experience designing for furniture, product and paper product, but I also love styling and photography as well as graphic design and publications. I would like to be able to continue designing and developing my creative style, and learn from other creatives in a work environment.

Contact Molly:

See more of her work on Instagram: @mol_hutch




Rosemary Graves

Rosemary Graves recently graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in printed textiles:

Designers such as Emma Mulholland, Walter Van Beirendonch and Comme Des Garcons have all inspired me to think outside of the subject matter you would normally use for fashion prints, allowing me to draw inspiration from people and shapes I see on the streets of cities, even a man selling hot dogs in Covent Garden. I took a lot of pictures of urban environments, inspiring me to decorate the people with pattern, or taking individual shapes to form new, quite random patterns. Working with more characterful but possibly less visually appealing images allowed me the freedom to inject my own metropolis of colour. I love the use of black backgrounds with flashes of bright tones, like a school blackboard with coloured chalk scribbled over it.

I could honestly scroll down my instagram feed for days and days, which is where, along with going to Pick me Up graphic arts festival, I found an obsession with graphic artists such as Sara Andreasson and Laura Callaghan to name a few. This influenced me heavily to give my work a very digitalised feel.

I would love to work in a print design studio for fashion, or even a graphic design studio. These next few years I really want to push myself to produce as much quality design work as possible wherever I end up!

Contact Rosie:

See more of her work:     @rozprintz


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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.

Graduate Feature: In Bloom


Over the next few weeks, we will be 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 is unique and shows a different set of skills by each of the designers.

In the second week, we look at designers who have produced different interpretations of floral designs, from bright digital designs to softly painted prints.

Jessica Boynton


Jessica graduated from BA Hons Textile Design (print and surface pattern design) at Birmingham City University:

My inspiration for my project started from looking at Japanese flower arranging (ikebana) and looking at the flowers that are traditionally used in their arrangements and using this to produce bold and dramatic collection of ‘Japanese Bloom’ designs. My final major project was also about my personal development in illustrative skills and digital work, combining all this to produce commercially viable designs for interior fabrics and wallpapers. Jessica’s skills include hand drawing and painting techniques using a wide range of media and screen/ open screen printing using a range of processes.

In the future, Jessica wants to develop a career in print and surface pattern design:

I’m taking every opportunity given to me following new designers. I have a particular passion for trends, styling and print design.

Contact Jessica:

See more of her work on her Instagram: @jessicamarytextiles Twitter: @jessicamary3003



Katie Punton


Katie studied Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design at Leeds College of Art:

My latest collection ‘The Digitally Surreal’ was inspired by my research into digital processes which led to the development of my own unique digital drawing techniques. My collection celebrates everything digital, combining intricate digitally drawn florals and digitised textures to create vibrant prints with a surreal aesthetic.

Fashion has always been a great inspiration for my work. Therefore I would love to be able to work with a well established brand to create beautiful prints. Being able to see my designs in a store is certainly an aspiration.

Contact Katie on:

See more work on her Instagram: @katiepunton_design



Kate Hardy


At Bath Spa University, Kate studied Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors and created a beautiful floral collection for interiors:

I am inspired by seasonal flowers I find. Always researching and working to current trends. I work with contrast, for example the palm house at Kew Gardens intertwined with British garden flowers.

I would like to join a design team creating unique prints for textiles to gain experience in the textile industry.

Contact email:

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Amy Harris


Amy’s current collection is based on florals, completing her Art Foundation Course at Strode College:

After researching into traditional floral designs, such as William Morris and Liberty, I decided I wanted to focus on ‘modern’ florals. Using my self-taught Photoshop skills, I created print designs which were inspired by a visit to the Eden project in Cornwall.

This contemporary collection explores the exciting results of transforming and manipulating colour and pattern. A big influence for me is Peter Pilotto and also Mary Katrantzou and Basso & Brooke. I have been inspired by their clashing colours and patterns with a vibrant fresh colour palette. I have created a range of floral prints that can be applied to a wide range of surfaces.

I will be moving to MMU in September to study a Textiles and Surface Design degree. My future plans are to work as a designer within the textiles industry and I am open to where the next few years might take me.

Contact Amy:


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.