Different Types of textile Designs

During today’s lecture, which was all about the different types of designs that are used within textiles, I started to think more on my collection. Well more on the designs that I thought were completed. While in the lecture there was an image of co-ordinating designs. Each design was completely different but featured the same colours scheme, this is where mine differed. My co-ordinates were the same colours, and the same design, just repeated. So going back to these designs I decided to change them.

Firstly I laid my colour swatches out in Photoshop for ease of access and to know precisely what colours I was going to use within my designs. I started off by using green tones, and selected each colour layer within my original designs to create wholly new digital layers, from these I would be able to change the colour as many time as possible, and manipulate as much as I wanted. I was happy with my second design, I felt there was too much going and for a co-ordinating design, it doesn’t have to be the case, so I selected a small 1cm square from that designs, and used it to create a new, co-ordinating pattern.

Yesterday’s task was to create some paintings/drawings that were influenced by colour. I went back to one of the specialist design techniques I hadn’t used yet, the splatter technique, and create my version of my of the more spotted mineral images I had gathered for my research. I was then able to take this into Photoshop and use it as my third co-ordinating design.

All three of the designs that I have used had been hand painted before being taken in to digital manipulation, where I was able to crop, change colours and turn the images in repeating patterns if needed.

Untitled-3 green

For all three designs I used the same green tines but I felt that there wasn’t enough variation. A lot can be done with just two or three different colours and I don’t think I was using them to their highest ability, so I went back to the drawing board and stated to change them around again. I used blue tones this time, and found that I preferred how the colours complimented each other.


From today’s lecture I have also come to realise that the different colour ways of my Formation Napkins are not varied enough, I’ve changed the colours of the minerals but not the backgrounds. My client needs to have more of chose from the designs that I am creating. I went back to the designs and started to change the colours. I didn’t find it and easy process to find combinations that I really liked, I kept leaning towards light and bright colours but if I keep doing that I’m not showing how my design would look in darker colour ways, so I got over this, and started to use darker backgrounds as well as darker colours in my motifs.


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