Last week was a busy one. Not in that I had loads I needed to do, just that I did a lot.
Now I cannot for the life of me remember what I did on Monday, which is really crazy right? I’ve just checked and I still can’t find evidence of what I was doing. Wait, I’ve found it! (this is just evidence of all I’ve done this week). On both Monday and Tuesday, I was experimenting with dye baths (I can’t believe that was only Monday, it feels like I did that months ago!), and creating colour swatches for my collection. Ok I was trying to make grey but that was covered in another post. Wednesday was filled with professional practice and brain storming and then Thursday came around. The day of the IG prize giving, but more on that later. Thursday morning brought a rush of activities, meetings and tutorials but the best part is that I managed to fit in time to laser-cut!
Earlier that week, Paige’s parents were coming up to Cardiff to drop off the leathers her dad brought back from Columbia (cool right) but not only that, her mum decided to be supremely epic, and bring me cuttings from quite a few different waterproof fabrics from their local fabric shop! Who else would do that?! She’s amazing! So with my fabrics in tow, I hot footed it to the laser-cutter and set about mixing designs and fabrics to get a range of small laser-cutting samples. I wanted to use a variety of materials (I still have latex and neoprene that hasn’t been cut) so that I could decide which one would work with the overall design of one of my jackets.
The design was pretty simple, taken from a photograph of some brick flooring in town, and I’m trying to recreate that image in my jacket, with fabric dying techniques to get the colours, and then laser-cutting for the mesh pattern that had been embedded into the bricks.
The design for my sheet wrap happened to be a happy accident. I was playing around with samples, layering and then bam! There was a result that I liked. A white pattern printed onto film work, with black organdie on under and white organdie over it. The result was a very tonal wrap design that was quite soft, which worked really well as a contrast to my roll wrap design.
While it was great to find a design I liked that easily, I still wanted to experiment with adding more tones, or maybe a contrasting stripe like in my roll wrap.
I used slices of film-work for thinner stripes and tape to create larger spaces, trying out a few different combination.
I experimented with closer stripes, overlapped stripes and stripes that were quite far apart.
Two of my designs had very structured lines that contrast really well with the more expressive lines of my grid design. the other however has overlapping designs that are a bit more similar to the foreground pattern which I think makes the designs look a bit busy and doesn’t have a good as contrast of the more regimented stripes.
I think I prefer the design without the added tonal elements/stripes. I think by adding in extra elements its taking away from the simpleness of the design which compliments the business of my roll design. I like that both of the designs play off each other in both print and colours, I think this makes my collection more complex and well thought out.
I’ve really enjoyed this project and think that shows in my collection.
I’ve managed to find combination of different events that has really worked for me. I really like the client that I’ve chosen to create for, kidults both male and female; I love my choice of inspiration for my graphics – urban grid patterns and typography; and I really like that I’ve been taking my inspiration from modern and 80s slang/phrases and technology.
I’ve especially lied my colour scheme which composes of monotone colours with bright 80s colour pops. I have a really fun time combining different colours and patterns together and I think I’ve done quite a good job of it.
This confidence I have in collection is what I took to my tutorial with Keireine, who liked what I’ve created so far, which was really great.
She really liked the colour scheme that I have used, and gave me a few pointers on how to best use the colour pops, and she also gave me a few ideas for experiments with my sheet wrapping paper.
I was really happy with my feedback, and how little I need to change, which is amazing because it means that I’ve chosen my theme and client really well.
I did however test out keireine’s suggestion of giving my mood boards a grey, industrial background. I thought it might make the other images less noticeable, but it actually really liked the result, which means I will totally try out every suggestion that Keireine gave me, because lets face it, she really knows what she’s on about!
My greetings card has been an ongoing mission, kind of like the five year mission on the USS Enterprise, only not quite lasting so long.
It started when I was creating my gift bag, suddenly a new design popped into my head, layers and all. I considered making another gift bag with this ideas, but since I had other things on my list that needed completing before I go off and make any extras, I decided to adapt the idea so that I could use it to create a really cool greetings card.
The idea started with two layers, one with a font pattern, the other with a grid pattern. For the gift bag I was thinking about the orange grid pattern I experimented with, but for the card, I though it would be too much colour, and not enough pop, so I turned to a grey grid pattern that I had printed, and layered this with the font pattern I created, printed not black organdie (mainly because I thought they looked better together than the grid and the font pattern on the white organdie).
Then I started thinking about what this card should look like. Its not good enough to just slap a surface pattern on a card because that shows you haven’t thought about the card itself, and while I realise I have used surface patterns on my card, I’ve also combined that with a font idea that I thought of just for this card, as well as the rest of the card compositions, e.g what card I’ll use to create it, what the inside will look like, do I have a coloured paper inside, what is my box template for the inside going to look like, what colour envelope should I make to match, etc. I have very purposely been thinking about every other aspect of this card, because I know that it needs to be designed differently from the rest of the items in my collection.
The font pattern I used in the background was a design that combines both old and new slang, typed up and printed out. I then scanned this designs back into the computer, but while doing so, I moved the paper so that the writing could get distorted, like a technical glitch or a paper jam kind of effect. This effect is one that takes its inspiration my research into 80s digital medias. So with a pattern that was both modern and retro, and a retro distortion of that design, I decided that what the card needed now what a modern slang or phrase for the writing that would be on the front.
My collection is an everyday collection so I don’t need to have any holiday or ‘happy birthday’ on the front of my card. I did however go for a phrase, or two that could easily be used to describe an outing or celebration.
Low-key / hi-key
They are modern terms, I know because I’ve been extensive googling modern slang (and wondering what the flip someone it means, but thankfully they have description included).
Low-key is to have an event thats not announced, so a small, quite gathering that could easily be a few friends coming together for a little celebration.
Hi-key is the opposite. A large gathering or party that be announced out loud so that everyone can join in.
These are two modern definition of a way to celebrate, so even though I’ve made an everyday collection, I’m still aware that this card could used for as a birthday card, or other celebration card.
I took inspiration from one of the samples I’d made earlier on, which had bright yellow embroidery on it, I was planning to do that for this card, to have my two phrases embroidered on the front as a colour pop. But then a card I’d ordered came in the post. A plain white card with black font on the front, but with neon orange paper inside. I loved it. And so my idea for my card developed further. While I was laser cutting for my tag, I also cut out my phrases from some white photo paper so that the whole front of my card would be black and white.
I then had to think about arrangement which was was whole lot of shifting letters around, taking pictures and then starting at them and asking other people opinions on which compliments the rest of the card best.
I also wasn’t through with thinking about how I could get my colour pop into my card. And the card I got in the post really helped me along. The outside of my card is black, then inside white, and then in the very middle, I have a sheet of bright yellow paper. Hows that for a colour pop! And it will be the only colour pop with the card because I’m planning to make a black envelope with a white inside, so the yellow is proper surprise when the card gets opened. I think that a pretty cool card, if I do say so myself.
Im really happy with how my collection is coming along at the moment, I’m finding it not easy, but easier to come up with ideas and designs than I usually do. Progress.
Thankfully, I already knew what design I wanted to put onto my roll of wrapping paper, and even more thankfully, it was a design that repeated, hu-rah! That’s one wrapping paper down, now I just need to work on my sheet.
The idea for my roll wrap came from a print that I was experimenting with, and it was actually one of the samples that I’d put away in my book. I was already using the design but in a different way, and from looking at this sample, I saw a way that I could change the colour and materials of the design to make it into a reaping wrap, and boy do I love the results. Its a very edgy and urban design that I printed onto white paper with black ink and silver foil, all very high contrast which is spot on for my colours. I don’t know, some people might look at it and feel there should be some colour on it, but I’ve purposely decided that both my wraps will be monotone because they are made to co-ordinate with my ribbon and gift tag, and the gift bow, all of which, will have vibrant colour pops.
My sheet wrapping paper, I didn’t come up with an idea for until this morning. For the last week I’ve been thinking about it and then pushing ideas away to concentrating on my greetings card and gift tag. When I was looking through my samples this morning, I focused on the background of one of my embroidery samples, which was a white grid pattern I’d experimented with towards the beginning of the project, printed onto film work, with a white organdie overlay. In materials and structure, it was very similar to the sample I used in my gift bag, only it was still see-through and even though I’m using sheer and see-through materials, I feel like having see-through wrapping paper is just a no-go.
I didn’t just want to scrap this idea, and it wasn’t because I had no other ideas, I really like the effect of these two materials together as well as the grid pattern that I’d paired with them. So I started looking at my other materials. While playing around with different layering, I laid some of my black organdie under the samples and suddenly my sheet wrap was in front of me. The new sample was a light grey, with a striking white design on the front, it wasn’t see-through (it only took three layers of sheer materials to make it opaque, who knew?) and I thought it looked pretty cool. I did some quick manipulating and suddenly I had a little sample of this wrap idea, and I started to hold it against some of my other designs, and for me, it just fit.
My roll wrapping paper is very high contrast and shiny, and my sheet wrap has a softer contrast between white and grey, and is matte. The roll has black and silver printed onto it and the sheet has white. In their own way, these two samples co-ordinate and contrast with each other in a way that I think makes them that much more interesting within the collection. I stick by my idea of having them, only in monotone because of the colour that will be on my ribbon and tag, and also because my colour scheme is monotone with pops of colour, and the pops of colour for these design, come from the tag and ribbon, so they can be used together and not clash.