RCA Final Project Inspiration and Mood
       
     
Design Development and Experimentation.
       
     
Mood and Fabric Development
       
     
Feathery print experimentation.
       
     
Devore and reactive print development.
       
     
Personal flamingo photography
       
     
Flamingo painting and fabric manipulation.
       
     
Turq-board-flat.jpg
       
     
Discharge print double layer dress, silk and organza
       
     
2-layers-flam.jpg
       
     
Discharge and reactive print with clear foil.
       
     
Devore and heat transfer printing.
       
     
flam-chopped.jpg
       
     
Devore and ombre dip dye on cotton viscose mix.
       
     
Moncrieff Dress & brushstroke design
       
     
Bonded reactive and pigment print.
       
     
Hand cut feathers
       
     
Allover print of scanned in feathers.
       
     
Digital print on fabric of the scanned in 3D feather shapes.
       
     
Gwendolen Dress
       
     
RCA Final Project Inspiration and Mood
       
     
RCA Final Project Inspiration and Mood

My final project at the Royal College of Art was called “The Importance of being an Earnest Bird.” The project was inspired by exotic birds, freedom of movement and flight.

I find photography a very inspiring medium, and used a number of my own bird photographs as inspiration for this project, as well as looking at the work of photographers Andrew Zuckerman, Kristin Vicari and Luke Stephenson.

Design Development and Experimentation.
       
     
Design Development and Experimentation.

This is the early stages of my project experimentation, where I blew up bird photographs to a large scale and draped the photocopies over a mannequin in different arrangements. For this project I did quite a lot of large scale drawings that were then transferred to screen & printed using a variety of different methods.

Mood and Fabric Development
       
     
Mood and Fabric Development

I became interested in the air and space surrounding birds in flight, so wanted to create textiles that might emulate that idea.

In order to do this I dyed pieces of cotton organza in shades appropriate to the bird I was examining and bonded them in a heat press, so I could create 3D feather like shapes & experiment with them on the mannequin.

Feathery print experimentation.
       
     
Feathery print experimentation.

Devore and heat transfer printing.

Devore and reactive print development.
       
     
Devore and reactive print development.
Personal flamingo photography
       
     
Personal flamingo photography
Flamingo painting and fabric manipulation.
       
     
Flamingo painting and fabric manipulation.
Turq-board-flat.jpg
       
     
Discharge print double layer dress, silk and organza
       
     
Discharge print double layer dress, silk and organza
2-layers-flam.jpg
       
     
Discharge and reactive print with clear foil.
       
     
Discharge and reactive print with clear foil.
Devore and heat transfer printing.
       
     
Devore and heat transfer printing.

My own flamingo photography collaged together and heat transfer printed on top of devore fabric in brushstroke design.

flam-chopped.jpg
       
     
Devore and ombre dip dye on cotton viscose mix.
       
     
Devore and ombre dip dye on cotton viscose mix.
Moncrieff Dress & brushstroke design
       
     
Moncrieff Dress & brushstroke design

Matte opaque pigment on cotton organza.

Bonded reactive and pigment print.
       
     
Bonded reactive and pigment print.
Hand cut feathers
       
     
Hand cut feathers

Hand dyed cotton organza, bonded to create a double sided fabric.

Allover print of scanned in feathers.
       
     
Allover print of scanned in feathers.
Digital print on fabric of the scanned in 3D feather shapes.
       
     
Digital print on fabric of the scanned in 3D feather shapes.
Gwendolen Dress
       
     
Gwendolen Dress

Photograph of Gwendolen dress, created from white opaque pigment print on silk organza, embellished with 3D feathers. Background image is of the acetate image used for the screen print on dress.