Screen Printing for Pre-Collection

Screen printing is something that i will always love because it’s so practical and every design is so unique because you just can’t predict how it will turn out. I decided to do some screen printing with some imagery that i created by photoshop and also hand drawings from my sketch book. I am good at screen printing because i’m not scared of layering imagery. I tried many different processes such as discharge, acid dye paste, fabric dying, flocking and foiling. These are my favourite processes and i feel as though they always work well for me. I am not a pigment person as i don’t like the feel of the fabric after pigment is printed on it. However, i do think that pigment printing works well on heavy weight fabrics such as linen and calico but i don’t really want to use these fabrics as i prefer fabric that drapes.

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My most recent successful screen printed samples are actually the first three that i created. These were done on satin devore and only in black and white but i think that they’re the nicest ones as i said before colour isn’t my forte although i wish it was. I also discovered that painting on to a screen was successful for me, as previously i have worked with bleach and ink and it seems to work in a similar way. I have chosen to work with satins, silks and wool so that i can keep my options open to both interior and fashion designs. However i think i am preferring working with the lighter and more luxurious fabrics as they’re better suited to my designs.

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Starting Pre-Collection

I’m really excited about starting pre-collection as I finally get a chance to try digital printing! Digital printing is something that i’ve always wanted to do as I know it’s really crucial in the industry. Digital printing is a flexible technique because you can print what ever you like, and it enables you to produce work that can’t be produced by hand printed processes. I struggled with hand printing in the second year when we done our scarf project as i couldn’t produce my designs that i made on paper on to fabric, this was when i made my decision about using digital printing.

I have taken a lot of my inspiration from when i done my placement at Pattern in Bethnal Green in September, and i feel that i learned a lot from being there. I watched how they worked on photoshop with design and placement and tried it myself but in my own fashion.

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My downfall in design at the moment is definitely colour, i never know what colours to put together. I really need to research more in to colour instead of trying to make up my own palette all the time as i always revert back to using pink, blue and black as my main colours. Black will always be in my colour palette as 1. i always wearIMG_8364 it and it goes with everything and 2. it contrasts colours together and breaks it down. I think that i would struggle if i didn’t use black in my colour palette as like i said i’m not great with colour anyway.

I am trying to focus on limited imagery for my pre collection as i am more interested in processes and digital printing to see what works with which fabric. I want to be broad in my field and i don’t want to choose between fashion and textiles just yet as i would like to use pre-collection to guide me as i will get an idea of what print, colours and fabrics go together well. I’m really excited to start making designs and getting them on to fabric!

Preparing timetables

As it is very important to plan time this year as there are a lot of modules happening at once. At the moment I am currently juggling between my dissertation and my pre collection, so i have planned to work on my dissertation on wednesdays and fridays and use the rest of the week to work on my pre collection. I find it easier to plan my time as i am a very organised person and i actually enjoy making plans and time tables (however sad that sounds!) as it allows me to manage my time properly and also work out when i can have free time for myself as i have an active and sociable lifestyle outside of uni. I was inspired by the way that one of my classmates done her timetable. She created hers on microsoft excel and filled in the boxes of the dates of deadlines and targets, personally I thought this was a brilliant idea so i tried it myself when i got home. So far it has worked a treat and i’m following it religiously, i have made two – one for my studio module and one for my dissertation. I don’t feel stressed at all this year and i feel as though a lot of that is mainly down to organising time as in previous years – especially the first – i was always struggling to meet deadlines.

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Abbie’s Timetable

Self Overview

What are your core interests and ideas?

What have you enjoyed learning?

What are your successes so far on the course?

Who is your customer? What or who are you designing for?


Core interests and ideas:
Moroccan print, deco, feathers and natural objects, cultural and traditional mark making, detail in small marks, bleeding lines, sharp lines, contrast, small and large pattern repeats, combine bright colours with contrasting colours, digital print from hand drawn design, photoshop print manipulation

What have you enjoyed learning?
I enjoyed the support module in the second year as i learnt a lot more printing processes and also gave me the chance to come out of my shell and be more experimental with pattern, print and placement. The modules in the second year gave me better knowledge to what i can create as the different modules and workshops brought me out of my shell as i seemed to sit in my comfort zone in the first year and i have a completely different view of textile design since and have moved away from fine art, becoming more in the category of textile designer rather than a fine artist.

What are your successes so far on the course?
I think that my textiles support module was a huge success as it taught me that i could make interesting prints and patterns without worrying too much about the perfection of placement. I have began to experiment with scale and colour which was something that i struggled with before, i now feel confident using these processes alone whereas before i wanted to be taught step by step which gives me great sense of individuality. The scarf project was also a success, not so much the final outcome but the main body or work including samples which i was very pleased with. This project taught me that digital print would be an option for me as i found it very difficult to transfer a drawn design using hand or screen print.

Who is your customer? Who or what are you designing for?
Interior textiles mainly, but would consider textiles for fashion. Broad age range between 20-45, depending on peoples tastes really, people who like bright, busy prints. I do need to focus more on my audience as i usually create prints to my own taste and i should focus on taking both in to consideration.

What kind of designer do you want to be?
What skills do you want to evidence?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
What kind of designer do you want to be?
  • textiles for interiors
  • will consider textiles for fashion but not interested in making garments, just focusing on print
What skills do you want to evidence?
  • drawing skills (both intricate and mark making), print and placement, use of colour, contemporary and versatile prints that can be used on fashion design and interior design
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • I am hoping to continue doing placements with companies close by for my CV which will be difficult as travel is expensive and won’t be able to cover costs, but you have to start somewhere
  • i have a 3 month placement with pattern in July after i have graduated which will hopefully lead to something more (right place at the right time – fingers crossed!)
  • In 5 years i’d like to be in a comfortable situation job wise in the design industry, preferably close to home obviously i am not expecting anything too high as i know that it is competitive but i am an ambitious person and i will try my hardest to get where i can in this time

Moroccan Deco and Pattern

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For my pre collection I have started to look at moroccan deco. Although repeat pattern and fine shapes have never been my strong point it’s something i’d like to try as photoshop is now very accessible to me. Digital printing will play a huge part in my pre collection as this semester is meant for sampling and trying out new techniques. I wanted to keep my imagery limited as I was more interested in trying out different processes.

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I have displayed my inspiration out on my wall which helped me understand my inspiration more as it was all laid out like a huge mood board. I’m feeling reasonably confident about this collection so far and since i have had my own mac i’m finding Photoshop a lot easier to use. I have started drawing from primary drawings from natural resources such as feathers and plants and using the same drawing technique that i learned on my placement. I’m excited to scan my work into my computer and start working with them digitally.

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Action Plan for Pre Collection

We had a class seminar today which involved asking questions about ourselves. At first i thought it was ridiculous but it actually ended up being really useful and i feel as though i have been able to plan my pre collection and have learnt things about myself that i never really knew, it’s amazing what writing things down can do.


7 Weeks
Always take notes!
What do you want to achieve? 2 lengths of printed fabric
What area in the market is it? Textiles for interiors/Textiles and fashion combined – prints are designed with interiors in mind – work to scale.

  • samples of different colour ways
  • samples of different processes: flock, foil, devore etc.
  • illustration ideas to show print within fashion (but no garment made)
  • portfolio pages
  • trends, colour, new collections are led by seasons: Autumn
Action plan!
Week 1 & 2:
  • Draw feather ideas (design within feathers, printed feathers with ink – photocopied and drawn in to – water coloured feathers, continuous line and left hand)
  • Pattern designs (bleach and ink, mark making, contrast)
  • Tile patterns (moroccan repeat)
Week 3 & 4:
  • photoshop designs and manipulation
  • play with different colour ways
  • samples using different printing processes over the top (paper)
  • portfolio pages x2
Week 5:
  • choose 2 final designs to send for digital printing
  • choose fabrics (silk twill, crepe de chine, georgette)
  • illustrations of how design could be used in fashion
  • portfolio pages x2
Week 6 & 7:
  • send off 6 designs (small) for digital printing to use for sampling in chosen fabric
  • sample over samples in flock, foil, devore (if using compatible fabric)
  • portfolio pages x2

I have already made a start to my pre collection but i now feel as though i have made a plan for what i need to do in the next seven weeks. It’s like i have asked myself all of these questions and answered them and then if i took away the questions i would be left with my brief.

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