I have chosen to create several CAD (computer aided designs) visuals to demonstrate how my designs would look made into products and in the environment intended. To create my CAD visuals I got a photographer friend to take several pictures of me climbing. Seeing as I am a great example of my target market I thought it would be appropriate to use pictures of me climbing. I then took pictures of my croquis and used Photoshop to combine the two together.
I started my final designs by choosing the fabric, I needed several different types to incorporate the climbing clothes and accessories, for the clothing side I chose an organic cotton jersey for t-shirts and a medium weight cotton for trousers. For the accessories I needed heavy duty outdoor fabric that can be used for rucksacks and bouldering mats. Once I had these and my designs it was time to expose my screen and start printing. I have been having several problems while exposing and have ended up with several blocked screens that needed redoing. However I have overcome these problems and started printing.
These are a few pictures of the croquis so far. Overall I am very happy with the progress made but I can keep improving on these.
I wanted all of my designs to have a hand crafted feel so each one starts as a drawing which I then scan in and played around with in Photoshop. I have experimented with different types of repeat and various scales. I aim to create a design that looks good even if you don’t recognise the climbing equipment shown. These designs are black and white because this is required for putting the design onto a screen.
I have created my stitch designs on the EasyDesign soft wear, by scanning in my drawings and then tracing it. Once I have created the motif and I experimented with creating motif fills and circular repeats. I have also combined stitch with some of my screen printing samples to give the stitch designs more texture and depth. These are a few of my best samples which will be developed into final designs.
I have been developing my design work by playing around with different methods of repeating and creating designs. I have developed my motifs to make them most effective in a design. The designs are all created by scanning in my drawings and then repeating, this creates a hand drawn feel to the collection. I them transferred these designs onto a screen for printing. These are a selection of samples that I have made from my design development, the best aspects of these shall feed into my final collection.
I wanted to experiment with different printing techniques so signed up for a lino printing workshop to investigate the effect this creates. We learnt how to create a reduction print with involves printing the first colour before cutting more away and printing a second colour on top, followed by a third colour. This means that the design can be built up and contain many layers, this is more complex than a simple two tone print.
These images shoe the process of cutting the lino, rolling the ink and then printing using the printing press. Lino printing creates a nice textured print that is very different to screen printing, I has more texture in the print and can be enhanced by letting some of the background show through.
After creating a selection of background designs I made up a screen containing four of the best designs. I then printed these onto both fabric and paper in a variety of colours from my colour pallet. Here are images of the printing process.
The process of screen printing means each print is different and unique, this will create variety within the collection.