Trends and Textiles

By way of introduction my name is Adrienne Kerr and I am a relative newbie to the Finch and Foxglove collective. I exhibited with the F&F team at PrintSource, New York in January as an artist in residence which was an amazing and rewarding experience.  I knew three of the girls previously, Adriana, Lisa and Tanya from the online MIID courses. I have also worked with Tanya Paget twice when we were motivating each other on two occasions previously, on course to exhibiting our work together with a Scottish Collective at Premiere Vision, Paris. My main area of interest is surface pattern design and print for textiles.  I particularly love designing for the home ware market although i am a sucker for fashion prints too, So I'm giving a "sneek peek" into a bit of work in progress and how trends can influence my work from the very start of the research and development stage of the design process.

FASHION VIGNETTE AND PATTERNBANK - GREAT SITES FOR COLOUR AND TREND RESEARCH https://fashionvignette.blogspot.com https://patternbank.com  

FASHION VIGNETTE AND PATTERNBANK - GREAT SITES FOR COLOUR AND TREND RESEARCH

https://fashionvignette.blogspot.com

https://patternbank.com

 

I know that trends do not appeal to everyone but I like the positive way it helps me focus down on a particular theme or colour palette and choose an initial direction for my work which I can then build out in many different directions depending on my drawings . I usually have so many ideas it does help me make quick decisions to move forward from, rather than wasting huge amounts of time wondering and deliberating what to do.  By choosing a future trend it gives me a bit of an anchor which helps me focus and make a positive start. I find thematic research helpful and it is usually the foundation of most of my collections, so to speak. I don't want to be a slave to it of course but I like to use it as a starting point to allow my drawings/ideas/concepts/textures to develop from these influences for my initial sketchbook work to digital development. Not everyone wants to work to trends but I do because I exhibit my work at international trade shows and I know that buyers are looking a predicted colour palettes, themes and trends for their selections so I feel that this is an important factor to keep in mind when creating new work to be commercially viable.

So! my go to site for inspiration is "Fashion Vignette", WOW!! what an amazing inspirational site this is. There are just some fabulous mood boards and colour palettes to spark and ignite your creativity and passion. One of the contributors to the site is Marieke De Ruiter who is a trend forecaster and fashion designer based in the Netherlands. Her mood boards are directional and curated. Pop over to the site at some point and check out her up and coming trends and colour palette predictions. Patternbank is also another great inspirational resource which is a platform online for trends and colour direction also.

 My pictures from Abbotsford House, Melrose,  influenced my colour palette for my "Victorian Glasshouse" trend collection of prints as a starting point for drawing.

 My pictures from Abbotsford House, Melrose,  influenced my colour palette for my "Victorian Glasshouse" trend collection of prints as a starting point for drawing.

Ok! So where do I start when I am working on trends. Once I decide upon a trend and colour palette and in this instance I have chosen the "Victorian Glasshouse" trend depicted by Marieke on the Fashion Vignette blog, I usually take a lot of my own pictures to create further points of reference to work and make some personal connection to the trend and which belongs to me. I then feel comfortable using my own source of photographs and developing drawings and ideas from these. In this instance my photographs are from a "Fairytale Castle" in the Scottish borders called "Abbotsford" which was the home of renowned writer and poet Sir Walter Scott and the house and gardens are so lush its an ideal source of inspiration for this trend. Please check out Abbotsford House online, you will fall in love with it too!

http://www.scottsabbotsford.com

Sketches!

A few sketches from my sketchbook, I usually start in pencil then ink it all up using a fine liners or calligraphy ink nibs.

A few sketches from my sketchbook, I usually start in pencil then ink it all up using a fine liners or calligraphy ink nibs.

Colouring!

I like to colour sketches in photoshop using "kyles brushes" as it gives me flexbibilty to change the colours easily.  

I like to colour sketches in photoshop using "kyles brushes" as it gives me flexbibilty to change the colours easily.

 

Creating Repeat Patterns and Placement Prints!

I can spend endless hours at this point trying to work on the "perfect" layout or repeat in photoshop or illustrator for my pattern collections. My work is always set up in repeat or as placement prints for cushions or specific items. I would normally set up a repeat quite large scale so that it is suitable for wallpaper or large scale upholstery so that the quality and sharpness is spot on, then scale down for smaller scale projects or items.

I can spend endless hours at this point trying to work on the "perfect" layout or repeat in photoshop or illustrator for my pattern collections. My work is always set up in repeat or as placement prints for cushions or specific items. I would normally set up a repeat quite large scale so that it is suitable for wallpaper or large scale upholstery so that the quality and sharpness is spot on, then scale down for smaller scale projects or items.

Finally!

Product Mock ups. It's nice to get a sense of how the pattern will work on product so I like to create mock ups which can be shown to potential clients.  

Product Mock ups. It's nice to get a sense of how the pattern will work on product so I like to create mock ups which can be shown to potential clients.

 

Table Runner

Thank you so much for taking time to read my first blog post for F&F and hear how trends and colour predictions influence my textile design work and collections from the go to.

I hope you have enjoyed how I have broken down my process for my print which I have called "Anastasia", I now need to build on this print by creating complimentary designs and patterns on this given theme of "Victorian Glasshouse" and my first intention is to use the lovely green shade which is part of that colour story. I have slightly got carried away working in pink this time around but hey ho! that sometimes happens.

Great to connect on the F&F blog today.

Adrienne x