Designing a Printed Textile Collection: Start to Finish

Today, I thought I would share the process I went through to design my 2016 original textile collection called "Mountain Meadow".  Since there are usually many ways to accomplish the same goal, I thought it might be informative, and perhaps, helpful to show my approach. 

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This is the final collection called " Mountain Meadow", including before and after pillow mock ups.

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I started by creating a Pinterest board with natural elements that I found inspiring.

photo credits: top row - Dan Lum Photography, Kardelen Linens, Nicolette Johnson Photography bottom row - Lifestyle Delight, Lucyina Moodie Photography (middle + last)

photo credits: top row - Dan Lum Photography, Kardelen Linens, Nicolette Johnson Photography

bottom row - Lifestyle Delight, Lucyina Moodie Photography (middle + last)

Next, I found some rooms/environments that set the mood for the collection. 

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I collected some drawings from my sketch books and designed a color palette.

After drafting a bunch of ideas, I picked the best ones for the final collection.

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After selecting the final designs, I crafted them into repeating patterns.

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Lastly, I made pillow and wallpaper mock-ups to illustrate how the patterns would look on products.

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Digitally printed swatches

Digitally printed swatches

Colorful, organic collage: hand painted papers plus digital technology

Here is an example combining hand painted paper and digital technology to create a series of colorful, organic patter rich designs.

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hand painted papers

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thumbnail sketches

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Final collages. Organic, colorful incorporating lots of pattern.

 

Fabric Collage Art - Upcycling household fabric

I keep a lot of things around that I should probably throw out. It's just that my brain immediately asks, "can you use repurpose this into something else?" Perhaps it comes from all the time that I spent with my Grandmother growing up. She lived through the Depression and was very clever about finding uses for things that would normally end up in the trash. 

This collection of modern, geometric collage art was born from bits and pieces of fabric that my family and I used at some point. Denim from jeans, cotton sheeting and felt from old craft projects.