A Flair for Print

Print, But Not Just Textiles

As a former scientist, I love dye labs! Scientific precision melded with creative flair to produce beautiful colours. Textiles students, who specialise in Print, will print textiles and may other surfaces, for example wall paper. In this post I’m going to show you the work of some of the final year students who specialised in Print.

The Printed Textiles pathway has an outstanding reputation. Again students exhibit and sell their work at ‘Indigo’. Students work with screen-printing and digital design technology: follow this link to see the print room and this one to see the dye lab.

Gemma Moore

Gemma’s final collection is called ‘Fields of Romance’; it is inspired by British flowers, with elements of lace and paisley. She has used digital and screen print techniques. The length with the pink and peach flowers caught my eye first, but I also love the papered stair risers.

Gemma had a placement with Dunelm in Leicester.

Floral prints by Gemma Moore

Maya Dunn

Maya’s collection was inspired by the concept of ‘Paradise’. She has illustrated tropical wildlife and orchids, at Kew Gardens. She has used observational drawing and photography to create designs which she then produced using hand-dying, screen print and digital technologies including laser-etching and jacquard.

Maya is the winner of The Glendonbrook Enterprise & Innovation Award, 2014 and the Ede and Ravenscroft Travelling Scholarship, 2013. Her impressive list of placements includes: Liberty in London, Karolina York in Sydney, Romo in Nottinghamshire, Timorous Beasties in Glasgow and Mirjam Rouden in London.

Prints by Maya Dunn

Print fabric by Maya Dunn

Gemma Sophie Brown

Gemma’s ‘Victorian Treasures’ collection was inspired by Victorian pieces, places and pastimes. It certainly evoked naturalists and plant collectors for me. I love the way she displayed her work, using wooden boxes, lined with her prints to hold plant and butterfly specimens.

Gemma completed placements at Zoe Murphy Design in Margate, George for Asda in Lutterworth and Karen Jane Interiors in Towcester.

Prints by Gemma Brown

Robyn Dark

I also loved how Robyn displayed her prints on tree branches; and her prints certainly made me think of tree branches. She was inspired by the similarities between human anatomy (think of blood vessels) and the arboreal structures of roots, lichen, bark and branches. All fractals, I think.

Robyn won a scholarship from the Bradford Society of Dyers and Colourists in 2013. She completed placements at Draw in Light, Rella and Alexander McQueen in London as well as Fusion CPH Design Studio in Copenhagen.

Print fabric by Robyn Dark

Sophie Painter

Sophie’s designs were inspired by the ‘A Plant Hunter’s Paradise’ exhibition at Kew Gardens. She has combined tropical and jungle images with geometric pattern to create a bold collection that was eye catching in all the right ways. Doesn’t the print look good lining the trunk!

Sophie won first prize in The Bradford Textile Society Competition in 2014. She completed a placement at Lambart and Brown in London.

Display by Sophie Painter, BA Textiles: Print, Loughborough Univ

Print by Sophie Painter

Twenty five final year students specialised in print. Looking at this small selection, I can see a theme in the ones I’ve chosen; they were all inspired by plants. Even though the inspiration is essentially the same, the final collections are very different! If these have inspired you, there are photos of work by all the print students (and not just florals) on the Flair website. Or you can read my blog posts about weave and multi-media textiles.

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2 Responses to A Flair for Print

  1. Gemma Brown 25 June 2014 at 9:30 #


    Just a quick message to say thankyou for mentioning my work in your blog, I’m glad you enjoyed the show 🙂
    Our graduate site is now live so you can see more images and info on there too 🙂 http://www.lboro-textiles-graduates.co.uk/print/

    Thanks again


    • Being Knitterly 26 June 2014 at 10:07 #

      Thank you Gemma, I love botany so your display really appealed.

      The link to the graduate site is in all the posts about the show.

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