A vital part of the design process part 1


An essential part of any design process is the gathering together,and recording,of inspirational and influencial components. It’s by using and adapting this information that you will work towards an eventual outcome.

For a textile designer these components or information will be an eclectic mix of inspiration in the form of passions seen and recorded.It could be any one, or a combinations, of a 1.000 things, for e.g.

Land and City scapes,Floral,Figurative,Nature, Architecture and Geometrics etc…

Drawing and painting,photography,scale, movement, colour, texture, materials and possible outcomes can all be found in a design sketchbook.

It’s in these books that ideas are pursued or allowed to lie fallow until they become appropriate.

Not giving up and continuing to work away at your ideas brings rewards – You do improve and you do get better. It is not necessarily always the most obviously gifted people who survive, it’s the ones who stick at it and our committed.They are not always the most confident but they are the ones who really, really want to do it. Be as openminded as these people -this attitude will inspire  you try out new ideas.

Soon you develop a voice,opinion or a signature and, for the time being, you are happy and ready to move onto the next stage.

Contextual reference is handy too.Knowing this information helps you understand where your work sits  and where you and your work aspire to be seen  in the future.

Sketchbooks are vital when taking ownership of research and information.Who else has your unique way of seeing things ? Don’t keep it to yourself.Share. You know how inspirational you find others work.Let everyone benefit from your vision too.

Holburne Lantern Procession 2014

The 1st yrs had fun in the lantern procession yesterday evening as the parade wound its way through Bath city centre.The fantastic illuminated structures,that they have been working on for weeks in the own time, came to life last night.
Congratulations to all those that made the tremendous commitment to the construction and parading of these magnificent structures.Both the museum team and staff at the Art School are proud of you.
We know you enjoyed it!






Colour Matching

Colour Matching

Working from images uploaded during a one week period 1st year students collaborated with photographers from around the world to match colour and texture.Colour was recorded in South America, India, Japan, Italy, Poland, Ireland,Germany, France etc…

Here’s a sketchbook showing distribution, colour and texture.This reference is then used to inspire future projects in knitwear,embroidery,print, weave and manipulation.