The Tyger

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Alice says……
I have always had a love for tigers
My dad always used to read me ‘The Tiger that came to tea’ when i was tiny. I fell in love with the story and illustrations, and thought maybe one day a tiger would visit me for tea!
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My project- ‘The Tyger’ features inspiration from the William Blake poem called ‘The Tyger’ as well as Kew Gardens & London Zoo.
 I enjoy reading the Poem ,’Tyger’ by Blake, in particular, due to the narrative it leads throughout and its constant rhyming couplets.
Inspired by my love for storytelling, animals and nature, I decided to develop this idea by creating a children’s wear collection based on Tigers, Giraffes, Hippos and Monkeys which may also be used for a visual merchandising display.
Creating characters is something new to me and I have been loving it! it is so exciting seeing these animals come to life in my prints and large scale paintings. I love working with texture/block colour and seeing the two compliment each other!
I think it is important with what is happening in the world right now, to stay positive & remember that animals belong in this world just as much as we do.
Follow my instagram: @alicetheprinter for more updates!
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The Garden at 2000 feet

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Sophia Bevan
Let’s dip into Sophia’s passion
‘The Garden at 2000ft’ features inspiration from The Eden Project as well as Marrakech, Morocco.
It has always been a dream of mine to visit Marrakech and soak up all the bohemian vibes and bright coloured tapestry.
However, since joining the TDFI course I have grown to distinguish that that ideology was not in my realm anymore.
Instead, upon arrival, Marrakech was much more than what you see on Pinterest.
The colours, composition and textures within the souks, mountains and general streets appealed to me most.
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It is no surprise to anyone that I am inspired by nature.

It is what gets my creative juices flowing the most. It is the air we breathe and what makes me feel the most connected to the world we live in.
I have focussed on the plants and flowers that catch my eye within The Eden Project, Cornwall.
My first time visiting was in Summer 2019 and I was completely blown away.
A place purely based on regeneration is an amazing concept with biomes and contemporary gardens.
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I was mostly drawn to the colour, shape, detail and uniqueness of the array.
Summer was the peak of blooms and I love to capture this with my love for photography which was passed down from my late Grandfather/professional photographer.

Capturing a still moment before they are gone is something that fascinates me entirely.

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My process always starts with drawing and painting then gets transformed into beautiful digital prints open for interiors and fashion.

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Caitin Evans

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‘Fighting the elements’.

My childhood years were exciting and adventurous, partly due to my parents’ beautiful garden, designed and created by them.

Some fond memories of the garden include; tea parties in the summer house and treehouse, my dad wheeling me and my brother Ben down the garden in the wheelbarrow, playing in the stream with friends and helping my mum grow (or eat) the tomatoes.

I have decided what better way to celebrate my childhood and love for plants than to base my final project on my  garden and memories

I have chosen to take the garden landscape , illustrations of my  family and pets and to integrate them with tropical plants drawn from a recent visit to the Eden project.

This collection of prints, of my own tropical garden paradise, is designed  for a domestic interior setting.

Playing in the garden allowed my creativity and ideas to flow, which I have now carried on in my artwork with the desire to become a textile designer.

The Mechanics of the Field

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Olivia Holbrook explains her unique knit project.
‘The mechanics of the field’ is inspired by family holidays and the love of unusual objects.
My family took me to Devon or Cornwall every year, allowing me to play in fields and exploring in the woods; bringing my attention to wind farms and tractors, the agricultural lifestyle that you don’t find in the city.
My love of mechanical objects has inspired me in many ways.
I’m intrigued by things that people overlook.
My collection for ‘The Mechanics of the Field’ has led me to explore less travelled  pathways, creating designs that have several outcomes.
I see my collection being used for menswear  but I’ve also have turned my designs
into objects children, and even adults, can play with.
By using both machine and hand knit techniques this has allowed my outcomes to have a variety of  weights and textures, allowing the audience to explore different experiences through touch and play.
My colour scheme is bright, using primary and secondary colours inspired by reference I made while exploring the wonderful world of tractors.