The Garden at 2000 feet

These Times and How We Maintained Focus 
Sophia Bevan
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‘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

These Times and How We Maintained focus

‘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.

Jessica Morgan-Helliwell

These Times and How we Maintained Focus

Center stage today is Jessica Morgan Helliwell. Welcome to her colourful underwater world.

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Thalassic Botanica,.

Thalassic is a word that is related to the sea and Botanica is a play on botanic which is related to the life of plants in this case, the plants of the sea.

Living by the sea, I have always been indulged with luscious beaches and aquatic life. When I was asked what ‘I wanted to be when I grow up’ I was torn between two careers: 1) Being a Marine Biologist OR

2)The  Textile industry as an Interior designer.

Deciding between two very different fields, I followed my aspirations and went for the creative route I have always loved and thrived in.

This project is the time for me to rediscover my love for marine biology and combine it with my chosen career path in textiles.

Focusing on coral reefs the collection I’m looking closely at the textures, shapes and colourings found on varieties of coral, seaweed and species that create the architectural colonies of the ocean.

I’m incorporating the lives that exist and thrive among coral reefs and creating innovative, busy digital prints for a quirky, colourful interior setting.

 

 

Imagine…

working in this printroom. Enjoying the colour, pattern, fabric and creating your own designs

Two print tables, ready to go
Prepare your colours in the dye baths or prepare

to print
Exposing your own screens ready to print metres of fabric for fashion or interiors.
Steaming once printed will fix the print to the cloth.
Using the the right size screen for the job will help you create the design of your choice

Success at New Designers

Amber Sarayapour at New Designers
Amber receiving her award at New Designers

Fabulous success at New Designers in Islington, London last week

Amber Sarayapour won the Harlequin Award for outstanding design.

She received her prize money and placement from the Dennis Nothdruft, Head of Exhibitions, @fashionandtextilemuseum 

Amber’s work was also was picked up by Sainsbury and Debenhams.