End of year exhibition



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Finally I have displayed my final designs for the urban beat trend and end of year module is now complete! I am so pleased with how my designs look, and all the hard work  during my first year of university has paid off and I can now relax for the summer!! Of course not too much, as I hope to be busy with creating new ideas. I aim to go to local places to get my inspiration, whether it be pattern, colour, or composition. I plan on doing photo shoots on various things and hopefully get it all down in a sketchbook. I also have my first ever holiday to Amsterdam. I am so nervous as it’s my first time on a plane! However i’m looking forward to being away for a while and seeing the beautiful city and what it has to offer. I am looking forward to this summer and can’t wait to see what the second year of university has to offer me.


Laser Cutting


We had the opportunity this term to try out the laser cutter. I really enjoyed this as it was an experience to see how things are laser cut. This was an eye opener for me as I now know that fabrics, such as lace and fishnet are also made by laser cutting technique. In the digital stitch room there is a separate computer that is linked to the laser cutter. The file has to be saved as a TIF file to be able to work. I chose clear acrylic for my piece linked to ‘Urban Beat’. The key words are associated with my theme and topic, I thought this was an interesting thing for me as I love creating backgrounds so I featured a thin layer of acetate behind the acrylic laser cut piece with a mark making background showing my colour scheme to be ‘energetic’ ‘urban’ and ‘grunge’.

I will definitely want to use this further into my textiles degree as I believe this is a lovely way of showing a textile garment, or even an amazing piece of advertisement. The acrylic with laser cutting features can be used as a backdrop for your design that is being exhibited. I love how you can laser cut into anything so I aim to create a pattern I can use to create some lace textures.

Urban Beat; Final Designs.

These are my final designs for my trend Urban Beat. I am going to get them printed in the print studio, A3 size along with my final colour and mood board. I am pleased with these and think they link in perfectly with the values and go well as a collection. I am looking forward to displaying them in the exhibition space on Monday.

Urban Beat; Colour and design concepts.

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Here I created the same design, inspired by the bolts that are used in the urban world. I then took the design and created many patterns on illustrator then used a different colour for the background and shapes. I do really like the yellow outline as it’s depicting that pop of colour which I was going for. However, when I choose my final designs to display I think I’ve already used too much pink, so having the blue will break it up.

Urban Beat; Colour and design concepts.

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After using image trace on my design, I used the art card option and created multiple designs using a different pantone colour to show the variations and possibilities for my final designs, I think the pink work best for this trend. I used brush marks for backgrounds and also a pop of yellow.

Urban Beat; Illustrator

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Image Trace on Illustrator

Here I’ve created a potential final pattern design through the tool ‘image trace’. The design above was taken from an image I successfully took at Boys Village. I enjoyed using this technique as the possibilities are endless with coming up with a final design. I tried various images of mine that didn’t work so well. I then used this below:


Now I’m able to construct a pattern using the grungy, urban, and industrial structure within my digital work. I will use Photoshop and Illustrator to enhance my skills and create some designs that fit my trend and the colour scheme.

Urban Beat; Colour Board

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Finishing my colour board for Urban Beat has been successful and satisfying, as now I have my pantone  references I can progress further with my designs. I will use this board to keep me informed of the colour scheme and also remind myself of the grungy, energetic vibe I want to convey with the pop of colour going through my designs. Three of these images are my own. When I went to Boys Village I took these and they’ve become a success with being on my colour board. However, I manipulated them in some way using Photoshop. This was because I wanted each image to fit and portray everything I wanted it to. Here is what I did:

Image One – The Handle

I changed the saturation and increased the exposure. I also added tints of dark pink. Before the image was more of an orange tone, however I wanted it to fit my colour ideas so I enhanced the features through Photoshop. After adding these adjustments the handle started to look exactly how I imagined, with the various shades of pink, ranging from bright to dark.

Image Two – Graffiti
This image was more of a cream overcast, I changed this by tinting it. It went a teal colour with a pop of yellow already in the image due to the graffiti. This fitted perfectly. I then blended this from the right hand side to show a sense of decay within the image as it blends in with the light.

Image Three – Light
I had this image in my mood board, however I didn’t just want to place it on the colour board without changing it to fit more to my colour scheme. I decided it would be interesting to manipulate it and see what I could produce when experimenting. I then added a layer and used the pipette tool to select my colour. I changed the options on the right hand side of the essentials on Photoshop. This enabled me to get the colour I wanted and completely change the image of the original lights. It has become less Photographic and more cartoon like with a silhouette.

Image Four – Rust 
This image was the last one I chose. I had a big gap remaining in the right hand corner and was unsure what to do with it. I decided to look through my photoshoot images and then I spotted an image I was eager to use. It was an abandoned boiler that had gained rust over the years of its decay.

By  using my Photoshop skills, the image on the left is the unedited version, which I really love but it doesn’t fit the colour scheme so utilising Photoshop enabled me to produce the image on the right, and crop the left section to fit it in the background. I experimented with the adjustments to make it fit the colour scheme, it has the light teal and pink that I wanted and I think it fits perfectly for a background image. I then blended the bottom of the image as there was a white space I didn’t know how to fix, so I used the pipette and selected the pantone and used the brush to fill in the space.

Pantone Colour Reference:
Looking at the pantone book last Tuesday I decided on 7 colours that I will be using in my designs. I used a hexagon shape in relation to bolts. They inspired me for this as they are a very urban substance. It also linked in with the bolts that are in the image of the handle. I wanted to portray my colour scheme through that instead of a regular square.

Urban Beat; Manipulating images


This image above was taken in the area I live in. I was walking home one evening and took this shot as I like the composition and the structure of the building.
To fit my theme of ‘Urban Beat’ I manipulated the image below and chose colours to suit my colour scheme.

I was inspired to manipulate the hue to enhance the colours and create the blue and pink contrast. If I was going to use this as part of my final 6 designs, I would check the correct pantone values to match my colour board. So far, I really like the overall feel of the black building with the structured lines as it could be a potential repeat design for an interior, such as wallpaper, cushion, towel, etc. I will create this digitally using the shape tool on photoshop, or simply use the magic wand.

I am pleased with this and hopefully will develop it further and make it fit ‘Urban Beat’ and reach my full potential.

Urban Beat; Experimentation with colour palettes

When starting my colour board, I wanted to try out various colours from three of my images which are below. Two are from the Photoshoot from Boys Village, and the other is of my mark making I had done in last terms.

I enjoyed using the pipette tool and selecting colours to make colour chips. When using this skill over and over I became so used to it, I decided to type in the correct CMYK to have the exact colour from the pantone. I was going to start off with the bottom left image as my colour scheme, I liked the rust, red, and cyan colour, I thought the combination was strong and would depict Urban Beat, however, the top image of the railing handle stood out to me more and thats how I made my decision to have a pop of colour, being the yellow from the railway. I think it’s good to experiment before finalising a colour palette as it helps to make a clear picture of what colours you want. The dark pink contrasting with the yellow convey juxtaposition. The two colours you wouldn’t normally associate with each other conveys the grungy, rebellion, energetic trend I’m working with.

Urban Beat; Experimentation with Illustrator

I wanted to depict Urban Beat through my potential design idea. After looking through the pantones I decided on the colours in the image above. The colours I have chosen are dark which is definitely what I was going for. It’s grungy and depicts urban beat in a way of being rebellious.  I added the yellow hue from the inspiration of the railway. I wanted the pop of colour to give it a feeling of vibrant energy. I think these mix of colours are inevitable for the trend as they fit the values so well.

The brush strokes are also significant as the ridged outline gives it a wild and energetic feel as some of the strokes are never ending and expand in different angles and directions. The second image is where I experimented with shapes, the hexagon  shape is taken from the inspiration of the bolts that have been apart of my research. Again, using the colours from the pantone I expanded the hexagons in various directions, angles and made each one a different size. This conveys the rebellion and straight structure of the hexagon implies urbanisation.