Final Major Project Proposal/brief
My final major project is aimed towards prints for interiors. I intend exploring the textures, patterns and colours of certain animals and birdlife whilst exploring the range of pattern and colour opportunities found therein.
The working title of my project is ‘Protective Colours’. My research focuses on why animals are so colourful, and how their feathers and skins protect their bodies, their display characteristics and purpose.
I am particularly interested in animals such as lizards whose colour changes are both communicative and for concealment and to this end I intend to use thermal or heat sensitive dyes/ inks within my final collection. I am looking beyond the outline or recognisable shape of these animals and focussing on surface detail and pattern.
Naturalists such as David Attenborough’s documentary work and the quality of photography found in National Geographic magazine have been major inspirations and a good secondary source for information.
My primary research consists of a body of drawing, mark making and photography from Edinburgh zoo and I am currently building up a collection of feathers.
My contextual research so far has been in both fashion and interiors. I was inspired by Alexander Mc Queen’s 2010 collection featuring digitally printed fashion with colourful snake and reptile skins. I have researched contemporary interior designers such as Rocio Morenor. I like her use of vibrant colours on silks, which I would like to incorporate into my work. I prefer abstract shapes, but while researching I came across illustrative prints by Gabi Bolton which I liked very much.
I enjoy using Photoshop so I will be producing a mixture of screen and digital prints on fabric and papers. I will also be experimenting by manipulated fabrics, and using materials that reflect the properties of the animal’s skin. I like to texture my prints by layering screens; I prefer using pigments as the colours are brighter and easier to overlay but I will be experimenting with various inks and techniques to see which fit my project best. My sketch book involves a lot of painting and collage and I like to develop these styles from paper into material. I also take inspiration from fine art especially Art Nouveau. Gustav Klimt in particular because his use of gold, which resembles foils that will work well with the colours and textures of my theme.
My dissertation has taken another direction than my proposed 4th year work. I chose to explore another interest of mine, advertising and media, although my case study is based on one of my favourite fashion labels Chanel, I am finding it interesting to learn how media is involved with fashion.
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