review of original brief
My initial idea stayed the same, but my focus point changed. From the beginning I was interested in lizards skin, which can change colour for reasons such as communication and camouflage. Originally I wanted to use thermal inks to recreate this colour change, but as I began to experiment I realised they did not work well on the fabrics I wanted to use.
I continued with the idea of colour change, and using fabrics which had similar properties to animal skins in terms of appearance and texture; but I needed a new approach on how to create a change of colour in my prints.
I went back to my research and reviewed my photos from Edinburgh zoo and noticed that a lot of the animals I photographed were iridescent and changed colour when the light was reflected off of them.
Originally my prints were going to be for home interiors, but as my project progressed, it was suggested that I should research night club interiors. This context worked better with the prints I was producing as I was using shiny fabrics and card; and was printing with foils and metallic binders.
I have designed a range of wall papers, and a selection of fabric samples which could be used as furnishings or wall panels. My prints would work best in darker areas like nightclubs where artificial light can reflect off of them.
Ideally I would like to work for a company or designer who designs interiors for modern hotels and high end nightclubs or bars.
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