I’ve been a member of The Pattern Observer’s Textile Design Lab for a few months now.
This has been very useful for improving my design skills and finding focus for my business.
As a member I can access various courses and tutorials, guest expert training and a very supportive forum for questions, artwork feedback and career advice.
The Textile Design Lab also has monthly design challenges that reflect upcoming trends. Taking part in these challenges has been very inspiring and enjoyable. The four collections below are among the results of my participation.
These designs are available for manufacturers and buyers as layered .PSDs. They won’t be used in products in the BlueberryRoom shops.
Challenge: Tropical iridescence trend
I thought of jungle that teems with life, growth, rain, fireflies and the sounds of insects. I wanted to create mysterious and delicate designs. Media: Gouache and Photoshop.
This collection was featured in Pattern Observer.
Challenge: Earthed trend
This collection was inspired by lava, sedimentary rock and geological change. It took ages. I mixed textures captured in photographs of rock with hand- and digitally-drawn elements.
Challenge: Nocturne trend
The aim was to create a dreamy geometric collection with a futuristic sci-fi feel.
One of the things that inspired me was the Shanghai night skyline, and as I worked I thought about Asia, the future, and changes in architecture and technology.
Challenge: Swank surrealism trend
I wanted something happy and a bit crazy.
I mixed photography, drawings and gouache with clean shapes. I think my recent anticipation of sunny summer days has transferred into this collection.