It’s no secret – we love visiting New Designers, and the 2022 show was no different! This year’s exhibition featured some amazing work and we had the challenging task of picking a winner for our ‘print and pattern designer of the year‘ associate prize as well as narrowing it down to pick
out the ‘Top 10 to watch’ for 2022!
While walking the halls, we had the opportunity to meet many talented students who inspired us, not only with their collections and portfolios, but also with their positivity and sense of pride in being able to attend the show after overcoming the challenges of the pandemic whilst finding their own creativity. We’re delighted to share 10 graduate designer profiles with you in which each of them talks us through their work and processes, as well as providing images of their work and contact details.
“I wanted to experiment with other materials such as ceramics, leather, cork, papers, and wood. By doing this, it has made me appreciate the versatility of textile design, whilst also gaining more experience learning new techniques.”
“A key focus in my project was to demonstrate how the use of colours and pattern can transform the mood within both people and a space.”
“I wanted to create a fun and playful collection using paper collage as my main technique. When I’m creating repeats, I tend to work with a half drop because I think it looks more seamless and less blocky.”
“I wanted to bring biophilic into interiors, with more than just the actual illustration. So, I tried to make my materials as natural as possible…”
“I’ll finalise my illustrations in gouache or another medium, before I scan them in, ready to use in both Photoshop and AVA software. I can then start playing around with layers and compositions on the screen, which is my favourite part!”
Madison Gilson | Textile Design, specialising in Print and Surface Design.
“The designs within the collection have been created from a series of original botanical monoprints, to achieve a hand-painted aesthetic.”
“This collection all started by painting up the colour swatches, I then cut them into different rectangular shapes, before layering them. From there I scan them into the computer to work with them on CAD.”
“This project is about taking a daring approach to highlight the nightlife of drag queen culture, in this collection there are poised figures posing amongst the elegant foliage forming a quirky yet disguised narrative.”
“My favourite part is bringing them all together into repeats. Whether that is block repeat from lay plans, or making the motifs that I have created into half drop or quarter drop, and even custom repeats.”
“Within this collection, I focused on senses, and I took it in three different directions. I use AVA software and Photoshop together. I use AVA to create different colourways because it’s so quick!”
We’d like to congratulate all the students that graduated in 2022 and wish them all the best of luck with their futures…there’s some excellent talent ready to step into industry!