Paper Making

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I have just attempted to make a sample of paper from recycled magazines. To start, i cut the magazines into small pieces and added water. This had to be left for a couple of hours to soak until it had gone soft and mushy. While i left the scraps of paper to soak, i went to buy a small hand blender and a splatter screen. I then used the blender to blend the mushy paper scraps into a thick pulp, and pressed them onto the splatter screen, which acted as a cheaper alternative to – and was more accessible than – a mould and deckle. Once i had squeezed enough water out, the paper has to be left to dry. From researching online, this could take up to a few days to dry.

The paper is looking an overall grey colour as i had mixed lots of different coloured paper. I would like to pick specific colours to blend to create an overall colour taken from the tree forecast for earthed and inspired by my satellite imagery. I am happy with the speckled look that it has as i feel it is a camouflaged pattern like the patterns seen in earth.

I don’t have much time to complete my 10 samples for this project, and this is very time consuming. I wanted to use this as a test piece and wait until it had dried before i continued to experiment further, however, I’m going to have to make some more now to save some time.


Biodegradable textiles project

Here are some examples of some pieces that i have made for my Level 5 Field retrieval project; Biodegradable textiles for lingerie.

These have been inspired by ‘natures veins’ such as rock and sediment layers in earth, camouflaged patterns and ariel views. I have recycled paper magazines and manipulated them to create patterns by tearing, cutting, layering and weaving them. My next aim is to make my own sheets of paper. I would like to turn the recycled magazine paper into something thats completely unrecognisable as they once were. By putting the paper into a blender and making a pulp, the prints of the magazine will not be seen anymore, hopefully producing speckled patterns like what can be seen within natures grains.

Consultancy; Initial Idea’s

After trend researching and visiting the IG Design Group warehouse, i already have some idea on what direction i would like to go in to, should i be accepted into Level 6.

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I am inspired by the WGSN trend forecast ‘Creative Manifesto’ for S/S ’19. This trend is influenced by self expression and creativity and includes bold, primary colours with a graphic style. I kept this trend in mind while walking around the IG Design Group warhorse and i felt as though it would be applicable to the birthday event section of their everyday market. The primary colours would make my collection suitable for both male and female, while the graphic, expressionist style would be suitable for both adult and children.

I would like to design for IG Design group’s Giftmaker Collection where i will be producing a co-ordinatin range of paper based greetings products to include a gift wrap roll and sheet, gift bag, gift tag, ribbon, gift bow and a greeting card. I have chosen Option 1 as i feel as though my theme will enable me to have lots of fun when designing and coordinating my designs and because i don’t feel confident in option 2, which includes producing a range of 8 gift cards.

During this module i would like to focus on being a printer and a stitcher. When thinking about combining the brief with my chosen theme i have decided i would like to make the most out of all workshops and already have ideas on creating designs that involve screen printing, hand embroidery, and appliqué. I would like to experiment with making paper out of recycled materials such as egg boxes and old magazines as well as incorporating confetti that i will make myself to create a speckled and fun birthday print. I would also like to experiment with other arts and crafts such as using yarn to create pompoms and fringing that could be used for an alternative to ribbon.

I am inspired by the likes of Liz Payne, an Australian based artist who explores the combination of ‘art’ and ‘craft’. She combines paint and thread to create a variety of artworks that are bold and colourful and creates textured expressionist prints.


IG Design Group trip

While i catch up with Level 5 modules, it is important that I keep up to date with Level 6 modules in hope that i can rejoin the course as soon as possible!  I arranged a trip to IG Design Group where they presented to us a live brief that we will be following during the new term. Should I be accepted onto Level 6, the company will be meeting with us for formative feedback throughout the project and rewards once we have completed the project.

To start, the Head of Creative, Sarah Barker, gave us an overview of the company.  IG Design group are a design group who design, manufacture, source and distribute products under the categories of celebration, stationary and creative play. I was surprised to learn just how big the company is, with operations in Europe, Aisa, America and Australia. Some of their customers include Tesco, Poundland and Ikea. As a company, IG Design group feel as though it is important to consider sustainability and the environment and make effort to educe waste and recycle materials.

We then had a tour of the studios, offices, and showrooms where we saw the design process in motion. It was great to see everything begin from the trend research and initial designs being drawn to the studios where prototypes of final designs were being made and then to the graphic design department where the products would be photographed for magazines and finally the showrooms.

I feel as though this is a great opportunity that i do not want to miss and I hope that I can progress onto level 6 so that I can work on this project as soon as possible.

Digital Repeat

I haven’t used illustrator before so this is a big challenge for me. After attempting to teach myself the basics via youtube tutorials, I have selected some shapes from a previous croquis design psd and brought them into Illustrator.

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The tile outlined in blue shows my original pattern swatch. I have created a swatch by dragging the objects into the swatches tab. ‘Object’ drop down menu > pattern > make.
Here in the pattern options i can change the repeat type. This one is a ‘Brick by Row’ repeat.

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This is a Hexagon by Column repeat. The top left square is my pattern swatch. Although you can see the hexagon shapes, its not clear where my original square begins and ends. Helen always says that the repeats that you can’t see the original outlines are the best ones! Although this did take me a couple of hours..

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This last one is a basic brick repeat. I have also learned how to add in a background colour and have played around with the width, height and spacing of my repeating pattern.


As my designs are abstract, once repeated they don’t look so much like the satellite imagery as i intended. I hope that the inspiration of satellite imagery for these pieces are still visible.