As my capstone project for the Textile Design program at NC State University's Wilson College of Textiles, my work was featured in the 2019 Emerging Designer Showcase. I designed and executed a collection of textile designs and textile products for interior use,
These products are envisioned for a modern and playful boutique hotel or resort. Most of the textile designs were derived from this original watercolor artwork. The design style and colors were inspired by neon signs and the connectivity of our digital world.
First, I used Lectra Kaledo Print to reduce the number of colors in the original scanned artwork. Second, I used Adobe Photoshop to make the lines more uniform in color and their edges crisper. Then, I mirrored the cleaned image to create a repeatable tile and changed the background color.
I developed this textile design into three vibrant colorways. In order to showcase all three versions, this pattern was printed at 3 scales in each color. With some technical help from a family member, I was able to design and build a room divider, which I then upholstered. Textile design is a mathematical craft as well as an artistic endeavor. I wanted to pay homage to that by building a piece of furniture that inclines the viewer to think about symmetry and simplicity while showcasing a complicated work of art.
These prints, and 3 additional prints in the same 3 sizes, were also used in the creation of a round, 8 panel ottoman. Each individual textile design was sewn together, and each complex panel alternates with vibrant solid cotton velvet.
This collection also includes a handmade silk appliqued pillow, using hand cut silk shapes and double sided Fuse-N-Bond.