To create my digital print samples I used a vector image of a finger print and then put it into Photoshop. I then changed the colour into the four neutral base colours that were part of my colour scheme, the scale and orientation. The inspiration for these prints were very quick and spontaneous, this quick turnaround helped as I was able to choose a range of fabrics for the designs to be printed onto to produce different outcomes.
Throughout this project I chose to experiment with a range of materials and techniques that could be used to change the surface texture to form different types of 3D prints.
- Calico and wool (couching),
- Aida cross stitch fabric with leather cord (couching), twine (couching) and wool (cross stitching),
- Hessian with wool (tufting),
- Binca cross stitch fabric with chunky yarn (cross stitching),
- Calico and puff binding (using a paintbrush, fingers, hands and feet to create prints) and
- Digital print worked into using the techniques experimented with.
During the summer project we was told that each collection, no matter how big or small, has a range of different weight fabrics. Even though our collections have a maximum of 8 outfits we needed to find approximately 30 fabrics that cover light-weight, medium-weight and heavy-weight fabrics. I found that if I aimed to find at least 10 of each I always found more than enough to create a collection.
I came up with the concept for Neutral Covering as I was intrigued by various skin conditions, mainly albinism and vitiligo, I have come across over time. The initial intention of this collection was to create garments that were symmetrical in shape and style whilst incorporating print, pattern or texture. I wanted to use white on white textile elements to create surface layers for most if not all garments.