Photography obtained from a research trip to the Isle of Staffa for the project’s primary inspiration.
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Ink and stick hand-drawn observations of the basalt columns. Focusing on the textures, layering and direction of line.
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Initial sampling inspired by ink compositions. High contrast designs directly influenced by the vertical layering of the columns, alongside the hexagonal tops.
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Exploring a range of woven technical structures to achieve a padded, 3D finish ideal for upholstery.
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Sketchbook pages exploring colour interaction inspired by Josef Albers.
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Technical samples woven using a range of techniques including Digital Jacquard.
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Naturally Pleated Fabrics
Competition entry showcasing naturally pleating samples inspired by the basalt columns. Both the basalt and the fabrics formed into 3D structures through their interaction with water.
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Brushed Mohair Fabrics
Competition entry focusing on the soft mid-weight drape of the brushed mohair samples.
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Virtual Visualisation Flipbook
Created with the intention of visualising samples produced throughout the year, as full-size fabrics in their intended contexts. Link in bio.
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Producing final commercial products for the three bedrooms at Bed and Breakfast View At 142, Mumbles, Swansea.
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Isabelle’s final year project focuses on exploring the technical aspects of woven structure. With a key design strength of versatility, she has achieved a variety of textures, patterns and weights of cloth – from heavy padded upholstery fabrics with stitched elements, to mid-weight draperies with soft brushed mohair surfaces. Using a range of looms from Digital Jacquard, George Wood Dobby to Electronic Swiss Arms, her process stems heavily from research – active field research including both photography of the subject matter and contextual.
The exhibited work takes primary photographic inspiration from a research trip to Scotland’s Isle of Staffa and its Basalt columns, off the coast of the Isle of Mull. Comprised of the same geological formation as the likes of the Giant’s Causeway, the imagery captures key formal elements of linearity, abstraction, structure and texture. Each of which are drawn upon in the design development stages by exploring different angles of the original imagery.
As a decisive, organised and proactive individual who can be both creative and business minded, each design is considered and intended to be commercially viable. The project is summarised in a virtual visualisation flipbook, and as a photographic collaboration with a B&B.