3rd Year Blog Address

My new blog address for 3rd year is: freyasnowtextiles1.wordpress.com

My Experience of Field

Field enabled me to try out lots of new things which broadened my creativity. I did the Home Truths project where I learnt loads about ceramics and surface decoration techniques. My application of designing surface pattern for a physical product rather than samples helped me in my Subject work when designing patterns for clothing.

The Morocco trip was an incredible experience and widened my creative horizon. I experienced so many new colours, patterns and products. I have loads of photos from the trip which I can use as inspiration. The main thing I took away from the Morocco trip was improving greatly on my sketchbook and drawing skills which I have enjoyed applying in my Subject work.

Self Reflective Statement


I am pleased with the changes I have made to my project based on my formative feedback. The biggest change I wanted to make was to edit some of my designs as I wasn’t completely happy with them. I kept 3 of my previous designs and in the end created and developed 9 new designs for my collection. I feel as though the collection has  much more of a cohesive aesthetic now and has a particular style that works together. As I have chosen to use collage style in all of my designs it ties the collection together nicely. There are 3 designs that on reflection I feel may need some extra refining to become more fitting with the rest of the collection. These designs are the Bird Stripe Print, the peach Tool Print and the Bumblebee & Bluebells print. I think the Bird Stripe Print would look much better if printed onto fabric and perhaps with a background rather than so much white space. I think the tool print and bee print may be slightly too small in scale and perhaps making them slightly larger and less spaced out would make them fit in with my other designs more successfully.

Another issue with my previous collection is that the colour palette wasn’t clear and I wasn’t really sticking to it in my designs. I have altered my colour palette so it includes a combination of bright and dark colours and when creating my designs ensured all of the colours I used matched with my colour chips. This has made the collection more professional and created more of a flow between the designs. The alteration to my colour palette made it much easier for me when choosing coloured backgrounds for some designs as that was something I struggled with for the previous deadline. I previously leant towards using white backgrounds but I wanted the collection to have variation and be colourful which I think I have succeeded with by getting rid of the grey scribbled backgrounds and adding coloured backgrounds instead.

Another point in my formative feedback was that my sketchbook wasn’t filled with lots of ideas and drawings, so for summative I have tried to do a lot more sketchbook work. I bought a small square sketchbook which I filled with collages and line drawings. I found that doing lots more sketchbook work really helped inspire me and enabled me to generate more designs for my collection. I chose to stick to mainly collage in the sketchbook as I enjoyed it most and felt that it worked best for the style of the collection. 

My previous CAD visuals were very simple T-shirts and my feedback suggested trying a CAD visual of a child in clothing. I learnt the skills to do this through Youtube and I’m really pleased with the result. Considering its a fairly new skill to me I think its fairly realistic and really brings the pattern to life once its visible on some clothing. The  most important parts of a successful CAD visual is using the Liquify tool to morph the pattern so it doesn’t look flat and to add shadows and highlights for depth. 

I had a few variations of my digital patterns sent off to Contrado as I wasn’t sure which colour backgrounds I liked best and thought it would be easier to tell once printed onto fabric. I chose 160gsm Jersey stretch and Pima Lawn 100% Cotton for my fabrics. I loved how the Jersey printed, the colours were bright and clear and the fabric was lovely and soft which is perfect for kids clothing. I wasn’t as keen on the Pima Lawn cotton as it was slightly stiff and very creasy which isn’t as ideal for kids clothing. The description on Contrado stated it is a lightweight fabric great for summer dresses, which I thought would be perfect as my collection was for Spring/Summer 2019. For future projects I will order a sample book of all of their fabrics so I can see what is most suitable in advance of ordering, as it is hard to tell the feel of a fabric through looking on the website! If I had more time and money after the first order I might have sent the other designs to be printed onto Jersey too as I loved it so much. 

Prior to putting up the work I laid out lots of different arrangements and combinations of designs to see what would look best for the exhibition. The photo below shows my best 6 designs up for the exhibition, I think I have selected a nice variety of designs which portrays the ‘Garden & Grow’ theme well. The designs show a variety of motifs, colours and fabric types. I am really pleased with my new mounts as they look very professional and all look the same, and all the designs are the same size. I am very happy with the new collection, I think it is much more successful than my previous work due to the changes I have made.

Final Garden & Grow Collection


Personal Critique of Textile Degree Shows

Name of Degree Show student: Rosie Edwards

Concept of ‘Mayan Refresh’ is portrayed clearly through use of colour, style of work and motifs used in the designs. The collection is clear and works well together.


The use of hand printed and hand embroidered designs with digital elements creates a traditional but contemporary feel which complements the theme of the collection well.


I love that the designs are hand printed. The motifs are lovely and the colour palette is clear and strong. The display is professional and the look book is filled with beautiful work. The mixture of traditional techniques with digital is inspiring to me.


The display is eye catching and professional. The collection is very strong and the hand printed element is great. The coloured wall works well with the colour palette and complements the collection without being distracting.


Name of Degree Show student: Holly Parkhouse

Love the sea theme and the style of the work. Motifs clearly link to theme and have been chosen appropriately for the designs.


Combination of lino and digital manipulation is successful. The textures from the prints keeps the handmade element.


The professional display and the style of the collection. I love the designs, the imagery is beautiful and detailed and creates a variety of successful patterns.


Beautiful display. Lovely examples of products that the designs could go on, the wallpaper looks amazing and I like the inclusion of ceramics. Very professional and visually exciting.



Very inspiring and exciting to look around. Love looking at the variety of themes/motifs/colours and how different students have chosen to display their work.

  1. How to present designs professionally: Headers, logo, labels, display etc.
  2. Combination of techniques – e.g. screen print and digital together works best in my opinion.
  3. Displaying designs on products is more visually successful than just samples.

Foiling Watering Cans

I created another heat press design in the print room this week as I wanted to try out foiling again. I thought the foiling might work better in a watering can design as it is more relevant than when I did foiled bird feet. (shown in a previous post)

I prepared the collage and water droplet stencil in advance so once I was in uni I could get straight to work. First I printed the heat transfer collage of the watering cans onto polyester suede. I have chosen this fabric as it is soft and the inks print really well onto it. The print came out successfully and I am happy with the colours as they aren’t too bright.

Next I used my water droplet stencil and taped it onto a plain screen. I then ensured everything was lined up and printed the foiling glue through the screen. The stencil worked well and everything was lined up as I wanted.


Once the glue had dried I put silver foil on top of the glue and placed it in the heat press. I think this design has worked much better than my previous foiling attempt on the bird design. The texture in the watering cans tie the design in with the rest of my collection and the foiling adds extra interest. This design would work well on a raincoat or as a fun t-shirt.

L6 Buddy Experience

I found the buddy experience really helpful and interesting as it gave me an insight of what to expect for 3rd year. I got along well with Yasmin and asked lots of questions about her experience of 3rd year and how she prepared for the final show. It was interesting to see the different ways students chose to display their work in the exhibition. Everything looked very professional and it was important for me to see how much work goes into the final show as it has motivated me for next year. I found the two weeks tiring especially the start when I was filling, sanding and painting the wall. It has shown me the hard work that goes into creating a successful and professional exhibition space. I think that the exhibition spaces with products in are most successful and I am most drawn to the interior spaces with chairs, wallpaper and lamps. It was great to see the process of the empty studio becoming filled with a huge variety of amazing textiles work! I also found the process useful to take ideas of how to mount and display work professionally for my current project based on what the 3rd year students had done.

Carrot Design

I have collaged some carrots in my sketchbook to make a carrot pattern. I used a combination of ink papers and acrylic papers for the carrots. I aimed for the paint strokes to run horizontally across the carrots to create a more realistic effect. I decided to do a variety of colours as I thought this would be more visually exciting than just orange.

most recent collages 1

Once I had scanned the collages in I started to edit them in Photoshop. First I used the eraser tool to neaten up all the edges and then I used the Hue/Saturation and Colour Balance tools to adjust the colours to match my colour palette.

Cut out carrots – right hand side shows edited colours

I then copied the carrots into Illustrator and had a play around with different pattern compositions using Object > Pattern > Make.

Screen Shot 2018-05-22 at 21.44.18

I tried a small busy pattern, a stripe design and also played around with different scales and background colours which can be seen below.

I preferred the larger version of the busy pattern as I think the textures in the carrots can be appreciated more. I thought that the smaller stripe design was more successful as the continuation of the repeat is more clear. I chose to have these two designs in the colours shown below to be sent off to be printed onto fabric. This gives me more options of what will be part of the final collection, as I can see which colours work best once printed onto fabric.