Had a little photo shoot today as I wanted to get some decent photographs of my products. I set up my own studio in my dad’s living room using a projector screen and a table with a drawing board on… doesn’t look too shabby even though I say so myself! I used natural light as I find this achieves the best outcome when photographing items as it doesn’t create shadows or distort colours like using a flash or artificial lighting (I knew my photography A-level would come in handy some day!) I’m really pleased with the photographs that I took and having decent pictures of my products brings me one step closer to setting up my online shop!

Today I have been having a bit of a printing marathon! I find screen printing can be a long and drawn out process because of all the waiting for fabric and screens to dry in between each print. So I booked a whole table in the print room and set up a little production line so that while one screen/fabric was drying I could be printing another piece of fabric with a different screen. I found this to be a very efficient way of working and had a very productive day. It would be nice to be able to print in this way every day but unfortunately I can’t always have this much space if it is busy, which it has been a lot recently.

I don’t usually print digitally but as the print room was closed over Easter I thought I would brush up on my photoshop skills and create some digital designs. I wanted to keep with the same style as my screen printed fabrics so I scanned in some of my drawings to use as the basis of my designs. I started by cleaning up any imperfections and jagged or pixelated edges (which took quite a while!) then experimented with different colour combinations. It was nice not being restricted on my colour palette like I normally am when I screen print as you can’t print certain colours over others. I researched colour palletes on WGSN for ideas. I used the pattern tool to add pattern within shapes to make the designs a bit more interesting which I think is really effective - this is something I would like to experiment with in my screen printing as well. Although I don’t like my digitally printed fabrics as much as I like the screen printed ones I am still pleased with the outcome and I think it is a useful skill to have. They just don’t have the same character as hand printed designs, which is what I love about screen printing!

I don’t usually print digitally but as the print room was closed over Easter I thought I would brush up on my photoshop skills and create some digital designs. I wanted to keep with the same style as my screen printed fabrics so I scanned in some of my drawings to use as the basis of my designs. I started by cleaning up any imperfections and jagged or pixelated edges (which took quite a while!) then experimented with different colour combinations. It was nice not being restricted on my colour palette like I normally am when I screen print as you can’t print certain colours over others. I researched colour palletes on WGSN for ideas. I used the pattern tool to add pattern within shapes to make the designs a bit more interesting which I think is really effective - this is something I would like to experiment with in my screen printing as well. Although I don’t like my digitally printed fabrics as much as I like the screen printed ones I am still pleased with the outcome and I think it is a useful skill to have. They just don’t have the same character as hand printed designs, which is what I love about screen printing!

My Ercol chair is finished! When I got it it had a horrible varnish on it so I got it professionally stripped and sprayed white as I thought this would suit my design best. I’m really pleased with the overall piece, which I’m hoping to sell in the shop at my degree show, if not it will be up for sale in my Etsy shop (which I am in the process of setting up).

My Ercol chair is finished! When I got it it had a horrible varnish on it so I got it professionally stripped and sprayed white as I thought this would suit my design best. I’m really pleased with the overall piece, which I’m hoping to sell in the shop at my degree show, if not it will be up for sale in my Etsy shop (which I am in the process of setting up).