“The subject of this project is exotic birds and reptiles in their natural context amongst tropical flowers, plants and foliage. The inspiration and interpretation behind the imagery is derived from nature, museums, botanical gardens and wildlife parks.
The objective was to translate the natural beauty of wildlife and nature into interior designs for wallpapers and fabrics. The target market is boutique hotels. I focused on specialist screen and digital printing, using a range of hand print techniques; pigment, procion discharge, foil and flock. These techniques were used to work back into the digital fabric prints, alongside the screen printed fabrics.
Drawing was vital to the design process, using first hand research and photography. Traditional drawing techniques and designing with Photoshop CS6. Which enabled me to put my drawings into repeats for digital prints and wallpaper designs. They were styled with the intention of complimenting both contemporary and traditional interiors.
Using a range of lightweight interior fabrics, including silk, cotton, muslin, voile, and georgette, I visualised a number of potential applications including cushion covers, duvet covers and drapes . Alternatively, heavy fabrics would be more suited to hard wearing interiors such as upholstery furniture, curtains and bedding – utilising a range of thickness for linen, cotton, velvet and wool.”