Printmaker – Painter – Designer
I came across Angie Lewin whilst researching online. What first struck me to her designs was the flower forms. I love how different shapes can make up what we percieve to be a flower but is very different to the stereo typical drawing of a flower. This has similarities to some of Lucienne Day’s work for example dandelion clocks, and also a more contemporary artist i have been looking at called rebecca Stoner.
Whilst looking further into Angie Lewin i found some screen prints she had done using only two colours. I thought these tied in quite nicely as the big screen print we are currently doing will only be 2 colours also. The cushions she had designed gave me an idea of what our prints might look like with just the 2 colours.
Along with 2 other female designers, Lucienne Day became one of the pioneers of contemporary design in the 1950’s. Her distinctive linear motifs and abstract patterns based on plant forms as well as the bold blocks of colour were loved by many. The optimistic message behind her designs was the reason for her success. Calyx was exhibited at the Festival Of Britain and was the first design that brought her fame.
This is one of the most well known Lucienne Day Designs however there is a few things that I don’t particularly like about it. I really like the shapes but he pattern is too busy for me. The pattern design was repeated in a variety of colours but as they signified the war they were all too dark and dull.
I prefer her designs with either just one solid background colour and the designs in black like ‘dandelion clocks’.
My other favorites are the designs with just 2 or 3 colours but that compliment each other.
Rebecca Stoner is one of my favourite surface pattern designer. Based in York, she creates pattern for wallpapers, fabrics, staitionary and more.
I really liked how delicate her designs looked. The colours she uses are generally pastel colours which emphasise the delicacy of her patterns. I also like the way her designs look quite cartoony. By this i mean a lot of her stars and flowers have curved soft edges rather than the typical straight edge. She starts her designs by hand drawing, usually in fineliner. This is something which i typically do also.
Rebecca’s starting point for a new project is also to research themes and trends which she then uses to create mood boards. She begins drawing in her sketch book which she then scans in to work into further on Photoshop or illustrator.
Her inspirations tends to come from things she has seen when out and about walking. In an interview for terrys fabric she talked about how she enjoys being around other creative people as it helps her feed off their creativity and energy.
Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern designer who graduated from Leeds College of Art in 2013.
- Her designs are inspired by colour and contrast
- She starts her design projects by visiting museums and archives.
- She describes herself as having a natural curiosity which help her to collate inspirational objects to work from. An example of this is the flowers she collects which are then dried out and pressed.
- In her recent work she has worked with digital manipulation of natural history and botanic
- I am interested mainly in her colour palette. She uses combinations of blues, greens, pinks and purples which are quite unsettling in some ways. The clashing colours and layering of images are almost holographic giving the illusion the designs are floating.
Hannah Rampley is a Designer and Illustrator currently based in Edinburgh.
- Her work is inspired by nature, fruits, vegetables and natural forms. She also uses bright and unexpected colours which together form the definition of her unique style.
- All of her designs are hand screen printed.
- She frequently uses Mood boards for inspiration, colours, shapes, ideas and much more – This is something I think would really benefit me and may help spark new ideas.