Archives inspire contemporary textile designs

Second-year textile design students recently visited the Archives along with their tutor, Kate Farley, to see examples of designs based on combinations of a single motif drawn from memory by students attending the School of Art a hundred years ago. They were then shown a third motif and asked to create their own designs based on it - though Kate spared them the need to remember it and put it on Moodle instead! 

Here are some of the designs they came up with ...

Helen Johnston, Textile design based on archival motif, 2016.

Helen Johnston, Textile design based on archival motif, 2016.

Katy Coughlan & Pirintha Jeyarajah, Textile design based on archival motif, 2016

Katy Coughlan & Pirintha Jeyarajah, Textile design based on archival motif, 2016

Natalie McComb, Textile design based on archival motif, 2016

Natalie McComb, Textile design based on archival motif, 2016

Natalie made a brief statement about her work:

"With my patterns I intended to create detailed rhythm from a single motif that I could repeat. The symmetry of the motif appealed to me as it allowed me to experiment with grid patterning. I intend to further develop my work both digitally and on fabric using colour and different media.”

It's great to see the archives inspiring such creativity!