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Stephanie Sarley. Erotic Genius.

So for my current project I am focusing on eroticism. I have been searing for some erotic artists and Staphanie Sarley I among one of my favorites! Before I started researching I had an image in my head of the work I wanted to produce and Sarleys work I believe will help me turn my thoughts and ideas into designs for my final collection.

Here are some of favorites;

If it’s good for kids it’s good for me!

I’ve been looking for different ways to hand print, but wanting to stray away from original methods… I’ve just found a quick and easy way using foam plates and a pasta maker! I’ll be looking into other ways to print using a pasta maker, as I have one at home! check this out it’s really simple (I mean it IS for 3-5 year olds…) and im thinking I can create quite intricate designs! If any of you give this a go, please let a girl know how it went!

Relief Printing

Something i really want to get into this term is relief printing. I have looked into many different techniques from classic such as lino prining to more diy prints at home. I have recently bought a lino print starter kit, which im looking forward to playing with! I have also looked into another way of printing and its using a hot glue gun, tracing over your design with the hot glue, rolling ink over it and printing as you would lino. Im also thinking potato prints, and old gem!

I found a fab website which allows you to download these techniques in an easy to follow pdf, give it a look 🙂

Cloth Paper Scissors

Psychedelic thoughts

when trying to decide what theme to go for i went through various different stages and ideas, I knew I wanted a fun, bright colour palette, oranges, pinks, purples, dark blues, so I wanted to choose something that fit the palette. The palette I choose from WGSN is forecast for S/S 17 and is called Encounter Culture, I am going to remove and add a few colours to create my own original palette. My initial idea was to some sort of fashion sub genre, I looked at alternative fashion and was interested in the shapes and colours of the clothing, getting ideas to lino print some crazy shaped clothes.

I then went to other cultures and fashion styles, looking particularly at Harajuku, I really liked the use of colour, but decided they were more pastel than I’d like to use.

After researching more i then looked into eras instead, browsing over the 90s, but I do tend to get inspiration straight from the 90s so tried to look for something a bit different. I browsed the 80s and was tempted, but then I stumbles upon some pictures from Woodstock 1969…. wow! I knew i was onto something, even though the pictures were mainly black and white, I loves the shapes, prints and patterns of the clothes, even the vans!


I am absolutely blown away with the late 60s early 70s flower power scene, but really wanted to get more colour in there, so I then started to research psychedelic 70s….

After this what im left with is a floral, psychedelic, 60/70s theme, name TBC

Self reflective statement on current brief

Self-Reflective statement

Now I’ve completed my collection of 12 designs, hypothetically designed for Sassy World, I can reflect on my work and research and how I think I have done. I was really excited for this brief as it got to really touch on my person style, which made the research and design work really exciting. I chose to design for fashion textiles as that’s the market I would put myself in, if given the choice, even though I’m confident that my collection would work well as part of an interior design or stationary collection, my theme has been very versatile.

I feel work has gone quite smoothly, keeping up with research and design work. Most of my research came from online, vintage designers such as MOs chino and Versace, but a lot of my design work came from retro clothing, that I’ve seen in films, shops and online. I took a lot of inspiration from designer Camille Walala, her work is geometric, colourful and versatile. She mainly works with interiors but has done collaborations with Caterpillar shoes, which made not just her designs appealing to me, but aspirations too!

Something that I’m not too pleased about in my collection is the lack of fabric samples, I usually like to work manually, producing designs by hand in the print or stitch room. Although I have 3 designs done in print, using silk, heat transfer and batik, the rest have been done digitally. Now this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I see it as broadening my skills as I’ve done very minimal digital design work up to now. The 3 I produced in the print room are among my favourites in my collection, the colours explode and the print on them are abstract and fluid. Unfortunately I didn’t use stitch for this particular project, if given more though I maybe would have incorporated stitch into my collection more, but my ideas just happened to work better with print and digital.

When choosing my colour palette I went for simple, bright colours to be contrasted with black, and when choosing an on trend colour palette I found something perfect on WGSN, predicted for S/S 2016 called Visceral, it consists of 14 colours, including bright and dark. My palette worked really well with my designs, which for most I drew by hand, scanned in and painted on Photoshop (which I did not find easy!) If my Photoshop skills were more advanced I would have tried creating my design digitally as well as colouring it, but as I mentioned earlier I do like to work by hand, so using a mixture of hand and digital was a good mix for me.

I really enjoyed learning how to put hand drawn crouqis into repeat, although I was baffled at first, when I put it into practice was worked very well, in fact one of my final designs were created using this method, then put into alternate colourway. Another thing that I found particularly challenging at first was Photoshop, I struggle in general with the programme, but we had to use up to 3 of our designs for CAD visuals. This was daunting along with the idea of actually creating designs using Photoshop, but it went surprisingly well! I wouldn’t put it on my CV yet, but I am happy with the outcome, I know there are a million other things I could do to the image to make the CAD perfect but as a first attempt I am happy and will continue to learn more and further my budding Photoshop skills!

To work on from this point with my collection, I would like to experiment more with print techniques to produce more fabric samples, and continue to create hand drawn design and colour them digitally using my palette and of course to forever update my research. All in all I have thoroughly enjoyed my brief and am happy with my collection.

Repeating designs – How To!!

   This is the hand out I was given to create a repeat design! it was really helpful and the outcome was awesome!

Repeating Structures Workshop

  • Method A: working in repeat from the beginning
  • Method B: working in repeat from a croquis design
  • Exercise: Using Motifs in Different Repeating Formats
  • Repeat Sizes and Measurements




Materials required:

  • 1 sheet graph paper, A1 size or 2xA2 size
  • Several sheets tracing paper, A3 size
  • 2B pencils
  • eraser
  • long ruler
  • set squareFULL DROP REPEAT:
  1. Tape graph paper down onto table. Place a sheet of tracing over. Rule up a 18 cm square. Mark the Top.
  2. Fill in the left side and most of the top edge of the design, using images from your resource material (drawn or photocopied). Do not worry if some shapes extend over the lines or the crosses of the drawn square.
  3. Make two tracings of what you have done; include the crosses, images and ‘Top’ on each. Line up the crosses with the original, placing one to the right and one directly below. Tape down. Check that everything is aligned to graph paper. Now you can see how well the images repeat so far.
  4. Fill in between with similar images to create an even flow.
  5. Trace what you have just added onto the other two tracings and stick them back in place. Check the overall flow of the images across all the units and adjust as necessary, remember to alter on all copies. Unexpected lines and gaps must be dealt with now.
  6. Finally trace out the design onto cartridge paper, showing at least four units of design. You are now ready to paint up.From ‘Design & Practice for Printed Textiles’ A McNamara & P Snelling.             RptsMthdA
  7. HW Staff 03.15

Materials required:

  • 1 sheet graph paper, A1 size or 2xA2 size
  • Several sheets tracing paper, A3 size
  • 2B pencils, eraser, long ruler, set square FULL DROP REPEAT:
  1. Measure the croquis to work out the repeat size, i.e. measure from a point on one motif to where that point would reappear on the same horizontal line and vertical line, e.g. 30cm.
  2. Draw the crosses to the repeat size on three pieces of tracing paper and place one over the croquis, lining it up to be as square as you can with the design. Mark the Top. Trace the whole croquis, but make sure you do not include motifs that recur. You might have used the same image over again within the unit of repeat – include these, but leave out the motifs you have added to the croquis to indicate repeat.
  3. Trace two more copies onto the other two sheets.
  4. Join up the three copies, matching the crosses and keeping everything aligned on graph paper. You will be able to see where motifs crash into each other, or where gaps have been left. Make adjustments, remembering to alter all copies.
  5. When satisfied that all elements flow and balance, trace out the whole design over four units. You are now ready to paint up. From ‘Design & Practice for Printed Textiles’    By A McNamara & P Snelling.                       RptsMthdB 
  7. HW Staff 03.15

Explore the possibilities of using motifs in a variety of formats.

Using one of your own motifs, which must remain recognisably the same throughout the series, show the use of:

  • Three different repeat systems: to include a ‘full drop’ and a ‘half drop’ format, plus one other.
  • Positive and negative space
  • A change of scale

1          Choose one motif from your resource material; it should be fairly simple with a direction. Avoid essentially circular, square or rectangular shapes. You can adapt your motif by bending, elongating or shrinking if you wish as long as it remains recognisable.

2          Look at the various repeat layout formats posted in the studio. Choose three different ones that you can use with your motif to generate a series of one colour designs.

3          Work in an 18cm X 18cm format over graph paper so you keep everything square, and trace the connecting edges.

Do not force your motif into a repeat system that it does not suit. Successful textile designs are produced by getting the right combination of motif and repeat system.

4          As well as creating three different repeat formats, one of these designs should show the use of positive and negative shapes for generating pattern.

5          Another design should show the use of a change of scale.

Aim for maximum variation within the set of three. Draw all three designs out neatly as simple outlines. Present the three designs as a series, considering also if they work well as coordinates.                                          HW Staff 03.15      RptExs



Furnishing fabrics:

                                    METRIC                                                                                    IMPERIAL

Width of cloth:            120cm; 137cm                                                            48”; 54”

Side repeat:                 complete width or exact subdivision

Vertical repeat:           Roller – 40.6cm; 45.7cm; 61.0cm                  16”; 18”; 24”

Larger sizes are possible with some manufacturers:            

64cm; 76cm                                                    251/4”; 30”

Wall coverings:

Width of paper:           52cm                                                               201/2

Side repeat:                 complete width or exact subdivision

Vertical repeat:           Roller – 38cm; 45cm; 53cm; 60cm                15”; 18”; 21”; 24”

Continental Duvets:

  • Single:                         200cm x 135cm                                  78” x 54”
  • Double:                        200cm x 200cm                                  78” x 78”
  • King:                            200cm x 230cm                                  78” x 90”

Side to side repeat:     91.50cm; 64.16cm

Height of repeat:                    Any size up to 200cm


  • Single Bed:                  280cm x 180cm                                  108” x 70”
  • Double Bed                 280cm x 230cm                                  108” x 90”
  • King Size                      280cm x 300cm                                  108” x 117”


  • British                          75cm x 50cm                                      30” x 20”
  • Continental                 60cm x 60cm                                      24” x 24”


  • Face Cloth                   30cm x 30cm                                      12” x 12”
  • Guest                           70cm x 40cm                                      28” x 16”
  • Hand                            112cm x 56cm                                    44” x 22”
  • Bath                             138cm x 76cm                                    54” x 30”
  • Bath Sheet                   178cm x 100cm                                  70” x 40”


  • Square:                        90cm; 115cm; 130cm                         36”; 45”; 52”
  • Rectangular:               180cm x 130cm                                  70” x 52”

230cm x 140cm                                  90” x 54”

275cm x 160cm                                  108” x 64”

  • Circular:                      180cm                                                 72”

230cm                                                             90”

Allow for hem and edge


  • Square:                        40cm or 45cm                                     16” or 18”
  • Circular                       30cm                                                   12”
  • Oval                             40cm x 30cm                                      16” x 12”

Tea Towels:                        

Rectangular:                           80cm x 54cm                                      31” x 21”


  • Ladies Square:             30cm                                                   12”
  • Mens Square:              45cm                                                   18”


Width of cloth:                        90cm; 115cm                                      36”; 45”

Side repeat:                             Any suitable size for the scale and proportion of the                                                            design. The width of the cloth can be ignored.

Vertical repeat                        Roller is 40.5cm                                  16”

Screen is up 61cm                               24”

Transfer Print Roller is 51cm             20”


Square:                                    70cm; 80cm; 90cm;                            27”; 31”; 36”

Rectangular                            Various widths and lengths



Size:     Check at shops the size used by manufacturers you wish to sell to. Generally accepted: 7” x 5” plus up to 1” to bleed off. It is easier to design this size and then company can photographically reduce it.

Gift Wrap and Stationery:

Product:                       length x width                                                 length x width

69cm x 48cm                                                  27” x 19”

Standard repeat:         19cm x 19cm, but show more as this is very small



General note:

There are a series of preferred design sizes which can be used for both croquis and designs in repeat, and are the most versatile for a wide range of products:


Dress:                                    length x width-METRIC                                             length x width- IMPERIAL

15cm x 15cm                                      6” x 6”

30cm x 15cm                                      12” x 6”

32cm x 32cm                                      12” x 12”

45cm x 30cm                                      18” x 12”

45cm x 45cm                                      18” x 18”

Furnishing:              length x widthMETRIC                                length x width- IMPERIAL

32cm x 32cm                                      12” x 12”

64cm x 60cm                                      251/4” x 24”

64cm x 117cm                                    251/4” x 46”

64cm x 137cm                                    251/4” x 52”