Sampling

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Sampling is really what it’s all about. As a textile designer this is what I do. This is such an exciting stage in a project because you can finally take all of your research, inspiration, photography, drawing and material sourcing and turn it into something real. Sampling can also be one of the most challenging, time consuming and at times frustrating parts of a project but it is always worth it in the end and quite often the difficulty comes at the very initial stages, then you find your feet and your away, and then you really can’t stop.

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I’ve chosen to show you this piece, as it’s my favourite sample from a module I did called ‘Colour’. I just love the spontaneity of this piece, in aesthetic and in the process I had creating it. I really don’t plan any sampling that I do more than a quick sketch or a few scribbled notes on a random piece of paper. I never decide exactly what colours I’m going to use or in what combination, or what fabrics I’m going to use or even how the composition of a design will turn out; even if I have an Idea in my head it always turns out differently and (most of the time) better that how I imagined. I really enjoy the process of creating a sample freely. I love to have everything out in front of me; my sewing machine, a huge range of threads and yarns, a stack of fabrics and ribbon, my iron and a heap of bond-a-web at the ready, paints, pens, buttons, objects, sequins, papers and basically anything else I find beautiful or interesting, and then.. I just create. It’s difficult to put this into words for you as It really does happen differently every time and I have such a deep-rooted passion for creativity and a connection with my sampling, it becomes quite a personal process.

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When I’m sampling and I have all my equipment out in front of me, I don’t necessarily always use everything in one sample, sometimes it can just be one process such as hand stitching into a fabric. Other times it can be a combination of processes such as painting onto a base fabric, then adding shapes or blocks of colour by bonding down materials, then machine stitching stripes on top, for example. However in this piece, I really did use almost every process, which is why I thought it was a great example to explain how I sample. I’m definitely a ‘more is more’ kind of person.

I’m also proud of this piece as in this particular project, sampling was definitely more of a struggle. It really depends on the brief your working to and what your being inspired by but sometimes you just feel motivated to work in different ways. Although I specialise in embroidery, I love all areas of textiles and a lot of areas of art and design in fact, so in this project I just felt really inspired to draw and create prints. I don’t see this as a bad thing as I feel it showcases my versatility and certainly when I leave uni I would love to work in all areas rather than one specific area. I’m really glad I created some prints in the project as I feel they sit really nicely alongside textural pieces such as this one.

For more information on my Colour brief and all Portfolio Images from this module please visit my Portfolio section.

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