Gauri Malhotra is a textile designer based in Delhi, India. She sent us a gorgeous lookbook showing her design process from moodboard to finished textile, and we are excited to share one of these projects and the creative process behind creating these fabrics. It goes to show how much thought and creativity can be behind a single piece of fabric…something to think about as designers–how we can infuse greater meaning into our work!
“These images are from my process for a personal project that I did called ‘Black Rabbit’. This project was inspired by 19th century vintage cinema and textures derived by the quality of film grain. This was mainly an experimental project where I worked with a lot of techniques like screenprint, burnout, weaving, jacquard knitting and embroidery.
The aim of this project was to draw inspiration from the early silent films and capture their fantastical as well as surreal quality. I would like to juxtapose the vintage and the modern aesthetics through experimentation.
My initial inspiration came from the 1903 silent film, Alice in Wonderland as well as the works of Nicoline Liv Andersen.”
Process ProcessFinished fabrics
If you would like to get in touch with Gauri she can be reached at email@example.com. Have a wonderful weekend! -Chelsea
Our first Pattern Observer photo challenge was a hit! We were blown away by the inspiring photos that so many of you posted and it was wonderful to see your textural environments. We have posted a few of our favorites above, but if you want to check out the entire challenge just search for #PatternObserver_Texture on Instagram. Our next challenge is holiday themed and starts December 8th- please mark your calendars!
I want to thank designer Chris Olson for all of her help putting this challenge together! This is truly a wonderful community!!
I had such a hard time choosing images for this post because Sara Plantefève-Castryck’s work is just so cool…there were too many good ones to pick from!! You can browse through more of her innovative artwork on her website
or her tumblr page
. I bet you’ll be more than a little inspired to try out some mixed media prints after checking out her interesting combinations of techniques!
Sara writes, “I’m an Antwerp based textile designer with a background in graphic design. As a young designer I’m still every day searching and exploring in my little studio. I have a strong focus on (often hand painted) print design. I go from one extreme, graphic black & white, to the other, crazy bold color design. Every design I make comes from my hand; I draw, I paint, I use puzzles to make collages, I cut and paste, all of these designs I will digitalize and edit in Photoshop into a final collage. But just as often I take my paint brush and a piece of textile and directly paint my print on the empty canvas. I love the feel of handcraft and little imperfections a hand painted piece can show, it also gives me a much more personal bond with the work I create.
But what to do with these textiles? I’m not the designer who will make a finished piece into a scarf, a hand towel or some curtains. I love playing around with my textiles, using them in my experiments and research of how patterns and colors work in space. I’ve been making installations where I play with these elements and how they interact on the human mind. Researching this I play with the dimensionality of fabrics and prints: going from 3D to 2D and back. All in a very playful, some may even say naive way. Sometimes I work small, with corner installations, focusing on graphic details and feeling but with some projects I went all the way and build whole rooms filled with patterns and textiles where people could walk in, experience and be overwhelmed by their surroundings.”
My last installation: Room With a Lined View (2014)
P&B Textiles partners with some amazing guest designers to bring their quilting fabric collections to life, and always puts out an array of beautiful styles ranging from traditional to contemporary to suit every quilting customer. Below we would like to share a few of our favorites of their latest collections, created by three different designers: Maria Montiel (one of our talented Sellable Sketch grads!), Yvette Marie Jones, and Nancy Heffron. You can read more about these designers on P&B’s Designers page.
FANTASY GARDEN by Maria V. Montiel, Cayena Blanca
“This collection retains its unique style, inspired by the designer’s native Venezuela, specifically time spent in her father’s orchid garden. This is a Fantasy Garden filled with her childhood memories where many adventures were had. The collection features vibrant colors of the Caribbean with orange, green, blue, peach, pink, yellow and black.” View the full collection here.
FONTAINE by Yvette Marie Jones, Vetmari
“Fontaine is the debut fabric collection by Yvette Marie Jones, owner of Vetmari design studio. The word Fontaine means fountain in French and this collection is an abstract interpretation of fountains and water with an art deco influence. These sophisticated designs include beautiful colors of pink, purple, grey and sage green.” View the full collection here.
“Birds and spools of torn paper was the inspiration behind this playful grouping of designs by P&B Textiles’ guest artist Nancy Heffron. This collection features delightful birds delicately sitting perched on their branches with a black or white background, textured dots and hand painted stripes. Some of these feathered friends are solid colors of peach, black, powder blue and mauve, while others display small colorful designs on their bodies and tails.” View the full collection here.
While these three collections are very different, each one is cohesive, skillfully curated, and showcases the strengths and unique style of the designer. Maria’s “Fantasy Garden” collection is a beautiful contemporary take on florals and shows her mastery with a paintbrush, Yvette’s “Fontaine” collection is a fresh take on geos (which can be a challenging category to make look new and exciting, but she’s certainly done it!), and Nancy’s “Interplay” collection has a lovely hand-crafted feel that brings a quirkiness and energy to the prints.
If you are interested in learning more about the collection development process and finding or re-discovering your own design style, join us for our Sellable Sketch e-course in The Textile Design Lab. -Chelsea