We had another bang-up round of Chelsea’s Challenge in the Textile Design Lab, with some truly stunning pattern collections created around WGSN’s “Tropical Iridescence” trend. I can’t tell you how inspiring it is to watch these collections come together each month, from the earliest stages of brainstorming and “backbeat” development (creating a mood board with influences of the trend, your own artistic style, and a target customer) to the final product of a professional, sellable pattern collection. Throughout this process our members receive feedback on their work from their peers and TDL instructors via our private forum, and I think the results speak for themselves! Below you will find just a sampling of some of the stand-out work that was created over this month-long challenge. Enjoy!
I thought of jungle that teems with life, growth, rain, fireflies and the sounds of insects.
I used gouache and Photoshop to interpret my experience of dream and the subtle order of nature.”
“I love everything tropical and floral. Actually tropical could be my middle name ;-). I spent my last three summers in Sri Lanka and Thailand and there are only few things in the world I could find more enchanting then the feeling of a tropical night. So I was very happy to bring this magical feel to my collection. I used pen and watercolour sketches that I further developed into patterns in Photoshop and Illustrator.”
my website: http://cathringressieker.com
I started my collection with scanned drawings and a few water colored backgrounds I painted for some of the motifs. I used Inkscape and Photoshop programs to create the effects and textures in my patterns.
I wanted the collection to have a nocturnal feel, but I didn’t want it too dark, so I added some brightness to it to bring balance.”
You can also check out more student responses to this challenge and others on our Chelsea’s Challenge Pinterest board.