Starting a new project is the most fun part I think, long before any prints are constructed. Its an exciting and interesting process which is an almost magical experience. I never really "truly" know what my results are going to be or more to the point if I will like them! I try not to have pre-conceived ideas of what will develop and let the spirit of creativity take its course.
I think developing confidence is key to this and I have to admit that this is the element of creativity that has held me back for FAR too long now, but I absolutely don't let it get in the way now as I want to be able to enjoy my creativity rather than be daunted by it. This is just a snapshot of how I start. I actually don't think too much about the pattern construction at this stage. The most important element at this point is that the story of the collection feels interesting, relatable and my research is authentic and fun. This is something which I learned while completing my research for my MA in Fashion & Textiles at Heriot Watt University last year.
As well as the tale behind the collection the colour palette is of huge importance to me and can really alter the mood and tone of the work. This is just a quick snap shot of some tear sheets for my pinboard of my Vintage Arc Collection which I called "Two by Two" and initial little naive pencil sketches which I later vectorised and coloured up in illustrator.
|The final patterns collections can be viewed on my main surface pattern web site. http://www.adriennekerr.co.uk