Digital Pattern

This is a process I always come back to, playing with pattern and repetition. I love to crop out an element of a photograph I have taken and explore the potential it may to create something new.  The question I am always asking myself how does it change the communication? Does this differ if it’s a cropped section of an image or when using the whole image as a pattern.

              Photo manipulation

Another way I explore this process is through digital drawing using broad range of brushes in photoshop. This is more visual play sometimes it works and sometimes not. Using symmetry tools within photoshops allows a pattern to form quickly or gives an instant starting point to an idea. Exploring the vast range of brushes adobe has to offer allows me freedom to work without overthinking it which can often hinder my process when working analogue.                                                                   



Exploring photography through pattern and repetition. Placing my photographs into a different context with the potential to take into print design, textiles and surface design. Repetition of a single image takes it into a life of its own. by simply flipping horizontally  and vertically to connect and repeat.



Crystal wagner

I am always looking for new inspiration regarding print. One of my most favorite processes to experiment with and always looking for artist inspiration to help inform my own ideas.  I am drawn to Wagner’s print with her use of layered colour and the element of transparency with her process creating such a visual interest for me the more this print is studied the more it is unraveling the experience and connection within this.

Geometric patterns

Wood carvings seamless geometric patterns: Interesting way  pattern can be presented through repetition and shape. I can see these in some of the trends we have now with in textile print and even in wallpaper design. I think with everything it can be traced so far back but consistently being re- invented, but with modern day ‘trends’ is seen as something new but really nothing we do is new always goes back to something that has been done before.


Playing with block printing ink

Looking a lace through printing process rather than trying to recreate this through drawing. I feel I wouldn’t get the same quality if I was to do this with drawing alone. These tests and experiments I have made relief prints of underwear at this stage the print quality I have achieved is not the quality I am looking for. With discussions with my tutors for this to work I need a really clean crisp print. Further development with this I am now making collagraph prints which with the use of an etching press will help me to achieve this.




Composition project different take

With some of my images from my 3 books I had previously made for composition part one project. Looking and playing with manipulation, how quickly one outcome could fit into so many different areas of work, with the original outcome transitioning into different areas of creative practice, the combinations of manipulation can be endless. A big area of my own personal interest is illustrative print design, with the mirror lab app allows me to explore and experiment quickly and effectively with out the time consuming aspect, if I was to just go down the  normal route using adobe Photoshop and adobe illustrator, it can be tedious and take a lot longer than getting a quick understanding of how and what could work.


Illustrative print design

This area of art/design that is of big importance to me. To be able to create work that can be placed into different practices, but still holding on to the fundamentals of illustration.

For me illustrative print design is the area I want to really refine for myself find my place within this, by doing so I feel it will not limit my work or be to narrow. there is the potential to transfer it into textiles, wallpaper design, surface design and many more just from one illustrative print made there are so many places it could be placed.

This area is defiantly an area of research I want to really explore and find inspiration to inform my own work:

Link to blog above dedicated to print and surface pattern. There is so much to read but instantly I have made a connection with wanting to curate my own collection of patterns and prints.

Some of my Favourite that have looked at whilst researching on hear.

April Mawhinney

Courtney Capone


Sarah Watkins

Wh Smith

Liberty prints


I have a big interest when it comes to print and pattern, even more so Liberty prints. What is the history behind this famous and highly thought of fabric brand that was made in England. I decided to do some digging. See link above to article I have read .

“In the 1920s, Liberty began to produce miniature floral, paisley & abstract prints that became known as ‘Liberty Prints’ and the rest, as far as we are concerned, is history!” (This entry was posted on December 3, 2013 by Gabriella Leigh.)


This for me is one of the most important things I took from the article, the brand becoming self sufficient and Liberty prints becoming a brand in its own right.


      Liberty London Flagship Store (Credit:

Prints from the Liberty London Classics collection)

I could write for hours on there collections, with the seamless colour combinations, interesting placements and formats to create the over all print pattern. The way they take elements from culture/history. But they still are able to retain the classic feel of print design. which can potentially be transitioned into other areas of design. This is what draws me to there prints so much, I have a love of Illustrative print design as a process and how it doesn’t tie you to one particular creative field or way of working, allowing for progression and consistent reinvention of creative process.


This top print not being overly successful but does highlight the different tools used to create the marks within the designs.

print dogs.jpg Experimentation with Materials to formulate print ideas, using a combination of etching ink and block printing inks, applying the ink initially with a brayer roller, achieving a smooth consistency, overlaying with more textured effect using wire wool achieving less distinct marks.


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Formulating print designs digitally, I found this process a lot less looser than how I normally work when I am thinking of print design. Abstract shapes and marks using a variety of brushes and opacity levels within adobe illustrator. I felt this process did free me up as to do this by hand I wouldn’t of let the organic structures of the shape work like that, which then for me loses the abstract feel of shape and line potentially allowing the print to become flat and not very interesting.