Amy Walters’s graduate collection ‘The Reflective Form’ was influenced by elements found in construction sites such as caution tape and health and safety signs which include recognisable motifs. Amy wanted to create a collection that both used texture and geometric elements which show off her personal print design style, as well as her love for patchwork and embroidery. Her collection is based around a tonal colour palette as well as including bright pops of colour.
Using collage, hand made textures and graphic tapes she has created a bright yet tonal collection. These show a range of collage styles from graphic to very textural. Using these, Amy then scanned them into photoshop to be cleaned up, altered and further collaged into prints to be either printed digitally on cotton drill or cotton poplin. Amy also used the process of digital dye sublimation in order to print these onto polyester based fabrics such as fleece. She also experimented printing digitally with waterproof based fabrics, but due to the unsuccessful result, she had to adapt her fabrics and ideas.
After printing or collaging, Amy found it useful in placing prints and experiments together to help balance the contrast of texture and geometric shapes. She also found this process useful as samples were either embroidered or patched worked with neon thread, as they could not be digitally printed. It allowed Amy to gain full insight of what the final collection would look and feel like due to the textures that have been added with knit and thread.
This is Amy’s final collection line up. Due to the corona virus pandemic, Amy was only able to create looks one and two of her collection, and would love to see the rest of her collection come to life. The rest of the collection would predominantly be constructed out of polyester fleece and digital printed cotton drill, with elements of embroidered PVC and reflective fabric. Amy’s graphic final line up illustrations have been made to look like construction workers with their steel toe capped boots and hard hats.