Nicola Dean

Textiles in Practice

I am a textile designer specialising in woven and digital print processes. My practice aims to inject colour and add a modern twist to otherwise traditionally known fabrics. I enjoy exploring different ways in which to create details and marks that can be translated into digital print designs, through hand and digital mediums. My drawing style then influences the structures and designs of my woven fabric.

My most recent project ‘Soho Suitor’ was inspired by exploring the architecture of New York city; I have used this research to create both woven and printed fabric designs that provide a unisex style of clothing and accessories suitable for the modern day business person. Through trend research I have selected the appropriate colours, fabrics and yarn choices for various areas of suiting and, with both genders in mind, I adapted my colours and designs accordingly to incorporate both masculine and feminine qualities. The designs take on a vivid and graphic nature showing my interest in unusual colour combinations and hand drawn elements.

Post-graduation, I would like to further develop my skills through either a fashion or interior context; to advance my knowledge and understanding of the woven textile industry.

Tags: Architecture, Digital Print, Nyc, Weave, Woven

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