Jessica Childs (L5)BA (Hons) Textile Design
I am a confident screen-printer who is adventurous with colour and pattern. I have also found myself enjoying new experiences with the process of knit, where I have recently been exploring texture and print together.
My projects begin with photography, followed by drawing and mark-making. Next, I develop these drawings in Photoshop where I experiment with scale, adding colour and collaging ideas together. The strongest designs are made into screens ready for printing. There is no main inspiration when it comes to creating my own version of a piece of art and design. For me, anyone and anything can be inspiring – it just depends how you look at it.
The two images containing a lively repeat pattern are part of my ‘Electric Ripple’ collection which was inspired by mark making and festival wear. This design has a raised bubble texture which has been formed by heat-pressing black netting directly on top of the screen printed design.
The knitwear samples are from my first machine-knit project earlier this year. These samples from my ‘Punk menswear’ collection have a strong focus on black and blue. Textures were created by weaving back into my knits with merino wool, mercerized cotton and lurex, as well as adding heavy-metal embellishments to fit the market research.