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We had the pleasure of meeting a budding textile artist earlier this year at NC State's annual Art2Wear fashion show. Meredith West, a graduate student studying design and textiles, caught up with us to discuss how she started her journey exploring textile design and what she hopes to do after graduation.
What sparked your interest in pattern design?
A surface design course with Susan Brandeis as an undergraduate at North Carolina State University.
Where do you find inspiration?
My home town, Wilmington (I love everything ocean!), and recent travels.
What is your favorite medium to work with?
Watercolor currently. I enjoy hand drawing or painting my own motifs to then scan and manipulate digitally.
How long have you been creating textile designs?
Since senior year of college…so a few years now. Still so much to learn! Up until this point, I have primarily studied and created repeats for printed textiles but I have just started learning more about patterns in knits and wovens. I am really interested in the overlap and fundamental differences in pattern designs for fashion versus pattern design for home furnishings.
Why did you decide to study design at a graduate level?
To continue to develop my own visual language, learn new technical skills and technology, and make myself more marketable for the industry.
What are you plans after graduation?
I plan to graduate next December (fingers crossed!). I hope to pursue a career as a textile designer for a company. Eventually, I’d love to have my own product line and business.
Who is one of your favorite visual artists, textile or otherwise, and why?
Florence Broadhurst- her patterns feature bright, bold color combinations and luxurious, over-sized repeats. Her wallpaper designs are my favorite- they were hand printed and high quality. I always find myself drawn to hand work in patterns.
How Spoonflower has impacted your work?
Spoonflower has made my pattern dreams a reality! I have been using their services since I started designing repeats; it’s awesome to see your own designs printed on a potentially functioning material. I love the array of fabrics offered as well. I participated in the Art 2 Wear trunk show at NC State last year; I was able to create and sell a variety of small products because of Spoonflower’s professional services and high quality printing.
Photo Credit: Juli Leonard for Walter Magazine | Article: http://www.waltermagazine.com/high-cotton/
Updated on 07-13-2016
Wondering how to prepare your file before uploading it to Spoonflower? Here’s our quick and dirty guide.
Acceptable file formats: JPG, PNG or TIF (8-bit, uncompressed).
FILE SIZE: Your file must be smaller than 40MB.
RESOLUTION: Set up your image at 150 dpi (dots per inch). If you want to design an 8″x8″ swatch, for example, you need to upload an image that is 1200 pixels x 1200 pixels. The print size of your image in pixel dimensions will be 150x the number of inches.
We will tile your design to fill the space of the fabric you order. If you upload an image larger than the area of fabric you order, then we will crop it using the lower left corner as the point of origin.
FORMAT & COLOR NOTES: When printing a design onto fabric using Spoonflower you’ll have the best experience when you upload a file in JPG format that consists of colors that fall within the RGB color space. You can also upload PNG or TIF. When you check image size, try to make sure the fields show the physical output size you want with the a digital resolution set at 150 pixels per inch.
If you don’t have Photoshop and talking about JPGs and RGB color make you anxious, don’t worry. JPG is the most common image format for digital designs and most images will print nicely. It’s important to keep in mind that there may be colors in your image that can’t be reproduced on fabric by the pigments in our printer (very bright colors, absolute blacks, and very saturated colors, for example). If that is the case you will sometimes observe colors in a printed image appear somewhat different from what you expected.
If you’re curious, read more about preparing files in the Spoonflower Help Section.