I am researching the origins and symbolism of Hawiian tattoos as part of pattern design development for men’s swim and sportswear. As always the history of any pattern is fascinating – just follow the creative trail of human endeavour! Polynesians from the Marquesas Islands first came to Hawaii about 1,500 years ago and 500 years … More Hawaiian Symbols and Tattoos
I have joined the Make it in design Summer School 2017. The course is a fun series of briefs focused on experimenting with new patterns ideas and techniques for surface patterns designers. Week 1 Brief Your brief is to design a mystical, tribal inspired pattern using the following prompts: Be inspired by the supernatural, geometry, astronomy, … More Make it in Design Summer School
Inspiring textiles The scope of textile design is awesomely endless! Adding to my inspiration board this month will be a visit to the V&A Balenciaga Exhibition – Shaping Fashion
Actually two dyeing days as I spent the first day experimenting with dye colours and techniques on small samples of white cotton fabric that had been pre-soaked in a solution of soda ash for 3 hours. I am very lucky to have a great assistant for a few days – Carmen is a fashion photography student who is … More To my dyeing day No. 1!
I have been making Lino prints ready to experiment printing on fabric with procion dyes with inspiration from Ikat woven fabric and Ottoman textile design I have used fabric paints in the past however as these are pigment based the prints are stiff and change the nature and drape of the fabric. Dyes are permanent and … More Fabric printing project – preparation
I have never used procion dyes before and have decided to dye and print my fabric for a range of jackets with an Asian ottoman theme. Researching I have found some good tips for using dyes thickened with sodium alginate to paint or print onto fabric by Alyson Provax Alyson Provax – printmaker and experimental dyer in … More Fabric dyeing project
So here is my new blog site independent of my website www.mollywilliams.co.uk Why a separate site to blog and chat? – well for exactly that reason! I wanted a place to put my work in progress, research notes, links and other things that I hope will be interesting to read! This week I have finished a new … More Molly Williams – My new blog site