MATS Part A Week 1 – Bolt Fabric

Alice Potter Kitchen Pattern Design

MATS Part A Week 1 – Bolt Fabric

So, I have completed my first week of Make Art That Sells and what a week it’s been! This week we covered the bolt fabric market, and as much as I thought I knew about fabric and patterns, I certainly learnt a lot. Lilla Rogers is one of those completely nurturing teachers that you kind of wished you had earlier in your life. She is enthusiastic about everything and in turn, makes you enthusiastic about your own work.

In one week I feel more objective about my style. I am analysing things in more detail, and putting an extra layer of depth into my work. I think it still retains a lot of my personality, but there is so much more to look at and see. These are things I need to be consistently aware of in future work.

Our theme for this week was Root Vegetables and Casseroles. We spent Monday and Tuesday loosely exploring the theme with drawings and experimentations. I did more drawings in those two days than I have done in a very long time.

On Wednesday, we received our main assignment which was to create a pattern based on this theme and using our drawings. I spent my time working up my main pattern in Illustrator and creating two co-ordinates to go with it. I tried very hard to be aware of the tips we had been given during the week, and I mixed up shapes, scale and textures within the work.

Below you can see some pictures from my week from development to the final submitted piece, called Kitsch Kitchen.

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1 Comment
  • Willa Gebbie
    Posted at 16:53h, 12 November Reply

    Hi Alice, These look fab.
    I have one tip, which is probably more useful for fashion than say curtains, but worth keeping in mind for certain clients. If you create a pattern that works upside down as well as upright, then it can save the manufacturers a lot of money.
    Imagine you’re cutting a dress shape from a bolt of fabric. If you can make the sleeves/collar out of the cut-offs, then it makes the process much cheaper. I learnt this while working for a fashion supplier.

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