I really enjoy working with clients on freelance design projects. Re-creating designs for period rooms, completing designs for damaged museum collections, and generating collections of bedding and rugs gives me the opportunity to expand my creative work with others.
My original designs merge hand-drawings, altered images and digitally generated assets to create complex patterns that engage users with objects. Please contact me for a portfolio viewing
Fusion: fields collection
Fusion: stones collection
Fusion: fields collection
James J. Hill House Library sofa and chair
Design for upholstery, digitally printed This project involved creating a repeat pattern design for upholstery fabric from period photos of the library. The design was digitally printed on cotton and upholstered onto a period sofa frame. The intention is to help the visitor see how the library looked furnished at the time without confusing the viewer into thinking it was an historic artifact.
student work: surface design
Surface design courses cover screen-printing, block printing, dyeing and other methods of transforming 2 and 3 dimensional materials. Projects include creating collections, service-learning, repeat pattern design for paper and textiles, and individualized final projects.
In the first assignment, students generate a lot of stuff, work with it, build on it, and then edit to a collection that interprets the subject of their choice in a variety of ways.
The edited collection of images and hand-printed lanterns
The assignment is to generate a collection of objects that interpret a theme of the student's choice. Her theme was travel memories and included cards, a photo album, and discharge-printed t-shirts made with her own images.
Research Journals: The importance of process, and the documentation of idea development is recorded in journals that earn 1/3 of the grade for each project. The narrative reveals how each student approaches and solves design challenges.
Research on natural dyes
In her final project, this student focused on narrative images and perfecting registration.
Students actively participate in the classroom by presenting mini-workshops. Safety precautions are stressed when using chemicals for dyeing.
These specimen samples acknowledge the effectiveness of presenting work in a simple and finely crafted presentation.
This series of images printed with laser-cut woodblocks shows the integration of digital with hand processes.
Exploring the ways that an Epson 9890 digital printer can be used to generate ground patterns. Further treatments with dye creates a dynamic surface.
Scarf designs for a client offers the opportunity to work in a "live" environment. Presentation of the designs is digital output on paper and fabric.
Translating digital to hand-production: The designs were then adjusted for hand-production. Students adjusted scale, number of colors, and alignment, and then printed 3 yards in teams.
Learners are encouraged to think about how a design changes with color, and critical skills to designers headed for industry.
Variations on a theme for a collection of textiles
This red cape painted with fiber-reactive dyes won first prize in the Red fashion show.
Detail: Red Cape
Cookbook printed with digitally printed recipes, and enhanced with images made with real ingredients such as tomato paste and turmeric.
This student created an identity package to coordinate with a rug crocheted with recycled sheets, and dyed with natural dyes.
As her 'professional practice', this student exhibited a hand-dyed silk gown during a local art-crawl.
student work: apparel design
Apparel design courses range from Studio 1- basic pattern-making to senior studio-the creation of a collection of 4-5 ensembles. Topics include conceal-reveal, design for the other 90%, 2-d to 3-d visualization, and conceptual collections.
Seam Challenge: Half-scale forms are used to explore how seams can move and be eliminated from the basic side, front, and shoulder locations.
Pants Challenge: Each designer is given a pair of pants, and then paired
with another student. Overnight, they must combine the 2 pairs into