Prototypes are you ready?

Since I last submitted my post I have been anxiously waiting for my samples to arrive along with the t-shirt prototypes.  Being a creative person, I want to see my designs in many forms to not only visualise how they look but to see if the prints are successful as a product.

 These were the final set of samples to come in.  I was experimenting with placement and size to see which ones were more visually appealing.

These were the final set of samples to come in.  I was experimenting with placement and size to see which ones were more visually appealing.

 After a lot of deliberation, these are the samples that will complete the first collection.  Now for t-shirts...

After a lot of deliberation, these are the samples that will complete the first collection.  Now for t-shirts...

 This print is originally from a collage of Asian ladies of Oriental descent.  I created a mono-print and scanned it into photoshop.  After lots of experimenting with pattern placement I settled on a mirrored effect, which really compliments the abstract nature of the print.

This print is originally from a collage of Asian ladies of Oriental descent.  I created a mono-print and scanned it into photoshop.  After lots of experimenting with pattern placement I settled on a mirrored effect, which really compliments the abstract nature of the print.

 I love colour and wanted to create something that had a pop art feel to it.  Again this image was created from a mono-print, which was manipulated in Photoshop by creating a half drop pattern and adding colour to it.  To add some depth of contrast I added the polka dots.  This is my 'going out top'.

I love colour and wanted to create something that had a pop art feel to it.  Again this image was created from a mono-print, which was manipulated in Photoshop by creating a half drop pattern and adding colour to it.  To add some depth of contrast I added the polka dots.  This is my 'going out top'.

 This pattern was inspired by previously experimenting with collaged perfume bottles and rotating them to create an abstract flower.  Using collage again, I drew the final composition and refined the lines in photoshop.  On the print outs, I experimented with watercolour paint because I wanted the texture of the brush strokes to contrast with the linear quality of the other designs.  Experimenting with various colour combinations I preferred the subtlety of the green however I may extend the range to include the other colours for more choice and variety.

This pattern was inspired by previously experimenting with collaged perfume bottles and rotating them to create an abstract flower.  Using collage again, I drew the final composition and refined the lines in photoshop.  On the print outs, I experimented with watercolour paint because I wanted the texture of the brush strokes to contrast with the linear quality of the other designs.  Experimenting with various colour combinations I preferred the subtlety of the green however I may extend the range to include the other colours for more choice and variety.

 Last but not least, this t-shirt does not really need an introduction! However, just to contextualise it, some of the feedback I have received was very positive but a couple of people commented on the subtly of the other prints overall.  How was I going to get my USP across in an obvious way?  So here it is, in the most obvious way - allow me to introduce the statement t-shirt!

Last but not least, this t-shirt does not really need an introduction! However, just to contextualise it, some of the feedback I have received was very positive but a couple of people commented on the subtly of the other prints overall.  How was I going to get my USP across in an obvious way?  So here it is, in the most obvious way - allow me to introduce the statement t-shirt!

I am really happy with the outcomes as a collection for many reasons.  Not that I am being biased but I think they are unique and cater to a variety of tastes and occasions. 

Next step is the biggest commitment in terms of financial outlet and the whole design process.  Which I am sure many creative entrepreneurs struggle with.  Huge quantities of fabric to be printed on, then made in to bespoke t-shirts.  Fingers crossed everything is ready sooner rather than later.  

 

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