Symbolism of Moorish Colours

The next port of call for this project was to decide on a colour palette. This is were I usually start my creative journeys as they provide the best inspiration at the beginning. Moorish culture, like most, has symbolism associated with certain colours. These colours provided the foundation to my colour palette but also provided…

Introduction to IDOT

I have got to say, I was not looking forward to the start of this project. However, as time has gone on, I have discovered that I am now very fond of designing wallpaper. We had three briefs to chose from: Beyond the Wall A Sense of Abstraction Animal Astratti I started exploring each one…

Moorish Architecture and Symbolism

A trip to Spain provided me with all of the inspiration images for this project. In particular, I looked at the Alhambra in Granada, the Alzcázar in Seville and the Mequita in Cordoba. This subject matter was great because it has provided a little bit of escapism in the dark Scottish winter and of course…

Burnt Out

*Written two weeks before the Christmas break.* In all honesty, I am writing this from the comforts of my bed and in my pyjamas . I think that shows you what kind of state I am in at the moment. Have you ever been given a task and just thought “I just can’t be bothered”?…

Final Scarf Designs

It seems like an age since I have actually written for this blog, but here we are. I realised that I didn’t show you guys my final designs! The feedback from Strathberry was to mute the colours down from the quite primary colours I initially chose. That was a key lesson in this project, working…

Side 1 Designs

While these nights now draw in, I have been designing designs for a beautiful brand. The brief was to make a twill scarf for Strathberry, so this is just one side of it. This is meant to the be the main side, but who is there to say which side is which. I am loving…

Side 2 Designs

The side 2 designs are a little more tame and have more incorporation of the brand in it. From studying other brands, I have made designs that could work whatever the design on the other side. Majority of the designs are in black and white, but can also lend themselves to some colour too which…

The Stamps of Edinburgh

During this Strathberry project, I made up some stamps of places in Edinburgh that truly mean something to me. They are a mixture of line drawings and acrylic paint colour blocks. I think it has made something quite characterful but I am still unsure about the line work. Any thoughts?

West End Details

If you read my previous posts, you would know that one of the areas that I am looking at for my scarf project is the West End. The West End hosts so many beautiful buildings as well as little boutique shops, as well as the Strathberry store. The area is full of history, of which,…

City Drawings

This weekend was definitely one for painting. The weather was horrible, wet and grey. The perfect time to cosy up and start some bright paintings of some of my favourite places in Edinburgh. Each place has a special place in my heart, turning a simple scarf design project into something quite personal for me. I…

Colour Research

For this project, I wanted to find colours in more obscure way than what I usually do. Actually, I don’t know what I usually do! Anyway, for this scarf project I was inspired by the doorways of Edinburgh. Whenever people think about Edinburgh, they always comment about the grey weather. However, around the city, there…

Scarf Research

To really understand what the Strathberry brand want from a twill scarf, it is understandable that you need a substantial amount of research. We had to look at their main competitors which were Hèrmes, Dior and Burberry. Additionally, I also looked at Dolce and Gabbana, Liberty London and Mary Katrantzou. Looking at all of these…