Thursday, 18 September 2014

Premiere Vision S/S16 print trend predictions

As those of you who follow me on twitter/facebook/instagram will know, I have recently been on a brief stint to Paris for Premiere Vision. As intense and stressful as being a print designer can be, an expenses paid trip to Paris is definitely one of the perks of the job. 

After months of working in an office environment suffocated by rails upon rails of knitwear, Premiere Vision offers a welcome print fix and an opportunity for me to get out of the office(a nightmare for anyone even remotely creative)and soak up heaps of new design inspiration. As per usual the Spring/Summer 2016 predicted trends did not disappoint, filling my mind with fresh ideas and the motivation to action them. I also had the opportunity to briefly(and it really was briefly as we were only in Paris for the day)look around some of the studios in Indigo and see the designs they were presenting and the trends they were following. Even seeing how each design studio sets up their stall and what graphics they choose to use can be extremely inspirational. My favourite was the backdrop for 'Pattern' studio ( colourful chintz florals layered over a rich orange background. I later found out, when looking through their current collection, that this particular print was created as a collaboration between all of their freelance designers, what a lovely idea!

A version of the 'Pattern' studio backdrop in pink.
As well as looking around Indigo and the Premiere Vision S/S 16 trend area, I also attended two WGSN seminars for Autumn/Winter 2015/16 and S/S 16, both of which got me extremely excited. I'm going to do a separate blog post for those as I came away with so much information that squeezing it into this post wouldn't do it justice. Hopefully I'll have those ready to post by Sunday. 

Anyway....I have put together some mood boards showing the Premiere Vision print trend predictions for Spring/Summer 2016...

I'm finding it extremely interesting,as I look through the S/S15 catwalk collections, how designers are moving away from the 90's look with its crop tops and bodycons towards a 60's/70's aesthetic featuring flat colourful florals, loose fitting shift dresses and longer length garments. It is also interesting to relate this to the above print trend predictions which seem to be moving in an 80's direction. Being a massive fan of 80's geometric prints, I naturally love the 'interlocking geometry' and 'playful schematics' trends and am so thrilled to see Memphis design patterns being re-introduced. So here is a separate Memphis moodboard in celebration of their return. 

In the spirit of the 80's, popular high street chain American Apparel has embraced Memphis prints by collaborating with Nathalie Du Pasquier(one of the designers from the 1980's Memphis group). Released in March 2014, this recent collaboration combines American Apparels' colourful, easy to wear aesthetic with the graphic post modernist prints that the Memphis design group became popular for. 

On a side note, I have also been pinning like crazy this week so, if you don't already, get following me on pinterest:

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Illustration work update

I am very aware that I have been an absent blogger for quite some time now. Life got busy, as it tends to do from time to time. In the last month I have moved house and now have a huge room in Clapton pond with two large windows, my very own bed(after sharing a room and a bed with my friend for 2 months!!!) and two large desks which are proving to be extremely useful given the amount of illustration work I am doing in my spare time. 

I have two exhibitions coming up in October- one in Chelsea town hall and one back home in Lancaster. If any of you want to visit either of them/enquire abut the work I'm showing there please leave a comment on this post and I'll let you know the details!

I have also been finishing off the very overdue floral artworks I have been creating for Bonito cafe in Enfield. With all of this work going on I feel like it's about time I shared some of my own work on this blog of mine. I started this blog hoping to combine reviews on other artists/designers, trends and rend forecasting and some of my own work. As of late/ Since the offset, I haven't really contributed much of my own work so that's what this blog post is all about. 

So first up is a mini project I set myself in response to the Cruise/Resort 2015 collections. I picked some of my favourite trends/the trends I feel will be most popular next spring(2015), these are: Seventies, Pastel/De-saturated palms, Zodiac symbology and Moroccan tiles. I've done a moodboard, print and CADs for each trend. To see my full Cruise/Resort 2015 print trend follow this link: 

Next project I've been working on is a 6 piece commission for Bonito cafe in Enfield.  This is my first paid commission from an unbiased client, by which I mean no-one in my family/group of friends. Understandably I'm quite excited about this!This group of work has also been the first time I've used a wacom board to digitally paint straight onto the computer.

The preliminary sketch work.

Alongside this I have also been working on some artwork for Arteria gallery in Lancaster for their Autumn/Winter exhibition which runs from October-January. For this collection of work I have decided to create Autumnal animals in the patterned style I have come to love so much. They are still unfinished but here are the starting points...

Starting points plus the area of my bedroom I have turned into my exhibition prep wall....+wine(of course) 

So yeah... I've been pretty busy. I've also been getting some portrait requests in the same style as above which I'm quite excited about getting started on. Hopefully one day I'll be getting enough exposure to get me a steady supply of commission work, I'd love to do all of this full time one day. 
For now, however, It's just something I do on weekends nd in the evening- my own little form of escapism. 

The next post I do will most probably be a trend post as fashion week season has started again so I will be spamming you all with heaps of print trend boards over the coming weeks. I'm also going to Premiere Vision, a textile trade show, next week so will no doubt be doing a blog post on the predicted trends for Autumn/Winter 2015. 

If you've liked looking at y work you can see more on my facebook page: or follow me on instagram @beckylois burns as I update these with new design work regularly.