Industry week sees fashions take shape
FASHION students completed a live project with internationally renowned digital fabric print company Think Positive Prints as part of Macclesfield College’s industry focus week.
The students, who are on the first year of a University of Arts London Level Three Extended Diploma course, were asked to produce a oneoff print, designed from scratch which would later be transformed into a repeat pattern.
They were then able to see their designs come to life when the firm printed each student a sample of their work on nylon lycra.
Angela Devoti, course leader for fashion at the college, said: “This has been an excellent learning experience for all the students – the group were given one week to design their print and everyone worked very hard to develop directional outcomes.
“All the artwork was created by hand, working as freely and as broadly as possible using lots of mixed media to develop a broad range of experimentation.
“Later, students explored their ideas in Photoshop to repeat their design. When designing a repeat print many elements need to be taken into consideration, from colour hues, fabric suitability, the repeat and flow of the design on cloth.
“Penny and her team kindly invited us down for a tour of the studio and to watch each stage of the process of digital printing which was a very insightful experience for all our students.”
Fashion student Sabine Hussain said: “I really loved creating the print under a live industry deadline.
“I also enjoyed watching my drawing transform into a repeat print. Seeing the final design on cloth was a very rewarding experience.”
Penny McIntyre, director of Think Positive Prints, also ran a competition to pick four of the best designs to be printed on over a metre of fabric so that students could turn their design into a garment piece.
But with the standard of ideas being so high, Penny selected six winners.
She said: “We loved the design variety.
“We especially loved how they were hand drawn and painted and how all were creative, individual and original in their creation.
“It was hard to choose the winners – they were all worthy of a prize.”
Fashion student Kaily Lau also impressed Penny, who gave first commission.
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●● The Macclesfield College fashion students and with some of the designs