This project was a brief set by Barrie, a Scottish knitwear company, to design an S/S collection. I decided to clash native Scottish plants with the Memphis movement to create comfortable streetwear with a unique vibe which still links to Barries Scottish heritage. I feel this is my most successful projects due to my use of colour, textures and inspiration.
My main inspiration came from the native Scottish plants, but I also wanted a funky edge to the design as this is what Barrie's brief stated. I took inspiration from the original Memphis movement group such as Peter Shire, Martine Bedin and Ettore Sottsass, and more modern influences such as Camille Walala and Zino Vatnaya.
Sea holly thistle
To find shapes within the plants I printed off A3 images.
I then traced around the shapes which I could find.
Mark making which was base on textures within the plants.
In some cases I rearranged the shaped I found into a more formal collage.
I then cut them out the shapes I had found in my selected colour palette colours.
Mark making exercise inspired by the texture of thistles
As well as being inspired by Barrie's past collections, I also looked into what other brands where creating I loved TSE garment silhouettes and Henrik Vibskov use of texture. Another great source of inspiration was looking to streetwear to see what is current and trending.
Having found my shapes from my initial A3 scale images, I combined shapes to create more simplified collages to give a stronger Memphis pattern to then inspire my knitwear.
I created these colourways to help plan the colour proportions of my final collection.
I made light purple and cream the 'background' of my samples like in Memphis, which have a solid backdrop to the designs and patterns.