MA Practice Two - Designer Research: Print Application

Whilst conducting a shop report, I began to look at Ted Baker and LuLu Guinness. I noticed that both of the ranges include printed leather elements.

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I have never focused on LuLu Guinness as an inspiration although a circular clutch bag caught my eye, the shaped products sparked my interest for the brand. Looking through her collections I can take inspiration from a few of her products, I noticed that some of the bags involve printed elements. The products I have made and considered in the past have been completely covered with pattern, I think it would be a really good exercise to begin designing shapes for bags and considering placement print and perhaps only using printed leather on parts of the design.

When considering placement print, I have seen a couple of designs from Alexander Mcqueens latest accessories collection. The print has successfully been designed around the shape of the bag and the way it will be worn. Perhaps I will have a go at designing a placement print once I have experimented with cutting patterns for a successful bag design.

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Ted Baker is known for their colourful, quite photographic print design. In the past I have noticed that their bags are either heavily patterned or completely plain. However I came across a stand where bags had been placed together as a collective of ‘must have’ accessories. In this collection, there is a block coloured handbag and a printed clutch within the bag, I found this concept quite exciting.

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Perhaps mixing accessories and creating two pieces as a way of introducing my print designs would be a slightly different way of working.

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I also noticed looking at the Ted Baker bags, their structure and lines of stitch which had been used to create depth and shape within the product. This stitching seems to turn this into a nice detail on the bag. Once I start designing I will begin to consider top stitching and finishing the bags well.


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