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Exhibiting at the Tetley

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I received a lot of good feedback from people who had seen my piece on display, complimenting me on my illustrations as well as the overall pattern itself.
It felt really good to exhibit my work outside of uni and have it open to members of the public, definitely a proud moment seeing my work finished and on display and I feel quite privileged to have had the opportunity to show my work in the Tetley. Though it was interesting to see my work in such a contemporary space,  I feel as though it worked well in that environment as it needed little explanation and I felt it had complimented its surroundings due to the traditional nature of my piece

Crit Feedback

After all the stress and delays I was able to print and have my full wallpaper piece that I would exhibit ready in time for the final crit with my peers.

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I was happy with the feedback I received, everyone seemed to like the piece as well as understand the message behind it and pick up on the style I was aiming for as well as noticing that up close there was more to it than how it appears from afar, and so from this positive feedback I could see that I’d been able to achieve what I had hoped, as well as being happy with it myself, I didn’t feel as though any changes to it were necessary.

Screen Printing the pattern

Before I could print I got myself down to Scrap(, and got hold of a roll of reclaimed paper, as I did not want to be wasting paper during this project as it would make me a complete hypocrite and void what I was trying to represent with my illustrations. I have never used scrap before, but it was a lovely discovery, a place full of possibilities and things just waiting to get used.

I had tried to get into the print room several times, but with no luck as they were always full, and when asking about being inducted through the repeat pattern process i was dismissed and told that it was something that would be done as a class… this posed some problems for me, but I’m not one to accept defeat that easily and thanks to Marianne I was able to get hold of a screen from our wonderful VisCom department… though this screen was smaller than I was wanting to work with, I scaled my image down to fit within the frame, and managed to get down to the Rossington street print room in time for drop in with the hopes of exposing there…

It was not my day however and they didn’t have a trough small enough for the screen to coat it in preparation for exposure… just another set back I didn’t need, so the next day I managed to hop into Blenheim print room and get it exposed so that I could set up printing at home.

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preparing the screen!

…Printing at home…


Firstly I screen printing onto some tracing paper so that when it came to printing the repeat pattern I could line my images up exactly, I noticed the quality wasn’t great but I did like the texture.

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I first had a try at printing it out onto the paper I would be using to see how well it took to the paper and to see whether I was losing much detail. It seemed as though my half-tone image wasn’t working as well as I’d hoped, My original illustration had too much detail and lines within it which meant some areas appeared quite blotchy, though I liked the texture this was not what I wanted my final piece to look like, I wanted to keep that detail as much as possible.

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I continued however to try the repeat pattern because I wanted to test this out anyway. I was able to line up my images okay, but the size of the frame and my image within it caused problems as the edges weren’t printing properly… and my illustrations were still very much coming out blotchy.

I decided once and for all that although I really had wanted to screen print this, to get the final result I want I would need to digitally print this piece.

Creating My Pattern


I first began by placing my illustrations where I thought they would fit best together, being careful not to put too much of the same thing next to each other and being aware that when it came to making my pattern the image may need to be altered to appear seamless.

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Using this image I had a play with the pattern tool i previously learnt, to experiment with how I might be able to portray my image.
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With the hexagonal patterns I found there was a lot of unavoidable overlapping, which ruled that out straight away.
For the brick patterns they worked well, just required changing the widths and heights so that there wasn’t obvious gaps between the images, however upon doing this I realised this would not create a repeatable pattern that I require so this can be visualised as a wallpaper print. So had a play with my image that I’d prepared for repeat screen printing the pattern.



By splitting my original pattern image into 4 sections and moving each corner to the diagonal opposite position I was able to create a repeat pattern image, though using this in the Illustrator pattern tool meant that it didn’t line up, as I wasn’t sure at this point if I would be digitally printing or screen printing as I wanted to ensure I wouldn’t be losing detail, as well as being very aware that I didn’t have long to put this all together and the print room was increasingly harder to get into and didn’t want to leave myself with nothing to hand in, I was willing to work around this if necessary. So I decided instead to created my pattern by using InDesign and repeating my image over and over, though this process was more time consuming I was able to tweak it the way I wanted it, making sure there were no gaps, and that each section of the tree lined up perfectly.


Resulting in my final pattern being this, which I had prepared for digital print in the size i would want in case I was unable to or decided against screen printing. 


Editing Final Illustrations

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After finishing my final illustrations I scanned them up and began editing them just slightly so they would have a white background and their highlights and shadows would be enhanced, to make them stand out more and be ready to convert into a pattern for print.
I did this simply by adjusting the levels on Photoshop and setting the background to white point.

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After doing my research into Toile De Jouy traditional wallpapers I had seen that the majority if not all of them decorated their illustrations around the edges with floral designs or leaves, somewhat giving each one a frame. However in my tutorial with Graham he had made a very valid point that although these trees have been chopped down, there’s still so much life around them, I wasn’t correctly conveying my message by trying to make it look as traditional as possible. I needed to convey a very bleak scene to get my message across, without concerning myself with whether or not it looked pretty or just like the examples in my research, it would still be affective and aesthetically pleasing using dead foliage.


This was one of the original drawings that i did that me and Graham both felt conveyed the right message for what I’m trying to achieve with this work. It says what its needs to simply, and doesn’t come across bursting with life.

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So I got to work on my drawings, taking away the overgrowing foliage that previously surrounded my drawings and taking it away completely or replacing it with dead branches. I felt it was important to still keep the roots of my tree though, to show that there’s always more beneath what we see, just as there is with the decisions we make, more things are affected then we’ll be aware of.