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October 17, 2017
Cotton On Body RMIT University
Cotton On Body collaborated with RMIT Textile Design students to showcase emerging talent & create a series of original prints that featured in the window of our Melbourne Central store. We caught up with each of the talented girls on their experience and what they love about design.

CLAIRE CUMMINGS (left)
Claire finds the process of seeing her hand rendered artworks printed onto fabric deeply satisfying. She created a collection of fun, nostalgic & playful designs with a modern edge.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT TEXTILE DESIGN?

“It is really just one of the most rewarding creative disciplines I have experienced. There’s something so deeply satisfying about seeing your own hand rendered artwork printed onto fabric, and then subsequently enjoyed by others. Colour, print, fashion; it’s all such an integral aspect of self expression in our society, and being able to contribute to that and bring joy to people’s lives through your design work is very special…”

HOW DID YOU FIND THE EXPERIENCE OF WORKING WITH BODY?

“Working with Cotton On Body was a total dream, one of the best projects I’ve done so far. The theme, the colour mood, just everything about the brief we were given was totally my jam – it was just so delightful to work on. It was also so rewarding seeing our work translate into an industry standard, professional format in the CADs and spec sheets. Those kinds of tasks really bring it all together for me and I found it deeply satisfying seeing those final outcomes…”

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR DESIGN?

“When given the ‘Eighties Baby’ theme, I knew I wanted to make my collection fun, nostalgic, and playful, with a modern edge. I went with a candy theme, focusing mostly on candy hearts – a classic sweet from those times, which I revamped with some modern day text…I envisioned those summers spent in the 80s walking down to the milk bar and filling up a paper bag with copious amounts of sweets for a only a dollar or two…”

AMY TAYLOR (right)
Amy found the process of designing for a real, well-established brand gave her a great insight into the industry. The quintessential Body girl, her fun & fruity designs were inspired by her job at a healthy smoothie bar.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT TEXTILE DESIGN?

“I have always had a passion for illustration, and textile design brings my drawings to life. Printing them onto a variety of surfaces allows me to envision my designs having a place in the worldwide market. Textile design for me is a marrying of art and functionality, making homes, garments and objects beautiful.”

WHAT WAS THE DESIGN PROCESS LIKE?

“The brief supplied by Body held a lot of opportunity to make the project our own and introduce own personal design style while bearing in mind the importance of keeping the designs on-brand. Regular meetings throughout the 4 week process kept designs on track and true to brand ‘DNA’- making sure that designs were looking fun, fresh and optimistic. The timeline of the project was also very adequate, but not too long that it gave us time to ‘overthink’ design work…”

CAROL-JOY PIRIE (left)
Carol-Joy says that textile design encompasses everything she loves about being artistic. Inspired by roller-skating, ghetto blasters & Rubik’s cubes, her designs are a throwback to 80s gadgets & pastimes.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT TEXTILE DESIGN?

“Textile Design is everything I love about being artistic. Being a Textile/Graphic Designer for me means I encompass my passion for graphic design and textiles all in the one profession. I get to use my skills I have obtained within two disciplines of design as a career that I have chosen.”

WHAT WAS THE DESIGN PROCESS LIKE?

“The theme we had was fun and quirky so it was never boring, it was really enjoyable to produce work within the briefs guidelines and timeframe. The weekly deadlines worked really well and was at a pace that what was expected was achievable.”

PEGGY CHIN (right)
Peggy loves that textile design is a balance between art, craft & design, combining her love of painting & drawing with printing, sewing and product creation. Her sweet & salty designs were inspired by 80s candy & snack foods.

HOW DID THE PROCESS DIFFER FROM UNIVERSITY LEARNING TO DESIGNING FOR A BRAND?

“With the design process at university, I often get lost in the academic side of things and with this pressure, a lot of the joy can get lost because you’re constantly stressed out and trying to meet deadlines. These projects often span either a semester or half a semester, which is a pretty long time compared to the real world. The design process with Cotton On Body was so much shorter, and I found that aspect really enjoyable.”

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF WORKING IN 5 YEARS TIME?

“In five years time it will 2022. That’s scary… I’ll be 28… hopefully I would have gained some experience working in the textile design industry in apparel or homewares for a few years, whilst running my designer maker practice on the side. If my goals stay the same, I should have eventually started and completed my Masters in Teaching and be teaching the youths of tomorrow. But who knows…”

 

 

 

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