December 29, 2013
Looking ahead to Spring 2015 students from the Parsons The New School of Design Digital Surface Exploration course partnered with global fashion forecaster Stylesight to create a collection of prints and graphics inspired by their Spring/Summer Megatrends. We’re showcasing the winning students who took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, as well as the runners-up, who impressed the judging panel with their creative and technical talent to translate the four trends into original statements.
“Digital Surface Exploration” is an elective course open to Fashion and non-Fashion Design students of different levels. Emphasis is on exploration of digital tools and techniques of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, in tandem with material methods and processes for fabric manipulation, fostering a creative synthesis of the two. Students investigate options for developing and manipulating images and colors, creating a library of unique patterns that can be applied to any surface. They research homegrown and commercial solutions to their individual design projects, to transform 2D designs into 3D objects and samples.
I based my Style Sight Mega-Trend prints on the shapes and motifs one might find in an urban environment. Since I grew up in Brooklyn, I thought it would be interesting to incorporate my everyday sightings into graphic, minimal prints. My inspiration came from negative and positive space, texture, shadows, light and dark, black and white, line and shape, and distortion. This collection of prints is a representation of my perspective growing up in a city.
I chose the theme of Core for the Megatrend Prints & Graphics Contest S/S 15. I was inspired by the distortion of simple shapes and symbols to create these prints. I looked into Wade Guyton’s works for his idea of distortion. I wanted to create an experience for the viewers to see each print as itself, then have their eyes dissect and explore the prints to view the details within the prints.
The Impulse Megatrend initially stood out to me among the rest for its youthful spirit, and its loud, eye-popping palette. I became drawn to the idea of fearlessly collaging the static and pixelated with impulsive, oozing pigment. This project was a perfect opportunity to convey residual jaded feelings over a hyper-technological culture. A nice cocktail of buoyant, musical prints, I’m very happy with the final designs. They really convey energetic, whimsical bliss.
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