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Architectural Pattern at the Seaside (University FMP)

Updated: May 18, 2020

My Final Major Project at University focusses on the geometric pattern seen within architecture at the seaside, particularly beach huts.


Colour, geometry, texture, technique and imaginative style are at the forefront of my design work. I find it important to understand the environment I am taking inspiration from; through my surroundings I find myself questioning what I am seeing and instantly thinking about how this could be interpreted into a pattern design. Therefore, I always begin a new project by taking primary photographs.


Beach Hut at Bulverhythe, Sussex.

My inspiration comes from my love for the timeless geometric style paired with bold colours. I often visit places with vibrant inspiration, to spark new ideas to create original textile pieces.


“The feel for the coast can be a very personal thing. The attachment is deep, and it is rare for two people to feel quite the same way about a particular stretch” (Feigel & Harris, 2009:8).

My favourite memories from visiting the seaside when I was younger are those exploring the long stretches of colourful beach huts, having a sense of adventure, the striking colours and quirkiness evoking happiness and positivity. I want to transfer these feelings into my handmade textile pieces, bringing colour, enjoyment and happiness into the home and the world around us.


The outcomes for my final major project at university consists of two screen printed repeated lengths inspired by collaging a range of beach hut aspects together in an abstract way to create a geometric pattern, printed in the popular seaside colours of red and blue.


Final Screen Printed Repeat Geometric Lengths

I am passionate about screen printing and I think it is important to keep these traditional skills alive within the modern world. I enjoy the risk and the unknown of screen printing, allowing a design to bring variance and diversification to the material below, creating something original, where no two prints will be exactly the same.


Screen Printing my Final Piece.

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