During my time living in Melbourne I contacted various design and print companies to partake in an internship. I arranged a 4 week internship with a screen printing company called Ink & Spindle.
During my time with them I gained experience of how an independent screen printing and design company works. My experience included printing and making pieces for Arts Fairs, to printing custom orders for people homes. Ink & Spindle provide a screen printing service for smaller design business’s who do not have their own facilities to print the work themselves.
Together with helping with day to day printing tasks around the studio, and making items for sale, I worked on my own print design. I wanted to use inspiration from Melbourne. When travelling anywhere in the world, I appear to have an obsession with architecture. Melbourne was no different, with it’s unique array of little wooden houses, so quaint, and not what you would expect to find in and around a big city.
I used the streets lined with different houses, signposts, and quirky attributes as my starting point. From there I created sketches, and photoshop imagery from my photography. Creating a ‘Melbourne-inspired’ print, capturing the variety of architecture displayed around the city, and surrounding suburbs.
I experimented on a few different grounds, with varying shades of pigment, putting my print into an all-over repeat, creating a modern day toile-de-jouy style print.
Being back in a studio and having the opportunity to screen print one of my own designs was so much fun and inspired me to continue to create new designs and ideas.
All images Gemma Lofthouse ©
I am a textile print designer/maker, with a strong passion for striking prints. textiles, design, colour, texture, interiors, fashion, travel & different cultures.