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The makings of our sample for 'India Street Part 1: The Bombay Sample Book'

September 10, 2014

Curated by Katy West, 'India Street Part 1: The Bombay Sample Book' is an exhibition exploring new responses to the Turkey red archive of Scotland and indigenous textiles of India. I was invited alongside six other designers from Scotland and India to explore this archive and produce my own sample in response to this.


My inspiration was drawn from the distinctive zigzag motif that originates from a traditional tie-dye technique from Jaipur known as Leheria (pictured above) and the use of a primary colour palette that is found throughout the sample book. 



I set about producing a new design by using very simple techniques straight onto the screen and canvas, allowing my intuition to guide me building up layers and colours gradually.

After many experiments I created a sample I was happy with and printed it at full size - 80cm x 80cm for the exhibition. Here in the picture above you can see the second colour has just gone down and there is a lovely subtle orange appearing as the two colours overlay.

The final samples can be seen here on our 'projects' page.

India Street's final day is today, the 11th September, so if you want to see the show then you need to be quick! You can find the exhibition at Gayfield Creative Spaces, 11 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh, EH1 3NT


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