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Roisin Ballinger

My ethos for this brief was to explore the concept of recycling vintage, remnants and deadstock textiles and embrace the tradition of chintz print by using my own approach print development. I am inspired by the historical links between the Tuscan countryside, Venice, Morocco, and India. The history of the Silk Road that linked these societies is evident in the colour and interior décor of their domestic environments. Strong vibrant hues of pink, Indian yellow and lime green resonate with suggestions of sun-soaked landscapes and interiors of southern Europe, North Africa and India.

I wanted to demonstrate the concept of using pattern that can sit in an interior and fashion context by using motifs inspired by the artists of Charleston and Fortuny in Venice. Pattern is applied with silk screens but with a block print aesthetic. Using procion dyeing techniques to develop coherent colour outcomes I used deadstock and vintage fabrics to create a collection of printed textiles that are suitable for interior furnishing and fashion applications. I would like these prints to be used and loved for many years and not for the whim of one season.