K5054 is a pattern and motif driven interiors textile collection based on spitfires and aviation from WWII. Patterned interior textiles can look very feminine and I wished to create a strongly patterned collection whilst maintaining masculinity. The theme of WWII aviation catered to this desire for masculinity, I used very soft yarns like lambswool, chenille and cotton to contrast the potential harshness of the motifs and patterns.
As a designer I enjoy sketching from source to gain a better understanding of key shapes and colours. From these sketches I use CAD to create drafts and peg plans for weave. I had the opportunity to work with large computerised looms with up to 40 shafts available, which gave me a lot of freedom especially when it came to the typography inspired designs. In the future I would be very interested in working with jacquard looms which are not available in university. Although as a student I major in weave, overall I see myself as a textile designer and do not like to limit myself to one area; therefore I have also designed printed textiles using screens to create natural, painterly prints from my initial sketches.