Print, Make, Wear is a new release from Laurence King Publishing. It’s by Melanie Bowles, a textile designer and senior lecturer in Digital Textile Design, and The People’s Print, an online resource and community, co-founded by Bowles.
Print, Make, Wear lifts the lid on digital textile design and explains all the techniques required to make your own designs using Photoshop and Illustrator, in accessible step by step guides using 11 different project tutorials.
Several of the projects have been produced by other contributing designers, and are based on classic textile decoration techniques or designs such as plaid, patchwork, embroidery, cross-stitch and tie-dye. It’s a interesting to see these traditional, time-consuming, craft techniques reimagined and reproduced as accessible digital designs and patterns.
Some of the projects such as the floral one above, involve some ‘hands on’ process. In this instance painting some unique, black floral shapes to be scanned and converted, coloured and built up into a complex looking floral repeat pattern, inspired by the great Liberty floral fabrics.
Other projects in the book show you how to turn illustrations, colouring in and photographs into bold, digital pattern designs.
Each project requires basic Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator knowledge and differ in complexity, but the simple step-by-step instructions are clear and easy to follow. The book doesn’t show you how to make any actual garments, it’s all about the fabric patterns here – the finished garments are merely a visual demonstration of what you could make and how you could wear your handmade fabric.
The Foreword pushes the DIY philosophy of the book: “The DIY design revolution is at your finger tips with Print, Make, Wear” and it certainly is. The book gives you all the tools and experience you need to go forth and create your own, unique designs and turn them into whatever you wish from clothing to home furnishings, with the emphasis on individual creativity.
The back of the book contains a very useful resource with lists of digital fabric printers who will print small runs, as well as tips for making your new fabric into something wearable. There’s also a list of which patterns were used to make the garments in the photos, if you wanted to reproduce what’s in the book.
Print, Make, Wear is published on 23rd March 2015 and will be available from all good book sellers. It’s also available directly from the publishers HERE.