I wanted to experiment with the dyes at college before I started dyeing with my natural dyes. I tried to make colours that were similar to the colours I had created with the avocado and cabbage dyes I had done, although I couldn’t get the right colour for the cabbage. I also mono printed into my designs because I want to add a more detailed layer to my FMP. I wanted my samples to have a hand-drawn feel and be bold and striking, similar to Lucienne Days work. I stared with a base of block shapes and colours using the dyes and then worked into them with monoprint and pen for the paper study. I really love the patterns I have created, and I think the colours I have chosen go well together, which is a good indication that my two natural dyes will go well together as well. If I had more time, I would make I lino block of the more detailed parts to give a more even and precise look to the samples.
Lucienne Day was one of the most influential textile designers in post-war Britain, and many of her patterns are still used and appreciated today. She is most well known for her calyx print, which led to the new age of bright, fun prints. Day was inspired by nature and the geometric shapes of flowers and grasses. I love the big blocks of colours she uses in her work, and the way she softens the blocks of colour with detailed illustration is really effective.