Decembers Designer of the month winner:
Jemma Marston is a recent graduate from Leeds College of Art. She has achieved a First Class Degree in BA (hons) Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design. She continues to work on freelance and personal projects relating to her practice.
Jemma is a Print Designer and Surface Decoration Creator who has a passion for combining digital and hand processes to create an innovative approach to surfaces for textile purposes both print and embellishment based. She enjoys exploring using different substrates and processes and combining them together to create often unusual but interesting results. The process of designing as a whole excites her. From initial drawing and markmaking stages to the experimentation of processes and then to the final print. Combining print and embellishment techniques primarily for fashion surfaces is Jemma's main focus within her practice, but she has branched off into other areas such as jewellery, which she is currently developing. She feels that pushing the boundaries of traditional textile design and how to create innovative and tactile results is a must! Changing the way we think about textiles and the way in which we work is also important to her also! During her time at university, she learnt to push against the traditions and to experiment with the unknown and sometimes against the expected.
Favourite textile technique:
Combining print (both digital and screen printing) and embellishments such as embroidery & beading.
Designers that inspire:
Mary Katrantzou (Spring Summer 2016 collection), Matthew Williamson & Clover Canyon (spring 2016 collection) to name a few.
Somewhere surrounded by beads, embellishments and fabrics to create as many exciting projects as possible, maybe in my own studio some day!