Novembers Designer of the month winner:
Megan Wade is currently studying in her third year on the BA(Hons) Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design degree at Leeds College of Art. You can follow her Instagram page at @meganwadedesign to keep up to date with her journey through her Textile degree.
Megan's design ethos:
The first thing you need to know is that I love materials! I love to create designs that explore tactility and different surface finishes, and being a material innovator, I like to explore materials and ways in which I can combine and manipulate them which emphasises the specific characteristics of each material. I love to develop design ideas that look to the future of textiles and surface pattern and break free from traditional design methods, so I am continuously looking for new processes to experiment with, such as laser cutting, sand blasting and vac forming . My current textile design developments are investigating unconventional textiles such as Latex and PVC which I have manipulated with flocking embellishment to emphasise the intermittent opacities and textures. As a surface pattern designer also, my interest in material innovation has led me to explore architectural materials such as plastics, plaster, metals and concretes. A main focus of my work is to develop new products and designs that haven't previously been explored that engage through textural and aesthetic appeal. The most exciting thing about material innovation is not knowing what to expect when experimenting with different methods and substrates - the trick is to break the rules! Always ask, what if? It may not always go to plan but when it does, it can spark a whole new set of ideas on how to push that material even further!
Favourite textile technique: my favourite technique is either screen printing onto unconventional materials such as plastics, or laser cutting.
Inspirational Designers: designers that are inspiring me at the moment art Jane Bowler, Tiffany Loy and Mary Katrantzou, specifically her AW15 collection. A couple of my favourite designers are Roos Gomperts and Guillermo Mora.
Dream job: It would be to work in the materials innovation department at Nike!