Novembers Designer of the month winner:
Leigh Purves is currently in her final year of studying textile design at Heriot Watt University, specialising in print design for fashion. You can view her work on her social media:
About Leigh Purves:
Leigh loves to create colourful and tactile prints, creating an illusion that her prints aren’t flat on the surface. She begins by researching current trends and seeing how her personal style could fit into the market. Leighs' prints consist mostly of bold, painterly marks using inks, acrylic paint and coloured markers, and she loves to achieve texture through chunky embroidery using interesting threads, beads and sequins. She gains her inspiration from travelling, using the colours and shapes as a basis for her collections. Leighs' honours project this year was initially inspired by the vibrant colours and mismatched mosaics which she found on a trip to Barcelona in May this year, this project has pushed her to really experiment with the way that print and embroidery can fuse together to create something unique and beautiful.
Favourite textile technique: Devorè, hand embroidery, foil printing and fabric manipulation.
Inspirational Designers: Alice Temperly, Vivetta Ponti and Mary Katrantzou.
Dream job: To have my own studio, creating colourful printed and embroidered womenswear garments with a slower production rate, so garments can be a timeless alternative to fast fashion.