I feel very fortunate to be working in the field of Digital Textile Design with so much exciting work happening, it's a positive area in difficult economic times. Digital textile design is enabling creativity and new concepts for design to florish. My particular interest lies in people designing and making their own textiles which digital textiles is allowing. Small print runs are possible, the combination on low and high tech processes are being explored, social textile communities are thriving. Digital Print bureau's becoming the new localised industries. It's not only the catwalk designer utilising and having field day with digital printing but the small maker is feeling empowered and having so much fun. DIY digital design is the future!
During 2011 I was lucky to work on a range of projects, a collaboration with Dr Emma Neuberg and the V&A developing a pioneering workshop using methods of co-design with formation of The People's Print and a FaceBook page. The success of this continues in the new year with a new workshop in the Spring 'The Great British Floral'.
An exchange in Finland with Hamk University allowed me to explore the concept of print identity. The invitation to exhibit at Handmade, FutureEverything last June confirmed the growing movement in DIY digital design. The touring exhibition Labcraft 'Digital adventures in contemporary craft' by the Craft Council continues to show across the UK.
And finally the completion of the second edition Digital Textile Design proved the interest in Digital textile design and the desire for knowledge in this area is growing.
This year I embark on a new book, with the focus on the wearer being at the center of the design process through a series of step by step tutorials, once again to empower everyone to make and create their own textiles. The future looks bright for digital textile design.
I thank you all for your support and wish you a very happy and productive new year!