Saturday, September 12, 2009

London Eye

My APT summer grant allowed me to take a fabric print design course at Central St. Martin College of Art and Design, which is a part of the University of the Arts in London. The course also served as an introduction to the Adobe Creative Suite, focusing on Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop software. The course was pretty intense, involving five eight hour days learning and designing behind a computer. However, the time flew quickly bye as I (finally ) got the hang of using the software so that I could focus on designing my prints. Luckily my class was small (and quite international): we five representing the United States, Holland, Brazil, Tokyo, and Sweden got much personal instruction from our Scottish teacher. I continue to be amazed by how some prints are made. By creating, copying, reflecting, rotating, manipulating, tracing, and repeating both common and uncommon images from nature, the web, and imagination, the most amazing prints can be made and sold commercially. Adobe Illustrator allows one to manipulate these prints and place them on whatever item is desired, in this case, apparel (also nicely created in Illustrator). My new print design, Photoshop, and Illustrator skills add a whole new dimension to my clothing design and will also enable me to aid in the design of new marketing materials. I am so grateful for this wonderful experience! These are a few of the prints I designed in London.

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