Love Paper

Hughes, Julie (2018) Love Paper. [Artefact]


The output is an artefact, an illustrated book commissioned by a leading children’s’ book publisher in the UK. Research process: The premise of the book was to create a modern collection of illustrations and co-ordinating surface pattern designs aimed at a contemporary market. There are several illustration themes running through the book based on popular childrens’ narratives. The artefact was developed through technical investigation and documentation of AVA CAD/CAM software and exploring new digital methods using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Design exploration of Hughes’ practices occurred in collaboration with industry partners as a direct response to this software. Research insights: The research identified how illustration and co-ordinating surface pattern designs could work together to create a modern collection that would appeal to a contemporary audience. There has been a resurgence towards utilising traditional drawing methodologies which and then explored further through digital solutions. Graduate designers need to utilise all these skills to meet industry standards. Further insights into Hughes’ practice considers how these methods can be employed in design education. Dissemination: The artefact was showcased at the world’s leading professional children’s book fair, La Fiera del Libro per Ragazzi in Italy April 2018. It was also presented at The Textile Society Conference, Manchester in April 2019.

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