ercol hand printed fabric for Tent London

by ercol on August 29, 2012

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It’s not long now to design-lead exhibition Tent London, part of the London Design Week.  This year we’ve commissioned a fabric for the show.  It’s been designed and printed by Tamasyn Gambell.  Tamasyn trained in printed textiles at Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College where she experimented with both fashion and interior print design.  She has previously worked with Louis Vuitton and H&M amongst others.

We asked Tamasyn what had inspired her for the ercol commission and how she went about the process of designing and printing the fabrics:

“My designs are made up of graphic shapes interacting and balancing with one another in repeating patterns. Inspired by architecture, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Constructivism and advertising from the 1930s and 40s my work uses bright colours in bold designs that all work on gridded bases reflecting my mathematical mind.

The base cloths are very important and in this project I have used a lovely textured Irish linen whose rough weave is seen within the print. This combined with the hand printed texture gives these graphic designs a softness and an organic feel and prevents them from being too rigid.

I always start by collecting images that inspire me. Here I was looking at Indian and African textiles and how these echo the graphic nature of the work of contemporary designers. I combined these bold shapes with the clean lines and bright colours of the Art Deco era in the hope of creating timeless designs that won’t date.

My time on the print table is a really important part of the process. Here I expose different designs onto screen and experiment with scale, placement and colour. For me this is where the designs come to life. Its a magical moment when you lift the screen and see how the print and colours have reacted to the base cloth.

I use traditional screen printing methods as I think there is an honesty in the process which is lacking in digital print. The fabric absorbs the pigment and becomes integral to the cloth. You can also see the hand of the maker in the slight irregularities and variations of placement. For me its the small areas of overlap and misalignment that make screen printing so special. These small touches of human error that make a hand screen printed fabric different.”

You can visit ercol at Tent London at the Truman Brewery from 20th-23rd September to see these fabrics on ercol furniture.  Of course we’ll also be bringing you some photos here.

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