In this blog post, I outline where my colour inspiration has come from which has led me to develop my own samples further. In response to trend forecasting research on websites like WGSN and Trend Union, I have chosen to take inspiration from soft, earthy colours and tones from nature, focusing in on colours that create a feeling of comfort and protection, homely and natural. My colour inspiration has had to be slightly adaptable to the yarns that I am able to use as I am only using yarns from charity shops, reused surplus yarns or materials from previous projects, in order to act in a more sustainable manner within textile design. For 2020/2021, a surge in repurposing old materials for new products is set, which is why I am going to focus my colour inspiration from this as well as my material collection.
I have chosen to use mainly organic, earthy and natural tones that to me indicate feelings of comfort. Neutral tones create a subtlety that links with the softness and comforting proportions of the yarns I have chosen to work with. I wanted to show in my samples how colour and the tactility of the material together created a sense of warmth and relaxation that connote with the trend predictions of 2020/2021 for loungewear and multi functioning home/work garments. Below I have included some examples of the kinds of silhouettes and proportions that provoked a feeling of comfort, warmth and protection, which alongside 2021 trend predictions, resembles the force to create larger silhouettes which promote comfort, garments that act as more protective pieces which defend against the elements (eg COVID 19) and garments that work for many purposes or have attachable designs that give the consumer more options when buying clothing.
Thick, over sized silhouettes that defend against the elements and protect the wearer. Comfort and warmth, protection and safety.
Chunky yarns create quick, large stitches – multiple purposes for this piece, cover the face, link to COVID mask and protection. Comfort and a homely feel.
Oversized wear, inspiration from the home place – duvet and quilt, from the home to work.