BA (Hons) Textile Design students team up with Patternbank

21 May 2021

Students from BA (Hons) Textile Design were given the opportunity to work on a live brief for Patternbank, a global marketplace of surface pattern designs by world-leading creatives.

Students were given the task of creating a fashion print collection inspired by one of the trends boards set by the company: Monochrome Blow Ups, Abstract Layers & Modern Art Deco. The two winners chosen by Patternbank were final year student Molly Smith and second year student Isabella Oakland.

Taking her inspiration from Abstract Layers, Isabella’s collection is aimed at the high-end luxury womenswear market. Her print design is intended for large scale repeats on matching two-piece sets using textured plissé fabric.

Image: Isabella Oakland

Molly’s collection of active leisurewear is also inspired by the abstract layers trend and features elaborate bold shapes taken from tropical flowers and plants designed to be digitally printed on lycra.

Image: Molly Smith

Neil Elliott, Co-founder and director, Patternbank said:

"This is our second live brief with Leeds Arts University and the team were once again impressed with the level of work submitted. The past year has been a challenging time so it was so positive to see the creative way that the students had tackled the brief. All took on the commercial understanding and worked hard on customer research, trends, colour palette work, initial design developments and the important final presentations. There are some super talented designers coming through this course so we can’t wait to see them blossom in the industry over the coming years.”

See more of Molly and Isabella’s winning designs, and highlights from other students here.