I’m Samantha Jayne Wood a twenty something surface pattern designer, who has just graduated from The University of Bolton with first class honours on the Textile/Surface Design course. I have just completed a two week placement with Hallmark which I won through a live brief at University.
‘I specialise in creating colourful and playful designs using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. My style combines loose drawing and mark making to create a simple clean aesthetic. A range of techniques were used to create my observational drawings, these were then manipulated using CAD skills. Photoshop computer manipulation enabled me to create a variety of repeat patterns and designs using my observational drawn and hand painted studies for my collections.’
“My latest project theme involved researching organic forms and nature including plants, flowers, insects and butterflies. It explores these aspects, which have been developed for different collections of giftwrap, greetings cards, scarves and stationery. Initial research began by taking my own photographs of plants and flowers, visiting trade shows International Spring Fair and Interiors UK and exploring relevant websites such as WGSN and Print and Pattern Blog.
Studying ‘Textiles/Surface Design’ as a degree has enhanced my passion. I now plan to further pursue design for the greetings/stationery market and hope to gain as much work experience within design companies to gain my dream job as a surface designer in a contemporary and commercial design studio. I will be exhibiting my final collection at New Designers part one at the design and business centre London this June.”