This page provides a selection of my textile design entries for international fashion print competitions. I began to enter the competitions in 2013 to allow myself to be more experimental and artistic than my everyday commercial print design assignments. There are 3 winning designs (pictured below) for Front Row Society. They are a prestigious fashion print company based in Berlin who sell online but also in many leading department stores across Europe. They usually select 15-25 winners from approximately 400 international entries for each competition. In addition to winning a cash prize and having the winning designs commercially produced as silk scarves or leggings, it gives the entrant the opportunity to meet lots of other international designers and share ideas, technical advice, interpretation of the briefs and encouragement. We are inspired by each other's creativity. Please note: they do not seem to be running any design competitions currently (June 2016). Check their facebook page for new updates.
The first image (directly below this text) is my scarf design called Carousel, which I based on photographs of a photographic slide projector. The second image shows 2 photos of the design printed as a cashmere scarf. It was printed and produced by Front Row Society. I did not realise it was such a success with their customers until I received my first sales report. It was one of their best selling designs of the season.
One of the competitions was called "Rorschach" which required entrants to create a design using the technique of splashing ink onto paper and then folding the paper and pressing the halves together to create a mirrored image. I made several attempts at the technique and one of my finished ink papers resembled a creature, which is part mouse, part bear. I scanned the print into my laptop and created a repeat pattern using multiple copies of the creature in different sizes. You can see the image below; it is black, white, grey and peach coloured. The Rorschach test was a psychological test used in the 1960's, which was created by Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach in 1921. It helps some psychologists to establish a person's emotions and personality characteristics. It is widely used in US and Japan but in UK psychologists rarely use it as they are sceptical of its validity. Despite it's debatable effectiveness, it's a great technique for creating unique unpredictable artwork!
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Textile Design for scarf competition. It is titled Carousel because I took photographs of a photographic slide projector carousel to make the design
just received my first sales report for my winning scarf design from Berlin company. it's one of their best selling designs of the season. I had no idea of the volumes involved. thrilled!
Design by Patrick Moriarty called "Hurricane" for a Front Row Society (FRS) Competition. The theme was "Papercut Ornaments" and we were encouraged to explore the infinite possibilities of papercutting, tiny intricate patterns, formed with all the precision of a laser. I began with this concept in mind but soon went off on my own tangent using photography and handpainted backgrounds. Entry submitted in October 2014. Feel free to vote for it using the link
A design competition for scarf prints using the Rorschach technique resulted in this artwork. I splashed ink onto paper and then folded it. The image that emerged resembles a mouse or bear
Patrick Moriarty design called "Mod Jazz" for Front Row Society (FRS) Competition. My entry was chosen amongst more than 400 entries internationally as one of the winners. The theme was Hommage A Matisse and we were encouraged to use a cut out technique similar to the way Matisse made his paper collages.Entry submitted in May 2014.
Patrick Moriarty design called "Mesh Up" for Front Row Society (FRS) Competition. My entry was chosen amongst more than 400 entries internationally as one of the winners. The theme was Graphic Lace and we were encouraged to use images of architectural structures in our designs. I incorporated one of my photographs of the roof of the British Museum. Entry submitted in November 2013.
Winning Design by Patrick Moriarty for Front Row Society (FRS) Competition. The design is called "Carousel". The theme was Homespun Wisdom. Entry submitted in February 2014. It was chosen as one of the winning designs from more than 400 international entries.
Patrick Moriarty design for Front Row Society (FRS) Competition. The theme was Twisted Thread. I created kaleidoscopes with colourful wool. The design is called "Wooly Bully". Entry submitted in December 2013.
A Textile Federation competition. The theme was Future Bio. I created some petals from enlarged microscopic images of organic structures. The design is called "Petal Lucidia". Entry submitted in November 2013.
A Textile Federation competition in November 2013. Detailed pics of my design "Petal Lucidia" and positive comments from viewers who include: Sara Kramer, Elmira Amirova, Joos Sandbrink, Stefano Maggi, Ann Bartlett, Kim Saunders and Gabriela Fuente. Many thanks!