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Textile Print Design Trends

Vintage Designs

Coming into an era where everyone is beginning to love getting nostalgic vibes which can be seen from trends in technology like polaroid cameras becoming more popular for their vintage feel and even old video game consoles from the 80’s and 90’s being re-released. The search for nostalgia has also hit the fashion and textile designs industry with the now sought after vintage look that can be seen in various forms. One of the forms we speak of is Tartan, a design worn by Highlanders for hundreds of years, however in respect to fashion, it just so happened to be the punk era that revived the check into the edgy, ‘fringe’ trend textile designs we know today. Another trend we tend to see yo-yo in and out since the 60’s is tie dye. Rather than seeing the bright and vibrant colours, in modern tie dye textile designs you’re more likely to  find more pastel and unfaded looks. You can’t get more nostalgic than cartoons from your childhood so you guessed it! Nowadays there’s an abundant trend of working in Carebears, unicorns and teddy bears into a trendy vintage look.

Liberty Florals

With Liberty style Florals making their way back into the scene they could continue to be on trend so it is worth becoming comfortable with liberty floral textile designs now and into the future. We have borrowed Sara, our head of design and strategy to explain how to create a Liberty in line with contemporary styles we are seeing nowadays. Despite liberty floral textile designs appearing simple, they can actually be rather complex to create and some of the best ways to provide that modern feel is to experiment with layouts. As a starting point try placing the micro florals on a diagonal or even in a patched pattern to create dimension and interest. Have a go at creating clusters of florals and disperse them in different densities around your canvas and place your elements in a shape like a diamond or square for a sportier spin. Despite the endless ways to paint the little flowers, there’s known to be a few ways to make floral textile designs standout. If you’re really looking to pull that extra attention, draw your line work in colour (not black) and then use a more naive hand to colour in the elements. We don’t get too concerned about getting the lines filled in perfectly as the off registration look can give it authenticity and a more vintage vibe like Zimmermann has done recently. Finally, trying giving off a more rustic look with a micro floral sans key lines.


Pastels in 2020

There’s a good chance you are seeing pastel shades show up more and more in the latest textile designs as we move through 2020. Let us cover some of the hottest tips on the best ways to go about leveraging off pastel shades in current textile designs. With combinations like lilac and pink, mints and blues as well as seeing yellow and pink being used in textile designs that have appeared on runways across the globe, let us details how to best use pastel shades in your work. As a starting point we recommend getting out there and doing some of your own personal due diligence. The best way to get into the thick of it is by doing a deep dive into thrift shops to really soak up the vintage vibes. Now that you have an appreciation for some original designs you should start considering the colours you want to incorporate into your design to help you at least for your design foundation. Often there will be some troubleshooting along the course of your design in which case you should try shocking yourself by throwing in a more darker tone to offset some of the pastel shares. At some point you need to really consider how the design will print. This can catch out some designers as they will view their design on screen and assume the shades won’t change once printed on fabric. This is when it pays to have some variation between the tones of your mids and the off-white of the fabric base.


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