The Graduate: Laura Nadile


Inspired by the magical illustrations of M.C. Escher, designer Laura Nadile uses placement prints to amplify her designs.

What was the main source of inspiration behind your textile & fashion designs?

The main source of my inspiration for my textile designs was the artworks of M.C Escher. Motivated and intrigued by his art, which focused on architectural illusions and impossible constructions. His intricate detailing and the imaginative forms are what originally drew me in.

How were the ideas behind the prints developed?

The prints developed by initially sketching whatever ideas popped into my head, whilst using impossible objects and Escher artworks as the source of my inspiration.

I began to scan my hand drawn images into Photoshop and manipulate them.

Escher’s ‘Tetrahedral Planetoid’ 1954 (pictured below) was particularly intriguing to me; there’s so much depth to it.

Escher's "Tetrahedral Planetoid", 1954

Escher’s “Tetrahedral Planetoid”, 1954

I decided to appropriate the image; I attempted to delve into my own alternate reality and really allow myself to let go, freely drawing any conceptual forms that I thought of. I always kept the main concept in mind though, which was structural illusions.

What are your thoughts on the direct-to-fabric digital print technology that Think Positive offers?

The direct-to-fabric printing has been such a rewarding process for me. There is no limitation when it comes to creating new and exciting prints.

It is so thrilling to see my artwork printed at such high quality, each inherent detail is as vivid as the original design.

I have been printing with Think Positive for 2 years now on various projects and have been extremely happy with every outcome. The fabric quality and service is so professional. I can’t wait to return with a new print design!

 What influenced your decision on fabric choices for this collection?

Always having in mind what women feel comfortable in. The selection was made up of stretch cottons, silk faiels and lightweight cotton linens fabrics in which are breathable as well as not allowing one to feel restricted.

The digitally printed fabrics had sheen, to make the prints to stand out.

Textured leathers were also used to give the garments another element of interest complimenting the overall looks.

How would you describe your design style?

I like to use structured lines with the combination of vibrant prints and various textural fabric combinations.

Creating garments that compliment the female form is very important. Women have to feel stylish, as well as look incredible. An element of this success is creating an innovative print and designing it’s placement and direction on the garment.

My focus is to produce a holistic design. Keeping in mind when designing every element has a purpose, that constantly relates back to the overall concept and range.

What do you enjoy most about the creative process?

The evolution of a design is such a rewarding process.

Being able to witness the lifecycle of the process starting from the initial sketches to the design development and finally realisation is such a thrill.

Having the ability to create something original from the cut to the print; something that you have worked so closely with, in the end feels like a great achievement.

What’s in store for you in 2013?

Studying fashion design has been a large part of my life so far.

I would love to take a break to work, as well as concentrate my time on expanding my original print library.

Developing my skills is also important, the world is my oyster and I can’t wait to explore all my creative options.

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