Amy Ann Roper

Master of Surface Pattern and Textiles

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About me

Hello, I am a surface pattern designer with a keen interest in wallcoverings and interiors. My work is influenced by the newly emerging movement of Biophilic Design, which encourages the incorporation of natural elements into architecture and interiors, increasing our connection to the natural world to benefit our health and wellbeing.

To participate in this movement, I aim to push the boundaries of wallcovering expectations by using innovative interdisciplinary methods which combine elements of 3D with traditional wallcovering design.

The philosophy underpinning my work is a belief that everyone should have unlimited access to nature, and all design should enhance lives. The intention of my wallcoverings is to provoke an immersive experience of the natural world within interior spaces, by the use of 3D motifs, closely connecting us to our natural environment.

To view my portfolio, please follow the link to my website above.

Based on the principles of Biophilic Design, this project challenges traditional notions of nature-themed wallcoverings through a combination of surface pattern and multidisciplinary techniques. In addition, the focus is to curate an experience of nature through an investigation of scale and three-dimensional motifs to evoke visceral emotional responses, encouraging a sense of immersion and improved wellbeing within modern interior environments. As Kellert (2012) has stated: “We will never be truly healthy, satisfied, or fulfilled if we live apart and alienated from the environment from which we evolved…Lacking beneficial contact with nature, our physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being inevitably suffers.”

Trailing Foliage Panel Mock-up

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3D Modeling of Leaf Motif

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Laser-cut Leaf Motif in Plywood

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Photography experiment to achieve Atmospheric Glow

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Mirrored Trailing Foliage Pattern

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Mirrored Trailing Foliage Mock-up

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Spray paint experiment for Atmospheric Glow brief

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Watercolour leaf illustration with paper leaf attachments

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3D Leaf Visualisation Mock-up

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Keywords: nature, biophilia, biophilic design, surface pattern design, pattern, wallcoverings, interiors, visceral, well-being