Rhys Smith

Textile Design, BA (Hons)

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About me

Hi, I’m Rhys,

I’m based in the Preston area and I find inspiration in local wildlife to create bold contemporary prints through the means of Screen printing as well as digital print making methods. I enjoy exploring the juxtaposition of contrasting themes, often merging straight lines with organic shapes and artificial colours with natural tones.

My work often has a regard for sustainability, as throughout my projects, I consciously use papers, fabrics and wood that are FSC certified or made from recycled materials to minimise the impact that my creativity has on our planet.

Life in lockdown felt as though it had two very different sides. One of which was sitting on the couch with a remote in my hand, the other consisting of walking through a park with the sun on my face and the sound of rustling trees filling my ears. I present a project that explores the emotions an individual could experience during lockdown, looking at the juxtaposition of technology and leafy plants through surface pattern design. I have combined artificial colours and natural tones, straight lines and organic curves, as well as traditional and digital printing techniques.

An A4 development collage, made using sections of relief prints and painted papers. This particular collage resulted in some more inspired prints.

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An A3 relief print, that features elements of collage and a play on alternative colour composition.

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A concept board, I created for Graduate Fashion Week, that explores the idea of printed shirts and features of my favourite patterns and prints.

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These fabric samples are digitally printed with my original surface patterns and feature my glitched leaf and flower designs.

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These fabric lengths are digitally printed with my chosen surface patterns.

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An abstract screen print. This close-up image of my hand screen printed design features technology inspired shapes and dissected leaf silhouettes.

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A 14 x 14 inch original framed artwork. This abstract design has been printed by hand in a blue, yellow and beige colourway, then finished with white stitch.

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A 14 x 14 inch original framed artwork. This abstract design has been printed by hand in a blue, yellow and beige colourway, then finished with white stitch.

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A 1 meter wide and 2.5 meter long fabric length that combines influences from negative space drawings and abstract shapes.

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An upcycled stool that has been hand printed using the same screen printing techniques as my previous artwork. It portrays my focus on sustainability, as it breathes new live into an old piece of furniture.

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Keywords: surface pattern, textiles, print, nature, lockdown, silhouettes, abstract, upcycled, upcycle, screen print, handprinted, screenprinted, block print, lino print, relief print, stitch, embroidery