Laura Symes

Artist and Printed Textile Designer for Fashion & Home

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  • LocationSutton, United Kingdom

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About me

 

Floras Addictus I am a print, pattern and flower "O'holic". I love flowers and all things design. I graduated from the Scottish College of Textiles in Galashiels with a BA (Hon's) degree in Industrial Textile Design. (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh). This was a highly creative course, with indepth technical training, on dye chemical recipies, colour theory, weaving and knitting calculations, design and construction, knitted fashion design, with extensive technical training. The full design and production cycle. I was chosen out of 53 student to go on the exchange program with 2 other candidates, I exchanged with the now Design Director for Ralph Lauren, Shira Kaplan; which I hope gives you a flavour of the amazing course and experience gained through my course, and furthered by many years in the industry. I have designed for clients such as Sanderson, Crowson, Gill NoNo (NoNoDesigns) with studio work in New York. I hope you enjoy my designs and look forward to working with you soon. warm regards Laura

Skills

 

  • Fashion
  • Visual Arts
  • Print Design
  • Design
  • Creative
  • Textile Design
  • Indesign
  • Office
  • Word
  • Hand Drawing Skills
  • Illustrator Photoshop Indesign
  • Painting Illustration
  • CAD and Hand Drawn Spec Drawings
  • CAD Scotweave /scotpaint
  • AVA CAD CAM

Work history

2015

Printed Textile Designer

Jun 1996 - Oct 2015
  • Surface printed textile design for fashion home furnishings and surface decoration. Surface designs for womenswear, menswear, accessories and home furnishings • Producing intricate patterns and floral drawings and designs. • Designing patterns and colours to be produced on home furnishings products • Creating mood boards of current trends • Competitor shopping on line and in-store watching key trends and shapes to ensure designs are on-trend. • Clients: Sanderson; Nono-Designs; Harry Griffith Graphic Design Studio, Susanna Sampson; Anne Davidson Designs; Payne and Inc, Scotland, New York Textiles Inc. in N.Y. and Jane Albert design Studio in N.Y.

1999

Designer & Colourist

Crowson

Aug 1998 - Mar 1999
  • A mid level home interiors retailers, specialising in home furnishings; fabrics; wallpaper, curtains, borders and bedding. • Designing patterns and colours to be produced on home furnishings products. • Hand drawing and painting images from real flowers as well as books using gouache, inks and bleaching out techniques. • Hand drawing all over patterns, stripes, ditsy tossed repeats and co-ordinates; by tracing out designs once initial concept was created on worksheets, elements were taken and then traced in to full repeated designs then re-drawn and coloured by hand. • Then images were drawn and painted with rouge on to screen separations on acetate film or photocopied in black or tracing paper and then exposed to screen; coating the screens by hand, then exposing them by hand in the vacuum UV light box. Then developing different colours in the colour-kitchen, and producing different colourways for selection. • The use of AVA CAD CAM, to help organise the designs in to different repeats; to show what these would look like to Mr Crowson, the owner. • Competitor shopping reviewing other home furnishings market leaders and competitors at the same price point. • Creating mood boards and key season colours for use in the designs.

1999

Designer

Sanderson

Feb 1999 - Mar 1999
  • March 1999. Designer. Private Commission. Sanderson http://www.sanderson.com A mid to high level interior design company specialising in well drawn floral prints. • Designing floral patterns to be produced on home furnishings products.

1997

Designer

Nono Designs

May 1996 - Jun 1997
  • A creative designer interior design company for curtain fabric, wallpaper, voiles, border and upholstery designs. • I designed fabrics; wallpaper, voiles and border designs. • Hand drawing and painting images from real flowers as well as books using gouache, inks and bleaching out techniques. • Hand drawing all over patterns, stripes, ditsy tossed repeats and co-ordinates; by tracing out designs once initial concept was created on worksheets, elements were taken and then traced in to full repeated designs then re-drawn and coloured by hand. Then images were drawn and painted with rouge on to screen separations on acetate film and tracing paper and then exposed to screen; coating the screens by hand, then exposing them by hand in the vacuum UV light box. • I have since heard through the industry, that my collection first helped Gill NoNo launch her brand.

1997

Designer

New York Textiles NY. USA

Feb 1997 - Mar 1997
  • A design studio for womenswear RTW and young teenager ranges/ missy market collections. • Designing floral patterns to be produced on fabrics. Purchased by clientele worldwide at major exhibitions such as Surtex, Indigo Premier Vision.

1997

Designer & Design Manager

Jane-albert Design Studio. NY. USA

Jan 1997 - Feb 1997
  • A design studio specialising in floral designs for interiors such as Disney products; bedding, drapery/curtaining and wallpapers etc. • Designing floral patterns to be produced on fabrics. Purchased by clientele worldwide at major exhibitions such as Disney, Surtex, Indigo Premier Vision. • Looking after the studio acting as a design manager, whilst the owners were over seas on a buying and sourcing trip to Turkey. • Acting as a runner, finding my way around New York to deliver designs’ to Disney and other clients.

1996

Designer, Printer and Maker

Harry Griffith Graphic Design Studio

Jun 1996 - Aug 1996
  • A Graphic Design studio based in the heart of the Scottish Borders region. Bespoke Printed Lengths designed and printed for the interior of the studio. Harry still has the pieces today, still hanging, however they have now been moved to his home in Spain.

1995

Design Assistant & Printer

Timorous Beasties

Mar 1995 - Jun 1995
  • A designer and high end purveyor of luxury interior design fabrics and wallpapers. • Fabric, wallpaper & border designs were printed for sample books. • Wallpaper designs were printed for the interior of a Bar in the City Centre of Glasgow, “The Living Room”. • Exposing images on to screen using the home made light box with bricks to weight down the screens and a shower to wash off screens in the early days of Timorous Beasties setting up. • Mixing up colour pigments in the colour kitchen. • Setting up the screen table by using the repeat blocks attached to the table, setting up the screens and then two man manual printing with Paul Simmons; creating the wallpapers by hand for the interior of the city Centre bar. • In addition I was invited to teach school children the processes involved in silk screen-printing. • Driving skills were employed to drive Paul to and from sites around Glasgow.

Education

2013

Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign CS6

Scola. Sutton College of Adult Learning. London Borough of Sutton. Surrey. UK

Feb 2013 - Mar 2013
  • I took this course as a refresher, as most of my knowledge has been learned at colleges, institutions or in the work place; however I am fully computer literate to an excellent and very high level; • Proficient in Illustrator, Photoshop, (CAD), Acrobat packages. Corel Draw. SCOTPAINT on the SCOTWEAVE system. (Similar to Ned Graphics, Poincare and AVA programs). All transferable CAD skills for AVA CAD CAM. With knowledge of HTML.

1996

BA(Hons) in Industrial Textile Design

The Scottish College of Textiles Heriot-watt University

Aug 1991 - Jun 1996
  • Textile Design and Technology, print, weave knit, and fashion knitted textiles. BA. (Hon’s) in Industrial Textile Design and Technology. Dissertation/Design Report: “A Gardiner’s Own Guide to Growing a Flower Collection”. Inspired by the Cathedral made of carved white marble in Lyon France. “Church of our Lady” Notre Dame De Fourvier. Specialist Subject / Majored in: Industrial Textile Design and Technology Specialising in Printed Textiles. Studies undertaken: Creative & Technological Studies: - Business & Academic Studies: - Loom Woven Textiles And Technology Business Studies Machine Knitted Textiles And Technology Human Resource Management And Law Fashion Knitted Textiles And Technology Business Accounting Management And Law CAD On The Scot-Weave/Scot-Paint System Marketing Studies / Analysis Of Target Markets Trend Prediction And Mood Boards Professional Practice Of Design Graphic Design And Processes Report Writing & Market Analysis Fashion Illustration Copyright Design Law Visual Studies: - Drawing And Painting History Of Art Technical Skills; Dyeing: Using dyes such as reactive, acid, procion, pigment, blend & union dyeing (yarn, fabric & fibre), colour mixing & sampling for both paper & fabric, (Making & mixing pigment, dye, manutex, discharge, & devoir, recipes). Printing: Designing, screen preparation, Silk Screen fabric printing on fabric & paper, Silk Screen edition printing, mono printing & etching. Use of layouts, colour separation, registration ready for exposition with flatbed set up, and good technical knowledge of rotary and digital printing. Weaving: Designing, dobby hand loom weaving, warp preparation, peg plan design, drawing etc., construction and design. Good knowledge of woven structures, (honeycomb, twills, herringbone, dogtooth etc.) Knitting: Designing, hand knitting, machine dubied V-bed, Knowledge of knit structures, (lace, rib, cable, effect etc.). Casting on, welt edge, alternating colour carriers, and design.

1996

Design and Making Shoes With, Darla Jane Gilroy

Central Saint Martins. London, England. UK

Mar 1996 - May 1996
  • Designing and making shoes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darla_Jane_Gilroy http://www.thefutureperfect.co.uk/

1992

Exchange

Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science

Jul 1992 - Dec 1992
  • Exchange Student; chosen out of 53 classmates to represent my college on exchange. Majored in: Printed Textile Design and Science. Additional studies were taken in: Figure Fashion Drawing, CAD, Garment Structures and Pattern Cutting with Technology. Garment Structures; http://faculty.philau.edu/likensj/T918.html Pattern Cutting and Sewing (For Clothing and Home Furnishings): Knowledge of pattern cutting, blocks, sewing, toile make up and fitting.

1991

NC (national Certificate) in Art and Design

The Falkirk College of Technology Falkirk, Scotland, UK

Jul 1988 - May 1991
  • This consists of over 47 modules in art and design and Jewellery making skills. Primary Subject: Jewellery Design. Secondary Subject: Ceramic Design and Figure Sculpture. Other SCOTVEC modules include: Photography, Spatial Design, Technical Drawing, Stained Glass Techniques, Drawing and Painting (figure and life). German, English and Communication Skills.

Awards

2008

Predict The Best Sellers' - Colefax & Fowler

1996

New Designers, London. UK

New Designers

1996

The Clothes Show Live. London. UK

1992

Philadelphia Exchange Programe. Philadelphia. USA

1985

High School Athletics Champion