Farrah Seyedi Online portfolio

Hello, My name is Farrah Seyedi who is a Textile Graduate and a textile designer-maker! Here is my portfolio of work I am proud of. Enjoy!

Drawing Project in the first year

Repeat pattern designs inspired by hand rendered shells and abstract circular shapes from the drawing module in first year.

Denim jacket project inspired by stones

A mixture of embroidery, applique and puff painting were used to create relief textures, bringing organic patterns to life.

Denim Jacket photo shoot located at the Plymouth Hoe.

Multiplication cells in collaboration with One Hut Full

While my textile samples were inspired by multiple cells, we collaboration with One Hut Full, by using their white-faced Dartmoor wool and got given a colour palette to work from.

Cellular multiplication samples, using wet felt and a mixture of hand and machine embroidery techniques

Knitted vest inspired by folkloric tales, Hansel and Gretel

Knitted vest consisting of crochet and intricate hand embroidery

Personal Sculptural project

Sunflower, lime and lemons were the focused motifs from the flowers and fruit elements, coming from the instagrammable summer project brief set over the summer holidays.

Hybrid textile samples inspired by a sunflower and lime and lemon , using embroidery threads and cut out acrylic pieces, using laser cutting and embroidery techniques.

Dreamcatcher necklace kits in collaboration with Make at 140

Second Year of Textile Practices collaborated with Make at 140 Vauxhall Street, creating kit products. Dream catcher necklace kits were created consisting of three colour way choices, influenced by dream catcher concept from part 1: Personal sculptural project.

Dreamcatcher necklace kits with three colourways and their components, including ready cut-out acrylic, DMC embroidery thread, jump rings, a needle and a pair of crimps.

Jewellery collaboration inspired by crystals

Repeat pattern designs were produced by using photoshop, replicating drawings with the paint bucket tools, varying group composition and scale.

Rigid repeat patterns using drawings and their colour palette
Cuff shirt bracelet design development with the cuff shirt bracelet

Personal project inspired by Jellyfish

First of all, drawing styling jellyfishes were influenced by a illustrator, Luke Dixon, taking surface pattern development into photoshop.

Varied repeated patterns, demonstrating aquatic colour ways.
A collection of six final jellyfish samples, using printed textiles, applique and embroidery.

Paint Jam Auction at the Plymouth Art Weekender

I painted a square canvas as part of the Plymouth Art Weekender for two and a half days and was on auction for a week, ending up receiving £110.

Stand Out Exhibition at Studio 102

A one week exhibition, which I showcased a square cushion influenced by the Gabbro Mica Schist cushion, consisting of free-hand machine embroidery collaging silver foiled circles onto an organic hand painted background on white fabric.

Joules Live Brief

Joules was one of the live briefs that we were given and were allowed to adapt our colour palette that was given by Senior and Junior Textile Designers. This was one of the live briefs that I have enjoyed across my textiles degree, as I have thoroughly enjoyed the 'British Seaside' concept. As I developed the 'British Seaside' concept further by visiting St. Ives and took photographs exploring unusual angles in order to make my designs look engaging in conversational styles. I interpreted the conversational pathway relating to the seaside concept, by focusing on boats, sea waves, flip flops and beach huts influenced by Remy Goddard, a Printed Textiles graduate from Leeds Arts University.

Two concept boards: Initial starting point (left) and colour palette board (right).
Final collection of samples suggesting a collection of rectangular cushions for textiles for interiors, influenced by DFS who used velvet cotton and cotton fabrics. I used a mixture of screen printing and mixed media in order to add more tactile value to my design collection.

Society of Dyers and Colourists - Nature and Colour

For this competition brief, I bought lilies florals from Marks and Spencers creating blooming movement from the central point, relevant to the 'Nature and Colour' theme. I decided to focus on lilies florals as I am very drawn to colour and patterns within the botanical theme and the ways in which they change form in shape and its hidden intricate details; particularly their petals and transformation. The Lily floral was interpreted into a biomimicry context by looking at how the Lily flower bloomed and observed how the flower changes from a bud through to the fully bloomed flower.

This then allowed me to explore a mixture of intricate and simplified drawings with mark making images, by paying attention to directions and pattern, influenced by this concept.
I produced textural rubbings using lily petals in both colour and black and white
One of my acrylic paintings on the left was responded to creating a lily shaped tufted sample in a style of Vincent Van Gogh
Two of my paintings on the left and right hand-side (middle) were responded to create juxtaposed tufted samples in a style of Patrick Heron, juxtaposing and layering dash mark patterns.
One of my samples on the third photo of this grid were responded to one of my pastel drawings evident in the sketchbook page in a style of Orla Kiely, simplifying the closed-lily shape.
Produced the three lily shapes in response to my three drawings, pastel drawings on the top (left) and pro-marker floral drawing on the top (right) in the style of Kitty McCall.
The blooming lily sample (right) was responded to the acrylic painting on the (left) in the style of Pablo Picasso, which encouraged me to juxtapose the three colours and curvy lines together.

Practice-led dissertation

Four concept boards: 1. Initial starting point, 2. Colour palette board, 3. Sample development and 4. Final visualisation of a sensory beanbag cushion.
My Practice-led dissertation with a sensory beanbag cushion artefact

Adapt, Make and Respond

I chose to re-visit the SDC (Society of Dyers and Colourists) competition brief, which was the lily design that I originally collaged my drawings and paintings together. It took many forms in patterns, colour and is an abstract image taking inspirations from different artists and painters. I have broken down the three words, to show how I responded to each of those three words into different suggested product ideas.

Adapt - I approached this word by closely looking at the abstract marks and patterns into close-up details referencing back to the lily collage. It allowed me to explore adapting the image into bespoke ceramic plates using stoneware clay which involved engraving natural textures onto plates, linking back to the Market research.
A collection of experimental stoneware plates, playing with textural embossing, abstract marks and shape outlines.
Final visualisation of the two plates with knives and forks against the plain white background.
Make - I decided to make rug samples using a variation of yarns, woollen and silk to give a textural depth to the whole lily image, experimenting with the opposite using scale and alternative colours. I decided to explore pastel colours, to link back to the market research, Luke Irwin and Heals, because of using similar techniques and mediums used and the influential use of pastel colours.
Respond - I pushed the level of practical innovations by exploring different processes that led me into making a 3D wallpaper inspired by Aurielle Mosse, (left) macrame using dyed t-shirt yarn suggesting a cushion piping (middle) and natural dyeing fabrics that led me to screen printing with puff binder on top, realising interior fabrics (right).
Round resin samples with loose yarns (left) suggesting a resin necklace and glass sample melted with sprinkles and sticks (right) also suggesting a mosaic window design.

Tactile Textiles

I decided to focus the concept of 'Tactile Textiles', because I really wanted to deepen my understanding and interest into taking the touch and sight senses further from my practice-led dissertation, extending abstract animal patterns further. I took the origination of my practice-led dissertation into a concept of 'Tactile Textiles' by experimenting with scale and pattern.

Abstract animal patterns such as giraffe shapes, tiger and elephant lines, cheetah circles lemur stripes and peacock shapes were my starting points, as I am very drawn to colour and patterns within the nature theme and the ways in which they form in shape and its aesthetic; particularly encapsulating the two of the five senses, touch and sight. Taste was naturally ruled out because of the textile nature of this project. This had originally been informed by my dissertation research which has thoroughly opened many doors to tactility. This allowed me to explore a mixture of intricate and simplified drawings with mark making images, by paying attention to directions and pattern, influenced by this concept and interacting with its adaptability.

Cheetah circles

Close-up cheetah circle using monochrome Indian ink (left) which led me to replicate these circles tufting with with woollen and acrylic yarns (right).
Cheetah circles formed in brick repeat using water colour paints (left). Cluttering french knots to create simplified circles on dyed-velvet cotton fabric (middle) and a collection of medium scaled tufted circles (right).

Elephant wrinkled stripes

Linear elephant wrinkle pattern drawing using black Indian ink (left) and thick cording technique using a variety of yarns together, couching onto felt fabric, to give a three-dimensional aspect (right).

Peacock spots

Mark making the peacock spots, both with cotton buds using the water colour paints (left) and puff binder onto velvet cotton fabric, (middle) and cluttering pom poms together, to give a bumpy dimension using a pom-pom technique by hand (right).
Next, the use of negative space was then explored using black Indian ink (left). I then developed the puff painting technique further; by screen printing the spots on the velvet cotton fabric and layering them with french knots on top (middle) and up-scaled the process in a A3 size (right).

Lemur stripes

Abstract drawing using batik and procion mx dyes (left). Fraying velvet cotton fabrics, detailing the lemur batik drawing in linear composition (middle). Lemur stripes were then up-scaled by fraying the dyed cotton cording rope and juxtaposed them together with straight stitches in the middle (right).


Visualisations of sensorial soft furnishings situated into a sensory room

Screen printing work experience at Zandra Rhodes Enterprise

I was working for Zandra Rhodes for a day in the same week as New Designers. This is where I learnt about and experienced the screen printing industry; involving hands-on screen printing in bigger screens, printing in three different colour ways using different long length fabrics and mixing different colour pigments and binders using syringes.
Here are the photos of each fabric I screen printed and now made into bespoke dresses, which is called the Jubilee collection for Spring Summer 20 season. I am very excited to see that it is now available at Liberty London, in store from Winter 2019/2020. The Jubilee collection consists of jewel flowers and jubilee circles, which celebrates Zandra's 50 years. I am just so happy, proud and grateful that I got the opportunity to see the fabrics I printed being seen at Liberty London both in-store, online and on Zandra Rhodes’ website.

RedPod Artists Exhibition at The Clay Factory

I showcased a square cushion at the RedPod Artists exhibition as part of the Christmas Tree Festival.

Front cushion design (left) and Back cushion design (right)

This cushion fascinates texture and its interesting 3D aspect inspired by peacock spots, adapting colour palette and a slight change of pattern composition. It demonstrates materialistic and tactile love for abstract animal patterns. Velvet cotton dyed with procion MX, DMC embroidery cotton threads and puff paints were layered altogether, using hand embroidery with hand dyeing and hand painting techniques, detailing spot-like patterns, which in itself mimicked the interesting patterns of Peacock spots.

Creating my own folded labels

I printed my own folded labels through Contrado website online, using my textile designer logo (left) and then typed in handmade-designed by me (right).


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