Megan’s soothing colour schemes compliment wonderfully the natural world she is inspired by. I really enjoyed seeing how her work transforms from watercolour to fabric. Thanks for writing this interesting article for us Megan, and good luck with your future as a Textile Designer, we are sure you will go far!
Megan McCutcheon – BA Graduate in Textiles for Fashion & Interiors
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My name is Megan McCutcheon and I am an emerging creative designer and recent BA (hons) graduate in Textiles for Fashion & Interiors. I have a huge passion for all aspects of textile design, from tactile creations to digital design, and enjoy every moment of the creative process.
I have spent the past 8 years studying Textiles from GCSE level to undergraduate. My time spent at Cardiff Metropolitan University has been incredibly important in the development of me as a designer, and I have been fortunate enough to explore a multitude of textile techniques such as digital and hand print, stitch, embroidery, laser cutting, and digital design.
The natural world is a continuous inspiration to my work; being a lover of the outdoors and living in the Welsh countryside for my entire life has enabled me to access beautiful surroundings. My most recent collection which featured in my degree show takes inspiration from the stunning patterns and shapes revealed in aerial landscape photography. My designs focus on the contour lines of the land and intricate patterns of vegetation and rock formations.
I have an immense passion for colour which plays a very important role in my work, particularly in my current collection. It is a longstanding belief amongst psychologists that colour, in an interior environment, can effect ones mood. My dissertation investigated these theories, with fascinating results.
Findings suggest blue and green can evoke feelings of calm and tranquility, whilst orange helps to create energy and excitement. With this in mind, I have designed two collections: ‘Tranquil’ and ‘Energise’. Introducing soft blues and muted greens, ‘Tranquil’ aims to help create a calm, cool, fresh and relaxing environment, whereas ‘Energise’ aims to create an uplifting, invigorating and vibrant environment.
I envisage my designs to be used for interior products such as sofas, cushions, and curtains, but their versatility means they can also be applied to stationery or fashion accessories.
Previous projects include a ‘Pond Life’ themed greetings card collection, which was part of a University module working alongside gift packaging and stationary specialists International Greetings.
Plans For The Future
Now that I have finished University I will focus on developing new and exciting designs for fabric (printed by Liberty Press, of course!) to be made into products to sell. I have already set up a small business based on Facebook which I also intend to expand! More information and images of my work can be found on my website.