Design Story: The Vine Print

Author: Mel Broughton   Date Posted:25 June 2018 

Take a closer look at the design process behind our latest print.

 

 

 

It begins with a moment of inspiration and from there a lot of experimentation!

 

Continue reading as Bamboo Body’s textile designer Mel opens up about her design process from idea to completion.

 

 

 

 

Subject Matter:

 

At Bamboo Body we like our prints to be inspired by nature. With the simple vine as the subject matter I began experimenting and researching. I love how vines climb up trees reaching for the light, their beauty is found in how chaotic they can become!

 

 

Style:

 

We kept a monochrome colour palette so that this print could be adapted into any wardrobe. The whole collection focuses on minimalistic style and the essentials for every wardrobe so it was important to design a pattern that would fit with this vision. I drew the vines vertically to elongate the body and give flow and direction to the print. 

 

 

Process:

 

This print was created with a permanent marker, ink and a paint brush. I wanted it to have a very hand drawn feel and abstract look to keep in step with our brand. I began to draw the vines with the marker then I would go back in with the ink, allowing it to bleed and for a natural gradient to appear.

Through the process of digital printing you’re able to see the gradient I created in the actual print. I love how it looks like it has actually been painted directly onto the dress!

 

 

Context:

 

This print is for anyone! It has been printed on a classic shirt dress (all will be revealed soon!). You can dress it up with some heels for a night out to dinner or keep it casual by pairing it back with some leggings and boots. The dress is even maternity suitable. It’s versatile and stylish, you can’t go wrong!

 

I loved making this print, I hope you love wearing it!

 

-Mel

 

 

 
 

Comments (5)

Yes and there are so many vine shapes and styles

By: on 26 June 2018
It will take you a life times to draw them all but what a legistry to leave behind much better to wear mother natures creations then the hash shape of triangles and squares. Go to it Mel

Bamboo Body Response
So true! There's so much inspiration to be found in nature!

Shirt dress

By: on 26 June 2018
Hi there, I am 158cm tall with a very small frame. Would this shirt dress suit short legs? My problem is usually that the clothes are too long or the shoulders are too wide (as with the boatnecks). The vine pattern is lovely and I am looking forward to seeing it in action.. Thanks

Bamboo Body Response
Hey! The shirt dress is a shorter style so it should still be above your knees. It also has a tie which would cinch it in at your waist which could help with your small frame and make the dress shorter. You can have a closer look at it here: http://www.bamboobody.com.au/woven-bamboo-shirt-dress And if it doesn't suit you it can always be returned :)

Vine print

By: on 26 June 2018
I love the print. Would love to see it as a top. I’m not much of s dress person.

Bamboo Body Response
Nice, I like that idea!

Vine print

By: on 26 June 2018
I love the print. Would love to see it as a top. I’m not much of s dress person.

Bamboo Body Response
Thanks! Great idea!

Exciting

By: on 26 June 2018
Am looking forward to seeing print made up. Love the design. Can't go wrong with black/grey/white. My favs.

Bamboo Body Response
Thank you! You're right, monochrome is so good!

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