Drawing to Fabric – Print design

Bunker Mentality Floral Golf Shirt plus Original Print

How do you go about designing a print?


Designing a print from scratch isn’t easy; it requires drawing and CAD skills. I usually do a quick sketch to get the initial ideas and then go straight to illustrator where the magic begins. I use the computer to create precise repeat patterns that can easily be manipulated. Once the design is complete it’s then onto colour combinations, this can take a little while to get correct. Something that sounds good in your head doesn’t always work out the same on paper.  Patience is key!

Do you have a favourite print you’ve designed for Bunker Mentality?

That would have to be when I designed the paisley print for the SS18 collection. Paisley is such a classic and iconic print that can be altered in so many different ways. Since the 60’s paisley has made a massive comeback within fashion.  Our paisley incorporates a modern twist with its smooth lines and vibrant colour palette.

Bunker Mentality Paisley Golf Shirt plus Original Print

Where does your inspiration come from and how do you stay inspired?

With Instagram at my fingertips this has to be at the top of the list. This was one of the first creative platforms I used to showcase my own personal style. It is a great app that allows you to connect with other like-minded people. I take inspiration from photographers, illustrators, artists and just general imagery that catch my attention.  

The amazing thing about inspiration is that it is all around us, sometimes it just passes us by but for someone like me I can see something in the smallest of things. There may be a pattern on a building, a colour on a street sign or an engraving on the floor. My iPhone is always in my hand waiting to capture just that.  

What are the biggest misconceptions within the fashion industry?

Fashion is always disregarded for being a proper business.  Social media only shows snippets of the end result, it does not show the graft and hard work that goes in everyday.  Fashion is definitely more that just shopping and creating pretty patterns; it is a very fast paced environment.

With two seasons launching each year we have to be way ahead of schedule, even if this means designing 2020 in 2018.  

Come back next week for more from team design.