Hi, Emma here. I have written many posts on this blog recently but I’ve never really told you much about me, I’m a student at Huddersfield Uni and I’m studying Surface Design for Fashion & Interiors, I’m currently doing a placement year before returning to Huddersfield in September to do my final year (SCARY). This kind of placement is ideal for experience in the 'interior world'. Also it was a wonderful opportunity to develop a stencil for The Stencil Library!
Helen mentioned that she’s been meaning to get round to creating some new stencils of horses, so she gave me a sort of brief of how she wanted them to look and the style she'd envisaged. This was the brief from Helen 'Asian-ish, Art Deco-ish, line drawing-ish and Chinese watercolour...ish' Then she gave me a few pictures for inspiration and I drew them up onto some drafting film using a 'stencil pencil'.
I imagined the shapes as a border...and that is how I placed them on the film.Actually, I drew three different borders. Chips, the designer then put them into his computer and turned them all into working stencils. The prototypes were then tested with paint onto paper to see how well they worked.
After all three stencils had been tested with much enthusiasm from Helen I wanted to see how well they could work in different rooms at different scales etc. So, I had to call upon my (now slightly rusty) PhotoShop skills. After an hour or so and a few not so pleasant words of a cursing nature I finally managed to refigure out the old tricks and realised that actually my horses stencil did not have to just be a border, they look really good on a super large scale, how easy that’ll be to turn into a stencil I don’t know, sorry Chips!
So keep your eyes open, I don’t know when it (or they) may be in production but it’s very exciting, when you have a stencil library as extensive as this one what’s one more to the collection? :)