A pioneering workshop devised by The People’s Print, ‘Born to be Wild’ ran in parallel to the blockbuster exhibition Postmodernism Style and Subversion 1979-1990 at the V&A museum 2011. The group created the first co-design swatch book, a new collaborative methodology for digital textile print, future community generations and entrepreneurship.

The Swatchbook Begins!!


This is a working draft only to aid with teaching!



An amazing afternoon of voting for the designs to go in our first collective ‘Born to be Wild’ swatch book! choosing fabric and now off to the printers, Ready to Share – Print – Wear !

Notes on Colour!


Inspired by the Postmodernist theme, a colour scheme might be based upon an image taken from the exhibition or a found one that relates.
Emma Neuberg returns to the Las Vegas theme as it explicitly echoes the original thematic groupings, Subversion/Chaos and Humour/Fun.
Taking a neon sign to start, she selects 6 colours (there is a yellow ochre and an ochre with a hint of chartreuse in the original selection, as seen momentarily in the image!) and applies different shades and tints to get an idea of the feel of her collection.
If you have time, why not select a couple of photos to work out your own selection of colours (or alternative possibilities for a different season) and imagine how these may look.What message might they communicate on the body – evening wear, luxury accents, resortwear, teenwear or nu rave, for instance?!

Today’s Techniques – Photomontage As Graphic Repeat Pattern!!


The print on the right, called DoloresDollares!, demonstrates several overlays with the top one being a repeat pattern of the neon dollar sign. Today, we’ll demonstrate how to create this repeat pattern and how  to play around with the colours!


This print, called FiorucciFelony!, demonstrates several overlays with the top one being a repeat pattern of the lipstick photo doctored in “Filter > Sketch > Halftone Pattern”and placed in a special surprise repeat!
Play around with “Filter > Sketch > Halftone Pattern” (it’s instant and fun), on all your photographic motifs to create a really “graphik” look!
See if you can create a similar grouped motif yourself. Remember to use the maths as your guide!

Learning From Las Vegas!

Learning From Las Vegas by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown is the seminal “introducing postmodernism” text that kickstarted an entire movement in words, images and architecture. Humour, chaos, subversion, wit and pluralism is what followed: the postmodern ethos, aesthetic and way of life for a generation that didn’t even know it!
These images build upon The People’s Print tutorials demonstrated at the V&A on October 21st 2011. They introduce layering, plagiarism, bricolage, chaos, futility and humour in design in true postmodernist style!
Clockwise from Top Left:
LemonGrandmasterFlash!, SunshineFiesta!, TangyConfetti!, TuttiFruttiAliens!, FormicaFlurry!, MatisseFusion!, StakesOnTheTable!, NightimeBoogieBox!, JazzBlend!, TequilaSunrise!, PeachyMeccano! and ZingyZigzag! All mash-ups of Neuberg, Bowles, Behseta, du Pasquier and Basso&Brooke.

‘Make Your Mark’ Digital Freehand!


Post Modernism freehand, The Cloth for Betty Jackson, Fraser Taylor, Keith Haring



As a textile student of the 80’s I was influenced by the young London textile collective The Cloth who all met at the Royal College of Art. During the period of 1983-88 they produced an energetic body of work against the harsh backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain, moving freely between Fine art and design projects, designing record sleeves for Spandau Ballet, Altered States and print collections for Paul Smith and Betty Jackson to name a few. The design collective co-founded by Fraser Taylor, David Band, Helen Manning and Brain Bolger established a thriving collaborative studio.
‘The initial idea was very simple, to make it easier for ourselves. We had similar ideas so we thought why not join together and work with one aim as opposed to fighting against one another for work’



Digital translation of work freehand, beautiful effects achieved with scanned collage, overlays, brushes, gradients and filters.


Making Patterns


Making patterns’ at the V&A, building a pattern from  a simple collage with the duplicate, flip and Pattern Define in Photoshop.
Digital pattern by Alice.

Pattern books


Wouldn’t it be great to create a co-design pattern book of designs ready to digitally print when ever you want, were making it together as part of The People’s Print project @ the V&A
Ready to Share – Ready to print – Ready to Wear
Wiener Werkstatte pattern books before1914


Yes, we started our first People’s Print Project at the V&A yesterday, 9 enthusiastic participants all from interesting background sharing a love of pattern and social textiles. Emma set the scene with a inspiring introduction into the Post Modernism movement and its significance and I delivered a tool box on how to create a Post Modernist textile collection using hand and digital methods of design. Focusing on Memphis textile designer Nathalie Du Pasquier we look at ways to create high energetic graphic patterns beginning with simple collage and drawn techniques.
Key words: ‘Less is boring’, energetic, kinetic, witty, playful, ironic, electric, spontaneous.

Post Modernism here we come!


Join us at the V&A for the ‘Born to be Wild’ workshop and create the first co-design digital fabric swatch book, co-own a design collection that you can digitally print at a local bureau and make your own garment, go crazy with pattern!

Study the Post-Modernism, art, culture, design and theory with Emma and Mel and apply it to a digital textile design collection and re-live the 80’s.