Crimson Rose O’Shea – Fashion Textiles

Crimson Rose O’Shea is a fashion textile designer with a luxury handwriting. She has a wealth of industry experience having previously worked for John Galliano, Diane von Furstenberg and Elisa Palomino. Recent clients as a freelance designer include Guy Laroche, Thomas Pink and Lululemon.

When talking to Crimson it is clear she is a gentle soul with off the wall ideas which makes her a true creative at nature. She kindly told us a little more:

1) Tell us more?

I am a fashion textile designer specialising in womenswear, as well as designing I also lecture in Fashion and Textiles.  As a freelancer I work predominately in luxury and sportswear and have been able to sell designs to some very notable brands.

2) Your print work is influenced by your illustrations (which are beautiful btw), when did you learn to draw?

Thank you, drawing has always been a very important part of my practice from as far back as I can remember. I couldn’t pin point an exact moment when I learnt to draw as such but rather it has come down to a lot of practice over the years! I try to draw as much as I can on every project; I find it an exceptionally useful tool in working things out and developing my ideas. I tend to use a combination of draping on the mannequin and drawing when developing my ideas for silhouettes. I like to work with fabric and explore its potential so I often bounce back and forth from mannequin to paper when sketching out my ideas.

You are right; a lot of print work grows out of my illustrations. I love to explore mark making, and working fluidly and expressively with colour and texture when developing new print ideas. I often work very large scale, sometimes creating my own tools and brushes for mark making, then once I have something exciting I begin to develop my ideas both by hand and digitally.

Life drawing was hugely important in developing my drawing skills, as working from life trains your eye. I have some particularly memorable experiences from life drawing classes on my BA in Womenswear at Central Saint Martins. These classes were wonderfully inspiring and helped me to gain confidence in my own individual style, whilst training my eye to look harder, to see details I hadn’t seen before. These classes were very influential to me and have stayed with me as I have developed over the years since.

For my Masters at the Royal College of Art I specialised in print so I began to push my drawing further. I experimented using silk screen as well as many other processes. I realised the potential of each and every mark made on paper. I also gained a lot of knowledge about colour and really enjoyed that aspect.

3) What inspires you?

The sources of my inspiration can vary widely from project to project. Inspiration might be a found archive image, something I have seen in the street, a poem, it might be a person, a place, it really depends what capture’s me at a given time. I am always looking, visiting exhibitions, galleries, museums, I love art.  When I start a project I always begin by researching in depth, I love it, it is one of my favourite parts of the process. I sometimes find personal connections for example inspirations from my own travels, I love travel and take a lot of photographs when I do, and these often inform new ideas.

Images: © Crimson Rose O’Shea 2017

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