Initially I began my project with drawing boards. Hartlepool Flea Market was a great start to find some plates and vases with Chinese style patterns.
I then developed my drawings into repeat patterns, which I loved doing!
Although my designs are based on Chinoiserie, I have also taken inspiration from original Chinese designs. I visited the Oriental Museum based at Durham University. I used the visit to find inspiration and ideas on colour decisions for my final designs. Although I love the Blue and White China, which is so evident in my research, I would rather broaden my colours. I would also prefer to avoid using the Blue and White theme because it has been done before so many times; shown below in my up-most favourite example from Roberto Cavalli Autumn/Winter 2005/2006. Although the museum is not huge, it was enjoyable and I would definitely recommend a visit.
All images are my own except Roberto Cavalli
Check out Roberto Cavalli's Collection here
Check out the Oriental Museum here