Final Design Challenge: Alice Murphy


Introducing my final collection – Cuppa!

Glass of Chrysanthemums - 14" x 14"

Cup of Chrysanthemums – 14″ x 14″

Wash - 10" x 10"

Washi – 10″ x 10″

Rolling Leaves - 10" x 10"

Jasmine Pearls – 10″ x 10″

Buncheong Blooms

Buncheong Blooms – 10″ x 10″

Glass of Chrysanthemums – 4.5″ x 4.5″

Glass of Chrysanthemums – 4.5″ x 4.5″

Washi - 4.5" x 4.5"

Washi – 4.5″ x 4.5″

Jasmine Pearls - 4.5" x 4.5"

Jasmine Pearls – 4.5″ x 4.5″

Buncheong Blooms - 4.5" x 4.5"

Buncheong Blooms – 4.5″ x 4.5″

alice2-300x300There are some words that I use all the time but I don’t really know if they are common in other english speaking countries or not. Cuppa certainly has british roots and is commonly said in Australia, but would people in the states know what I’m talking about? Or does it make as much sense as talking about a tuckshop or my togs? In any case, a cuppa is a cup of tea and I’ve just settled in with my 5th for the day, or maybe it is my the 6th, it can be difficult to keep track! There is much to love about tea and with so much variety, I had such a great time sipping my way through this challenge. Smokey lapsang souchong, delicate pai mu tan, complex darjeeling, soft hand rolled jasmine pearls, rich oolong, zesty early grey…. I really think there is something for everyone in the world of tea!

Although it is not technically tea (I’m no purest, if you steep it in water and drink it you can call it tea in my eyes), dried chrysanthemum flowers not only make a lovely drink but also look magical bobbing around in a cup or pot . Blooming green tea balls and floating chrysanthemum flowers were the starting point for this collection and the inspiration behind the first print Cup of Chrysanthemums. I really loved playing with shapes and angles in the last challenge but after a few hours of trying to get a variety of shapes and sizes working on the computer I realised I’d have to put pen to paper and draw the entire repeat by hand first rather than just motifs like I tend to do. Delicate carefully hand rolled jasmine pearl tea leaves contrasted against ridged straight gyokuro leaves were the inspiration behind the third print Jasmine Pearls.

Inspiration images [Source: clockwise 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Inspiration images
[sources: clockwise 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

Almost as fun as drinking tea is collecting tea thingsUnfortunately my collection of tea pots and cups are in storage at the moment but they were an early reference for this collection. Surface patterning on tea ceramics and storage really captivates me and the second pattern, Washi, was inspired by Japanese washi paper tea storage canisters, the final pattern in the collection, Buncheong Blooms, is reminiscent of Buncheong ware, a Korean form of stoneware and also references the chrysanthemum motif of the primary print.

A huge thank you again to Ellen and Madeleine for hosting such a great competition and especially for selecting me to participate and to share my work. Also a huge thank you to the other contestants for sharing their work and design process, as well as support and encouragement as the deadlines loomed closer each round. And of course thank you to everyone who has looked at my work here or written kind comments. Being a part of repeat(ed) has been amazing. I’ve learned far more than I ever imagined about repeats, colour, quilting and the fabric design industry.

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6 comments on “Final Design Challenge: Alice Murphy

  1. sharon on said:

    I love this set of designs … great patterns, great color palette!

  2. Carolyn Kitterer on said:

    Very eye catching! I stopped skimming FB posts to take time to read about the designs and designer.
    Congratulations on the beautiful designs.

  3. very nice collection Alice. The motifs and colour palette are gorgeous! I also enjoyed reading about your inspiration. It does come through your designs. Good luck :)

  4. What a way to wrap-up an amazing challenge Alice but by enlightening your audience with a soothing “cuppa”.
    Congratulations on creating these exquisite and sublime designs!
    Personally I just want to lay among the folds of this fabulous fabric collection and dream of sweet petals and soft aromas. Thank You!

  5. Congrats on your final collection Alice! I think the motifs are so striking and the colours are so eye-catching. All the designs work so well together. Have loved all your designs throughout the competition. Good luck :)

  6. You have created a gorgeous collection Alice! Your color palette is so lovely and your designs are fresh and work very well together! I absolutely enjoyed your inspiration! Best of luck!!

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