Alice through the Psychedellic Glass
During my exchange in Hoch Schule Luzern Design and Kunst, Switzerland, I had a chance to embrace my skills within a new field of illustration. This experience resulted in the silk-screen printing experiment-project based on ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ by Carroll. For this project, I have been inspired not only by the ridiculous plot of the story but also by steam of consciousness. This literal technique has been transferred into a fluid nonsense drawing method, a flow of personal impressions based on the story plot. The ‘horror vacui’ imagery and a pattern of mushrooms playfully allude to psychedelic side of Alice’s adventures.
Interest in natural patterns resulted in an internship with Mirjam Rouden Textile Company in London. During this experience, I had a chance to work with professional designers and create prints and patterns. Due to the recent trend, there was a demand for animal skins, but also vintage botanical patterns. Work in this company developed my communication and presentation skills, time management and ability to collaborate for commercial projects. This internship also helped me to understand that rather than designing for mass-production, I want to choose a research-based vector for my career.