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Alice Howard-Graham

MA work

Aerial Abstract

The initial inspiration for my final MA collection came from photographs I took of Petworth in West Sussex. It was fascinating to look at the varying textures and colours of the Sussex countryside but from a flat, aerial perspective. This aerial imagery allowed me to interpret shape, colour and form into beautiful screen-printed compositions for an ‘A-gender’ fashion collection. As the project has developed, it has grown into a very abstract depiction of the elemental, textural landscapes; exploring the way colours bleed into one another in contrast with solid areas of colour. These bold areas of colour are then juxtaposed against graphic lines, symbolising tractor marks across fields and beautifully deep indigo tones where lakes and reservoirs cut into the landscape.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2016



  • Research is key to my design development: I am driven by the initial stages of gathering inspiration through research trips and observing the beautiful, the unusual or the seemingly mundane. I love to experiment and develop my design ideas through the physical process of making. Pushing the boundaries of screen-printing processes is integral to my practice. I experiment with placement and colour through different screen-printing techniques as well as exploring finishing techniques such as waxing, gloss, matte, foil, puff binders and how these can influence the feel and finish of the material. I have been using a method of open-mesh printing that I have explored and developed throughout my time at the RCA. I am continuing to challenge the materials with which I am working, considering the handling and structure of the textile and how I can manipulate this. During my MA I have also collaborated with a knitted textiles student to explore different effects of combining print and knit techniques. I use a diverse range of print processes to determine the consequences of different surfaces and their interactions with one another.


  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion and Interiors, University for the Creative Arts Farnham, 2012
  • Experience

  • Freelance print designer, Purdey, London, 2014–2016; Freelance print designer, various clients, London, 2014–2016; Assistant print designer, Paul Smith, London, 2013–2014; Print designer intern, Canepa s.p.A, Como, Italy, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • Festival of Textiles, Fashion & Textiles Museum, London, 2016; 100% Optical Eyewear, Excel Centre, London, 2015; Textiles, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham, UK, 2015; New Design Britain Awards, InteriorsUK, NEC Birmingham, 2013; Texprint, Premiere Vision, Paris, 2012
  • Awards

  • Commendation, Colour & Materials Design, Jaguar x RCA Live brief, 2016 ; The Haberdashers Award, The Haberdashers Company, RCA, 2015; 100% Optical Eyewear x RCA Live brief, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; Shortlisted, The Dyers Company, Royal College of Art, 2015