Designs by Leyla O'Lenic
The start of spring and blooming flowers encouraged me to create this project. I have always been interested in botanicals and decided to focus on tropical leaves including banana and elephant leaves. My goal was to capture an idealized version of the what the botanical leaves could look like. Thus straying from the realistic depiction. I hand dyed all of my fabric and created the pigment colors used for screening. The colors of this project inspired me and became the focus of my brand and can be seen throughout my portfolio.
Hand-dyed 100% linen, concentrated pigment
I created a repeated pattern that I then screen printed. I analyzed European architecture, drawing out lines and shapes from the complicated structures. I played with color for each of the prints. I thought about the time of day and how light would hit the buildings. I used the ombre dye technique in some of my samples as a way to refer to shadows and sunlight.
Hand-dyed Linen and Kona Cotton, Concentrated Pigment
This screen printing project focused on mark making. I found myself wanting my line work to be more structured than one would think of mark making. I ended up using raw potatoes to compose my design. I focused on nautical colors and saw my print portraying a mood of freshness and airiness. I used the ombre dye technique to represent irregularity and movement of the ocean. The second print I saw as life (coral, fish) under the ocean that you could somewhat see.
Hand-dyed Kona Cotton, Concentrated Pigment