Living Specimen

My lifelong passion for botanical’s and living creatures inspired me to create a body of work dedicated to them, that can also make a difference. I focused on endangered species and the habitats they live in. I wanted to create designs that can educate people on species they may never have heard of before. My designs should capture people’s attention and help to start conversations, whether it’s asking what unusual creature is climbing through the branches or, how the print would look as a whole in their home. In my final collection, ‘Living Specimen’, I have combined my drawing skills with experimental processes such as screen printing and mark making, to create eye–catching and interesting prints.  I try to capture flora and fauna as realistically as I can, making my own scientific discoveries along the way.

Abstract fruit print


Print I designed using an abstract acrylic painting of tropical fruit

Abstract fruit print Image

Banana flower print


Print I designed using my gouache paintings of a Banana flower

Banana flower print Image

Rhinoceros hornbill drawing


Tonal pencil drawing of a Rhinoceros hornbill, this bird is near threatened in the wild.

Rhinoceros hornbill drawing Image

Selection of fabrics from my final collection


These are three of my prints from my final collection. I grouped these together as the different pink tones complement each other. These three prints feature media such as drawing and mark making, collage and watercolour painting.

Selection of fabrics from my final collection Image

Four bold prints from my final collection


These are four of my prints from my final collection. These prints feature and array of endangered species such as the red panda and the Virgin islands tree boa as well as the flora from their habitats.

Four bold prints from my final collection Image

Fine liner botanical drawings


These are continuous line drawings I did from some tropical plants photographs I took at botanical gardens.

Fine liner botanical drawings Image

Fabric swatches of some fabrics from my collection


Some swatches I created of my printed fabrics that I put into a laser cut etched swatch book.

Fabric swatches of some fabrics from my collection Image

Fineliner botanic print


Print created using fineliner drawings i did of tropical plants. these show my designs printed on linen and canvas.

Fineliner botanic print Image

Blue tropical flora print


Print I created using unusual tropical flowers. 

Blue tropical flora print Image

Visualization of Carnivorous plant print


Print created using several techniques to  replicate carnivorous plants visualized as wallpaper 

Visualization of Carnivorous plant print Image

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Jessica Kirkpatrick

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  • Degree show 2020
    • BA (Hons) Textile Design