Elizabeth Tanner

An integrated digital practice student with a love for functional and interactive textile design.

Final Project

Cultivating Community

In this project, the textile pieces I have produced are both
inspired by and intended for use at The Community Farm
in Chew Magna, Somerset, where I volunteer.

My work explores flexible and functional design in order to suit and enhance the array of different indoor and outdoor activities that take place on site.

Market Garden Seat Pads

Digitally embroidered tarpaulin influenced by aerial photos of the market garden at the farm. The different textures represent the variety of crops that are produced to fill veg boxes for the local area.

Folding Stool

A textural jacquard seat created for volunteers and visitors who are unable to sit comfortably on the ground.

The design is based on corrugated panels within buildings around the site.

Cork Trivets

Together creating a plan view of the farm site.

Collapsible Boxes

Made from oilcloth and sublimated decovil.

Journey to the Show

My own experience of working at the farm sparked the idea for my final major project. Through volunteering there I have developed new skills and have become closer to the local community. Being a part of this organization has enabled me to meet interesting, like-minded people, as well as form new friendships.

The main aim of my project is to contribute to this community based enterprise which I highly value.

Digital embroidery samples using tarpaulin.

Jacquard samples exploring different textures of the farm.

Digital print samples for a double-sided windbreak design.

Work Experience

2021 – The London Embroidery Studio, Digital Embroidery Internship, London.

My time at the studio consisted of assisting designers with a wide range of high-end design projects for fashion, costume, interiors and art. Throughout my internship, I was able to develop my Wilcom skills and use Tajima industrial embroidery machines.

2021 – Deborah Brand, Social Media Intern, London.

At the Bespoke Corset├Čere studio, I created imagery for their website and produced behind the scenes content during photo shoots.

2022 – Fusion CPH, Digital Print Design Placement, Copenhagen.

In addition to carrying out general studio tasks, I contributed creatively in the production of new prints each week for predominantly commercial fashion. This experience helped enhance my Photoshop and print making skills.

2021-2023 – Deana Ashby Bathrooms & Interiors, Studio Intern, Somerset.

Working for Deana has been a great opportunity to gain an insight into all aspects of an interior design business. During my time with her, I have shadowed her during specific design project stages and communicated with clients. I have produced social media content to help market the business while also acting as manager of her studio shop.

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