Assignment One: Are you what you wear?

21st Century Design, Assignments

This is the first assignment of my new module: 21st Century Designer. Even though it has only just started and I’ve only had one lecture for it, I have really enjoyed it so far! Over the Christmas holidays, I had to read Snoop by Sam Gosling and collect/take a series of photographs of my room/house or photographs from my childhood. As I didn’t have a lot of my childhood photographs at hand, I decided to take photographs of my room in Dundee (as my other room back in Glasgow is now my sister’s room as we used to share…so it’s just mostly her own stuff with a few of my things hidden in some cupboards).

Snoop has been quite an interesting book so far! it’s about how someone could be able to tell what sort of person you are through your possessions, different rooms in your house etc. How without even knowing the person, you could learn to tell what the person is like with just a look around their room or a photograph of their room.The book teaches you how to ‘Snoop’ and contains a lot of very interesting information! it has been a great read so far so I recommend it!

So for this assignment, I had been put in a team (Team 2) and we had to analyse another teams (Team 1) photographs of their childhood or rooms/possessions. This assignment has been a great experience to observe things a lot better and really think about different things in different ways. There was four areas that we had to focus on and they were: ‘Possessions’, ‘Influences’, ‘Taste’ and ‘Environment’.

Analysis and Deduction

So for the first part of the assignment, our team (team 2) had to observe and analyse the photographs of the members in Team 1. When looking at each persons photographs, we had to consider:

Taste – What do they like? what Film or bands they like etc,

Possessions – What do they own? if it’s an older photograph, what do their family own? etc.

Influences – Could be favourite bands, celebrities, family and friends? (may be if a person has a lot of photographs on their wall).

Environment –  How have they customised their rooms? their families homes etc.

So we had an hour to analyse each photograph from each person in Team 1. Here is their photos and some observations about each photograph and what kind of person the photographs are from. Also, everyone’s photographs were anonymous except for a tag of what team they were in. This made it easier to really get into the assignment because then no one knows who the photographs are from. It gave everyone the same chance of guessing what type of person they are as some people may have known others in each of the teams.

Photo Observations

Person 1 – We all thought it was a boy due to the aftershave and Lynx can, a lot of posters of female celebrities and because of the colours of the room. We discussed that he is from Interactive Media Design because we saw the stack of blank CDs and his laptop was lying out on his bed. We all felt that he really liked music because of all the posters of bands and singers and his CDs. We also figured that he was quite organised in certain areas as he has sets of drawers/boxes for different things. There is also some messy areas as well. One of our team members, Alison Best, figured that he still lived at home as he has matching pillow cases and curtains (could have been bought for him or he has had them for a while). Shows coordination. Finally, we figured that he isn’t vain because of the small mirror.

Person 2 – From the photographs, we assumed it was a girl! We could tell it was a girl from her childhood due to the photographs.  We discussed that she is quite a happy, enthusiastic and family person as a couple of her photographs were her and her family or friends at a close age. Also, we figured she is quite active and out-going as the majority of her photos are outside or when she is doing something. ( Playing on the football table etc). Also, due to where she was at the time these photos were taken. We thought that she might have been a Textile Student because of the hand printed T-Shirt she is wearing in the above photograph. We were right! and we found out that her mum had made this T-Shirt for her. Therefore, we felt that she must have been influenced by her mum to become a textile student herself!

Person 3– We figured that from the style of the room and clothing that it must be a boy. We were right! We figured that from the mis – matched furniture that he lives in a student flat. We assumed that from the photographs, drink bottles (above photo) that he is quite a sociable person who likes to have fun. We noticed all the photos around his desk so it shows that he keeps in touch with friends a lot and likes to have little reminders. Also, we noticed that he has old school class photographs on his wall and old cards so this shows that he is sentimental. From the male posters on the wall, we figured that he likes to keep good care of his body and to generally keep fit. We discussed that he is quite an academic person as a few of his books are books based on design. We assumed he was an Interior and Environmental Design Student because of his laptop open on his bed, the piece of art on a wall that looks like a presentation board from a previous project and his selection of books. From the photographs of his clothes, we assumed he is quite a confident and out-going person as his clothes are quite patterned and brightly coloured. Also, from a couple of his art books ( Pop art) and Moulin Rouge we assumed he had a lot of confidence. From looking at the photographs, everyone in the team assumed he is a very organised person as each poster is placed carefully on the wall and the desk is very tidy. Not the typical male bedroom! but it still has a more male style for the room.

Person 4– From these childhood photos, we all agreed hat it is a girl. We figured that she is quite active and close to her family as these photos each have a member of her family in them. We all discussed that she could be a Jewellery and Metalwork Designer because of the matching ribbons she has in her hair in one of the photographs. Shows she cares about accessories. We figured that from the photographs, she is quite close to her grandparents as two of the three photographs have a grandparent in them. When looking at childhood photographs, we had to think about their upbringing as analysing a childhood photograph is a little bit harder than analysing a photograph of what the person is like now. So, from this, we all agreed that she had a comfortable upbringing as of the style of the rooms and places in the photographs. We also discussed that she may like attention as in each of the photographs, she is looking straight at the camera and smiling.

After finishing analysing all of Team 1s photographs, we all arranged to meet up with team 1 and discussed our observations. For this assignment, we had to take notes on everyone’s observations and reactions to what the other team had thought about their photographs. When both teams discussed each others observations, everything that team 1 had said was pretty accurate for everyone in team 2 so there wasn’t any bad reactions and no-one took offence. Furthermore, I think some people may have realised things that they had not known about themselves before so I think that this assignment has been quite an interesting experience! I know that I had been surprised with some of the things that had been said!

When team 1 listened to our observations about their photos, they all agreed that their feedback was very accurate and were surprised that we managed to guess that one of the members still lived at home because of this matching curtains and pillow cases!

Here is a few of my own photos that I had submitted to be analysed.

Before I received my own feedback from team one, I was quite nervous to what people thought of me and what kind of personality I had as most of team 1 did not know me. As I always worry about things like this, it wasn’t a surprise that I was feeling nervous!

Team 1s observations for my photos were that I was very organised, which was right! not so organised when it comes to more important things like managing my time for assessments! so that needs improving!. They also said that I was quite sentimental because of my photos and little things that I had kept over the years (21st cup, little cross stitch pictures etc). team one also observed that I had a religious background because of the cross that is pinned on my pin board. I am a Catholic so this is true!. I was also told that I may be superstitious because of the dream catcher above my bed and with another on my pin board. I was totally surprised by this! (in a good way of course!) I didn’t realise this about myself but I think a part of me believes in it! so that was exciting to learn something new about myself that I hadn’t realised before. They guess that I was a textiles student because of my fashion and magazine cut outs on the walls and seen them as my influences for part of Textile Design (Very true!) So all of team 1s observations about myself were correct! I was very impressed! I couldn’t believe how well someone could analyse me with just a few photographs from my current room!

When team one discussed all of their observations, everyone from team two had said that their observations had been very accurate. So, I think this assignment has been a success!

From looking at the ‘Johari Window’, I think that it helped me really think about this assignments outcomes as it had helped everyone to understand each of the reactions that everyone took from the photograph observations. Here is a diagram of the ‘Johari Window’.

During the feedback section, everyone was pretty open to all comments and took their own observations very well! All were correct and revealed parts of different peoples personalities that even the person did not realise themselves! This assignment has been a very interesting one and I have to say that I really enjoyed it!


Indecisive. A part of my identity?

Sketchbook Work, Sketching/Drawing, Textiles

In my last post, I described some of my current project so far so thought I would show you all some of the current drawings that I have been working on in my sketchbook!

There is a range of objects from things that help make decisions to objects that I have kept because I couldn’t decide whether to put them away…Things that are gifts, random little objects, jewellery etc. I do however, keep objects that have been given to me because I do love everything gift I have been given as they each have different memories attached. However, I am still such a bad decision maker it’s unreal! Guess that’s part of what makes me who I am!

So here is some of my current sketchbook work.

Heads or Tails?

Textile Award

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Hope you liked my sketchbook so far! More very soon!


Love, Music

Before I start…here’s a link to a great piece of music that is mentioned near the end of this post but I wanted to put the video here so you could listen while you read!…Introducing more of my musical side!

A beautiful piece of music. Clair De Lune – Claude Debussy

So I have started my drawing project and it is now a week in and I feel that I still have lots and lots to do! This project is all about culture and identity so for this, I decided (actually decided! and if you know me, I am a very indecisive person.) to base my project on how indecisive I am…very fitting!

When you think about being indecisive, it seems impossible to pick something to draw so I have been drawing objects that I have kept and cannot decide to throw away. Such as: Perfume bottles, jewellery…even if broken, old Birthday,Christmas cards etc, hand-made gifts etc and gifts that have been given to me over the years. Some of my objects see very random in amongst each other in one sketchbook but I hope my theme comes through throughout my sketchbook.

I have a range of musical objects as I used to play the Trumpet whilst in secondary school. I still have it but haven’t been able to play as much due to university work unfortunately. I still enjoy playing it a lot though! these musical objects will surely appear in my sketchbook as music was a pretty big part of my life in school and it reminds me of all the wonderful memories.

So that’s a part of my project so far! but instead of some photographs of drawings, I wanted to share a beautiful piece of music. One which you will have no doubt heard! When I first started playing piano, I always wanted to play this piece..sadly I never got to as it is at a very high level however, I will teach myself one day!

Here is the lovely and relaxing Clair De Lune – Claude Debussy

Hope you enjoy and give it a listen!


Sculptural Textiles. Amazing!

Art, Textiles

So in a lecture today, a very interesting designer came to my attention and I thought I would share! A number of various designers came up but I found this particular designers work quite interesting and very eye-catching!

Elisa Strozyk is a Textile Designer from Berlin, Germany. She studied Textile and Surface Design at KHB Berlin (Diploma) and then continued on to study Textile Design at Central Saint Martins London (Masters). Her work is quite sculptural as she uses more sculptural fabrics when creating her fantastic Textile Designs. Unfortunately, there is not a huge amount of information about her on her website but it does show some fantastic work and a list of exhibitions!

Here is a few images of some of her work!

Her wooden carpet designs. I think these are very interesting and look fantastic! I like that they appear quite simple but still make a statement in a room.

-Wooden Textiles.

I love this! This textile piece I think looks just great and really compliments its surroundings. I think that it may look very unusual because the sculptural fabric allows this pieces to be structured and placed in many different ways that would not normally happen with a normal pieces of fabric.

for more exciting pieces, check out her site! Elisa Strozyk

Sweet but addictive art?


Probably like most students, I absolutely love coffee! then again, it isn’t quite to everyone’s taste. However, I have to say that I am a totally addicted! So, as I am such a lover of coffee, I do love the big coffee franchises such as Starbucks. The other day however, I decided to go to Tinderbox and I think it is fast becoming one of my favourites!. I love their coffee for two reasons, reason one, their coffee is great and reason two, they have been the only coffee shop that I have been in that makes the famous fern shape in the coffee foam…not been in a wide variety of coffee shops but from the ones i have been in, only Tinderbox has the Latte Art!

Latte Art is a method of preparing coffee created by pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso and resulting in a pattern or design on the surface of the Latte. Something that has to be practised as I hear it is quite hard! Here is the famous Fern Leaf or Rosetta.

So I wondered, is their other coffee art out there other than the fern? and the answer was yes apparently! proven by the much used Google.

So that was a selection of a few Latte art pieces I found online as I unfortunately cannot do this myself…yet, I will try to learn one day! I really loved some of the images I found and they make the Lattes look very fun and beautiful! Some people might not always agree or think of Latte art as a piece of art but I think that it requires a great skill to achieve the designs. I think that they look quite interesting and just really lovely pieces of art.

So yeah…I think this totally confirms my serious coffee addiction! but I thought I would show the very interesting art of Latte Art! Hope you enjoyed!

Little Bird


So I was little bored and was thinking about different designs for a possible tattoo and I’ve always seem to fall back on the idea of a little swallow. It may not be a final idea for a tattoo as I am constantly changing my mind! I’m so indecisive it’s unreal!

So here is a little swallow that I was drawing/painting today! I put in my own colours so as to make it much more eye-catching!

my little bird:)

This drawing was firstly drawn in pencil and then I added light watercolours and then topped it off with some fine line pen! my comfort zone as it would appear! I am really happy with the result and style of the overall drawing.

This was a little short but sweet post from me but I hope you liked it!

Pink Bath Time!


For one of my Christmas presents, I got a lovely Lush bath set and tonight, I put it to some good use and used my lovely big bath bomb! and…it turned the bath water bright pink! This is quite a random post from me however, I thought this was an oddly great photo moment so I decided to share!


I do love baths especially with Lush products! ❤

Picture Memories


So, I was a little bored so I decided to have a look through some old holiday photo albums to see what great photographs I could find!It was a success! I found a whole bunch that I really loved! so I decided to edit some of them in a Google Chrome app that I just love!..Pixlr-O-Matic. All of the photographs were taken by yours truly!

This selection of photographs are from France, Germany, London and The United States of America. All amazing holidays so I hope you enjoy!

Berlin - Section of the Berlin Wall.


New York City Skyline

London. Tate Modern

France...A rather big Chateau. Very beautiful inside and out.

Berlin a Zoo! Fun Fun!!

So that was just a few that I enlarged but here is the slideshow showing much much more!

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Picture Perfect Moments!


Last night, I came across a particularly interesting article in The Guardian about a photographer, Taylor Jones and his very interesting blog Dear Photograph. I will attach a link to this post so you can check out this particularly interesting article for yourselves as it provides all of the information about how he began his photographs and information about his blog!

The Guardian, Dear Photograph Article

For being a Textile Design student, I also share a love for photography as I love that you can create something so amazing and store wonderful memories with just the click of a button! So, I think this is one out of the many reasons why I find this article and blog very interesting and inspirational.

In his photographs, he uses an older photograph from his childhood or in the case shown in the article, his mothers old photo album with his family memories. In his photographs, it shows him holding the older photograph in the exact same place but in the present time. Photographs ranging from people, places, objects of things from the past, to what they are like now. His photos convey his feelings at the time and can vary from sadness to happiness.

I found this blog quite inspiring and really great to look through so here is a link for you to check it out these amazing photographs! Dear Photograph

Little short post today but I hope you feel inspired like I do!

Playing about with interesting effects…

Art, Sketching/Drawing

So as it has been the holidays, I haven’t blogged as much as I would have liked to however, once I get back into my next semester, regular blogging shall commence!

Recently, a friend had asked me to draw up a design for a possible tattoo sleeve! So for practice, I have been drawing some different roses so I could try to achieve a more tattoo style. As my work has a more graphic style, I have found this tattoo style of drawing really enjoyable!

So you may be wondering about the title and how it fits into my tattoo drawing? Well, I recently added this app to Google Chrome called Pixlr-o-Matic. I LOVE this app! It works pretty similar to Photoshop only that this app lets you experiment with different photo effects/camera effects whereas on Photoshop, you can draw, create and design as well as create different effects. I decided to try this app because I have found it can create vintage/retro as well as many other interesting looking photo effects very well at just the click of a button! Very easy and a lot of fun!

This is the drawing that I have done recently when experimenting with tattoo styles and it is also the drawing that I have used for experimenting with photo effects!

Original Drawing with no photo effects

This is my original drawing of my tattoo styled rose. I really like this shape and style because I think that it makes the drawing much more eye-catching to just a regular drawing of a rose. Well I think so since I really like this style! so I hope you like it to!

Here is a series of photos of this same drawing that show the wonderful and interesting effects of this Pixlr-o-Matic app.

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I hope you enjoyed this post and style of drawing that I have been trying to achieve here as well as the different photo effects. Also, definitely give this Pixlr-O-Matic App a try if you have Google Chrome! its great and very easy to use and it can achieve many different great effects.

Let me know if you have any tips about anything here and about the drawing style I have been trying to achieve. I am very open to any comments! So..good bye til next time!