Digitally Industrial

Design Work, final year, Photography, Textiles

My final year project was inspired by Glasgow’s Shipyards as they are a huge part of why Glasgow is the city it is today and also,played a huge part in the worlds trading industry. From previous posts, see my photography taken as part of my research stage as it shows my main inspirations and Glasgow’s memorable landmarks.

For my final year project, I took a modern twist on Glasgow’s historical background as well as keep a sense of nostalgia through certain areas of my designs but re-introducing elements of Glasgow’s shipyards through my design work. For example, I have featured blueprint elements combined with photographic print of the Finnieston Crane. I have 3 collections: paper both hand draw and printed designs and digitally printed wallpapers 3m at length, fabric collection including two 3m length wall hangings and finally, a wooden tile collection to keep the structural element which is shown throughout my entire project.

Here is a selection from the Glasgow Shipyards collection!

 

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Industrial Skyline

Design Work, Sketchbook Work, Sketching/Drawing, Textiles

hello again! recently my life has been taken over by art school (DJCAD) because of the ever looming degree show, which is in less than 3 weeks! ahhh Scary thought but i can’t wait to finally exhibit my years work and final collections. I have a series of collections ranging from fabric wall hangings to digitally printed and hand printed wallpapers to a wooden collection. Each has it’s own style but each link with each other so as to create one large geometric collection.

Each collection I have created has been influenced from Glasgow’s Shipyards which frame Glasgow’s grand historical skyline! Glasgow is my home town and it seemed only fitting to explore its history in more detail. My project has been inspired by the large geometrical structures which include an array of cranes, machinery and ships. The intertwining cranes and machinery create a beautiful silhouette full of geometrical shapes, linear detailing and pattern which has inspired me to re-create a collection which exhibits Glasgow’s history through a series of modern design work.

Here is a sneak peak of some of my design work so far!

 

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Glasgow’s Urban Landscape

final year, Sketchbook Work, Textiles

Hello! apologises for the lack of posting…been a bit lazy this summer (oops) and been researching my ideas for my project for my final year at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and design. Since geometrical shapes catch my eye and are influenced in a lot of my work, you guessed it, they will feature in my final year project!

As I am originally from Glasgow, I have decided to research into my own cities history and architecture as it is full of interesting and unique architecture. It various from traditional buildings and sculptures that date back as early as the 1930s (and earlier) to the beautiful architecture created today. For my project, I have been thinking about a few ideas that I could possibly research further and use as my inspiration such as the Glasgow Shipyards as the trading industry and shipbuilding industry was a huge part of what makes Glasgow an Industrial city! I researched the history of the shipyards and Trading industry as well as go out and take photographs for my primary research.

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When I thought about Glasgow’s History, I thought of it’s industry and shipbuilding industry, so I was drawn to this as a first idea! The geometrical shapes and patterns caught my eye and I think that I could have a wide range of design possibilities that would fit in perfectly with my style of work.

Another idea that I have thought about is the many listed buildings and sculptures around Glasgow.  I researched the whereabouts of a few of these beautiful buildings and have still yet to go out and find more so I shall be making use of my time off to get some photography done.

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Merchant City Building

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Wasps Studios.

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Beautiful building on George Square

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, West End, Glasgow

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Glasgow School of Art (Left and far Right) and Office Building (middle)

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University of Glasgow, West End

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St Andrews Square and Merchant City building.

These are a few of the buildings I have been looking at so far as my research is still undergoing. As well as looking at Glasgow’s Listed buildings, I have been inspired by it’s contemporary architecture such as the new Transport Museum on the Riverside as well as the many modern office buildings situated around the city centre.

Anyways! apologises again for the late post, hope you enjoy!

 

Experimenting with Lettering

Love, Sketchbook Work, Textiles

So for my new project for The Hallmark competition, I have been looking at typography and how I can incorporate textiles into it. It’s proving challenging! so…my sketchbook is looking more Graphic Design than a Textiles sketchbook at the moment. Which I don’t mind as I actually am really enjoying experimenting with something new. This project so far is allowing me to experiment with various styles of typography and illustration so I have enjoyed be able to research a new style and elements of another design specialism.

Some typography inspiration.

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Tattoo Inspiration

Art, Love, Photography

Hello!

So recently,I have been thinking a lot about tattoos mainly because I really want one so i’m determined to get one by the end of the year (fingers crossed)…if I can actually have the will power to save money to actually get it that is! Hoping for a miracle! For my tattoo, I would like it to be of a watercolour drawing that I painted just over a year ago because it’s something that I have always liked, never been sick of the site of it (which is important!) and is something that I think will be easy to add to to create a larger tattoo design over time.

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This is the design I painted that I HOPE to get as a tattoo. The painting was created using watercolour and black fine-line pen to make it appear more graphic and much more illustrative. Also, even though the swallow is a popular tattoo design, it’s one of my favourite birds because when it’s drawn, I think that it looks quite elegant and generally quite an interesting bird! When I researched the swallow, swallow tattoo and their meanings, I got that the swallow if drawn with their wings spread, it symbolises freedom which I think is quite nice symbolism because it relates to everyone. Everyone is free and free to live their life the way they intend to! This is one of the main out of many reasons that I want this as a tattoo.

I recently got Pinterest so if you have it…find me and follow me please!

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Even though I have only had it for a couple of days….I’m ADDICTED already! One of my first boards is of tattoo ideas mainly because I found a lot of photographs I like and it has obviously been something I have been thinking about.

Here are some tattoos I found that I really like! Inspiration which is pinned on one of my boards on Pinterest.

 

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Making Presentations Work

Design & The Market, Textiles

On Friday,  I had a really interesting lecture that was about the starting process of a business and how it was progressed by Brian McNicoll and then presentation preparation skills from Professor Mike Press. Brian McNicoll explained a lot about his own business within the computing industry for Dynamo Games and how he progressed throughout the company, experienced various roles and created brilliant game applications for your smart phone!

Presentations scare me! so it’s safe to say I am terrified for my presentation in a mere week and a half! However, from Fridays lecture, I gained some important key points for making the perfect presentation along with some important DO NOTS  for presentations (which were very funny!)

The Dos!

The key points that I learned was that it is very important to research everything about you presentation and provide the right information to back up your chosen topic. As a group for assignment one, we have to interview a designer who has set up their own business or who is in the midst of doing so!  We have set up to interview with an up and coming fashion designer from Glasgow so this will be our first interview to a professional in the field! After the interview, we will sort through all of our research and answers and then prepare them for our presentation. As well as research, other factors are also important for a presentation such as:

Dress Appropriately ( Dress to impress!) like you would for an interview.

Maintain correct posture and stand correctly so that you avoid swaying!

Adjust your voice so that it fills the whole room…not too quiet but not too loud and scaring people!

Make index cards so you don’t read your presentation slide by slide!

Conclude your presentation properly and thank the audience for their time.

and finally…

Rehearse!

Rehearse!

Rehearse !

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Wake up feeling positive and act like you have all the confidence in the world even if you are secretly terrified inside!

The Do Nots!

This section of the lecture was really funny because our lecturer Mike Press told us some previous presentations he viewed and some of the rather funny presentation do nots! for example :

Do not put your hands in pockets, through hair or anywhere else for that matter! try to keep hand movement to a minimum and keep your hand at your side.

Make sure your appearance is as good as you left before your presentation! such as, try not to go to the bathroom and then forgot to tuck in shirts, blouse  etc…or forget zips! embarrassing moments when you certainly do not need them!

Try not to read your slides slide by slide, word by word!

For my presentation today, I'll be reading the powerpoint slides word for word.

Try to end your presentation properly and not just abruptly end.

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Well that was a few of the insights from last Fridays lecture about presentations and making them work! hope this information helps you as much as I hope it helps me come presentation day.

Thank you for reading!

Photoshop Designs

Fashion, Textiles

Hello, for the outcome of my current project, I have to create a repeat pattern for a fashion context. I have been experimenting with Adobe Photoshop Elements in order to create a repeat so here are some of my outcomes!

This photograph is a section of the repeat that I have used. This sample has been created by hand cut paper, card and recycled scrap paper.

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Digital Samples

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Inspiration:Bradford Project

Love, Sketchbook Work, Sketching/Drawing, Textiles

I recently found a photograph on PATTERNITY that I really love! It’s simple but very effective and I think it gives a lot of information for design. This photograph is from a piece of architecture (I think from the roof of a building).

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I was really inspired from this photograph because I feel it suits my project extremley well and represents the geometric graphic print that I want to achieve in my final outcomes! Here are some sketches from sketchbook.

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I used a selection of different papers for collage (recycled, heavy weight, light weight, newsprint etc) I really like this colour palette because it’s quite graphic but doesn’t have too many vibrant colours that would perhaps make it too intense. The next series of photographs are collage pieces that I was experimenting with today so that I could start to create my final outcomes. My main factors for these pieces were:

  • Placement
  • Colour
  • Geometrical Shapes
  • Repeat Design

As my brief is based for a fashion context, repeat pattern is very important and I feel the best key to an eye-catching graphic fashion print!

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Rate me! or let me know what you think!

 

 

 

Design & The Market

Assignments, Design & The Market

This semester, I am currently taking a module that improves and further develops my knowledge of the business in design. This modules aims to introduce me to the enterprise culture and terminology and how to place the practice of design in a business context. This module will also teach me to develop my entrepreneurial  skills, to enhance my employability and hopefully enhance my skills to set up my own business in the future! (which I know nothing about so this module will be very beneficial to me!).

This module will give me an appreciation of the complexity of enterprise planning, management and will further develop individual group skills in the design and development of new business opportunities and ventures! Also, I will hopefully understand the nature of entrepreneurial activity and practices, appreciate key understanding for designing in the market and for a business and the understanding for both the practical and organisational skills in order to start my own business. This to me sounds like quite a challenging module but I am always up for something challenging so that I can learn from it and become a better designer.

From my last previous lectures, I have learned about what the module will be about and how to prepare ourselves for interviews with entrepreneurs and business representatives. This is in preparation for our first assignment! In our first assignment, we have been split into groups according to discipline (Textiles students, animation student groups etc). For this assignment, we have to research and contact an entrepreneur or design company and then if possible, interview them. We are currently in the midst of arranging a time to interview our designer so until then, we are preparing our questions about the business, design and how they have found working in an industry/starting up one! That is only a couple of example questions but we are awaiting our reply to begin our research into interviewing. After the interview, we will then get our research and answers together and prepare them for presentation.

That was a brief overview of what’s to come from this module so I will post more updates each week about design & the market!

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Geometrical Design : Bradford

Fashion, Photography, Sketchbook Work, Textiles

Hello! so recently I have been working on my project based on one of the Bradford Competition briefs. As I had focused on Interiors in my last projects, I decided to create designs for a fashion context. Focusing on fashion again has brought me back to when I studied Fashion Textiles two years ago so it feels good to get back into it!

For this project, I have been focusing on geometric shapes/prints/designs. My main inspiration for this project was taken from a section of my last project for the RSA Competition (Tactile Textiles: Collage and More post!) I have been focusing on triangles and various placements to make a non-directional design. Here are some of my outcomes so far!

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For these designs, I just experimented with cut paper and the photocopy machine! I kept to a mono-chrome theme as I wanted to highlight the designs more and for which would be best suited for printing. This process has helped me realise the designs and what I can progress on to next to develop them!

As I want to focus on fashion, I have been researching into various Fashion Designers that have created geometrical designs and prints within their collections.  When I thought of geometrical prints, my mind immediately was drawn to the Balmain Resort 2012 collection.

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I love this collection! the geometrical design relates very well to my project and style of work so I think that is one of the many reasons to why I am drawn to it! There are countless many more designers that feature geometrical print so it would be impossible to show them all! That was a little brief overview into my project so far…more to come!