New Designers 2014

Design Work, Photography, Sketching/Drawing, Textiles

Hello! I have recently came back from London as I was exhibiting at New Designers 2014. I was only there for a week but it was an exciting…slightly stressful and eventful visit. I learned a lot and would definitely recommend for anyone to visit. The amount of design work shown from Universities and Colleges throughout the UK was incredible!   I was exhibiting at the T40 and T44 stand. DJCAD, University of Dundee. I featured each of my collections – which was a miracle considering it was a little space! However, even though it was small, I feel it showed my design work well due to it’s location in the main exhibition space!  Here is a preview of my show!

Lots of pattern! My aim as a designer is to create beautiful surface pattern design inspired by the world around us. For this particular set of collections, they have been inspired by Glasgow’s Shipyards and the powerful structures which frame the city of Glasgow. Glasgow is my hometown so it was great for me to do more research into the city’s history in order to create my design work.  As part of my aim for these collections, highlighting Glasgow’s Shipbuilding heritage was an important factor for creating my designs as it encouraged me to design for a public commercial spaces so that I may re-introduce Glasgow’s Industrial heritage.

 

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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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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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Photoshop Horizontal Design

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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!

 

A peek in my sketchbook!

Art, Border Crossings, Photography, Sketchbook Work, Sketching/Drawing, Textiles

it’s been a while since I last showed some of my current project work so I believe it’s time for an update! From before, I showed some work from the first section of my project and that was drawings/paintings etc of different things that are associated with my identity and being indecisive. I had been drawing objects that mean a lot to me and thing’s that I can’t decide whether to throw away or even put away somewhere..they mean to much to me so wouldn’t want to hide them! For example, I have drawn an award from my HND in Fashion Textiles given to me by the rest of my class! so it was a very meaningful and fun award as everyone got a little hand-made textile related award.

Here is a photo of this award. I think it’s really interesting and cute! and sums me up and this theme for my project VERY well.

I recently found something else that also means a lot to me and it’s something I would never ever throw away. To make more sense of it, I have to say that I am a big fan of music, both listening and playing! I have played the trumpet since I was in 2nd at secondary school and before I decided to study Textiles, I had thought about studying music! I playing in a couple of orchestras and various bands as well. Was great fun! sadly, I do not have a lot of time to play anymore due to my course studies…sadface. Although, I have thought about bringing my trumpet up for the new semester and join the music groups in my University! So…to get to my first point again, the object that means a lot to me that I had recently found was a tuning fork. Something very random indeed but it was given to me by someone very special who is sadly not here anymore. My Grandad. So I will always treasure this object as it reminds me of a lot of wonderful memories.

This is the tuning fork!

 it’s quite a simple object but is quite meaningful to me as it reminds me of the musical memories and of course, the person who gave it to me.

So for the next section of my project, I had to develop my drawings and create some design ideas for screen printing. This part of the project had focused on the ideas of stacks of collections as I think it links with my first theme based on my collection of objects. I looked at objects such as magazines that I have collected but do not want to throw away even if I have read them already. It is something a lot of magazine lovers do so it’s a very common collectible! would definitely love to get a magazine subscription at some point. Anyway, I had also looked at the idea of Hoarding as I found out that one of the traits of hoarding is indecisiveness!…potential hoarder maybe?

One of the stacked items that I looked at that I personally don’t collect myself, was stacks of newspapers or bound newspapers. Reason being, I found a few images online that I really liked as I found them very interesting and they appealed to my style of work. I feel that my work has a much more graphic style so the mono-chromatic colour scheme appealed to me! However, for this project, I wanted to introduce some colours so I had introduced highlights of a pastel pink and turquoise. I used these highlight colours in my prints as well as well as the blacks, grey and areas of white. However, I feel it has been a bit of trial and error as I feel they have not worked as well as I would have hoped. Therefore, I think I am going to mix up a new set of colours and use some of the colours that fit in a lot better with the mono-chromatic colour scheme and work on some linen fabric as oppose to silk. Reason being, I found the silk hard to work on as the printing dye bled a lot within this fabric!….So, I am definitely going to work on something a bit more sturdy!

Here is some photographs of some current sketchbook work relating to this side of the project!

 

The above drawing was a development idea from stacks of collected magazines. I really like this drawing because of the interesting placement of collage and use of small highlighted colours. When I was thinking about re-doing my colour palette, I was thinking about either taking a small highlighted colour from one or two of my drawings so perhaps the above mixed media piece or this mixed media piece:

I think that some of these colours from either of the two photographs above will compliment my mono-chromatic colour theme. I definitely want to continue on with my greys, smoky whites and blacks!…My neutrals colours I think and then add a hint of a much more complimentary colour.

Have a look at some of my other photographs of current work! There is also a few of my sample prints as well but they are not finalised.

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Hoped you enjoyed this very long post! I do go on a lot sometimes..

Bye!

 

Belle ville de Paris & Premiere Vision.

Fashion, Love, Photography, Textiles

Bonjour! so this week (you may have guessed) I was in the beautiful city of Paris. I was on a study trip with my University course (Textile Design) so I was given the opportunity to visit Premiere Vision.

Premiere Vision is a top leading trade show for apparel fabrics. This huge trade show was for designers and design companies to sell their designs for the Spring/Summer 2013 collection. It was such an amazing experience being there! to see the up and coming colours for next year and the styles, patterns and types of fabrics. There was an amazing range of designs, fabrics and colours. A fashion lovers dream! couldn’t take any photographs but here is a link to the official site: PV First Vision

Whilst in Paris, I made the most of my day and went around and visited some famous tourist sites with my two friends! These sites included: The Eiffel Tower, The Pompidou Centre, Galleries de Lafayette (large high-end shopping centre with shops like Chanel. Gucci etc and they had a full floor dedicated to shoes!), Champs Elysees, Notre dame, The Louvre and much more!

Here is a few photographs from my trip!

The Pompidou Museum.

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I totally recommend Paris if you have never been, it’s such a beautiful city and there is just so much to do whilst there! you will never get bored! J’adore.

Short post but I hope you enjoyed!

Comfy Cosy Fall

Fashion, Textiles

It’s that time of year again! Time for the scarf,gloves,hats and those cosy knitwear to make an appearance as the chilly winter weather approaches. Although, I think this weather is practically here! very chilly today…Brrrh.

I love getting my winter clothes! from digging out the wonders from the year before to buying some new cosy clothes. I have to say, my current colour for my wardrobe at the moment is quite dark so, for this winter, I hope to rectify this and get some more colour into my wardrobe. I recently bought a wine/purple maxi skirt and I have to say, I wasn’t sure at first but it is definitely growing on me! I really like that colour at the moment and from now on, I am going to learn how to organise my wardrobe and make sure every purchase will fit in nicely with my colour palette. Therefore, everything should match and it will stop me from impulse buying!

These are the colours that I really love at the moment and hope to include in my winter wardrobe!

These are the colours that I really love at the moment and I hope to include them in my comfy cosy winter wardrobe.

Here are some Fall colour palettes!

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More earth tones.

I was recently browsing on Style.com and I came across their latest Fall 2011 trend report. Perfect! something to give me all the information about the ‘in’ styles of this season! They have selected seven trends and they are: Collage Studies, Colour Forms, Parka City, Psychedelic Furs, Sixties Minutes, Spotty Service and Tux Love.

So here is a quite view of each trend!

Collage Studies – This link shows this trend! I couldn’t get the photos because they wouldn’t allow me to save so click the link for the slideshow! This trend is all about mixing patterns, different textures, colours and many different fabrics.

Colour Forms – This link showing this seasons colour forms. This trend is all about continuing the bright bold colours of the summer. Designers are mixing electric bold colour blocks so as to create a bold eye-catching graphic look. For example, a geometric black and white printed dress with a bright coloured legging or pair of tights.

Parka City – This link shows this current trend for this fall. This trend is all about practicality and being able to withstand this blistering cold weather. However, it has to be fashionable right? So, for this trend designers are making the parka suitable for an evening dress code as well as the more practical side. No matter what though, you will be nice and warm in this current trend!

Psychedelic Furs – This link shows the current trend for this seasons furs. This season, designers seem to be taking furs and brightening them up! from a tan colour to a candy pink! Enhancing this seasons colours.

Sixties Minutes – This links shows this trend for this fall. This trend shows the appearance of the Swinging Sixties. From the white stockings to the T-Strap pumps. As well as the hair-dos on this current catwalk!

Spotty Service – This link shows this current trend for Fall 2011. This trend is all about the polka dots. From all over patterns to girly sequined styles onto garments. They will always appear again and again!

Tux Love – This link shows the current trend for this Fall. This trend is all about the Tux and showing that woman can look just as good in a Tux as men can. A very sophisticated look. Check out the Yves Saint Laurent collection for more! “Stefano Pilate? His came in white with nothing underneath”.

so, this was the current seasons trends. I found them quite interesting and will definitely try to include some of them when I am piecing together my winter wardrobe!

What do you think of the Fall 2011 current trends?

Inspiring!

Change By Design, Uncategorized

Hello! I was recently researching some Textile/Fashion designers and came across a few that I thought I’d share because I find them quite interesting and inspiring. I got two books out of the library for this research and the first book was:

  •  New Fashion Print by Martin Dawber and the second was:
  • Textiles Now by Drusilla Cole.

They took a while to find but I’m very glad that I found them because they introduced me to a lot of new designers/companies that I had never looked at before and gave me a better insight to the world of Textiles and Fashion.

I will only mention a couple because there is so many great designers from those books & there is not enough space for them all here! So hopefully you enjoy the next section of this post…or at least find it interesting enough!

There is a few that I can’t get online due to their blog’s being restricted etc etc but if you ever get those books, check them out! They are Vicki Fong, Jillian Cole (Graduate of DJCAD!) and Gina Pipét. I couldn’t find those but knowning my luck, I won’t be able to find another few so here’s hoping I get something for you all to look at!

One designer I did get though was Rupert Newman. He studied at University College Falmouth and while he was there he experimented with his own style of mono-printing and discovered how to repeat the original motif with a roller. From this, he produced wallpaper designs and from the collection he created, he focused his creative ambitions into the world of Textile Design using the digital print facilities of Falmouth. Before this, he went to Sherborne School in Dorset – where he grew up – and developed his own distinctive style while studying an art movement called Rayonism, a Russian movement in the early 1900’s where the artist’s paint the rays of light that are reflected from objects rather than the objects themselves. It was from this project that his artwork has had a kaleidoscope look.

These are two pieces of art from one of his sketchbooks. I really like both of these in particular as they are quite colourful and quite unusual. they represent his kaleidoscope style very well. Also, I think that they are quite graphic and eye-catching. Well, they caught my eye! as I find graphic and more illustrative art quite interesting and I particularly like approaching my own work in this way as well. If you want to see more, checkout his website here! Rupert Newman.

Another designer I want to show you is Longina Phillips. She has her own company that goes by the name of Longina Phillips Designs. She grew up in Poland but now lives in Sydney,Australia where has studio now is. Her studio/business includes herself and a team of designers based in Surry Hills, close to Sydney. She studied at the University of Technology, Sydney and studied Visual Communications. She is inspired by the world around her and particularly likes bold/very strong graphics, uncluttered statements and everything that is beautifully drawn.

These pieces are from her current womanswear collection. I particularly like these as I really like the colours and the beautiful details in each design.

This is a sample design from her swimwear collection.

This is a sample piece from her menswear collection. I could go on and on showing you all her wonderful and very interesting designs but I don’t want to bore you…especially if your not a fan of this particular designer! Thought I would show anyway!. For more of her designs, check out her site. Longina Phillips Designs

Those designers are from the New fashion Print book by Martin Dawber. Great book! have a look! Textiles Now by Drusilla Cole was the other book I took out for research. I found this book particularly interesting as it not only showed me new textile/fashion designers, it introduced me to new styles/techniques that are very unique and interesting! The first designer I want to show is Jeung-Hwa Park. I think that her work is very unique and very beautifully approached.  She is a Textile Designer and here are some examples of her interesting work! These examples look very fine and delicate as well as being very unique and textural.

More examples or her work are on her website, check them out here! Jeung-Hwa Park

Lastly, one more designer to show you! Carole Waller. Here is some examples of her very interesting and unique work!

For the whole collection (those pieces included), she hand painted her designs as it makes them much more personal and unique. I really like this approach to creating a design on fabric and this is something I will consider when it comes to the fabric sampling stage. To see more from this wonderful designer, check out her site! Carole Waller

So that was a quite a long blog today! but hope you enjoyed everything and found something inspiring like I did! Bye bye for now!