Back during my GCSE’s, my main courcework was to make a hat for Ascot. I based mine on the idea of bubble barths. I really enjoyed this project as it was the first time I properly worked with felt, it abled me to make colourful, soft and lightweight 3D shapes that I could then tower together. When I moved to the UK in 2010, it was the first time I started taking Art and Textiles subjects at school seriously. By the time I got to year 11, I knew I was passionate about Textiles and that I wanted to direct my higher studies in that area. This GCSE coursework was the first time I learnt to make felt and I loved it. The project brief was to make an outgoing hat for the Ascot horse race. As I’m sure many of you did, as a child I loved playing with bubble bath, I used to make very imaginative looking beards and hats. It’s from here that my idea for an over the top bubble bath hat design came to mind. I wanted the hat to have volume, be lightweight and for it to really look like the bubbles were flying away in the […]
One of the most exiting Christmas presents I got last week was my ticket to the London Fashion Weekend in February! With all this excitement concerning fashion and designer sales, I thought I would write my first fashion post! My first London fashion Weekend experience was back in September, at the Saatchi gallery in London, where I saw designer Peter Piloto’s new 2015 collection. I thought his collection was great, his use of geometry and coloured lines reflects his inspiration from board-games. The brilliant use of embroidery also plays a major role in these stunning pieces. London Fashion Weekend lasts four days, with designer catwalks, designer talks and, of course, entire rooms full of designer shopping offers. I already got lost in those rooms for hours!
Last term, one of my favourite projects was the “Cut, fold, Bend and Construct with Paper” project. This project that started as a struggle on the first day, soon developed like wild fire as I became hooked on it through out the weekend. I realised how much I liked creating 3D pieces and how paper, particularly tracing paper, is a great material to construct with! I really enjoyed making this piece so I will definitely look into using this construction method more often!
I spent some good amount of time this morning thinking over what #Throwbackthursday post I could possibly do today, and then I realised that I couldn’t possibly write about anything other than Christmas on Christmas Eve! So here are a few Christmas wrapping ideas for all you people who need to do the last minit wrapping! I love putting a lot of thought into my wrapping, as personally theres nothing nicer than a pile of beautiful looking presents under an equally beautiful Christmas tree. They can be created so easily, this year I went for a traditional colour scheme of red green and gold, some wrapping paper from M&S and Ikea and a few from low end budget super markets, which always have nice ones if you look carefully.
After visiting the Pleasure and Pain exhibition at the V&A back in October, we were set the task to create our own shoe based on our alter ego. I decided to base my shoe around Martial arts, one of my all time favourite hobbies. My Karate masters are based in Japan and perfectly enough I fell in love with a beautiful Japanese fabric a few days before I even knew about the task, so I went back and bought it straight away! To accentuate the Japanese influence I designed the heels based on the traditional Japanese platform shoes which were supported by planks of wood on the front and the back. The rest of my shoe is based on the more outgoing and arty side of me, with bright orange and pink sequins that stand out of the crowd. Of course, for a final delicate touch to show my softer side, I added the roses around the heels and the strap. Finally, I named the shoe, Kawaii Kiken, Japanese for cute but dangerous.
Jean Michel Basquiat is an artist from the 1980′s that I have recently familiarised myself with. I love his work and have taken a lot of inspiration from it for my own textiles art. I really recommend this documentary, It was recommended to me by my brother and I found it extremely insightful and interesting. I know the 1 hour and a half documentary can seem daunting, but it really is worth the watch, one evening instead of your typical TV reality show for example! Quick summary – Jean Michel Basquiat is an american painter born in Brooklyn in 1960. He started as a Graffiti artist in the emerging ‘Punk’ era of NY. However he rose very quickly from a downtown artist to an internationally celebrated artist within two years after his work was featured in a group show. His rise coincided with an emerging art movement, the Neo-Expressionism, a wave of new young, experimental artists. Sadly Jean Michel had a growing drug addiction through out the 80′s and he died of a drug overdose on August 12th 1988 at only 27. Although his art career was brief, Jean-Michel Basquiat is now regarded as an International artist, credited with bringing the […]