Hi guys! As I have a lot less free time this term than I did before christmas due to longer projects, I thought I would create a daily blog section right here, where I show you small snapshots of my ongoing work as frequently as I can! After all, that was my original idea behind this blog!
This is the perfect timing as I have just recently been given a new project brief! You may be familiar with Hand and Lock, if your a textiles student and your not, now is definitely a good time to look them up! Hand and Lock is an embroidery atelier that first opened in 1767. Every year, since 2000, Hand and Lock run a prestigious embroidery competition which now offers a price fund of $26000. The competition gives new designers the amazing opportunity to showcase their finest creations and potentially win a life changing prize fund, which has abled past winners to fund their designs and start their own successful businesses.
The reason why I mention them, is because my brief this term is the one that Hand and Lock have set for this year’s 2016 competition. The brief is to choose one established modern artist and one archive to research as basis for inspiration. The aim is to create a quality designed embellish textiles, that consumers will cherish for years, rather than dispose of when a new trend arises. It needs to be well crafted, whilst also showing creativity with materials and processes to achieve the test of time and a high quality design.
Whiles Hand and Lock have in the past focused on embroidery for fashion, this year they’ve created 2 other sections, textiles for interior and textiles art. To adapt to our university work however, we have been given 4 weeks on each of the themes instead of only one. This way, we get the chance to cover all the areas that textiles has to offer. Thankfully, I don’t need to create one final piece by the end of each months but instead produce 10 large embroidered samples for each theme, showing what I would want the details and materials of my final piece to be like.
As V.Westwood said ” Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality not quantity. Everybody is buying far to many clothes”