SDC Colour competition

The society of dyers and colourist’s (SDC) hold an international competition every year for undergraduate, textiles and fashion students. This is the first time I have heard of this competition, and I am very excited about entering. I must say I had never considered entering competitions, and if it hadn’t been for my tutor, I doubt I would have entered this one.  But I’m glad she has, as I am starting to realize now, how important it is to start putting my work out there, whether I think it will win a competition or not. So my new resolution for this coming year ( A months too soon), is to grab any opportunities that come my way, which could one day reward me! The 2017 brief is: Explore and demonstrate the creative, imaginative, technical and original use of This year’s brief is: Explore and demonstrate the creative, imaginative, technical and original use of colour in either fashion or textiles suitable for a circular economy. I have chosen to explore household colours and materials, using cheap mundane products over expensive raw materials. My aim is to work with these affordable materials and textures to create a fashion accessory that is still luxurious, long lasting and timeless. […]

Whitework embroidery

I am in that really exciting phase at the RSN of learning a completely new  embroidery technique. Having loved blackwork last year, I’d imagined whitework being just my cup of tea, and I was right. There are a lot of different technique within whitework, so far I have been taught  Pulled work, Drawn work, Broderie Anglaise, Richelieu, and Shadow work.  I decided to follow a subject matter for this technique, specifically for when it comes to creating my own final piece. I started looking at patterns from my travels this summer, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan and Barcelona. In the end, I’ve decided to focus on Japanese designs, their floral patterns as well as their ‘lady’ paintings (Not sure how these are called but I will put a photo at the bottom). If you visit my post on Blackwork from last year, you will see that my design there was based onJapaneseese design. I really love those designs in general, which is why I have decided to revisit them with whitework. A technique which in a lot of aspects is similar to blackwork, so I think it will lend itself well to these designs.    Pulled Work Drawn Work This is an […]

Celebrating technology through embroidery!

For the research and Experimentation 2 section of our degree, we have been given the brief of ‘Celebration’ from the Hand and Lock competition. I decided to look into ‘Technology’ , celebrating it’s incredibly fast growth over the last decade. I have chosen to base my designs on circuit boards taking inspiration from the intricate lines and circles they have. With circuit boards as my design theme, I have decided to look elsewhere for my materials and colours. From the start,I knew I wanted to work with bright and cheerful colours and experiment with unconventional materials. I found that the 2015 Trend Union, ‘Labor of love’ colour research of the Household Ingredients was perfect for what I had in mind. Here Lidewij Edelkoort talk’s about how humble activities, such as household chores are resurfacing and becoming part of a bigger cultural picture. Bringing along with it a new wave of designs and art of household products such as bottles, gloves, and sponges. This has made me question our expectation that high end goods can only be made from luxurious and expensive materials; and that mundane cheaper materials can only ever be considered for the low end market. In a world […]

Since our excursion to the House of Dreams, we have been working with Stephen Wright to create our own art work and doll.  Stephen was our visiting tutor through out this whole project and I really enjoyed his work process and guidance. I hugely appreciated the time that he managed to give to us, and he taught me some valuable lessons in finding out about myself through my work.           The doll  we had to produce with Stephen could be of any size, but had to be inspired from 20 personal or found objects. I decided to choose nostalgic pieces from my childhood, an old doll, a barbie, some figurines, soft toys and badges. I spent  a week drawing from these, creating some large scale oil pastel drawings which could influence my doll. In the end, I gravitated towards my doll and my animal figurines the most so decided to mix the two together. This painting is what I based my first doll on. I wanted the body to be three dimensional, with ‘barbie’ like arms and legs. I used a thick calico to create the doll, which I re-worked and dirtied with oil pastels. The […]

The House of dreams by Stephen Wright

Two weeks ago, my classmates and I visited the House of Dreams museum by Stephen Wright, in East Dulwich, London. Stephen started his career as a successful textiles print designer but changed his orientation towards outsider art later on. The House of dreams is a museum within Stephen’s own home, which he started with his partner in 1998. He worked on the house for 9 years privately before opening it up to the public. Now, the house has been bequeathed to the National Trust. The house contains some parts of Stephen’s diary, where he expresses the loss of his partner and parents. It is extremely moving to see someone so open with his emotions.    Every surface of the house inside and out is covered with found objects, plastic bottles, broken dolls, wigs etc.   I found the house of dreams incredibly inspirational. It seemed like a fairy tale house to me. The colours, patterns, and sculptures around the room created a real mystical atmosphere. Although everything is second hand and found, he has managed to create something precious once it is all assembled together. It has made me a lot more open about what type of materials and objects […]