Effects of a great fashion illustration workshop

How can I be so indecisive…? A few weeks ago I changed my current live project towards a fashion garment instead of a textiles art installation…I tend to change my mind about my projects a lot, but I definitely cannot be changing everything so late into a project next year! My theme changed after we had a guess tutor coming in to teach us fashion illustrations for 2 days. As I was still intrigued by fashion I decided to join the rest of my class in the workshop to see if it could help in the future. Passionate about both drawing and fashion I got myself stuck into it and ended up creating a range of fashion illustrations using my current designs and family portraits. Turns out, I absolutely loved it and I ended up sketching up lots of ideas of how my current project could fit into fashion! I panicked a little at the increasing thought of changing my whole context but decided that if I want to experiment, now is the time to do it! It’s 2 weeks down the line now and I realize it was a bit of a sporadic and impulsive decision but I’ve managed to […]

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 […]