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 […]

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 […]

Busy Busy months, I’m back!

Hi everyone! I owe you all a big apology for being absent on here this past month. I broke my laptop in the busiest first few weeks of uni and it took about 2 weeks to get it fixed up and working again. Nevertheless, I have a lot to share with you all, so I will get back to work! As you may have guessed, I am now back and well into the first few months of my 2nd year at university. It’s frightening how quickly time has gone, I am already back in Paris for my study week break! I am currently working on a celebration project which is linked to the Hand and Lock 2017 competition brief. I’ve orientated my work towards technology whiles using unconventional materials. I will write a separate article on my current work, so more on it soonOn the side, I also worked for both Max Creative and Burberry, as part of the RSN team. I will also write a piece about these two amazing events and share it with you. Hopefully, this will make up for my short absence.  To end this apologetic post on a high, here are some of my embroideries from […]

Interning at bespoke shirt maker Emma Willis

Remember how I broke my knee a few months ago and I had to cancel most of my summer plans? Well one of those very well planned events was an internship in Gloucestershire with a great Tailor called Emma Willis. To my luck however, I was able to reschedule it and this is where I have been for the last 2 weeks! Emma Willis is a tailor that specialises in mens shirts. She has a shop on the famous Saville road in London. Her studio however, is right here in Gloucestershire, on the docks, in a beautiful 18th century town house. I started the week embroidering some monograms for them, putting to use my lovely new skills I’ve acquired from university. I then had the chance to move around the house and experience all the different necessary jobs that are involved in the success of Emma Willis. I spent a good amount of time in the packing room, where they are in charge of quality control for the garments, the additional finishes (such as buttons) and of course the packing and shipping. This room was a really nice experience for me as it made me realise the difference between street […]

Temples of Cambodia

The last stop of our Asia tour took us to Angkor in Cambodia. The majority of our mornings were spent visiting ancient temples from the 9th and 12th century that was re-discovered around the 19th century. The architecture and  stone walls were simply breathtaking. Beautifully detailed carvings, slowly reclaimed by nature told stories at every turn, drawing me more and more into the history and culture of Angkor. The layout of the stones, the growing ivy, the natural decomposition of the building and it colours all left me filled with excitement for some new ideas on patterns and compositions. Outfit 1 – Dress by Sandro Outfit 2 – Shirt by Sandro                – Trousers by Topshop 2015 season               – Antique belt

Embroidery workshop for the handicapped

  On our way to the airport last saturday to leave Vietnam, we stopped by a workplace for handicapped people born from parents  exposed to  agent orange during the Vietnam war. One of the main skills practiced was embroidery. The walls of the room were covered in hand stitched paintings. Although they had to work with a portfolio of designs , the choice of colours, threads and personal style gave each piece it’s unique charm. The main stitch that they were using was a filling in running stitch, using 2 strands of wool. The most impressive ones for me, are the black and white pieces, they are full of depths and truly look like photographs. There are also beautiful horizons and abstract pieces.    

Van Phuc – The silk village

Van Phuc, a village not far from Hanoi, has been known for it’s quality silk for over 1200 years.The village’s fields abled them to farm and produce their own silk. However with the urbanisation and development of the country, these fields were turned into suburbian towns of Hanoi. Due to this the village now has to import the silk cocoons from other areas before proceding with the silk making process. Nowdays, the silk looms are mechanised to speed up the production method, however the original manual looms are still on show in the village. The director of the factory took some time to show us how the machanical machines work.  These punched wooden sheets are used to program the machines to create the designs on the silk.    

Impressions of Vietnam

While we drive for hours, the window view paints a scene of colours and shapes. Around us, a hundred shades of green, and from mustard yellow, sky blue to green, coloured houses sit like flowers in a field. The price of the land is too high, so narrow houses grow tall, and three meters wide plots try to stretch towards the sky. But a layer of dirt and poverty spreads through the horizon, shading the colours grey and leaving houses unfinished. Sometimes, large palaces, wide balconies, and ornate walls stand out of the faded streets… Two days ago, the first typhoon of the year arrives: trees, electric cables and banners fell to the ground. The fields are flooded, the streets are wet. Everywhere, people in anoraks are tidying up the damage.  The sight is simultaneously beautiful and tearful, but we drive by, following the rhythm of the loud hooting streets   Ninh Binh Village        

Paul Klee exhibition

Today, after a Physio lesson for my almost recovered knee, I headed off to the Centre Pompidou in Paris to visit the Paul Klee exhibition that opened back in April. I was very impressed by his work and by how much there was to see. To summarise the artist in question, Paul Klee is a Swiss/German painter from the early 20th century.(1879 -1940) He is largely associated with the Expressionist movement but was ceaselessly reinventing himself, shifting from abstract to figurative works making him a multifaceted artist. He is also widely known for his colour theories, an interest of his that started after a trip to Tunisia  He once said: “ Colour and I are one. I am a painter”. ( April 1914)  Colour had a big role in a lot of his work, transforming simplistic lines into very illustrative pieces. It is definitely worth a visit if you are around Paris this summer. The exhibition ends on August the 1st and you can find more information on https://www.centrepompidou.fr . I’ll stop babling on, here are a few photos of the exhibition. There is also a very cool rooftop restaurant at the top of the building with an amazing view onto Paris!

10 days until the deadline!

18th of April 2016 Today I’ve been working on both my Textiles art and my Textiles for interiors projects. With a week and a half to go until my hand in date, I am now just trying to power through those late nights to finish off all my outstanding embroidery. These are my final 3 designs for my textiles art and the start of the embroidery pieces.               I’ve also got quite a bit to go in terms of my interiors work, I have been doing these small french knots for weeks now, which is slowly driving me insane as I can’t sew the next bit until those are done! The plan, however, is to do the outline of the leafs in gold stem work.