23 Degrees and South

I’m really pleased with my space for the degree show.

Fun fact about me –  I have no sense of measurement what so ever. I cannot look at something and say how wide it is or how tall. It is completely beyond my capabilities.

That being said, I think I envisioned my layout really well. Last week it got to the point that I knew what I wanted to have in my space, but I couldn’t images how it would fit, because again, I have no sense of measurement, or spacial awareness.

My space looked small to me because I’d been sat there for most of this year and had managed to cramp it with the amount of work and junk I had on my table. Then everything was cleared and there was a ‘oh no, look how much space I have to fill’. However, like goldilocks and that damn porridge, it was actually just right. Everything has fit perfectly. There’s a good amount of white spaced mixed in with the display pieces and my work, and it just generally looks sick. Like really flipping cool. Like how did I pull off this level of coolness. Damn. I’m just so proud of how it looks and how I’ve made it to the end having made something I really loved, and loved every minute of making!

I’m really pleased.

You should come see it in person, it looks so much better. (Just saying)


I Knew You Were Waiting For Feedback

I’ve really enjoyed this project and think that shows in my collection.

I’ve managed to find combination of different events that has really worked for me. I really like the client that I’ve chosen to create for, kidults both male and female; I love my choice of inspiration for my graphics – urban grid patterns and typography; and I really like that I’ve been taking my inspiration from modern and 80s slang/phrases and technology.
I’ve especially lied my colour scheme which composes of monotone colours with bright 80s colour pops. I have a really fun time combining different colours and patterns together and I think I’ve done quite a good job of it.

This confidence I have in collection is what I took to my tutorial with Keireine, who liked what I’ve created so far, which was really great.

She really liked the colour scheme that I have used, and gave me a few pointers on how to best use the colour pops, and she also gave me a few ideas for experiments with my sheet wrapping paper.

I was really happy with my feedback, and how little I need to change, which is amazing because it means that I’ve chosen my theme and client really well.

I did however test out keireine’s suggestion of giving my mood boards a grey, industrial background. I thought it might make the other images less noticeable, but it actually really liked the result, which means I will totally try out every suggestion that Keireine gave me, because lets face it, she really knows what she’s on about!


Don’t Let’s Present

Today was the day.

The day where I/G were coming into the studio.

The day of presentations and feedback.

Its safe to say that I was nervous this morning. I came into the studio, got called off into my group, which happened to be the group that was presenting to Sarah, the boss man of I/G.

I got to go first, which I think was a good thing. I didn’t have to watch anyone else present before me, so I didn’t have any epic standard to live up to, ‘cause lets face it, my presentation skills are just plain bad. Not as bad as they were, which was horrific, but still a on the ‘meh’ side of things. Well not today! *fist pump* today I was cool and relaxed, I was a bit ‘oh dear lord what do I say!’ around minute four, but then I took a breath and continued, only for the alarm to sound, praise Jesus!

To be honest, I don’t think I did terribly, I was given good feedback on my presentation skills; I kept eye contact and I spoke slowly and cohesively, which is always a plus. I don’t think anyone likes presentation but I know I really don’t, then only thing that made me calmer, was knowing that what I was speaking about was my work. Even if I said something wrong, they wouldn’t know, because no body knows my work, better than I do; and that was a really calming thought.

Overall, Sarah and Irene were happy with what I had presented them, besides my mood boards.

I picked a great client, and I really thought about that client when designing, and it showed. The age range I chose, was appropriate for my collection, as was my chosen market.

They liked my idea of using black and grey with just bits of colour, and they told me that I could go even further with this, having more black and white and just tiny pops of colour that really made the designs stand out.

I got suggests on different materials to add in, but overall they really loved the materials and process I have chosen to use; albeit with the suggestion of using laser cutting –  which I super looking forward to experimenting with! (Once I re-learn how to use it).

I am so pleased with the feedback I got from Sarah and Irene; only a bit daunted by the idea that in the past, Sarah has been really happy with collections at this point, but then they lost there direction. I do not want to lose my direction.

I plan to keep with my ideas and just expand on them. I’ve created new, and professional looking mood boards that will help me keep on track of where I am going. I have really focused on my client, looking into the langue they use and then come of the most popular style trend therein, but I’ve also stuck to some of the idea I love, like having designs that purpose glitched, or made to look wrong. I’m happy to think that the things that I really like about my collection, are things that match with client profile. Not that theres any part of my collection I don’t like!

Now it time to experiment some more while refining my ideas.

Onwards James! and don’t spare the horses.


You Sew Me Right Round (Like a Needle)

Friday was embroidery day. I’ve spend the last few weeks in the print room, experimenting with designs and fabrics and colours, getting together loads of different samples that I could then take into the sewing room.

My collection is a mix for 80s and modern influences. 80s bright colours mixed with modern monotones. 80s and modern slang/phrases and universal sans serif fonts.

One thing I am taking from the 80s is the use of analogue – hand printing as well as hand/free-machine embroidery. With all my samples at the ready, I made my way to the stitch room to start embroidering onto my many samples.

The materials I’ve been using are see-through or sheer. Acetate, filmwork, organdie and I’ve also mixed this with some high-shine surfaces like photo paper, embossing foil and printing foils.

I made most of my samples in monotone, I added some foils into my prints but mostly they were of greyscale so that when it came to embroidery, I would be able to add bright colours.

With my embroidery I really just wanted to experiment. I had already practised adding some hand embroidery into my samples, so now I was focussing on free-machine embroidery.

I was really happy with how my samples turned out actually. I tried to use colours within my sewing because I was finding it difficult previously to try and add colour into my samples. However I found that I liked it better using coloured thread, than printing with colour. I plan to go back into the sewing room on Monday and further experiment.


Acetate, Metal and Wood Oh My!

This morning I was thinking about what surfaces I wanted to print on. Paper is easily available but after the first few samples, it can get a bit boring. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a paper lover! I love a good piece of card on any day, but for my collection, I want to experiment (!) and I want it to be different.

I don’t know what made me think of it but I suddenly had a really interesting idea, why don’t I print on acetate.

I went on a screen printing course last year before Christmas and in order to make sure your paper lined up with the print, they did a test print onto acetate (incidentally, Steve did this on Monday I was just too busy lino cutting to notice!). So already I knew that it was possible to print onto acetate, but why not do it purposefully, as a design rather than a guide? With this little adventure in mind I went to find Steve for reckon.

Not only do I now have acetate to print on, I also have a cloudy acetate material; along with the prospect of printing onto foil sheets, laser cutting glass tiles, black acrylic and wood! Now tell me that doesn’t sound exciting?! I plan to take every aspect of my theme seriously, that includes the mirrored and metallic surfaces, as well as the high contrast monotones and bold bright colours –  as well as hand printing.