Wish You Were Here, Buddy

This week was the start of the buddy system. Thankfully I’ve managed to get almost everything done before now. All my samples have been made, overlocked and headed. My garments have been created. My sketchbook and research book are all up to date and bursting at the seams. I even got to university super early on Monday (only because I wanted a lift instead of getting the bus) and had time to fill and sand down the walls in my space. The only thing I needed doing was having my space painted white, which my buddy(ies) did amazingly. Not a drip on the floor, none of the filler could be seen. And it was all done super quickly. I’m pretty sure it took me longer than that when I was a buddy, but I’m not complaining, Daisy and Sonya have made my life juts that much more easier. So much easier intact that yesterday I was able to paint my motif onto the wall ready for putting up my display today. HUZZAH!

 

 

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It’s Not a Fashion Statement, It’s a Deathwish

I took some time today to put together my artist statement, and to really think about what I wanted to write in it. I wanted it to be succinct and to the point, while at the same time displaying the same passion that I have for my collection. Here’s what I came up with.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I have a heart for the homeless, one that makes me strive to fight for them, and to be heard for them. I created this collection as a way to break through the cloud of negativity and misconception that surrounds homelessness, so that no one gets treated as less than human because of a difference in living situation. I wanted my designs to reflect what homeless people see on a daily bases so I chose to focus patterns and markings found on the ground. This collection has a fashion outcome, for which I chose to create men’s outerwear. I chose outwear because of its protective nature, which I thought reflected really well with the idea that I’m trying to get across, that those who are vulnerable, such as the homeless, should be protected.


Lady Picture Show

Earlier this week the plan for the degree show layout came back, which resulting in some feng shui-ing of my original plan. Mostly just so I have a solid plan to work from and am not winging it on the one day i’ll be able to get reinforcements to help me make my display amazing!

New and improved: DISPLAY PLAN


Top Drawer ’16

Yesterday I took the long, long … long (!) trip up to London. Why i hear you ask? because Top Drawer is on!

Top Drawer is a trade event where designers and makers come together to showcase their products, and for a student like me, its practically heaven. Especially the stationer section *drool*.
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Up and down the isles of stationery I went, tackling it supermarket style, to make sure that no stand was left unvisited. Once I got past the whole ‘I’m surrounded by stationery! my life is complete’ stage of my visit, I then started looking for inspiration. Not only for inspiration but also layout and packaging.

For our International Greetings brief, I’m almost completely sure that I have to also explore ways of packing and display, and if not, this has seriously helped my ideas when it comes to my degree show displaying.

We all know I love typography, and while yes, I did flee straight to designer which used lots of lovey fonts, I also looked at patterns, colour-ways and co-ordinating designs, and how the designers displayed these, and promoted them within their stands.

I think overall, besides getting to send the afternoon surrounded  by paper goods, Top Drawer has really helped my with thinking about professional standards; how to package and present, and also on the merits of displaying and how to properly advertise (with brooches and information cards) interestingly.

While I was there, I came to the stall of Sort Design, where they had a old letterpress machine up and running (to say I wanted to make off with it my bag wouldn’t be a lie)  where people where able to print an already set up design, using this letterpress, which also doubled as their business card. Now if that not a great idea, I don’t know what is. But it’s safe to say, these great ideas will be sticking with me and hopefully influencing some of my ideas.