Sunday, 27 November 2016

Future thoughts with a few fashion things

Car printed bottoms with sassy red shoes

It never really occurred to me how busy my final year of uni would be and even though I do blog for myself I've been a lot more inactive than I'd hoped! The thought of life after uni has actually been bothering me quite a lot lately. Two years ago I was beginning an exciting new adventure which meant moving away from home, meeting my current friends and learning so many new skills and whilst I can't wait to get out into the real world I'm struggling to cope with the uncertainty of it all. It's obviously quite pointless worrying about something I have no real control over so time will tell I suppose!

Beach days placement with co ordinating print

Presented with a different colour way

I've loved making fashion illustrations for my prints as it meant I could finally start drawing again, applique is pretty fun but after burning myself multiple times with the iron a little break was needed. I don't know if I've ever mentioned this before but I used to love fashion illustrating, so much so that I actually considered applying for a degree in it. Sometimes I think how nice it would be to draw pretty clothes all day.

All of the festivity going on in the city centre is making me so excited for Christmas and I cannot wait to step away from my dissertation for a few days and binge on Christmas movies.  Today Jake and I visited a little winter market in Wakefield and it was really nice to pick up a few gifts from independent makers. Hopefully this time next year I will be selling some of my own range of goodies just in time for Christmas!🎄

Monday, 14 November 2016

Fabric collages: A day in the life

My studio space ✨

I needed a change with my blog recently so that's the reason for the little makeover. It'll most likely not stay like this for long but I guess it will adapt with me as I'm constantly growing as a designer. I was trying to figure out what "my colours" are but I couldn't and I know it's because I love to work with so many different palettes I just can't choose one which describes me best. I think putting our creative selves into little boxes of what we do and what we don't is probably the worst thing... I couldn't imagine sticking to one colour scheme for the rest of my life! 

Anyway this is what I've been making recently, they're collages in fabric with a mixture of plain colour and screen printed marks.  My dissertation is focusing on print design for children so that's why I've gone for a combination of bold primary colours and simplistic shapes. I want to create different narratives that children can respond to but instead of going down the fantasy route I opted for those lovely moments we experience in every day life; going to parties and eating cake, lying on the beach with friends or walking a cute dog in the park. 

Before the screen printed layer was added

Co-ordinating print 🚗

The deadline is looming (I have seven weeks left which also includes Christmas) however I'm feeling pretty confident! Advice for any of you starting your dissertation next year: Have a great head start and plan your days very wisely. It was well worth starting the research before uni began as reading the books and writing notes has to be the most time consuming bit. 

A nice little end to the post and also a tiny bit late, but last week I was interviewed on Blog Socks about The Creative Outlook which you can read here! Whilst you're there I'd recommend having a browse as it's a great new platform created to share a variety of blogs which could possibly include your new favourite.  

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