Tuesday, 30 May 2017

I finally finished art school (+ degree show snippets!)

From Whitby a couple of days ago

Hello again!! I've had to distance myself a lot from Twitter and the blogging world recently as I've been so busy with university. I know in my head I always thought I could balance the two but I just couldn't and I had to let this little part of me sink a bit. I loooove to blog and I've always been somebody who likes to write and keep journals. What I hate is when it starts to feel like a job. So... I'm writing this post to say that I'm taking the pressure off myself and I'll be posting when I feel like it without worrying about the numbers. As a designer and illustrator, that will always come first!

Degree show collection: Screen prints on linen

Design visualisations

Lino prints on lasercut plywood

I recently finished putting up my final collection for the degree show in June and I cannot believe my three years at university is basically over.  I'm so proud of everything I've accomplished! I've blogged pretty much my whole creative existence since starting my degree and that makes it even weirder for me. I've come so far since my very first day as an anxious, naive teen and it's just another reminder of how fast time flies by. 

I know life won't be all sunshine and rainbows especially as a graduate, but I am expecting that. My plan is to continue drawing, painting, printing and making whilst setting my own goals and aiming for the things I really really want in life. I don't even know how it feels to not be in education so I'm actually pretty excited to not be a student anymore... I think the only thing I will miss are the discounts!

I hope you like the snippets of my degree show collection shown above and on my Instagram, it'll be on display at Leeds College of Art from June 10th - June 15th (more info here) and I'll also be exhibiting at New Designers Part One in London at the end of June! A while ago I was interviewed by Becky from Printed Forest about my design practice, so please go have a read and take a look at the rest of her beautiful blog whilst you're there. She posts lots of wonderfully arty things too!

Thanks for reading x

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Disobedient Bodies

As an ex fashion student I was pretty excited to see Jonathan Anderson's curated exhibition at The Hepworth, 'Disobedient Bodies'. (One of my projects at college was to create a piece of clothing with exaggerated forms to distort the body and emphasise different areas. It was fascinating to see some of my inspirations from that project with my own eyes, like the weird (but amazing) structures from Rei Kawakubo and pieces from Issey Miyakes' 'Pleats Please' collection. My 17 year old self would have liked this very much.)

I really really liked the screen printed pants from Richard Tuttle, and the whole felt collection by Comme des Garcons made me swoon! I love the 2D structures and the wacky colour choices, they remind me of something from a comic book. 

JW Anderson SS 2015
Comme des Garcons AW 2012 (Wool felt)
JW Anderson AW 2014/15 (Inspired by Rauschenberg's works based on the form of a radiator)
Richard Tuttle 1979 (Screen printed on cotton muslin)
Comme des Garcons AW 2012 (wool felt)
C.F.A. Voysey, 1990
Daniel Sinsel, 2006
Loewe SS 2016

The exhibition is on at The Hepworth in Wakefield until the 18th June, and you can find more info on it here

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