Inspiration - Gypsy caravan(photographed at Glastonbury festival), antique jewlerry, birdcages, flowers, fairground carousel horses, china cups, butterflys, Russian dolls.
Research Drawing Sheets - Drawings from primary sources - items I had collected and photographed myself. Exploring a variety of media and compositions.
Final Repeat Furnishing Design - I produced 5 black and white photocopied layouts, and from there I chose this one as my favourite. I then painted it out in repeat. Layout - 'Full Repeat'
Screen Prints - Colour Separations - After producing four A2 colour separation KodaTrace layouts, I exposed my silk screen, then I was ready to print. Printing pigments were mixed in the dye lab. Printing techniques used: opaque, metallic, flock, foil. Each individual part of my design had to be painstakingly screen printed. The first print is a replica of my final design and took 2 days to complete.
I feel I have successfully combined traditional (caravan, birdcage, house), with contemporary (florals and butterfly's). For my market research I looked at companies including: Svenskt Tenn, Bokja design, Moroso, Cole and Son, Designers Guild and Manuel Canovas. I see my design furnishing a room in a period town house, with contemporary features. I recieved a 1st for this project. This work has been entered in the Bradford Textile Society competition.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
Thursday, 23 September 2010
This June, Glastonbury celebrated its 40th birthday. I went along to soak up the atmosphere, the culture, the sun (it was the hottest Glastonbury on record) and not forgetting ofcourse the world class music on offer. Personal highlights included: the legend that is Mr Stevie Wonder, Muse, Florence & The Machine, The xx and I Blame Coco (above photo). After spending years watching coverage of the festival on tv, it was so surreal to actually be at Worthy Farm myself.
Over the summer I spent a few days in London, exploring the city and researching for my summer project. The research is to be used for my 1st project in level 5. The theme of the project is 'Roma'. Whilst in London I dropped by the V&A, Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, Liberty's (my favourite shop), Camden market, Hampstead and most importantly New Designers, which was held at the Business Design Centre in Islington. New Designers is a hub for design graduates who showcase their degree work. It is so inspiring to see the work of emerging, talented designers.
Saturday, 4 September 2010
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Just thought I would upload these photo's of my screen printed wallpaper that I produced for my final major project as part of my foundation art course - May 09. You can compare this with my print work for Level 1 of my degree and see how my skills have advanced.
When I started this module I only had very basic embroidery skills - by this I mean practicing zigzag stitches on the sewing machine, which generally resulted in the needle snapping or getting the thread all tangled up on the fabric. So understandably I was cautious about starting this part of the module. However, I've had a breakthough, I instantly got to grips with the techniques practised in the workshops and this gave me the confidence I needed to really work hard and try to produce a good embroidery collection. I photocopied my original drawings from module 1, Visual Language, then I created several A3 layout compositions and from these I produced my final 4 embroidery samples. Keeping in mind that I produced my collection solely using hand embroidery, I think you can appreciate how long it took me to complete them. At this stage in my degree, I am very happy that I now have a good set of print and embroidery skills that I can apply to future projects. I have the patience for both disciplines, as they are both time consuming, but I still definately feel that print is the way forward for me.
So, yesterday after 8 weeks of hard work, it was finally time to hand in my print & embroidery collections. This module was a big learning curve for me because it involved alot of getting to grips with all the different dying and printing techniques. Many hours were spent in the dye lab, looking attractive in my apron, gloves and mask, mixing acid and procion dyes (to dye my fabric) and experimenting with a variety of printing methods including: metallic, opaque, reactive, discharge, expantex and foil. On my foundation art course(Sept 08 - June 09) I had specialised in print, producing lengths of wallpaper for my final exhibition, however, moving on to Cleveland College of Art and Design to study for my degree has enabled me to challenge myself and produce more advanced prints due to the more industrial style facilities. Screen printing is such a fun technique, the possibilities of the prints you can produce are endless, aslong as you keep an open mind and be creative with what you have to work with. I produced 2 A3 abstract screens & then took it from there - masking off parts of the screen, moving the screen around, and combining my favourite elements from both screens, to produce visually interesting prints. The module required a minimum of 6 prints, in total I produced 10 - a main collection of 6 and a mini collection of 4(this collection used heat transfer as a starting point). In addition to this I kept a technical file, including a boat load of technique samples and designer research from my favourite interior designers, including the likes of: Missoni Homeware, Cole and Son, Designers Guild, Erica Wakerly, Osbourne and Little, plus many more. I haven't uploaded my entire collection, but as you can see from the examples, colour is a major theme of my work, always has been & probably always will be.