Sunday, 18 December 2011

I've Become A 'Featured Artist'

Just to let everyone know that I have recently had my work featured on the blog 'Fashion Vignette'. I couldn't quite believe it when I received a message from the creator of the blog to ask if I gave my permission to have my work showcased in the 'featured artist' section of the site. The feature has recently been posted, 15th Dec,(see above screen shot), and it looks great - images of my Acid Tropics module have been used to highlight the design process including sampling in the print room and my final prints. The feature is very complimentary of my work, which is of course lovely for me to read. See the 3 pictures I have uploaded for my feature.

I can definitely recommend 'Fashion Vignette'. There is an abundance of information on: trends, catwalk collections, seasonal colour directions and of course featured artists, plus much more. All presented in a very organised and professional manner it is a great site to visit for up to date fashion information and inspiration.

Phillippa x

Thursday, 15 December 2011

A Few Backgrounds Prepped For Drawing Sheets

And finally... look how pretty the sink looks after pouring my inks away

Monday, 12 December 2011

Music That Inspires Me Whilst Designing

Couldn't resist posting this gem of a performance by Coldplay at Glastonbury on my blog. I was there and visually it was amazing. Their music made staying awake until 3 or 4am each day working on my minor project not too bad at all and I'm happy to say that all the hard work and dedication payed off as I received a 1st for the module. I love listening to music whilst doing my design work, really gets me in the mood for drawing and designing and makes me feel inspired... also eases sleep deprivation. I also played M83 on repeat aswell.

Phillippa x

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Final Major Project - 'Global Collective'

So this is it, the final major project has officially begun!!! Over the next 5 months I will put into practice everything that I know about textile design and use all my technical skills to produce a series of striking fashion prints based on the concept 'Global Collective'. I knew that I needed to choose a concept that would highly sustain my interest for the duration of the module, so I have amalgamated my love of travel and culture to create this concept, inspired also by the current trend 'Global Remix'. Greatly inspired by traditional African dress, Morocco and Mexico, my concept is an eclectic mix of nature and traditional crafts and naturally for me the colour palette is intense and confident. Inspiration also comes from: Matthew Williamson, Anna Sui and Etro, to name but a few. This is the last module I will work on for my degree and I am so enthusiastic about my concept I literally cannot wait to get started and see what I produce. Exciting times.
For now here are pictures of my 'Global Collective' work bay. Enjoy

Phillippa x

Friday, 25 November 2011

Textile Fundraising Success

Each year for the textile degree show, students are asked to raise a certain sum of money to contribute to the organisation of the show. Yesterday, myself and 5 other students packed bags at Marks and Spencer in Newcastle and raised a fantastic £341. This amount greatly succeeded our expectations and we were overwhelmed by people's generosity and kindness to donate. As this day was a triumph we hope to arrange another bag packing event later in the year so we can contribute more money to the textile fund on our behalf.
Phillippa x

Monday, 21 November 2011

Acid Tropics Final Collection - Minor Project

I am very proud of the entire body of work that I submitted for this module, so I really hope you like my final collection. All my prints have been created using traditional screen printing techniques including: Pigment, discharge, foil, metallic

Work Bay Presentation Display

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Acid Tropics Development Sketchbook Pictures

So, yesterday was the hand in date for my minor project and what a busy 8 weeks its been!!! Before I post pictures of my final collection, here a some snaps from my 3 development sketchbooks.

Phillippa x

Saturday, 12 November 2011


So I've spent the past 2 weeks in the print room, I'm talking 12 hour days busily working on producing colour samples for my prints, with sampling being one of my favourite stages of the design process. The hours actually go pretty quickly, as I love screen printing and I am in my elements in the print room, an area in which I work very confidently. I already have 4 final prints, all different designs. The deadline for my minor project is this coming Friday, so pictures of my complete collection will be coming very soon, but for now enjoy a few pictures of my colour samples.

Phillippa x

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Fabric All Prepped For Printing

Here's a sneak peek at some of the coloured fabric and textured backgrounds I will be working with. As my designs are aimed at a high market level I will be working predominantly on silk - Silk Habotai and Spun Sandwashed Silk, both of which dye beautifully. I actually consider it a skill in its own right to evenly dye a piece of fabric with no blotches on it. Colours incluce: Claret Red, Antique Gold, Royal Blue, Violet, Magenta, Emerald, Buttercup Yellow, Bottle Green, Aubergine, Turquoise, Brilliant Orange, Blackcurrant and Raspberry. These fabric dyes are both Acid dyes (either Kenanthrols and Ill Acids) or Procions, but I find that Acid dyes are more intense.

Phillippa x