Saturday, 8 September 2012


Rosa, my friend from work kindly agreed to model my T-Shirt into the city centre today to gain women's feedback...

Very mixed reactions...

There didn't seem to be a corolation in age to the reactions and comments that were given. The general concensus was: very bright, don't like the sequins

Every other comment was very varied, some people really liked the bright colours others were indifferent and some really did not like the colours. Some people really liked the tye-dye other's didn't- the majority did not like the combination of all of the elements- perhaps there is too much going on in one T-Shirt. I think the next time I print onto T-Shirts or create samples I will consider the depth and brightness of colours as I am layering techniques and create softer backgrounds to build on.

The majority also likes the embroidery, however they really disliked the sequins- the two people who liked the sequins, interestingly enough were an interior designer and a second level junior architect.

I think this type of print with all of the elements would be more appropriate for a different crowd, perhaps Bristol or london (Camden). This work is therefore not high street commercial. Any comments?...

Sunday, 1 April 2012

A Touch of Inspiration...

I had a dream last night that me and Matthew Williamson were friends!...

I love his use of colour, print, embroidery and embellishment, and his dress designs.

I hope to create some embroideries to compliment my digital prints (from hand drawn, hand coloured drawing sheets) and to take them into garment shapes- Matthew Williamson has greatly inspired me- and the dream isn't some cooky metaphore! (Indian food has strange side effects!)

Thursday, 23 February 2012


Ok so an update...

In order to become a textiles surface designer in a studio in this generation I must learn the fundamentals of photoshop- however reluctant I may have been in the past it seems it is the only way to acheive my colour scheme and shading within printed textiles, also every studio uses the software and an inability to use it will not get me noticed...

So I need to bring my drawings into print and my level of detail. I have begun designing some repeats by hand and doing some tutorials from digital print publications. I am currently working on repeating my drawing sheets, as a starting point.

Here is the first repeating print by hand and I will keep you updated on the my digital progress- My aim to is combine digital print, screen print, layering of fabrics (imitating my paper cuts) and using the embroidery of my paper cuts for further embellishments. The first creative moduole is all about experimenting so my goal is to experiment with all of these disciplines. But first I must tackle photoshop...

Anyway first repeat by hand, honest opinions welcome,

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Initial Ideas and Drawings!

I have recently moved down to Bath to study for my MA in Textiles and fashion design.

The first moduol was Research methodologies- an MA proposal and later today a presentation, yes I am extremly nervous!

I have begun to do some practical work inspired by the research I have gathered and the paper genious of Jen Stark, Rob Ryan and textiles works of Lizzie Finn.

My work is also inspired by my love of colour although I will be looking into trends and colour co-ordinates throughout my study to have some commercial work in my portfolio so...

This is what I have produced so far, some initial drawings inspired by a doodle I can't seem to stop drawing, nature, florals and animal prints. Also my own paper creations with a lil' bit of Jazzy Jeff thrown in there! circa early 90's Fresh Prince styley!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Carven- Spring 2012 Collection

I signed up to email updates with Print Source- - and this is the latest emal they have just sent me, check out the colours on these bad boys!!!

This collection is beautiful- Chevrons everywhere!

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

More Discoveries!

Through more research I have just discovered an amazing artist called Lizzie Finn, I'm probably extremly late to this party!!!

Lizzie experiments with the hand-made and technology. I love the cover she did for Moloko, a beautiful mash-up of hand-made pieces and technology! Lizzie created the stuffed animals by hand from old how-to magazines and then constructed them into a digital composition with brilliant results. Also whilst on Lizzies' website and looking at other websites relating to her work I found this really tripping video (see link) from a magazine called, 'I Want You Magazine'.

Also check out Lizzie Finn's website for amazing embroideries!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012


Ok so now I'm in Bath studying for my MA in textiles and fashion design...

I'm currently writing an essay and I have created a new blog to run along side it although it will be quite a short blog in respect to the essay- around 12 days ish long- but like an unwanted crimby prezzie it's the thought that counts!

I have become ever more interested in paper cutting and the incredible effects some artists have been able to acheive. Rob Ryan is my favourite! I have found this video on you tube however I'm struggling to put the video onto my blog. I'm going to attach the link of the video onto this blog to see what happens...