Archive | August, 2011

Incredible Images of Bubbles

28 Aug

A while ago I wrote a post entiteld ‘Incredible Maro Photography’ which has had a lot of views and a couple of comments so I thought I would follow it up with this post. No doubt a lot of time and effort was required to capture these images and the results are fantastic.


Valerie Davide

28 Aug

Valerie Davide is an artist who creates work which is entirely different to my own. I like bright colour and despite my best efforts I am unable to draw or paint in a loose and relaxed manner.  Although Valerie Davide does a lot of life drawing (visible here) I prefer her animal pieces shown below.

Naomi Ito

24 Aug

The following bright and summery pieces are by Naomi Ito, a Japanese artist and textile designer who I first came across 2 years ago when I was just beginning my Textile Design degree at The University of Dundee.

Narrowboat Holiday

19 Aug

Firstly I will begin by apologising to those of you who have tried to contact me this week (I will endeavor to reply to you as soon as possible), I have been away on a mid-week break with a group of friends that I went to school with. We hired a canal boat and explored some of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, stopping en route for picnics, to sample the local pubs, visit villages and towns and to do some walking and fishing. It was a relaxing and very enjoyable week away from work catching up with friends that I haven’t seen very much of in recent years, due to work and university. Below are a few of the many photographs I took this week.

Work Experience

13 Aug

Earlier this summer I went to Higham Hall, a residential adult education college situated in the Lake District (pictured above) for work experience.

I worked part-time over a 3-week period, this enabled me to experience all aspects of the business. I was involved with everything from assisting the chefs and waiting on in the dining room to answering the phone, taking bookings and designing a brochure. During the placement I was particularly surprised by how enjoyable I found working in an office environment and I was especially pleased when given the sole responsibility of creating a new brochure for the college.

However, the highlight of the placement was being given the opportunity to assist with some of the textile based classes. Teaching and encouraging others improved my self-confidence in terms of public speaking and enhanced my ability to communicate with others, as I was required to provide clear instructions and demonstrations. I was also taught, by one of the textile tutors, how to make felt jewellery as well as the basics of ‘Nuno’ felting which simply means to bond loose fibres with a sheer fabric. Since my placement I have produced some small pieces and experimented with a couple of different techniques some of which were inspired by my visit to ‘Woolfest’ which I discussed briefly in an earlier post ( Below are some images from my sketchbook that show examples of where I have incorporated felt pieces in my design work (please note more images are available via Flickr). I hand-dyed some of the felt using natural dyes obtained from sources such as tealeaves, nettles, onion peelings, turmeric and madder.

Inspirational Video

13 Aug

Below is an interesting and inspirational video by MRRK and Ine van den Elsen. I have also included some imagery of the patterns and colours within the video.

Jelte Van Abbema

10 Aug

Whilst carrying out some research based on environmentally conscious textile manufacturing techniques I came across the slightly bizarre but very interesting work of Dutch designer, Jelte Van Abbema. The project which I am interested in is entitled ‘Symbiosis’. The project involved printing simple typography using bacteria as opposed to traditional printing inks. The idea is that the bacteria multiply, changing colour and form as they do so, before dying creating a temporary yet ever-changing work of art. Below are some images of the experimental work created by Jelte Van Abbema.

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