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Experimental Knitting

15 Feb

Today I had an hour to spare so I decided to make up a quick sample on my knitting machine. As a result of the rag rug class I attended before Christmas I have been thinking about ways in which to avoid or reduce material waste. I decided to experiment with weaving some scraps from my felt making and embroidery classes in to a plain dark grey knitted sample. I used small pieces of felt tops, embroidery threads and lengths of wool, which I dyed last year with natural dyes (such as golden rod and nettle). I thoroughly enjoyed creating this sample and plan to create a few more experimental pieces in the coming weeks so keep checking back for updates or follow my blog! Below are some images of the sample.

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New Designers

8 Jul

 

From the 27th-30th of June I was in London exhibiting my current collection at New Designers; an exhibition that showcases the work of over 3,000 design graduates. Below are some images that hopefully suggest the scale of the event and show my stand.

The event opened on Wednesday with the Awards Preview Evening and ended at 6pm on Saturday, over the course of the event I spoke to numerous prospective clients, designers and graduates. It was a valuable experience not only to obtain contacts but also to discuss and promote my work and gain feedback.

I thoroughly enjoyed viewing the work of the other exhibitors and I am very pleased to say that although there were a great number of very talented textile designers at the event I did not see any collections similar to my own. I feel I achieved my goal of creating unique, unusual and eye-catching textiles, which are unlike any other accessories currently on the market.

 

 

The End of University!

8 Jun

Although there haven’t been many updates on my blog during the last few months I intend to update my site on a much more regular basis now that I do have a little more free time, in between graduation, showing my collection at New Designers in London and moving back to Cumbria from my student house in Dundee!

The last few weeks have been incredibly busy, first I received my degree results on the 16th of May and I am incredibly pleased to say I have achieved a Bachelor of Design Degree with Honours First Class. Following this my degree show at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design took place from the 19th-27th of May. It was brilliant to speak to potential clients, future students as well as current designers and craftspeople about my work. The feedback and comments I received were incredibly encouraging. Below are some images documenting the work I produced during my final year at university.

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My Degree Show

10 May

I had an incredibly busy weekend, I spent all day Saturday cutting, sticking and mounting samples, images and information. The following day I was in the studio painting my irregular shaped shelf and my custom made plinth. Following this I began hanging my final accessories in my degree show space as is shown below.

Over the course of the year I produced 12 final knitted accessories, a selection of roughly 30 additional knitted samples and numerous experimental pieces which were secured in development sketchbooks. I created 5 sketchbooks which included drawings, technical notes, contextual project research, test pieces, mock ups and photography as well as an A3 photography book, a photograph album and 4 cut out and collage sketchbooks. I also made 4 still life compositions from mechanical parts and knitted elements and mounted a selection of photographs and knitted pieces for my portfolio.

Work, work, work, work, work…

5 May

Yesterday I was excited to eventually get my custom made rail cut and put up on the wall! It all began with a 240cm length of mdf. I lay out a selection of my knitted accessories and got to work drawing out the design.

Not only is the rail a specific shape in order to hang 8 of my final pieces but being irregular in shape it reflects the irregular shaped accessories I have created. Now I only have to sand and paint the rail, source a plinth, sand and paint the plinth, hang my pieces, mount some photographs and set up the display on the plinth…. by 9pm on Tuesday!

Below is an image of my degree space at the moment:

It is actually almost here… Degree Show 2012!

30 Apr

I am currently working very long hours day in day out to get everything finished in time for  my assessment which is just over a week away! For more information about my upcoming degree show at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee please have a look at the following webpage: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/djcad/degreeshow/studentsexhibiting/textiledesign/samanthacleminson/

Last week I had my first ever fashion photo shoot which I found quite challenging, as I normally capture still life compositions and take landscape photographs whilst walking in the Lake District. Below are a few photographs which show two of the pieces from my degree show collection.

Degree Show Progress

7 Apr

My degree show is very fast approaching and I am currently experimenting with my pieces on a mannequin and beginning to construct some quirky accessories. Through the creation of twelve unique, irregular shaped knitted accessories I hope to encourage people to treasure and appreciate one of a kind textile items as opposed to purchasing low quality, mass-produced products. The accessories are intended to appeal to an individual searching for something eye-catching and unusual.

Unlike other collections the accessories are not limited to a specific season. This is because the twelve pieces are representative of the twelve months of the year as well as the number of hours found on a traditional analogue pocket watch. Below are some photographs of the items I am currently working on, the images do not show finished pieces only ideas and suggestions of what the final piece will be.

 


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