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In Recent Weeks

18 May

Unfortunately my blog has been a little neglected recently due to family illness and university deadlines. Thankfully things are less stressful now and I achieved high grades for all of my academic work this year, I also have a 2-week holiday to Icmeler in Turkey to look forward to.

In response to a post in February entitled ‘Good News!’ I have since been on a site visit and met the architect, David Wren, who is working on the new golf clubhouse in Carnoustie. Although I was not commissioned to produce the final wall hanging for the building due to time constraints and potential manufacturing difficulties I have been asked to create an A1 design board, which will be displayed in the building. The work I have been doing is almost complete now as the deadline is Friday so I will add some photographs of the building and the work I was involved in shortly. Working for a client for the first time has been an interesting and exciting experience.

In other news I am also pleased to have secured a 1-month part-time placement during the summer at Higham Hall, which is an adult education centre close to Cockermouth in the Lake District. I am sure it will be a lovely place to work as the building is beautiful and set in well-maintained grounds with a view of Skiddaw. During the placement I hope to gain experience in a variety of areas, In particular I am eager to be involved with some of the textile, art and craft based classes, which are available at Higham Hall and perhaps make some valuable contacts.


Garden Macro Photographs

17 Apr

For once it was a lovely sunny day on my day off! I spent the morning making some cushions for the new garden bench with my mum and then in the afternoon I took a few photographs below are some of my favourites.

Christian Dior

16 Apr

I love this colourful haute couture fall 2010 collection by Christian Dior. A couple of print outs will be going in my sketchbook as inspiration for my current nature inspired self-motivated project. Below are some images from the collection.

Inspirational Images

12 Apr

Below are some images, which have inspired my current self-motivated project.

The image below is of a piece by Martin Bergström.

The following piece has also been constructed from an assortment of leaves.

















The image shown below is of a piece which was on display at Chelsea Flower Show in 2009.

















Below is a stunning couture gown by Elie Saab.



















The image below is of  a piece by Luly Yang.














The intriguing dress below is entirely edible:

Below is another edible piece, this dress is in fact made out of tomatoes!

Self-Motivated Project Development

12 Apr

Having grown up on the edge of the Lake District National Park my work has often been heavily influenced by nature. In the past I have been inspired not only by the beautiful mountains and lakes close to home but also by flower shows, trips to botanic gardens and natural forms I have come across whilst traveling. The starting point for the research that I will continue over the following weeks is vertical gardening, which I first  came across in 2008 when it was featured at the Chelsea Flower show. I have been looking at the work of Patrick Blanc creator of the vertical garden. His inspirations range from vegetal architecture to waterfalls, root systems, flowers, fruits and seeds. Some of the stunning work by Patrick Blanc is visible below.

I intend to obtain visual information for my self-motivated project through source drawing and photography. I will investigate the structure of flowers and leaves using macro photography, I will also look at trailing and climbing plants, which are frequently used to cover vertical surfaces. I am also interested in how plant life covers the surface of ponds.

In recent weeks I have been to the botanic gardens in Dundee where I collected a vast array of photographs I have also began experimenting with scale, creating drawings roughly 2m x 0.5m in size. In the coming weeks I will further develop pieces using collage and stitch, as this is something I have enjoyed exploring in some of my more recent projects at university. During the Easter break I intend to continue gathering visual information by visiting The Alnwick Garden and perhaps some other gardens close to home.

I intend the outcome of this research to be for fashion. At the moment I will concentrate on collecting a body of visual research, primarily within a sketchbook. If I decide to develop the project further I would look at sculptural garments, layering various fabrics and combining a range of different elements or techniques. I would also hope to incorporate my love of vibrant, bold colour, intricate pattern and plentiful surface detail and texture.

Wildlife in Cumbria

10 Apr

Today I spent some time walking with family in the countryside, close to my grandparent’s static caravan. The weather was lovely and I had plenty of time to take some photographs of the local wildlife which might become part of my self-motivated university project. Below are a few of the photographs I took today. For more photographs please have a look at my Flickr.

Dundee Botanic Gardens

4 Apr

Here are some of the photographs I took on a recent trip to Dundee Botanic Gardens to gather inspiration for my self-motivated project brief.


To see more of my photographs please have a look at Flickr.

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