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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:

And so it begins…

3 May

Yesterday I was allocated my degree show space, which after a little painting and touching up looked like this:

I went on to sketch my degree show set up, order a plinth and an irregular shaped piece of wood to hang my samples on. I also selected the colour of my space, a nice shade of mid tone grey which in actual fact is called ‘Night Jewel 3’! I then masked off a 240cm square. Today I set to work painting and the result is pictured below. Sorry for the poor quality photographs, both were taken on mobile devices.

A Little Update

21 Mar

It is fair to say that recently my blog has not been updated even half as often as I would like; unfortunately this is due to my ever-increasing workload and approaching deadlines at university. However in the coming months this will change and I will definitely be posting more information about my degree show project alongside photographs of my design work and final knitted accessories. For now here are some images of my work taken at the ‘Work in Progress Exhibition’ in the Bradshaw Art Space at Duncan of Jordanstone College or Art and Design in Dundee last December (which I mentioned in an earlier post). Within the gallery I presented twelve still-life photographs, which combine mechanical and natural elements. The images are representative of the twelve months of the year and are segregated in to four seasonal colour schemes. In addition, I displayed four seasonal still life pieces and four cutout and collage sketchbooks, images of which are shown below.

It is all about presentation!

3 Jan

As I have recently put together some pieces of work for an exhibition I have been thinking about innovative and interesting ways in which textile accessories can be displayed without detracting the viewers attention. Below is an example I came across on ‘Trendland’. These images taken by Carl Kleiner are of pieces by Minimarket, a Swedish brand. I think the subtle props suggest the pieces are perhaps made from natural materials or inspired by nature, in my opinion the props allow the accessories to be displayed in a simple yet effective manner.

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