Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Fragmented Connection: Trend Forecast

This time last year I was working on a trend forecast for S/S 15, the trend looked at the impact of the internet on our lives and suggested that glitch like imagery, soft focus colours with hints of bright, almost neon tones would form part of the trend. I've shared the inspiration booklet here now because by the time it was finished last year, I was well into final major project and never got around to posting! 

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Scarves Live!

Over the past couple of months I've been working on a little series of scarves, I'm so proud to say that they are now available to buy online AND at Hat Therapy, in Hebden Bridge.
At the moment there are 3 designs, carefully developed from the best of my graduate collection. I'm still working on creating gorgeous silk shift dresses which will hopefully get under way in the new year!
fingers crossed all goes well!

An important part of the collection for me was for it to be inspired by Britain and be made in Britain.
Designs are printed on 100% silk by the lovely BeFab in Edinburgh and finished with a hand rolled edge in sunny Bolton.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Lucky Pennies

This week I have been taking it back to basics, creating simple photoshop drawings which I then turned into repeats intended for gift wrap.
I used the photographs from my final Uni projects as inspiration and picked out shapes I found interesting to develop some more potentially commercial designs.
This was a challenge for me as I normally work with lots of texture and techniques layering up images and drawings to create a story, however, here I was stripped bare!
I'm quite happy with the results, particularly the bells image and of course I can incorporate these simple lines into my layered pieces…

Visualisations courtesy of Spoonflower.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Small Collection

Recently I have been working on a small collection of scarves based on my final major project "Ephemeral Folk", fingers crossed you should be able to see the range in Hat Therapy at the end of the month and on my website! I'm excited, are you excited?

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

BeFab and Foxy

During my final University project, most of my printing was done using the digital printers at Uni, however I was desperate for an excuse to use BeFab Be Creative for a couple of large samples and I'm so glad I did.
I have used spoonflower in the past and found they were O.K. but the ladies at BeFab were a real pleasure to deal with and I can't wait to use them again!
The samples I created with them didn't end up being in my final collection… but they were valuable developmental pieces, one of which I liked so much I didn't dare ruin it with natural dye!

Hand painted fox turned into huge digital print… and a peak of the naturally dyed print.

Not the best photo of my strange man, a very simple digital print of a line drawing which I
then naturally dyed and printed with berries to give it some depth.

I have now put the fox design up on my bespo, if you want to get a better look at it on some products and I'm considering turning my man into a shift dress...

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Louvolite Moodboard

During my time at Louvolite, I had the privilege of working on mood boards for the next season's catalogue, here is a little snippet of one of them taken from the company website.
This project ended up inspiring the way I completed the mood board for my FMP, which can be seen in this post.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Where to Start?

I haven't posted in a long time, my FMP is all handed in, the show is over and I have graduated with 1st Class Honours in Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors.
I'm now back at hoping and onto the next, I'm job hunting and keeping my motivation by entering competitions, drawing and working on my portfolio...

But back to the show..
In the end I created my own wire hangers for the fabrics, they reflect the blind drawings that make up some of my designs and I think really lent themselves to the project.

And because I know you all want to see my ridiculously happy, cheese fest graduation picture…