Friday, 28 February 2014

Digital Samples - Quick Post

This week I've been working on some digital prints for my first sample session, which I uploaded to the server today. I chosen a mixture of sketchbook pages, and simple repeats using my work so far, folk heads and simple patterns that I can play with in the print room and hopefully dye over using the samples I already have as reference.
One thing I have done in preparation of this print session is to match all my naturally dyed fabrics to the digital print sampler, which can be referenced in AVA to create the same shade. This has taken time and patience, after my first colour palette was printed I had to go back and re-evaluate my colour choices, picking ones closer to my natural dyes which this time will hopefully be much more accurate!

Monday, 24 February 2014

A Week in Review

So far on this project I haven't been as productive as I would like, I've struggled with my source material, I'm stuck in a creative rut and I've had my mind on other projects. I can't use that excuse anymore, everything else is handed in. Now I just have the big project… no pressure.
My aims for the next week are to get more productive.
  • Expose a screen and get some samples done
  • Do some eco prints with the red cabbage that is taking up valuable fridge space.
  • Get some nice repeats ready to digital print.
  • Do a sketchbook page every night, or at least start or finish a page
On top of this I need to organise all the other bits I have floating around like my dye and print research, market research and the rest. 

So not a very exciting post this week, just more of a to do list and a moan about feeling un-creative.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

New York 2014

New York was a blur, theres never enough time to do everything no matter how many times I go.
This year we attended Premier Vision/ Indigo.
Spent a rainy morning on the high line.
Went to the American Folk Art Museum only to discover it was closed for renovation,
Brooklyn museum and the Jean Paul Gaultier  Exhibit,
Watched the New York Knicks,
and of course plenty of getting lost/ shopping/ stealing wifi.

The Korean so good we went twice

The Gaultier exhibit was amazing! Too much to put all the pictures up but these are my faves, the mannequins all had projections of faces that spoke and sang. Surreal/.

Long Overdue! - Hello my Name is Paul Smith

Hello, long time no speak huh?
Final major project is well under way and with a trip to London and New York under my belt, I thought it was about time to update the blog.

So… in the first week of January, I took a trip to the Design Museum to see Paul Smith's exhibit (we won't mention the exhibit I "went to see" that ended a year ago - oops).

Paul is one of my favourites, I find him endlessly fascinating and inspiring. I really connected with the way he talks about his design process and it was lovely to see the remake of his studio in the museum…. I definitely recommend going to the design museum and seeing it.

Those prints! I particularly like the blue 70's folk blazer, it links nicely with my final major project and will definitely be influencing my work, although I'm sure the whole exhibit will.

The next section in the museum was dedicated to young designers, these 3D printed vessels were amazing, makes me want to change my project completely and 3D print everything…

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Marsden Imbolc

Imbolc is a Celtic fire festival, celebrating the coming of Spring, celebrated in Marsden since the mid 1990's the festival attracts 100's of spectators who follow a torch-lit procession to the sight of the festival.
Strangely costumed figures lead the way to the sight where fire performers light the area for the fight between Jack Frost and the Green Man, huge figures which battle to a back drop of fireworks, before Jack Frost's ultimate defeat.

My photos from this night are a little blurry, I had to resort to my phone camera after my real camera refused to co-operate. I felt it was important to attend an event like this one when I am looking into folk traditions because theres no better way to capture a feeling for something than by going and seeing it for yourself.