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Thursday, 7 July 2016

New Designers 2016

Amongst the wedding preparations, I did find time to go to this show last Friday.  I've been meaning to see what it's all about for the past few years now and finally I had the chance.  It's held every year at the end of June in The Business Design Centre, Islington and has been going for 30 years now.



The main angle is for the various UK (and one from Sweden I noticed ...) Art Schools to bring their final textile shows to London.  There is a lot to see and take in.  However, it is possible to identify various strands and themes running through the work.  I noticed some designs reminding me very much of Memphis from the 80's.  Most of the work though seemed to take its influences from Natural History and Botanical Prints.  Insects, butterflies and moths were a recurring theme throughout the show.  I was also surprised at how much hand painted work there was, in that there is a noticeable shift at the moment to digital printing.  There was even a demonstration of digital fabric printing:


The students were very eager to chat and talk and I enjoyed finding out more behind the work I was seeing.  They all had their own business cards and some had printed flyers and booklets.  Now the show is over, it's possible to look at their websites and find out more.  I don't want to post close-up photographs of their work here for copyright reasons.

These are some of my favourite business cards to give you a flavour of what was there:



Make It In Design also had a stand at the show and I was able to meet and talk to the ladies who organise everything, as well as take away a goodie bag.  It gave me inspiration to finish the last two exercises I have to do from my course, Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design.




I've signed up for the Summer School which begins in August.  I have a week off work then so should be able to make a fair job of it.  Looking forward to then!


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Wedding Plans ...


I've been busy making 'Save The Date' cards.  They reflect my love of textiles, in that I've used a silver grey crochet trim and velvet ribbon as a simple decoration on a white ground.  The invites themselves will be similar in design but will also incorporate a satin rose.  More to come ...

Monday, 23 May 2016

I Win Again ...

This really is proof that it pays to complete those fill in forms at the back of magazines for the giveaways.  I'm delighted to have a copy of this book from Sewing World.  I was hoping that out of all the prizes on offer, this would be the one I won - and I did!


As you can see, I have trouble taking a decent photo these days ....

Boutique Bags is a collection of 19 projects from which 76 bags can be made.  It's written by best selling pattern maker Sue Kim and published by Stash Books.  I like the Violet Bag and this will be the first one I tackle.  I'm thinking that a bag will be a nice, small project to get back into sewing again.



I've also entered the pattern swap over at The Monthly Stitch and am looking forward to seeing what my swap partner will choose for me - I'd forgotten how exciting things like international pattern swaps can be!  This is for indie pattern month in June ...

Monday, 25 April 2016

Project Progress

Well, I've finished the first side of my patchwork project bag.  I work at it while I'm watching television - I have a bag full of scraps at the side of me and attach a patch here and there ...  I'm enjoying the process and the way it's turning out.  There are about 50 patches in this piece - on to the second side now ...


Friday, 8 April 2016

How to Wear a Kitten ...

Meet the latest addition to my family ...  here's Oscar.  He's 12 weeks old at the moment and very cute.  He loves nothing more than to sit as close to me as possible, so no doubt he'll be making a lot of future appearances on this blog!  As well as bringing up Oscar, I've also just bought my wedding dress pattern which I need to have finished for October.  So although it seems as if things are quiet here, they certainly aren't.  Anyway, I'll keep posting!

 


Saturday, 26 March 2016

Paints, plans ...

Well the 5 'official' weeks of the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design Module 1 are over now but the module classroom remains open until September.  I'm at the point of dusting off my paints, having caught up with my drawing once again and eager to get going with colour.  I've been very impressed with this course.  It's packed full of content and I'd even go so far to say that I should have been taught much of it years ago ...  The community aspect of it is good too, the Facebook group of students is still going and there has even been an offshoot support group created which is great.  As life is busy at the moment, I won't be following up with Module 2 just yet but there are plenty of students who are.  Will probably be next year for me now ...


Hope everyone is having a Happy Easter - a good chance to re-charge batteries and make new plans. I'm enjoying getting on with my crafting room renovations.  I'll be in there in the next couple of weeks now.  Can't wait!

       

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Designing Your Way


A few posts ago, I documented my creative journey so far in life.  I had just finished City & Guilds and was enjoying a rest and a look back over achievements so far.  I thought a retrospective might provide a pointer for the next leg of the journey and it has in a way.  I really enjoyed the creative design elements of C & G and have been taking this aspect further in 'Designing Your Way', the first module of a series of 4 run by Rachel Taylor and Beth Kempton of the Make It In Design School.  I am re-discovering drawing and the design process, along with how to look at the world from a designers perspective once again.  Module 1 only lasts for 5 weeks and I am in Week 4 already.  It's entirely manageable alongside my full-time job and very enjoyable.  More news soon!