Sunday, 15 October 2017

TOILING: 1st garment

So after 2 weeks of 3rd year I've finished my 1st toile. We've been working on one silhouette which we might decide to take further into our final collection. Overall I'm pleased with the way my toile looks and hangs (especially the volume it created). I do feel like I could create something more innovative though so I want to keep working on other ideas rather than just stick to this one idea. Although it's a successful 1st toile, there is so so much more that I could do to improve it an want to work on. 

All my own photos

Wednesday, 11 October 2017


So I'm back at uni now and have officially started my 3rd year. The stress is definitely high at the moment as there's so much to get done this term, and coming up with designs is one of the things I find the hardest. I've been focusing on my designing a lot over the past week as I'm soon to make my first toile and I'm currently out of ideas! 50 or so designs later I think I'll be there!

All my own photos

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sewing: Fur Jacket

So I've been trying out some new designs to sell on my depop recently, including this faux fur jacket (which surprisingly I'm really pleased with). I used a fairly basic design with no collar or pockets but I'd like to practice with adding some over the next few weeks and hopefully there will be more fur jackets to come! Here are a few photos of my first attempt....

All own photos

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Magazines: Galaxy

As part of my research I had a look into past science fiction magazines, one of which was Galaxy from the 50s/60s. In particular, the front covers were most inspiring and have given me quite a few development ideas. Also it's really interesting looking at the different layouts and comparing to the more modern, slick layouts of current magazines. Here are a few of my favourites...

 Own screenshots of Galaxy magazines 1957-96

Friday, 29 September 2017

Books: The Book of Predictions

I found this really great little book when researching ideas for my collection concept. The Book of Predictions does exactly what it says (in this case do judge a book by it's cover!) - it has a list of predictions made by experts and authors. Considering this book was published in the early 80s, it's a really interesting read - looking into the predictions which came true and the ones which were completely off the mark. Most importantly in terms of my concept, it has a whole section dedicated purely to predictions from science fiction stories including Farenheit 451. And at a bargain of only £3 second hand, I'd definitely recommend it as an interesting read.


 All my own photos

Monday, 25 September 2017

New Fabrics

Just a quick post today showing you some new fabrics I bought for my depop shop. Mostly tartans (including a really amazing velvet one I found!). Here they are...

All my own photos

Friday, 22 September 2017

London Fashion Week: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

I've been trying to narrow my selection of designers down but it's just too difficult! There were so many exciting collections this season. Peter Pilotto and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi as usual though were my overall favourites - they've always got something new and exciting every single season. Here are my selection from Sunday, Monday and Tuesday....

Peter Pilotto

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

London Fashion Week: Friday and Saturday

I've been really looking forward to having a look at the new collections for London Fashion Week this season, particularly since I'll be designing and making my own capsule collection for this year (It's really interesting to see how each designer has their own distinctive aesthetic and cohesion which hopefully I will have too!). Also, it's really interesting to see trends starting to emerge after looking through all of the designers - mainly shirring and tartan have been big players. I picked out some of my favourites from all of the shows. Here are my picks for Friday and Saturday..

Bora Aksu

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Exhibition: Breathing Colour

A few weeks ago I visited the Breathing Colour exhibiton by Hella Jongerius. The exhibition explored various ideas surrounding colour such as how it behaves and how it's affected by factors such as shape and light. Although it's not a concept that I want to take further, some of the art work was really intriguing. In particular, the textile pieces were really inspiring. Here are a few photos I took at the exhibition...

All my own photos from the Breathing Colour exhibtion by Hella Jongerius

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Artist: Peter Kennard

I visited the Design Museum recently as part of my research. Although I found the trip quite uninspiring, I did discover the artist, Peter Kennard, whose works are really unusual and thought provoking. He uses photo collage to create pieces that challenge ideas and protest against society. What I found most interesting was how current the topics were (such as in the political pieces). Although many artists have a clear concept or use their art to protest, this artist's work is so clear and shocking in the way that it portrays this, it's really very effective (and I'm hard to impress!). 

Blue Murder

Union Mask
All images by Peter Kennard: Pinterest

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Textiles: Gemma Blackwell

I've been looking at a lot of textile art recently as I'm really keen on using textiles within my final collection. As I studied a Textiles Art Course for A level, I've found that I tend to stray more towards textiles and print in my design work rather than shape and silhouette as a starting point. However my skills are lacking slightly so I've started to collect some inspiration and ideas for techniques to start experimenting with. I found this textile designer, Gemma Blackwell, a recent design graduate who used a mixture of hand and digital embroidery to create this collection 'Oddity'. 

Gemma Blackwell: Embellished Talk
Gemma Blackwell: Embellished Talk
 Gemma Blackwell: Arts Thread 
Gemma Blackwell: Arts Thread