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Thursday, 1 December 2011

Final samples

Massive thanks goes to Abby (see Colour Bluh in my blogs list just to the right there) who helped me beyond the call of duty and to anyone else who I wasn't aware of. Apparently the team spirit was strong that day - huzzah to you all - you know who you are!

I have to hold my hands up & say that I was completely exhausted by the hand-in day. Despite many disappointing results with my final sample prints, there are a few stand-outs among these which I'd happily put my name to (try & guess which ones these are!)
P.S. Has anybody got an iron?

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Minor Project - botanical fanatical

Here's some of my first samples - not yet complete. As ever I'm creating abstract patternage from enlarged observational drawings of flora - this project is focussed on seedpods and strange nut-like stuff that falls out of trees.

I'm not keen on the colours going on in the red sample - the green's meant to be bluey-green - it's too Christmassy as is and also a bit too overpowering. Nearly there.

In the Summer I discovered the 'Whimsical World of David Weidman' (all hail!) whose groovy serigraphs and illustrations are just the MOSTEST! His amazing colours (which will inform all my work from now till I die) and patterns inspired the idea to layer colours and image instead of using opaque colour separations.

Check out his royal amazingness at www.weidman.gallery.com/cgi-local/artwork

If you like animation I can recommend no-one finer than my very good friend Janet Brandon, whose hand-drawn stop-animation films and eerie soundtracks have a beautiful, haunting quality I love (she'll cringe when she reads this!).
Check her out on www.vimeo.com/trickfilm

Monday, 23 May 2011

Individual options - furnishing fabrics; botanicals.

Well I have to say that this is a bit more like it.
I don't consider these designs to be quite finished but they're closer to the vibe I'm going for.

Furnishing fabrics is definitely my preference though I'd have this as a wallpaper too - or a dress/skirt, for that matter. Not that I'm too prone to wearing white if I can help it. White's too high maintenance for me.

Enough rambling.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Gift is not for me!

Well apart from screenprinting THAT module was hideous! I had a feeling I wasn't going to love it but at least it's over. I imagine I'll be on my hands and knees on Monday morning recovering all the cards and badges that have dropped off my wall-mounted displays - AGAIN!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Another module under the belt and oh the post hand-in regrets! Coulda shoulda woulda...you know how it is. There just aren't enough hours in the day, sadly.
Anyhoo, the mood for this collection of garment shapes is 'domestic goddess' - how ironic! I'm a bit of a vintage girl - all jokes aside - so this starting point appealed to me.
Embroidery's something I find very Zen but the glacial speed at which I can sew tiny stitches and sequins is pretty frustrating when a deadline looms.
They've all gone off to gay Paree without me and if I'm lucky - or not, as the case may be - I shan't see them again. It's a funny thing to spend so much time creating something and, however ambivalent I may feel about the finished article, know that I've let it out into the big, bad world without me. I'm obviously anally retentive. Mind you, anyone who's seen my groaning drawers full of delicious vintageness will tell you that. Perhaps I'll start taking photos of my clothes (not sure about the amount of ironing that's going to involve) and uploading them onto my blog for all to see.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Well looky here! Finally we have a bit of an old mish-mash of stuff I did an awfully long time ago and some things that I've done since Autumn term here at CCAD. Since checking out some of the outrageous shenanigans going onout there in the real world - all the heinous copycatting about and that - I thought I'd pop a couple of images on just so that I can proudly say that they're the fruits of my labour (no matter how rubbish they are).
More of this exciting stuff to come but I'll drip feed you and add more soon.
Be seeing you!