Sunday, 20 January 2013

Sketchbook Work

Here is some of my sketchbook work from one of my past projects at university. This work comes from my end of year foundation degree in 2011. My theme was tropical flowers and I was aiming to make textile jewellery for my end of year show. Here you can see the stages I have took into creating my jewellery, starting off with drawings, art work then developing my work into jewellery designs.

 My main inspiration came from looking at lilies and orchids. Here I have used observation drawing and watercolours to capture their delicate petals and vibrant colours.

 For my art work I have used the silhouette of the flowers to create a range of different collages; combining bright colours, patterns, mark making and machine stitch.

 For my developing stage I took the best bits from my art work and started to create different jewellery designs. I decided to keep using the silhouettes of the flowers to help shape my design. I also wanted to create a symmetry pattern within my designs to give them more structure. 


 In my last year at university my first project was to pick one of the RSA briefs of 2012. I decided to pick the stamp brief which entitled me to create a number of different stamps representing Britain. Taking inspiration from two photographers called Richard Billingham and Martin Parr who look into the way true families are like in Britain, I wanted to represent Britain in the way that it is actually seen today.

 So I decided to combine the traditional culture of Britain to the modern culture. This consists of television programs, famous celebrities and the way people act and speak in Britain today.

My stamps are made up of silhouettes of different characters and objects which have been hand stitched to give a more pleasant appeal. 

In this stamp I have used Mrs Buckets from Keeping up appearances. Instead of her speaking politely I have used slang talk which we use in Britain toady.
·         Av it is sort for have it

·         I also looked into children’s cartoons such as the wombles and wallice and gormit.
·         All of my stamps had to have the Queen’s head on and the amount the stamp was worth.

Altogether I think that my stamps are quirky and fun, Enjoy!!!!

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Quilting madness!!!!

Recently ever since i have moved back home and now working full time i have gone crazy for quilting. I work now in a sewing shop and love it, the people here are amazing and have really inspired me to try new projects. All the ladies of which i work with are sewing experts and have taught me a lot in the past few months.
 One thing that really got my interest was quilting, i have never tried it before but i thought i would give it a go. Luckily i have a friend who is about to have a baby, so i thought i would test my skills and try to make one for a present to give to her son who will be born soon. In this quilt I have also sewn out my own applique designs which i have made myself and used blues as my main choice of colour. I came across quite a few mistakes but eventually finished my quilt with pleasing results.

My friend loved my qulit and encouraged me to make more in the future :) !!

Thursday, 12 July 2012

My work at New Designers 2012 in London

Here is my work that i did in my last year of university for my final major project. This work was then shown at the New Designers 2012 in London. The experience was amazing and i found that a lot people gave me great compliments about my work. My work consists of three costume neck pieces which have been made from silk paper which i then dyed with batik. The mushrooms are made from free standing embroidery which i created with a sewing machine.  



New Designers 2012

Monday, 2 July 2012

Magical world of fungus

Even though am studying at hull college of art and design, i originally come from Lancashire.  i live on a farm up in the countryside near a town called Oswaldtristle. Around my farm their are a lot of woodlands around me. Here i have found all these different types of fungus by exploring the woods, i was really interested in their shapes and colours. I also found some really unusual fungus around my farm. I find these to be really inspirational and surreal so i have decided to take this theme into my final major project for my last year at university. 

 i found this type of fungus on a dying chopped up log which i found in one of my fields on my farm.

This black and white fungus is called dead mans fingers. It was growing on a log which my dad had in a shed.

here are some mushrooms and mold growing on rotting logs.

I found this to be the most unusual fungus that i found. At first i had no clue what it actually was so i decided to do some research about it. I found out that it was called jelly ear fungus and that it was actually edible to eat.  
I love the unusual colours in the fungus i found. The colours all seem to blend in really nicely together. 

End of year foundation degree show 2011

This is my end of year foundation degree show at hull college 2011. I had such a good two years studying textiles design at hull college. I learnt a lot and discovered that i loved to make textile jewellery. These necklaces and bracelets were inspired by tropical flowers and i used free motion stitch and felt making to make my collection. Am so pleased with the way it turned out and i will continue to make jewellery in my top up year for my full BA degree.