Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Instagram Lately.

I've finally finished my dissertation; its all done and handed in, so I'm back to practical work with lots of exciting new things to share! I've got some instagram photos of life lately, mainly drawing and sewing, with crazy snow/sunshine weather thrown in.

The last two photos show a sneak peek of a new quilt I am working on, I will have more to share of that soon.

Monday, 18 March 2013

The Land of Nod.

I came across The Land of Nod via Bianca of GoodnightLittleSpoon on her nursery wishlist post. They have a great selection of products, all designed to bring fun to children's rooms, with lots of the toys designed to develop imagination play, my favourite kind of toys.
They also have a great website, with some fun illustrations and a knock-knock joke on every product page. I really recommend you check them out!
This is my first time making a product collage, and I'm pretty pleased with it! I used coreldraw which came free with my computer, and then had to export it to pdf, and then to word to save it as a jpeg! I'm sure there must be an easier way of converting it to a jpeg though.

Thursday, 14 March 2013


In between writing my dissertation (deadline is in a week!) I've been doing a bit of market research looking at high-end children's clothing and products. I wanted to share the folding playmat by Babatude that i came across today. Babatude is a great company who offer independent products from around the world, for all the family and the home.
This play mat from Bubabella is a great design, priced at £79.50! It's 125cm by 140cm and can be laid flat, or folded to create a tunnel, chair or flat item to be carried. I think its such a clever idea, giving children a miniature playground, and the variety of folding possibilities means it will last so much longer, once children grow out of having a play-tunnel (or pretend to, anyway!) they can still use it as a chair. What do you think?


image via google images.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Quilt Experiment.

After creating a new screen and testing it out, I decided to create a quilt sample. I used a plain dark grey for screen print, and then embellished it with machine and hand stitch, using light, bright colours (pink, green, blue and golden). I also experimented with different levels, and drawing attention to different areas. I think the idea has worked well, and I look forward to using even more stitch and fabric layers, to create a more consistent piece. What do you think?

Thursday, 7 March 2013

What I Did Last Week.

I spent last week sampling with my new screen design, working with different colours and fabrics, as well as testing the use of stitch within the designs. It took me a while to get used to printing with a larger design, but overall I am pleased with the designs and think they have room for development. I tested printing a stripe of colours through the design, and think that it flows pretty well within my images. What do you think?

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Screen design.

I made a new screen this week, testing out some map designs which I have incorporated some parts of my scene drawings in. I like how some of the pattern lines have turned out but I think I'm going to try working with bigger blocks of colour as well.