Sunday, 23 June 2013
I took one of my quilts outside to photograph the other day, making the most of the short spell of sunshine. As soon as I laid it on the ground, this little one decided he could do with a new blanket, and plonked himself right in the middle of it! Before I shifted him I took a few photos of him. Maybe I will go into designing for pets next, he seemed very interested in the quilt ties!
Since completing Pattern Observer's Ultimate Guide to Repeats workshop last month I have been experimenting with putting some designs into repeat for print. I learnt so much on the course and am really enjoying keeping up with my design skills now that I have graduated! Here are a few of the latest prints that I put together, inspired by the Swallows & Amazons books. I tested out 2 different styles, the first with a sketchy feel, and the second more stylised. What do you think? Do they bring back any fun memories of camping?
Saturday, 22 June 2013
I just found out last week that I will be exhibiting at part 1 of New Designers 2013. The exhibition runs from 26th to 29th June at the Business Design Centre in London, so pop down and check it out if you are in the area, there should be a lot of exciting things to see from recent graduates! I've spent this week gathering together my final pieces, preparing my website, and putting together a promotional pack! Busy but exciting! I have also finalised my logo, which you can see here.
Monday, 10 June 2013
Saturday, 8 June 2013
All my final work has now been put up for exhibition and handed in! It is the last day of the show today at NTU, and I took my family to see it yesterday.
I had to present all my back up work (contextual files, technical notes, samples and visual research) on my desk in the studio), which you can see here.
We presented our final work in a separate space, at the NTU degree show, I chose a selection of my final pieces: 2 cushions, the large quilt and the single bedding set. It's fun seeing it all set up and finished, and it was good to see everybodys work too. Here I am looking a little awkward next to my space!
I borrowed an SLR camera from uni for the day and had fun taking some up close shots too.
Sunday, 2 June 2013
Finally, it is done! My long anticipated play mat quilt! Screen print and freehand machine embroidery onto cotton, with a thick wadding held in place with cotton quilt tufting. I have created a map design with different places to visit, and instructions embroidered around the border, which can be followed to trace a path around the map. I created a 150 by 150 cm quilt suitable for a single bed, and a smaller quilt suitable for cots.
Saturday, 1 June 2013
Another of my final pieces was the single bedding set (duvet cover and 2 pillowcases) I created with grass scribble screen print design, and map lines with freehand machine embroidery detail. It is reversible, as I used a simple colour version of the grass print for the other side. I wanted to build up layers to make the designs more interesting, as if you could look at it each day and see something new every time.