Wednesday, 25 November 2009

recent prints

Experimenting with acid and pigment inks on fabric and paper.   The imagery is based on contemporary furniture.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

1950's inspired drawings

Not many but just a few of my drawings based on the 1950's..... Im now aware that i'm moving to fast within my work and so aim to slow down the designing side and focus in on my drawings..the more i have the better my selections of work will be to screen print and to design with later!

1950's objects

Just a few photos form the V&A...


I have been spending the majority of my time recently looking at objects, fashions and the people of the 1950's.  I find this decade really exciting for many reasons.  The design within the country was really strong and new ideas about what was fashionable were pushed. The festival of Britain helped to progress this.  Below are some examples of 1950's conversational prints that i find really inspiring.  I have always loved this style of print and i want to achieve this kind of quality within my own prints and designs.

Decades of ideas...

One of my favorite museums ,by far, is the Museum of brands, advertising and packaging in Notting hill..

I love all the old boxes . 
The Colours , typography, imagery...i just think its amazing to see how things have changed over the last few decades.  I want to make drawings from these ideas focusing on the typography and the colour in the designs.  I also am intrigued by the idea of looking at contemporary packaging and the idea of making it look old.

O blog. how i have neglected you. Although i was feeling very uninspired over summer i am back. and full of ideas.... bring on the third year.

Friday, 12 June 2009

abstract packaging continued..

Photoshop patterns and ideas for prints

New prints: abstract patterns based on sewing packaging, on fabric using acid dyes

Monday, 18 May 2009

Drawings and pattern ideas

Thursday, 23 April 2009

new project!

I am finally starting a new project, which seems crazy as the previous one lasted such a long time.
  I want to develop what i learnt from the last term as i felt it was a successful few months.

  My current idea is to push the idea of vintage packaging.  I have come to realize that i am interested in typography and i enjoying placement within my work.  It is important to me to produce pattern and look at objects which relate to a specific time period.
Although i know what i want to base my project on i am struggling to find actual imagery that backs up the ideas which i have in my head.

Inpirational images...:


work experience

I am starting my work experience next week at a print studio in london.  I am really excited for the experience and hope to understand more about print on large scale production and what its like to be a print designer. Link below to the designer and some of her work:

Bradford compettion

I entered the Bradford textiles society competition this term.  The work i produced was a printed textile for the fashion market and was based on the collection drawings that i had been working on.  I included my best prints that showed a range of my ideas and looked into scale, colour and materials.  The images are of the boards that i sent off.
I have recently found out that i have received a commendation for the work that i entered.  I am really pleased with this and it has given me more confidence with in my work and ideas.


I have included a photo of the Exhibition "and so on and sew on".  It was a really successful private view and many more people turned up then we have expected.  Trough-out the week the exhibition also went well.
I think one of the most interesting things about the exhibition was the range of work that our class had produced.  The differences between the work was exciting and showed the potential and flexibility that the course holds. 
I was happy with the prints that i had made however, i feel that the arrangement of the work could have been improved.  Although i feel my aim of wanting to show a range of my designs was fulfilled, this is something i will look at more in the future to improve how it is done..

Thursday, 19 March 2009


I went to the Grannery and saw some really exciting and inspiring wallpaper today.  The papers are a collaboration between PIP studios and Brian Yates...
It made me think about how you don't always have to be traditional within your work, new and exciting designs can be far more exclusive and successful.

Sunday, 15 March 2009


our textiles class is having an exhibition on 23.3.09 -27.3.09 at the Stew gallery in Norwich and im trying to think of what to put in it.  I want to display a range of my prints but i dont know how to do this with out over complicating my ideas and drawings.  

Rather then just printing a length of fabric my most recent idea is to print 4 or 5 pieces of fabric and hang them from hangers or from a string to show how they can relate to print in fashion.
I need more ideas now! 
more repeat print ideas based around the idea of collectables. the images are scans of my drawings and then the pattern has been created using photoshop.

Saturday, 14 March 2009

fashion ideas

This is one of my favorite prints that i have designed this term.  Originally i have always considered my work as interior based however, after looking more closely into fashion ideas i put my work onto a mannequin.  I was really pleased with the results and have entered this design into the Bradford Competition.

Friday, 6 March 2009

collectables:current work

a few initial drawings from castle museum and sketchbook work:

Photographs and inspiration focused on collectables: