Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Beta Fashion Competition

I entered the Beta Fashion competition today, I wanted to use my repeat Rustic Rhino design as it's all to do with the allergies of summer and thought this would be an interesting concept for the competition brief.

Please vote and comment on my design here.

I have now confirmed an internship with Mirjam Rouden in August this year, I actually found this competition whilst searching for information on this internship on the internet, I came across Nikki Strange who had completed a print design internship with Mirjam Rouden and also won the Beta fashion competition. Take a look at her designs, she has inspired me to enter the competition as she now has her own limited edition collection for ASOS.

Design entered

Colour palette
'Power Pastels: You don't have to look very far right now to see that one of the major trends for S/S12 is the wonderful world of pastels. Candy Floss and Ice Cream are just some of the words bouncing around every fashion magazine and blog and already the stores are full of outfits befitting of such descriptions. The challenge for this project therefore is to either create scarf designs in shades of pastels, or designs that will perfectly compliment a pastel outfit. The topic of your designs is entirely up to you. 4 winners will be selected for use on our range of Silk and Wool scarves. Winners will receive £300 and see their designs produced and sold in our online store, Topshop and more.'

Friday, 24 February 2012


This week was spent mainly in the dye lab. I wanted to test out all my dyes from Kemtex. The fabric used was Crepe de chine, Silk twill and Silk Habotai. I was really excited to start using my new shibori kit as I had researched different techniques to dye the fabric. I folded and pleated my fabric and instead of using one G clamp I used 4 different sizes to create different effects. I had to inject the dye into the corners of the fabric but only left it for 10 minutes before rinsing as I didn't want the fabric to dye too illuminous. I will use my shibori fabric as a base for my final designs. 
G clamp for shibori dying
G clamp - trying to make circle print wider

Testing out Kemtex samples

Injecting colour with syringes

Fashion inspiration board

Shibori sampling range of 4 different G clamps

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Printsource New York

'Printsource New York, The Premier Market for Surface and Textile Design in the USA, holds three shows a year in New York City. As the hub for the world’s top creative talent, Printsource showcases hundreds of collections by international surface and textile design studios and agents. England, France, Italy, Spain, Australia and the U.S.A. are just some of the countries featured each season at the Show, which is the main resource for surface and textile design for America's major manufacturers, retailers and catalogs. The Show covers such industries as men's, children's and women's apparel, bed and bath, kitchen and tabletop, paper goods and stationery, wallcoverings, window fashions as well as other surface and textile design applications.'

I'm very excited to announce my work experience has been confirmed for April this year. I will be working on my university stand at Printsource trade show in New York. I will be exhibiting my fashion fabric prints which will give me a great insight into the full process from designing a final collection to selling the designs to clients which then are reproduced. I will get the opportunity to hand out my press pack internationally and gain more contacts in the industry. My aim is to get a position in industry where I would do a month designing prints and a month selling. I have already completed two studio placements and can't wait to experience the selling side to make sure it is definitely for me!

All images taken from printsourcenewyork.com

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Premiere Vision, Paris

I've just returned from a 3 day trip to Paris. On the Wednesday I visited Premiere Vision, where I exhibited my second year individual options collection, 'Deco Boudior' and my minor project collection, 'Rustic Rhino.' My university selected students work to be displayed on the stand at Indigo.

Cleveland College of Art and Design: Stand SZ15 

Exhibiting students work

'Première Vision: The World's Premier Fabric Show ©. It is to professionals what Paris is to Fashion ; a trends' capital where the colours and materials of a whole season are decided eighteen months in advance'

The visit was a chance for me to view the current work of international design studios and gain more insight into the high quality production of the designs. Whilst I was there I took the opportunity to speak to the design studios and hand out my press pack, which contained my C.V, business card and CD of my work. This will hopefully get me noticed within industry and help me gain internships for when I've graduated.

Jennifer Robinson Premiere Vision pass

Me and the girls outside Premiere Vision


Thursday, 16 February 2012


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Sunday, 12 February 2012

Mary Katrantzou for Topshop

Not long to go until Mary Katrantzou's range is launched in collaboration with Topshop on the 17th of February.
Throughout my major project I have been inspired by her work due to her bold use of colour and placement of designs. Take a look at her new collection -

This is my favourite outfit from the collection.
£130 for the cropped floral trousers and £180 for the blouse.
Which is a reasonable price for the amazing prints Mary Katrantzou designs.

Monday, 6 February 2012


Here's a little  peak at my drawings for my Final Major Project. I've always enjoyed exploring with many mixed medias from ink and stick to painting with gouache. I've been using bright colours to complement my theme. Staying back at uni til 9 has certainly paid off as I am extremely pleased with the body of drawing I have completed. This will certainly help with my development process.  

Procion dyes, ink and stick, bleach, fine liner

Timed fine liner / Pencil sketch

Molecules made from a range of media

Continuous line drawing

Monoprint, water colours

Different drawing techniques

Carbon paper - squashed leaves

Detailed pencil

Observational, inks

Composition petri plant pots - unfinished

Procion dye, ink and stick - unfinished

Drawing Sets

Here's a few of the drawings sets I produced to create interesting visual compositions. I liked the idea of drawing from squashed flowers and leaves which created the juices from the sap. Irritation begins... 

Berries, leaves, sap, seeds

Hayfever nightmare

Pips - ideas for petri dishes


I visited London last weekend to try and inspire my life and generate new ideas for the development process of my Final Major Project. I lost track of time on Saturday whilst browsing Liberties looking at the new fabrics and prints, the new Alexander McQueen scarfs are amazing!

Etro's collections have always inspired my designs so it was nice to look at the placement prints and see how their new collection has developed from previous ones. I was also inspired by designers Michael van der Ham and Daisy Darche for their bold use of colour and placement prints. Check out there collections online from the links below!

Sunday morning was spent round Camden Town with my boyfriend. With it been a very frosty morning it was the perfect excuse for hot lemon and ginger cocktails and a relaxing browse round the boutiques, Camden market and the Cyberdog shop. Cyberdog is always a must when visiting Camden, even though the clothing is not my style, the shop is amazing! Dancers in boxes hanging from the ceiling, futuristic night club vibe and glow in the dark trend makes it a unique shopping experience.  



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