Tutorial with External examiner

Though I was nervous going into my tutorial with Melanie, I’m actually really pleased with how it went. She loved the idea of designing for the contractual market, and said that I’ve found a market that our girls don’t tend to go for, as it’s quite niche. she questioned me on the fabrics that I intended to use, and loved my idea of using velvet for deeper designs, and silks for more airy and flowy designs. She also mentioned the fact that she really liked the atmosphere that I’ve captured in my work, which was really lovely to hear as it’s what I want everyone to think about when they look at my work. After my tutorial with Helen and Jayne, and now my tutorial with Melanie, I’m so happy with how everything’s going currently. I know I have a lot of work to do, and a long way to go yet, but it’s all looking really positive, and where I am now with my work, I’m really pleased with the outcomes.

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Interim Critique

My interim critique with Helen and Jayne went better than I ever thought it could have. They seemed genuinely interested in what I’m working on, and gave me some really positive feedback on what I currently had to show. They mentioned the possibility of working on a much larger scale to what you would usually see in the CSAD textiles shows, as they thought this would be a better way of me capturing the atmosphere that I’ve tried to convey in my work. I’m really excited about this possibilty, I think it would make my work stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons, and is something that I’m actually loving the idea of. They also mentioned the possibility of changing my market from the domestic interiors, to the contractual interiors, focusing on restaurants, hotels and bars. The reason for this being that in high end bars and hotels you tend to see large scale, luxurious drapes. Again, I really really love this idea, it’s something that isn’t seen very often in textile degree shows, and again sets my work apart from the crowd. It’s a very niche market, which would appeal to visitors for the business evening.

My tutorial this week has made me even more excited about the work I’m going to be producing, and makes me really happy to see that Jayne and Helen also seem really interested in what I’m currently working on. Bring on the next couple of months!


Painting and textiles is a great combination

My Final Major project is giving me the opportunity to find myself as a designer, and I thought the best way to do this was to revisit who I am as an artist- a painter. My love for painting has been on-going since I was a GCSE student, and followed through to foundation, but when it came down to crunch time, I decided to pursue my love of textiles design. This project has given me the perfect opportunity to combine both my love of painting, and my love of textiles.

This has worked out perfectly for me, I’m doing what makes me happy, and what I enjoy. I think this is important for any designer, as it adds that extra bit of passion to what they’re focusing on, which is a great recipe, for effective, successful designs. I’m really excited to see where my work leads to from here. My love of watercolour and acrylic paints are making for some really interesting designs once they’ve been blown up, and is something that I will definitely continue with throughout this project.


Brief: Lost Landscapes

Now that my dissertation is finally out of the way, I can focus solely on my Final Major Project, not that I haven’t been focusing on it previously, but my dissertation has demanded most of my attention, and now that it’s finally submitted I can focus on my exhibition brief.

I wanted to do something that I felt was more myself, and more who I am as a designer, and as an artist. I’ve always loved fine art and textiles, and for this project I wanted to do something that could combine both of my loves.

Title: Lost Landscapes

Overall aims:

 

The overall aim of the project is to create a collection of textile designs intended for the interiors market, aiming primarily at hotels and bars, and taking inspiration from the forms and lines within British landscapes. The collection will be aimed at the mid to high end market for ages 21 and above.

 

Objectives:

 

  • To carry out extensive research into selected landscape artists/designers and textiles collections, both contemporary and traditional. Using a variety of sources such as exhibitions, shops and trade fayres, design journals and websites.
  • To carry out thorough research into my chosen theme, with my own photography and drawings being an important element regarding research.
  • To create a body of drawings and paintings that show an exploratory and experimental approach to my chosen theme
  • To develop a colour palette appropriate for market and theme for A/W 2017/18.
  • Developing drawings/designs into samples on a variety of hard and soft surfaces, using a range of techniques such as digital manipulation, and fabric dyeing.
  • To create a technical folder, including a variety of print and dye samples to discover and identify the most successful and appropriate techniques for the collection.
  • To produce a final collection of printed designs for fabrics and other substrates, focusing mainly on the digital manipulation of drawings and paintings.
  • To produce a selected collection of prototypes for the interiors market.
  • To produce a collection of CAD designs showing design suitability for the living interiors.

 

Proposal

 

Concept:

  • An exploration of the forms and colours within landscapes
  • Turning structured landscape forms into abstract expressions of colour
  • A study of how nature can act as inspiration

 

Primary research will include:

 

  • Site visits to naturally beautiful areas in the UK: N. Ireland, Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia.
  • The creation of a body of photographs and drawings
  • Site Visits: Chelsea Harbour Interior Design showrooms in London, The National Museum of Wales, Craft in The Bay and other appropriate and relative galleries.
  • Research into various designers working with a landscape theme, both representational and abstract.
  • Abstract surface pattern designers
  • Designers that work closely with nature
  • Fine artists and how they interpret forms of nature
  • Interior designers that take their inspiration from natural forms

 

Secondary Research sources:-

 

Journals

 

  • Elle Decoration
  • Selvedge
  • Vogue
  • World of interiors

 

Online

 

  • Pinterest
  • WGSN
  • Designer social media platforms- Instagram etc

 

Suggested Artists/designers/design houses

 

  • Boeme Fabrics
  • Bluebell Grey
  • Phillip Jefferies
  • Harlequin
  • Osbourne and Little

 

 

Deliverables:-

 

  • A final collection of finished designs for the interior showing primarily digitally manipulated designs.
  • A collection of selected prototypes and samples to exhibit in final show.
  • CAD visuals displaying designs on products for chosen market
  • Body of back up work, including sketchbook, body of photography showing sources of inspiration, research file and technical file
  • Appropriate mood boards showing chosen theme, colour palette, market and clientele
  • Publicity Campaign through Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.
  • Press packs, including digital cv and portfolio for exhibition
  • 1000 word written evaluation and self reflection
  • Blog to show personal progress throughout the project
  • Degree exhibition statementOverall aims:

     

    The overall aim of the project is to create a collection of textile designs intended for the interiors market, aiming primarily at hotels and bars, and taking inspiration from the forms and lines within British landscapes. The collection will be aimed at the mid to high end market for ages 21 and above.

     

    Objectives:

     

    • To carry out extensive research into selected landscape artists/designers and textiles collections, both contemporary and traditional. Using a variety of sources such as exhibitions, shops and trade fayres, design journals and websites.
    • To carry out thorough research into my chosen theme, with my own photography and drawings being an important element regarding research.
    • To create a body of drawings and paintings that show an exploratory and experimental approach to my chosen theme
    • To develop a colour palette appropriate for market and theme for A/W 2017/18.
    • Developing drawings/designs into samples on a variety of hard and soft surfaces, using a range of techniques such as digital manipulation, and fabric dyeing.
    • To create a technical folder, including a variety of print and dye samples to discover and identify the most successful and appropriate techniques for the collection.
    • To produce a final collection of printed designs for fabrics and other substrates, focusing mainly on the digital manipulation of drawings and paintings.
    • To produce a selected collection of prototypes for the interiors market.
    • To produce a collection of CAD designs showing design suitability for the living interiors.

     

    Proposal

     

    Concept:

    • An exploration of the forms and colours within landscapes
    • Turning structured landscape forms into abstract expressions of colour
    • A study of how nature can act as inspiration

     

    Primary research will include:

     

    • Site visits to naturally beautiful areas in the UK: N. Ireland, Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia.
    • The creation of a body of photographs and drawings
    • Site Visits: Chelsea Harbour Interior Design showrooms in London, The National Museum of Wales, Craft in The Bay and other appropriate and relative galleries.
    • Research into various designers working with a landscape theme, both representational and abstract.
    • Abstract surface pattern designers
    • Designers that work closely with nature
    • Fine artists and how they interpret forms of nature
    • Interior designers that take their inspiration from natural forms

     

    Secondary Research sources:-

     

    Journals

     

    • Elle Decoration
    • Selvedge
    • Vogue
    • World of interiors

     

    Online

     

    • Pinterest
    • WGSN
    • Designer social media platforms- Instagram etc

     

    Suggested Artists/designers/design houses

     

    • Boeme Fabrics
    • Bluebell Grey
    • Phillip Jefferies
    • Harlequin
    • Osbourne and Little

     

     

    Deliverables:-

     

    • A final collection of finished designs for the interior showing primarily digitally manipulated designs.
    • A collection of selected prototypes and samples to exhibit in final show.
    • CAD visuals displaying designs on products for chosen market
    • Body of back up work, including sketchbook, body of photography showing sources of inspiration, research file and technical file
    • Appropriate mood boards showing chosen theme, colour palette, market and clientele
    • Publicity Campaign through Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.
    • Press packs, including digital cv and portfolio for exhibition
    • 1000 word written evaluation and self reflection
    • Blog to show personal progress throughout the project
    • Degree exhibition statement

Dissertation reflection

Safe to say the final product is nothing like my original proposal submitted at the end of level 5. Initially I had wanted to research into the relationship between fashion and modern art, looking at pieces such as YSL’s Piet Mondrian dress and the relationships between his 1961 shift dress, and Mondrian’s tree series paintings. However, the more research into the subject I did, the more boring and monotonous it became, and having already researched into the 1961 shift dress, I made the decision to write about something that I truly cared about: The Sixties.

Having grown up with a close relationship with my grandparents, I’d been exposed to Sixties culture from a young age, from looking through my grandparents’ wedding photos, to reading old newspapers, and listening to 60’s music, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The animals. It’s something that I love, and it seemed right to write a paper on it. Having researched the YSL dress already, it lead me to researching more into Sixties fashions, and the difference in the Sixties to the fifties. This is when I made the decision to research, and write about 60’s fashions, and how they were seen as a time of revolution against society and older generations. I made the decision to discuss a brief background into why society changed as much as it did, and the effects that it had on fashion. However, being obsessed with Sixties music, I felt as though I had to look at the effect that these musicians, celebrities and designers had on the changes that happened during the decade.

With the first chapter exploring social ideologies of the Sixties, and how fashion changed along with it, it was clear that there were a number of reasons as to how fashion developed in the way it did. The second chapter then focused on designs of the early Sixties and how they differed to those of the Fifties. It explored the effect that Mary Quant and John Stephens had as designers, and the changes in fashion designs that they brought along with them. It also looked at Twiggy’s influence, and how she spurred the androgynous, Mod look in female fashions of the decade. Finally the third chapter, and how Musicians and celebrities had an effect on Hippie fashions of the era. Looking at The Beatles and how Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts club band fuelled flourescent, brightly coloured fashions of the Late Sixties. Then onto Jimi Hendrix and how he brought Ethnic fashions to the limelight in Hippie Culture. Finally onto Cher, and her influences on Hippie fashions such as bell bottom jeans and halter necks.

The aim of this thesis was to give an insight as to how changes in society effect fashion, and also to explore where designers take their influences from. As a designer it’s important to always have an understanding of how society is changing, and how designs are changing along side it. The Sixties seemed like the perfect era to look at, as it’s widely regarded as the turning point in Fashion and society in the 20th century. This dissertation showed me how designers of the Sixties saw a gap in the Market for young adult designs, and aimed their fashions at them, giving youths a way of expressing themselves through fashion. However, it also showed me that sometimes it’s the market themselves that effect the fashion industry. With on going changes in society, and youths becoming more empowered, it was clear that it was in fact Youths, that drove the Sixties fashion revolution, and Youths that had the biggest influence on society during the decade.

As a whole, I’m happy with how this module has gone. Though the final product is nothing like I had anticipated in the beginning, I think I made the right decision to change my question when I did. Unlike many of my peers, I enjoyed writing this paper, as it’s something that I’m truly passionate about, and something close to my heart. I’ll also say that creating a ‘dissertation play list’ to listen to whilst writing gave me the added inspiration that I needed, and added that extra bit of enjoyment to an otherwise monotonous task. Though I’ve now submitted the paper a day before the deadline, I will say my time management could’ve been a lot better. I’ve never been great at balancing heavy work loads between subject constellation and field and thats proven itself to be true again with this module. Had I done more work before Christmas as well as my subject work I may have been able to enjoy my Christmas that extra bit more, however due to my terrible time management the last week of the Christmas holidays consisted mainly of me being sat in front of my computer researching and writing.

Overall I’m happy with the work I have produced, if I had 20,000 words to write, I could have included a much deeper discussion on the social changes in the Sixties, however in regards to the fashion changes that happened during the decade, I think I’ve covered all the main influences, from designers to musicians and to models. Some people never want to touch their dissertations again after the final submission, I on the other hand intend on continuing my research throughout my career, and am proud to say that, had I not made the decision to change my question, I may not have been as happy as I am with the work i produced. Yes, I’m glad it’s finally over, and finally submitted. But I’ve learnt a lot throughout this process, about the Sixties, and about my loves and hates as a designer. However, for the time being it’s over and done with for now. Now to focus on the daunting thought of the exhibition project!

 

P.S. A quick thanks to my mother for proof reading the paper time and time again. Another thanks to my famil, friends and loved ones for their love and support throughout the production of the paper.

Finally a special thanks to Cath Davies for aiding me and supporting me throughout this module.

I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of the people around me, and I’m incredibly grateful for everyone’s help and input.