Monday, 13 October 2014

Creative Weekend


Happy Monday, hope you have all had a lovely weekend. I've had a very creative weekend, it's been wonderful.

I started on Saturday with my screen printing kit. I thought I'd begin gradually and use the stencil method rather than using the screen block solution.

I am really happy with the results, the print is so crisp. It's so exciting doing the print and waiting to see the results. Each one is sightly different with it's own quirks. Love it.

 I can't wait to do an actual run where I can begin printing my design on real life products! I'm hoping to get some finished and out there by Christmas (hopefully). 

Hope you have a good week, 

See you soon 


Monday, 6 October 2014

Planning my new collection..


Hope everyone's Monday hasn't been too bad.. one step closer to Friday though.. WOO!

This weekend I received a little present I had ordered myself.. a screen printing set(yipee!). I have had my eye on this set since last year but never been brave enough to part with my cash and start experimenting. Well with a little bit of spare birthday money I thought now would be the perfect time.

I have purchased a book about screen printing at home too and am now all ready to go. I planned to get cracking on Saturday but after reading the instructions realized I had to wash the fabric first (woops) so I had to wait a little bit longer! In the mean time I have been busily sketching ideas in my sketchbook and doing some trials, printing on fabric with a stamp I made. Later I used my sewing machine (by myself... how brave am I???) to stitch around my motif. I am super pleased with the result and am keen to get screen printing and make my first proper collection.

Sneak peak of what I've been doing
Isn't it funny that as soon as you start being creative your brain just goes into overdrive and comes up with more and more ideas. I have now popped a little notebook in my bag so if inspiration strikes I am ready to note it all down.

Saw this on pinterest, so true..

I hope you have a wonderful week and will update you when I do my first run of screen printing at home!

See you soon 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

A few bits and bobs..


Well just a little update with what has been going on. Although the blog has been quiet, I have been being very creative, I promise.

I completed the final brief a couple of weeks ago for the Make It in Design Summer School. The brief was Jewels. I was really happy with my final design. I think It's the colours that I feel makes it work.

Once the Summer school was over a needed a new challenge, I certainly had one of those lined up. A couple of months ago you may remember that I signed up to a sewing machine course at New College in Swindon. Well the course came around quickly and I attended on Saturday with my brand new (pink) sewing machine. I hadn't got it out the box since my birthday so I was keen (and a little frightened) to get sewing. I just prayed I didn't sew my hair/sleeve/hand to the cushion cover we were making..
Luckily a lot of the class had, had their sewing machine for a while and theirs hadn't made it out the box either. So we were all in the same terrified boat. I shouldn't have been so scared. The day flew by and by the end of it I had my very own cushion cover with concealed zip and I am happy to say nothing got sewn on that shouldn't be there and no trips to A&E were needed to get a sewing machine removed from my hand!  AND I only had to unpick one line of stitches... YEAY GO ME!
I am very pleased with my cushion!
Unfortunately the other course I signed up to 'Using Textiles' got cancelled , So instead I have signed up to learn how to make curtains and other soft furnishings (I am a glutton for punishment!).
Hopefully by the end of the 8 weeks course I will be a dab hand with my sewing machine or at the very least a little less frightened of it!
Have a good evening,
See you soon

Thursday, 21 August 2014

May I be forgiven..

 I've been a bit bad with time keeping this week. So the brief was a lil bit of an after thought. May I be forgiven though as it was my birthday and I'm not sure about you but I like to milk my birthday celebrations for as long a possible?!
On Sunday I went to a very old quaint tearoom in Bradford on Avon and had the most delicious afternoon tea..

Then on the Monday we went to Weymouth and took a trip to the beach and to the Sea Life Centre, luckily the weather was dry just a little bit cold.. too cold for sunbathing anyways..
A very cute Punch and Judy theatre on the beach
Starburst the seal being trained at the Sea life centre
 So all in all I had a lovely birthday weekend, and this is why my design this week is slightly lacking! I do plan to re-do it and work on something new. The theme this week was 'Tribal' and in the words of my other half my design doesn't look particularly tribal!
So maybe back to the drawing board, but this was my design...
So we'll (me included) will just have to wait and see what else I can come up with!
See you soon
(I'm off to eat more birthday cake)


Friday, 8 August 2014

First Brief Done..

Well BOOM POW, first brief done.

I decided to concentrate on the beginners track as it was the one that appealed to me most. But I do hope to give the other two a go at a later date!
I really enjoyed this weeks brief researching and pinning all things tropical! Although, I'm going to start the next brief a bit earlier to try and get more ideas and creative juices flowing.
So what have I done? I hear you ask, I really liked the idea of combining tropical motifs like fruit with the idea of parasols and towels from above. Below is my inspiration board.

The photographs are take from pinterest
My final design was a bit different to my usual designs. It was a bit less hand-drawn I think (that might be because I did it in illustrator!).

I still managed to get a bit of faint texture in the background to try and emulate sand. Overall, I'm fairly happy with my design, I worked hard on it. I think it'll be fun to have a play and come up with some co-ordinating patterns.
You can see the full gallery of students work here take a peep there is some really amazing work :)
See you soon

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Summer school..


A few years ago (doesn't time fly?) I signed up for and took part in The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design, it was a really enjoyable course run by Rachael Taylor and Beth Kempton. Well, I heard they were running a summer school and  couldn't wait to sign up! It runs, I think, for about 6ish weeks and there are three briefs to complete. I couldn't believe when I found it was free.. what a cheeky bonus!  

The course started on Monday, you could choose from beginner, intermediate and advanced. I signed up to all three so I could choose which brief I fancied and maybe even try and complete all three! The first brief sounds exciting. We have a week and a half to complete it and upload it. So I will be beginning to research and doodle asap.

Been a busy old week (isn't it always) but going to set aside a couple of evening to really get my teeth into this project.

 Watch this space....
See you soon

Monday, 21 July 2014

We are just not friends...

Evening all,

Happy Monday :)

As I said in my last post I've signed up to a college course called 'Using Textiles'. Today I signed up to a day course called 'Making a friend of your sewing machine'. Me and sewing are not friends. I avoid it at all costs, even my partner does all the repairs in our household. I'm just not very good. The last time I used a sewing machine was in GSCE textiles where I made a chair cover, how? I couldn't tell you, it seems all knowledge has been wiped from my memory!

As I'm now starting to think about using my patterns on products, I thought it would be a good idea to sign up to this course! I have asked for a sewing machine for my birthday, like a proper one, a pink one, but a proper one! After asking, I was reminded that I got bought A 'Mini Stitch' sewing machine a couple of years ago. I'm not going to lie, until tonight it has not made it out of the box, when asked why, I said it's because I didn't know how to thread it, I got it out the box tonight... it was already threaded for me! WOOPS!

So tonight I had my first little play. Unsurprisingly, me and sewing machines are still not friends! How people manage to do it with such finesse and precision is beyond me!

This day course says it will show us all how to make a cushion cover. (I'll believe it when I see it!) 

I'm really doing this post today in the hope that in a few months time I'll look back and say 'Wow look how far I've come..' Or I may look back and think 'Who was I kidding..' either way it'll be fun to look back. Maybe!

 See you soon,