Up-cycling Denim | Development

F U T U R E | G E N E R A T I O N S
Following up to our 2 week up-cycling denim project for our field “future generations” module we were required to develop of denim creations further.

To start I researched other peoples designs on using up-cycled or reworked denim for inspiration. I came across a lot of interesting designs mostly being accessories and containers/storage objects.

I loved these ideas but after researching further I discovered a lot of designers have used denim to create very inventive interior furnishing. As interior is so important to me as a designer I was hoping this project was a chance to incorporate interior products into my work. I would also love to introduce print into my design.

Below are some examples of interiors used from denim.

The idea of also introducing other materials into my designs to show personal interests is something I want to include.

– I love the idea of using old cards and debit cards to create a imagery collage. I am renown for misplacing personal belongings like this this as well as forgetting to take them out with me. I think by using ideas like this (middle left) not only is it of up-cycling old cards but a reminder for myself whenever I see the photo frame.

After speaking to Helen about where I wanted to go with my ideas we spoke about making a wall hanging and incorporating interests into the piece. I like the previous work we did with botanical drawings and some of the leaves I collected and drew from around Bute Park and Llandaf Cathedral. I decided I want to use leave shapes to create pockets sew on to the wall hanging piece, creating a leaf shape hanging instead of a reformed shapes like a square, rectangle.

– Two of my own leaf drawings that inspired my theme.

By using bleach as a resists I want create negative colours behind the pockets and light prints of the leaves to create layered imagery. I am hoping to use the heat press using actual leaves as this is a technique I have already experimented with was really pleased with the outcomes. I also will be using a branch to hang the piece off incorporating the theme into my wall hanging.



Study Group | Week 5

Punk Subculture

During today’s study group session, we looked at the punk subculture and focused on how to read from a full extract recognizing relevant quotes to help us with our upcoming essay, this was useful practice for us as throughout the previous lessons we were given individual quotes in our notes to analyse. I found this very helpful.

The reading was an extract from the book: Barnard, M (Ed) (2007) Fashion Theory: A Reader London: Routledge. Chapter 23: Dick Hebdige STYLE, Pages 256 – 266.

We got the chance to analyse the front cover of the sex pistols album “god save the queen” which I found interesting to find how much just an album cover related to the punk subculture. This was different to the method we normally use of analyzing an image.

I used the techniques “Cath’s columns” again today to analyse the image. The theory I used to back its up was some of the quotes I picked out from the extract, highlighting them at the start of the session.

Here is my example of this technique:

Future Generations Project | Week 2

Deadline Day 
Monday 15th February was the deadline for our group projects. In our groups we presented our pieces we had made, using our independent study days the previous week to work on the project we finished and produced a hanging tapestry piece and spoke about our ideas in front on the class. After seeing everyone else’s presentations and see what they produced we discussed some of the thought and feelings we had about each others work. It was very pleasant to hear some of the lovely comments that were made and review other people work.

Today we were given a short task activity to do as a whole group. We were given four words.

We had to decide on a scale which were most important to make a city in the future and try to use our projects to help us decide.(Highest podium being most important and lowest podium being least important)
We came up with the theory that you need SOCIAL to work together to build an ENVIRONMENT to save CULTURE. We put ECONOMICS at the bottom as we decided money is the least important out of everything, most of our cities didn’t need money to work.

We used the post it notes to write how these linked to our cities in important from highest to lowest. We then used the string to make a link between each others cities, some cities were had similar values where as some were quite the opposite. The string was tidies from one end of a board and tied to the other one that was linked.

Overall I have enjoyed this project and the experience. I came into the project unsure of what it would be like and wasn’t very optimistic as I have been let down by fellow members of group in previous group projects. It was nice to work with a team that were as willing and had the same ideas as me. I was also very happy with the finished piece, I enjoyed playing around with different media and sharing ideas with my peers.

Blog addresses of my fellow group members:

Study group | Week 3

Remake Remodel | Subculture styles and Identities

In today’s study group we looked at the Hip Hop subculture and how different subcultures take objects and remodel/make them different. This is a way of the subcultures giving objects a new meaning. To take something with an existing life you can give it different meanings by customizing or remodeling the objects.


Every subculture has its own appearance and meaning. Various youth subcultures have been identified by their possessions. Subculture must exhibit a distinctive enough shape and structure to make them identifiably different from their parents culture. This is their way of try to “break the mold”

Subculture originates from the alternative youth culture scene, not seen as a mainstream term. They must be focused around certain activities, values, certain uses of material artifacts, territorial spaces etc. This is how the are identified by their style and what  differentiates them from everyone else. – These objects are the identifiers of identity.


If we were back at the Mods and Rockers. Both the mods and the rockers had bikes but the style and identity they had modified their bikes to were distinctly different. Constantly advertising your difference. Each subculture has its own meaning, there is always a reason behind the motifs and customization of their clothing.  – Organised group identity.

Re-signification | showing signs that only people in your gang would understand and recognize. This is a marker of authenticity.


By looking at each subculture style, you should see reoccurring themes and motifs which make the style individual.

Future Generations Project | Week 1

DAY ONE – Interdisciplinary // Collaboration 

Today was day of our Future Generations project. We were set into large groups with different students from each discipline in CSAD.

We started as a whole group by looking at the work of Steve Reich and watching some of his videos on clapping music, we were than set into smaller groups to create our own version of a song from claps with seven beats. We spend the morning rehearsing and as a class we shared our clapping verses and collaborated with other groups.
The afternoon we focused on a different task. We were given keywords and in our smaller groups we had to decide what the words meant to us and what initially came to mind.

We had words such as;IMG_1721[1]
– Together
– Nature
– War
– Babylon
– Optimism
– Peace

I found this a really useful activity, it
was interesting to see what everyone
else in the class had put and to share
the ideas behind the drawings.

 – Project Indroduction


Invisible Cities | Thin Cities
Day two we were allocated to chapter arts museum where we were put into our initial groups for the project and explained what about project brief would be.Each group were given a different city and firstly we had to decide what we believe the city was portrayed as. Taking notes and brainstorming ideas we collaterally concluded the same perspective of what the city would look like. I was very happy with what my group had came up with as it opened a lot of doors as to where we could follow these ideas to make a piece.


We came up with some points that were made in the statement to help us with our design ideas. This did put our ideas into perspective for what we wanted to create.
In the city there is no actual talk of water, is the water really there or is that just what the statement wants us to believe when reading it.
There’s nothing that makes is sound like a city except the water pipes running through the land, we believed it could be something rural, a natural land or not a human habitat.

 Are we explores/observers?
 We see the creatures but do they see us?
 Are the creatures here imagining a time before tragedy?
 Can we have Utopia without Dystopia?


As the project was on collaboration, we wanted each discipline to be visually obvious as there were a few different disciplines in our group, but we also wanted to design a piece that tied them all together in a way that was visually connected as well as cultivated.

Each piece had to be on a meter long piece of paper so we decided to make it out of fabric for originality, I sewed the fabric together myself to interpret (Textiles) into the piece.

The pipes were buffed by Jason (Fine Art) to show the idea that the nymphs are lonely in this land and look at their own reflections in the pipes.

Catherine (Graphics) drew some key words onto the piece which we think describes the world we were given.

Jess (Artist Maker) used clay to reinterpret the nymphs, we came up with the idea that they were supernatural looking creatures as human had been driven away.

Study group | Week 2

Goth Subculture

The topic for today’s study group was the goth subculture. We analysed and discussed what meaning are behind their street style and what motifs they have behind their style. In the previous week we had been shown how to lay out our essays using (Cath’s columns) so this week was a perfect opportunity to practice this method.

We looked at what different things influenced the Gothic style we see today. It is mainly influenced on Victorian fashion by 19th century Gothic literature. Motifs are used from this era like Dracula and using representations of fear like; spiders, cobwebs, insects etc. By using make up to create a pale look to their skin their motif is to represent death.

Fast forwarding back to our current era the Victorian style has been modified a lot through the years and these modification would not have been seen in the 19th century era.

Modifications such as:
Colours have been changed, the modification of “cyber goths” is to wear brightly coloured or neon clothes and and even hair colours have changed.

Fabrics and appearance of clothing. Traditional Victorian style dresses where full length and made up of layers. They have been modified in the current day by making shorter and much more reveling dresses, the fabric is not as heavy and thick as the traditional style.

– The style “steam-punk” has also been used a lot in the new day Gothic style.


Up-cycling denim | Future Generations.

To start out future generations project for out field module, we began with an up-cycling denim project. The idea was to create something new from old, unwanted denim. I started with two old pares of jeans, one pair slightly flared.
IMG_2028[1]I also brought in some unwanted fabric and clothing that I could include in my work. The flared jeans gave me the idea to look into 70′ style. I also found some fabric that I think would work with the style.

I started by deconstructing the jeans and making 4 panels. I then took off the pockets and some pockets from other jeans I brought in. I wanted to included it all so I used the 4 panels from the jeans and sewn down the sides connecting them into an a-line style skirt. I mainly focused on the pockets, I made a little collection of pockets I had reconstructed using different stitch setting along with embroidery with the fabric. I also used some of the patterns fabric to sew onto the pockets for extra detailing.

I enjoyed this project as I got to experiment different stitch techniques but also up cycling old materials to contribute to the future generations in a sustainable and useful way. I feel with what I created could definitely be developed further in print. I am very excited about this!