Degree Show 2017 – Personal Critique Form

Subject – Making Connections
Term Three

Select 2 shows that appeal to you and which you find particularly inspiring.

Name of Degree Show Student 1: Lia Pritchard

Critique /comment on the development of ideas and concepts in this work: 

I was impressed at the illustrations Lia had created for her designs, it has a very unique style and I feel was very on trend.

How successfully are the materials and techniques used to convey the concepts?
The plastic used in this space creates a very minimalist style. I feel less is definitely more for the this project and this is captured exceptionally through her space.

What is it about this exhibition that most impresses you?
I am impressed at the diversity it has in comparison to the other designers in the show. I like the way the space has been used, very original and refreshing.

Briefly evaluate the presentation style of the work:
I love how Lia composed her space in such a contemporary . Edgy, modern and a very fresh idea.

Name of Degree Show Student 2: Georgia Reece

Critique /comment on the development of ideas and concepts in this work:

I feel the dark colours against the light walls worked really well and the space was very eye catching and sofiticated.

How successfully are the materials and techniques used to convey the concepts?
I think the use of digital printing worked really well in addition to some of the hand printed designs. The colours were very dark and she used a technique which I feel would could have unpredictable outcomes, although I feel it worked beautifully and I admire her courage to take risks. 

What is it about this exhibition that most impresses you?
As well as the positioning of the chair, I think Georgia displayed her samples so gracefully and made such great use of her space. I feel she executed her final show so well and without showing a lot of stress (impressive).

Briefly evaluate the presentation style of the work
It was very elegant and I like the simplicity of the display, well done!!

How do you perceive the shows, generally?

I was very inspired by seeing all the other designers work and felt very motivated in regaurded to my next project. It was useful to hear from the third years what we should expect in our third year and definitely good practise for us. I am really honoured to have assisted such brilliant work.

List 3 key things you have learnt from what you have seen overall?
 – Working together as a team is massively important when making sure everything is completed in time.

– be punctual!!!

– Don’t be afraid to try something you might not think is possible – it is!



New Colour Board

Subject – Making Connections
Term Three

In response to my feedback I decided to make a new colour board and colour pallet using colours I will feel would freshen up my designs if I were to incorporate them to my previous colour pallet. I still like the subdued and muted colours I have used in addition to my theme but felt like it needed sprucing up a little. I especially like the yellow and the mint green within the colour pallet.

My feedback was very constructive in giving me new ideas to improve and update my theme. I am very happy with my new colour board and I am looking forwad to presenting it for my upcoming final hand in.

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Formative Feedback – Response

Subject – Making Connections
Term Three

I have been so busy with the third year degree show that I have not had the chance to revisit my work from subject. I have received my feedback which overall I am very pleased with but would like to take the time to properly reflect on how I can improve certain elements using the feedback that have been given.

I am keen to re-submit some work during my free time and have used this time to think of some ideas for my third years project. I feel the feedback was very constructive and has broadened my mind to new ideas.

One part of my feedback that I was hoping to improve was the comment about my colour pallet being quite “samey’. I thought this would be a good chance for me to bring some other bright colours into my pallet and create a new colour board.

I am also hoping to try and create some new motifs to create some more designs. I will try to combine these with previous motifs in an attempt to freshen up my previous designs with new ideas.

I will update my blog on any new changed I have made.

Buddy System – 3rd Year Degree Show

Subject – Making Connections
Term Three

Second year is almost over and in preparation for the third year’s degree show, we were paired with a buddy to help them complete their final projects. I was paired with Aniqah, who was basing her project on a fashion outcome. I was really looking forward to seeing the third year’s spaces and getting the chance to experience what the degree show would be like from a second year’s perspective.

The two weeks were pretty growling (to say the least), their with a lot of physical activity like moving furniture and clearing the studio at the start of the week. I feel this was a good way to motivate me and my Level 5 group and get us working together to complete tasks.

I spend the start of the week sanding, filling and painting my buddies wall as well as any other third years that required my help. I felt it was important to work as a team and I wanted to make sure that not only my buddy could use me as a helping hand but the other third years could also. I sympathized for them when their buddies didn’t show to help them complete their projects.

I helped my buddy in a number of ways to make sure it was complete, I mounted and headed samples, used magic tape and the sewing machine to complete the samples and even helped with the organisation of my buddies files, which I understand more than anyone how stressful the little things can be.

I feel the had work definitely paid off and it was amazing to see all the girls work. I was surprised at how diverse and original the projects were with a variety of different ideas and designs. I am really happy with the final outcome of all the projects, it was rewarding to see everyone complete in time and being pleased with their own work.

Overall, this was proven very stressful and hard work at times but I am glad I got to experience this and feel I gained a lot of skills in preparation for my degree show. I am looking forward to the future and feel a lot more prepared to start in September!

Dissertation Proposal – Reflection

Constellation Level 5
Dr Ashley Morgan

To begin our dissertation for third year, we were required to select an area of study to propose to give ourselves a a head start when writing our actually essay. It was a decision I feel took a lot of research and thought and I decided for my dissertation I will be looking at the commodity fetishism within the textile industry and consumer culture with the issue that is ‘throw away fashion’. Examining the behavior of the consumers to see why exactly so many are (as I said previously during my proposal) unaware or more worryingly unconcerned about the journey in which their clothing has been through before it has arrived in shops for them to purchase.

I love fashion and as a individual with such drive and passion for clothing I have always given a second thought about the background of the companies I consume my clothing from. I feel this is something that is rarely thought about, especially when items are considered as affordable and good value for money by other consumers.

I feel the initial research played a massive role in deciding on my area of study for this proposal, with this area being my second choice I firstly chose a subject that I thought would be interesting to research and study but after long attempts trying to narrow down the subject to a specific title it was proven to be very difficult. This was partially the reason why I decided to change.

I was influenced to go with my current title from other studies in university. During the start of term too I took part in the study group ‘The significance of Information’. This was a independent project which required us to look at a specific title which was to be decided by ourselves. I looked at sweatshops and pollution within the textile industry, which was a very interesting topic that I thoroughly enjoyed researching throughout my project.
This inspired me to take it further and develop the knowledge I have learnt from and use it when writing my dissertation. I am now very pleased with my final decision and believe I made the right choice by deciding on a title that was personal and interesting to myself.

I have looked a number of journals upon met search which were very useful prior to writing my proposal. I felt it was best to learn as much information as I can around my chosen area in order to get a better understanding of what I was going to be writing about. I looked mainly at peer reviewed journals, books and even articles. I feel the journal section at the library was very relevant to my title and to look at how enticing fashion and clothing is portrayed to the consumers which is why so many are impulsive buying to fulfill their passion. These fashion trends and phases add to the every growing textile waste issue that is every growing whenever an item is considered no longer fashionable.

Reflective Statement

Subject Level 5 – Making Connections
Spring/Summer Collection 2017 – Contemporary Tropics

It is closely coming towards the end of my ‘making connections’ module and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time throughout this project working, on my collection for my chosen company. I feel it has enabled me to discover my own sense of style as a designer and I have learned so many new and exciting techniques that have helped me decide one all the different paths that are open for a young, inspiring designer. I have learnt what elements of Textile Design are best suited to my style and I have come a long way since the beginning of my studies.

I was extremely happy to hear at the very start of the module that the theme for our project would be selected by ourselves, I feel this was a perfect opportunity to chose something we are interested in and a way to connect to our work. This was something that were to be decided swiftly so I spent my summer searching for inspiration that could help me select a theme.

I also done a significant amount of research on WGSN which helped me a lot with deciding on something that was on trend and fresh. I read that tropics was a up-coming theme for Spring/Summer 2018 so I decided to put my own twist on is inspiration I found myself. Over the summer I also took a trip to Amsterdam where, I came across lots of new and exciting interior ideas within some restaurants and cafes I visit. Some were beautifully minimalist with huge potted plants and other greenery hanging or displayed around the room which I thought was very edgy and stylized exceptionally. This trip played a massive role in my inspiration for this project and helped me when selecting my colour pallet.

It feel the brand research at the beginning of the project was very important when deciding on our chosen company.  I have always been interested in interiors in particular but I felt it was very useful to look at a variety of other brands that were ‘on trend’ at that time. I believed I was certain when it came to choosing a company, but was pleasantly surprised when researching to discover a brand I hadn’t came across before and this changed my decision completely and I absolutely love the brand I have chosen.

When it came to designing this term, I decided to bring forward elements of the course I feel are my strongest and develop them further. This for me was print, I have experimented with a lot of different print techniques throughout my time at university and I have produced a significant amount of work I am pleased with. I decided to try a different technique term when creating samples for my collection and I played around with the press and some artificial leaves I had purchased for this project. I created one print in particular that really stood out to me so I decided to turn this into a motif ready to create some repeated patterns with.

This in fact turned out to be a design I felt was very strong and I decided to experiment some more with this pattern. I manipulated scale and placement of the leaf using some of the different layouts we had been shown in previous studies. I really liked the simplicity of the white background and the bold green print. I feel it works beautifully in addition to my modern and contemporary theme. I then took this further by adding more imagery onto the design which was a watercolour drawing from my design book and aslo by experimenting with colours to work with my theme. I thought by bringing in the pink from my colour pallet it would gave the designs that small pop of colour which was minimalist but made a huge different to the design collection as a whole. 

I decided last term that I wanted to bring metallics into my theme and experimented a bit with foils and the heat press. I found the final outcomes I produced using this technique to be strong and wanted to carry them on this term. One of my favourite fabrics samples from my collection would be the pink screen print and foil design. I messed around with overlaying and the placement of my prints and found that my leaf print worked very well with this and I thought it pieced my paper designs with my fabric designs so well that I decided to select this for my 12 samples. 

Fabric Samples – Harlequin

After a long wait, on Friday 25th of March my fabric samples have finally arrived and I am super excited to open them. Unfortunately these were the only samples that I have yet to receive and I ordered a number of samples from numerous companies. Luckily, the fabrics from my chosen designer for this module were the ones that did arrived and was mostly concerned for these samples so I am very appreciative of the companies generosity.

I ordered in total five different samples from selected collections and some of the samples even came with the alternative colour ways on the back of the fabric which is useful to see in comparison to my designs for my current studies.

The three different samples below are differently my favourite and I love the sections that we selected for my samples. The top one especially reminds me of a watercolour based design and the colours are beautiful.