Module Reflection

Subject – Term One

In the beginning of this project, I was optimistic that working paper based was going to be suited for me, in comparison to my usual fabric and interior based work. I was pleasantly surprised to see how quickly I got stuck into this project and found that our research trips to London and the IG Design centre really encouraged me to exceed to my full potential in this project.
I wanted to really try and focus on who I am as a designer this year and highlight some of my strong points. I have always been very much interested in print and I wanted to use this project as a way to develop these skills further, pushing my own capabilities to the max. My project is mainly focused on printing techniques and surface pattern. Although, I have never really been confident in my digital skills in previous years, I seen photoshop and illustrator as a chore. This year I have confronted this fear and stepped out my comfort zone by using these programmes more and more. I have even borrowed a macbook for this project in order for me work at home, this has given me more confidence with working digitally and I feel I have produced a number of paper based designed that are very strong.

I have really enjoyed working with different techniques throughout this project, I especially like working with the lazor cutter and I have used this machine a significant amount when creating my final products. I worked with different materials like wood to create my gift tags and different paper weights when creating my cards. I wanted take my own twist on the brief and play around with paper, in combination with other materials. I feel taking these risks definitely worked out for the best.
I thoroughly enjoyed playing around with foils, although not featured in my final products I experimented with foil a lot at the beginning of this project and used them when creating my mock up products. I used a gold metallic spray paint as a finish on my final products and I think it gave my products that sense of luxury and made them feel complete. The foils helped me identity what I needed on my products at the beginning, in order for them correspond with each other and tie in an element that worked well on everything.

I have really enjoyed putting together my final products, I feel a sense of achievement seeing the finished products on display and this was a massive way of encouraging myself when looking back at the last final days before our hand in.
Overall, I have found this project to be very challenging but mostly exciting. It has opened up my eye to what I am capable as, as a designer, as all the opportunities available in the textiles industry. I will continue to use these skills I have gained throughout my final year.


Presentation with Consultants – Final Collection

Subject – Term One

Today was the day I finally handed in my final collection for my consultancy module. I was put in a group of four, presenting to tutor Anna and Consultant Sarah Barker. I was very nervous at the beginning, as my presentation was in the afternoon I spend the morning writing up notes and preparing for my critique. However, the build up did create some nerves I normally deal with ok but today they seemed to get the better of me. Fortunately, I felt I spoke well in my tutorial and these nerves did not show.  I made sure to stand up straight and speak clear, not too fast – something I am very guilty of in previous presentations.

Here are some images of my final collection displayed in my space. I am very happy with how everything turned out and I love how strong my colours are – I think it makes it stand out and very gives me theme a sense of style. Looking back at some of the comment I think Anna and Sarah were pleased with my work, apart from a few comments that could help me improve some things, overall it was very positive and I am very excited to hear back on how I did.

I have documented the final collections from the others in my group. It was really interesting to see how everyone else’s final collections turned out and finding out more about their designs and where their ideas have sprung from. I normally voluntarily go first in groups for presentations but it was useful to see others go first and this helped my nerves a lot when it was my turn to present.

I will take some of the useful comments I was given and take some slight alternations on my work. Things like my gift bag print could be updated and a gold foil could be added. I feel it was important to see my work from a different angle and hearing all the comment and feedback helped me gain a perspective from an outsiders point of view.

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New Moodboard

Subject – Term One

A U T U M N  D A Y S
Crisp, cold autumn days spent adventuring the woodlands and snuggling up warm in front of the fire with family.
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I have been meaning to update my mood board for a while now and have come a long way from my original idea and board. I wanted to really bring out that crisp, autumnal feel through my board and create a something that was eye catching and bursting with these amazing autumn colours. I feel this new board has definitely brought out the true sense of the autumn season and is much more suited to my project. I am currently at the design stage for my prototypes and mock ups, my new board has give me that motiviation and I am looking forward to creating my final products.

Paper Workshop with Martin Burnell 

Subject – Term One

This weeks workshop was all about creating our own boxes and packaging cases from scratch using different types of card and paper. I have been practicing with paper folding to try and create my own at home but this workshop helped me figure things out. As we have to create our own gift bags / gift boxes for our current project in subject this workshop was incredibly useful and helped me highly as I am currently at the stage of creating my prototypes.

I created a variety of different shaped boxes from cake boxes, to gift bags and I came out from with workshop with my own stencils to recreate more. I found some of these different shapes very interesting and it has inspired me to try and create a different shape bag for my final collection.

Photoshop Designs

Subject – Term One

I have spend some time having a play around on photoshop using some of my hand printed designs and drawings from my sketchbook. I have never been very confident on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator so after getting my hands on a macbook for a couple of days, I have downloaded the software and it has already made sure a difference. It has enabled me to be able to work on my designs from home, no more late nights in the mac suite!

I particularly like the top two designs, I think they would suit my gift wrap roll. I will prints some sheets off and have a go at wrapping them around some boxes to give myself and idea of what the finished product would look like.

The designs below are just a simple leaf patterns I painted and printed by hand. I then photocopied it into monocrome and taking the image onto photoshop to have a play around with different colours and backgrounds. I think they work really strong as a group and I thought about my previous colour ways I created in second year when choosing the colours and layouts.

Fresh board – Fresh Mind

Subject – Term One

– My board after today’s changes

Today I tried to focus on the arrangement of my boards. The suggestion was made in a previous tutorial to try and move my work around on my boards to keep it all flowing and to keep myself inspired and focused. I wanted to see how my prototypes would work as a collection and by arranging the placement of them gave me a clear idea of what I want.

I tried to keep the possible designs for my final collection together in one section of the board. I have a lot of different ideas displayed on my board but many of these are not relevant to my final collection and I decided to keep it minimalist. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a before photo of my wall but I will make sure to remember next time and update my blog with any further changes.


Inspiration – Tree Bark

Subject – Term One

Over the weekend I have decided to come up with some new ideas for imagery using my style and in relation to my theme. I love the liner, defined marks on the bark and texture creates a very graphichy style effect. I will use some of these images to create drawings and different mark making techniques to form new designs. I plan to develop further onto a screen and try techniques like devore and prints using colours from my pallet.

I have photographed some different tree trunks around Cardiff that have interesting marks on them. I especially like the moss growing on some of these images, I’m going to try and recreate the texture using flock and puff layering them on top of my prints. I think this will manipulate the feeling off moss growing on the bark.

I spend the day today playing around with dye baths and I was pleasantly surprised with how some of the samples worked out. I used string and elastic bands to tie around the fabric I had folded and scrunched. This created wavy, liner style marks on the fabric and I think this looks very like some of the images above. I have developed some screens ready to be printed with further on in the week and I will hopefully get the change to experiment more with dye baths and fabric manipulation.