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.


Gift Tags

Subject – Term One

I have been experimenting some more with the lazor cutter this term, I am hoping to use this technique when creating my final products. I will be creating leaf shaped tags made from wood and I want to create a final on it with gold spray paint and etching. I found great difficulty setting the machine to cut straight through the wood and after many attempts I finally created some worthy to be my prototypes. However, they cut through the centre of some of the tags and they wasn’t what I wanted exactly. This was very good practice for me and I’m glad I spent time playing around with the machine and making sure to get then right. The mock up were perfect for my mini product board.

Gifttags – Mock Ups

Final Tags
– Before adding the finishing touches on top! 

I finished off my tags but using some off cuts from the lazor cutter with other experiments. I wanted to try and the get the most out of all the materials I used and use some of the waste. I think they made lovely texture and create very realistic leaf shapes textures on top of the wood. Finally, a gold, metallic spray to finish off the tags

I am very happy with my final gift tags and the idea to have used wood. I think with an outside, nature based theme this material works perfectly and ties in lovely with my cards and my bows for my final collection.

Paperchase – Cardiff St David’s 

Subject – Term One


– Quite a gothic, Halloween inspired theme which I found very interesting and feel this stood out massively. I am hoping that my theme is original and stands out from all the others for this project. 

Coming back from the London trip, I was very inspired from all the different shops and places we visited so I wanted to keep my mind focused on this project, especially paper and stationary products. I also needed to get my research and my technical files ready for my current project, so I decided to take a trip to Paperchase. I am especially fond of there greeting cards, they are wacky and fun. I think not taking yourself to serious can be massively important when designing.


I have always admired their style and variety of designs but I feel there current themes are fantastic! I felt very inspired from my visit today and it helped me massively with visualizing how I can produce my designs on final products towards the end of this project. There were all sorts of different gift ranges that fit with our brief, I also found some lovely folders made for 100% recycled paper which fit lovely in addition to my theme.


Summer Ideas

Hello, I’m back!

I have decided to use my time over the summer by carrying on with some of the techniques I  have learnt throughout previous year in University. I wanted to keep my self in the rhythm before starting back in September so I have pondered around a few different ideas.

I have been working a lot with stencils over the summer as I managed to get hold of a very swanky new self-healing cutting mat and some new knifes. This got me very excited to start creating some new designs. I have been working with backgrounds for my stencil and I have experimented a lot with water colours and gouache paints.

I created an effect that looked like the colours are merging together and I achieved this by playing around with salt. I mixed a small amount of salt into my water before layering it over the page. I then left it to dry for a minute before dropping my colours on top of the page. I really like the final outcome using this effect and would like to experiment more with different medias in my last year of study.

img_6327I then used this motif to create a repeat pattern. I achieved this on adobe Photoshop and I think I would like to take the design further as this is a very basic idea but it shows how I have developed my ideas.

I have been also experimenting around with mark making to create designs. By using different brush strokes I am able to manipulate things like petals. I have also been using watercolours in different strengths to create delicate floral effects  like the flowers I have created below. I feel this has been very good practice for me.

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.