Archive for ‘Artist Research & influences’

April 14, 2011


March 24, 2011

I want these. I love Alexander McQueen.

March 20, 2011


February 24, 2011

20/01/2011- ‘ROUTES’

Our class was invited to a preview of ‘Routes’ a Contemporary Textile Practice Exhibition at the Orial Canfas Gallery. It was such a good experience, to see what the third years had produced and to what standard their work was at. Each piece was totally unique and beautiful. My favourite piece was ‘Golden Little Stars’ by Holly Flye.

November 24, 2010

My chosen object

My chosen object for my project(TEXT 104U) is ‘Topologies’ by American artist Anne Wilson. An installation of lace and thread pieces held together by insect pins, currently on exhibition alongside the history of laces at the V&A Museum.

November 24, 2010

London trip, in photographs

November 16, 2010

Dye & Print; India Flint & Kareem Iliya

November 16, 2010

Book Review; The art of embroidery

The art of embroidery
Inspirational stitches, textures and surfaces
Thames and Hudson

The cover of this book is stylish, inviting and generally easy on the eye. The cover illustrations on the book clearly indicate what the book is about, embroidery. The pages of the book are set out spaciously, the font is simple and easy to read also I’d say there are more photographs than text in the book.
The book basically teaches the reader how to learn embroidery from basic stitches to really complicated ones. I think any textiles student like myself would find this book more than useful and definately inspiring.
After reading this book, I’ve learnt a lot and I feel that I have improved my knowledge of both embroidery and hand stitches. While reading the book I felt I had to follow the step by step stitch guide and try out the range of stitches. I didnt find this book off putting at all, infact it kept me interested throughout and I’d like to purchase my own copy. “If I had to stick a postit on my favourite pages then I’d probably run out of postits!”.

November 11, 2010

Take a look inside my ‘artist file’..

Before I started my course, I was given a task to start an artist file where I had to collect inspiration from the internet, books/magazines and other sources. I’ve decided to show some of the inspiration in my file through photographs below..

November 11, 2010

FAT. (Fashion Arcitecture Taste)

I found this website while searching for some sort of inspiration while I was sketching buildings. Before I found this website I was bored with drawing such a hard subject matter, I found it more than challenging and really didnt understand how architecture linked to textiles. Until now. Buildings are not just buildings but like textiles, buildings can be textured, cut into and shaped in so many ways. Also architecture isnt just buildings, its so much more than that and can even include interior design. FAT (Fashion Architecture Taste) really inspired me because unlike most buildings, the designs on this site are different. They’re unique, eye catching and definately link to textiles.

November 11, 2010

Influence much?

Since the summer I’ve been finding inspiration from artists, books and the internet. I’ve also started collecting my three favourite fashion magazines; VOGUE, ELLE & HARPERS BAZAAR. My aim is for my next few posts to be strictly on inspiration and this post will be based on magazine inspiration only.. See scanned copies below for my latest finds;

October 12, 2010

Al Sadu Weaving in Kuwait Lecture by Dr Keireine Canavan

Wednesday 29th September 2010

My first lecture at university! I really enjoyed my first lecture, it was so interesting! My favourite part was the symbols and how the such simple drawings can mean so much and tell stories. The slideshow was eye-opening because Kuwait as a country is so simple humble, it shows just how many of us take life for granted. The Al Sadu weaves are so beautiful and I cant believe the size of most of them. I’d love to travel to Scotland to see these with my own eyes. Overall I’ve taken in so much from this lecture and simple shapes will never just be simple shapes again! Thanks Keireine!