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April 14, 2011


March 24, 2011


“In the 21st century, thin equals success: posh clothes shops don’t make big sizes; rich footballers marry skinny birds. And fat is no longer just a feminine issue. These days men, worried about the moobs, are every bit as likely to refuse the bread at lunch as their wives. The days of the porky chief executive with his “chauffeur chub” and long lunches are gone; these days moguls are lean, mean and up at 6am to work out with their personal trainers. It is the poor, with their takeaway buckets of fried chicken and cheap processed stodge, who are fat.”

I completely agree with this article I found online. Even two years later, this is still a problem. I was shocked when I first saw this Kate Moss quote, and it still echoes today. The constant need to be skinny is EVERY girl/woman’s problem. More and more brands are slowly hiring ‘plus size models’ but I don’t think that will end eating disorders.

March 24, 2011

I cant believe..

..the end of the second term is nearly here! After easter the third term is only eight weeks long..Before I know it I’ll be a second year student.

March 20, 2011


For this project the three objects I have chosen are; a wire sculpture I made of myself, my mother’s decorate ball ornament and a set of three brooches that my grandmother left me before she passed away. What I like about my chosen objects is that they’re decorative, surface textured and they link three of my family’s generations together.

In my sketchbook I started to record these surface textures using various media and on assorted papers. I also used a lot of the drawing techniques I learnt last term such as continuous line drawings and timed drawings. I feel my drawing skills have improved greatly since last term because they are a lot more detailed and I feel I’ve been able to take more from these drawings to transfer into the workshops. I really enjoyed all of the workshops this term particularly stitch. I learnt so much in each of them and as a result, I’ve produced four really inspirational files all inspired and linked to my chosen objects.

My final piece focuses on the three of my chosen objects together in a collective order of three generations. My final outcome is a mixed media wall piece, incorporating pieces of; tyvek, bondaweb, nuno-felt and free machine embroidery. I’m really content with the textures I’ve individually created and how well they all blend together. I’ve learnt a lot this term and really pushed the boundaries.

March 20, 2011

Photograph of my final piece;

March 20, 2011


Today I started to plan out my final piece using a scrap piece of wallpaper. Using photocopies and various colour pens I mapped out my plans and ideas. I really enjoyed planning my idea out because I’ve never designed this way before and I feel I benefited from it. Next I started the making part and I decided the easiest way to go about this was to make each piece individually and then later place them all together. I thought this would be a long process but I seem to be getting through it well. I’ve finished the nuno-felting and bondaweb parts, which I’m really happy with so far. I feel I’m progressing with this final piece and I’m really enjoying planning and making each piece.

Continuing with my final piece I carried on making the individual pieces of my design. Today I started with the tyvek and free machine embroidery samples. There wasn’t much to do with the tyvek except painting it and manipulating it, which I thought was quite an easy task. Next I moved onto my free machine embroidery samples, I created these using various threads, dissolvable fabric and an embroidery hoop. I’m happy with the individual pieces I created today; they’re so textured and layered. They’re detailed and will work beautifully with all the other pieces I’ve produced.

Today I finished my final piece. I used heavyweight calico to attach all my individual pieces to.  My idea was to overlap these pieces, let them hang over the edge and created an overall layered and textured design. But something is wrong. I think something is missing but I don’t know what. I feel like I need some tutorial guidance to point me in the right direction because I don’t want to end up ‘ruining’ my final piece.

After confrontation with my tutor about my final design I decided to add a bit of embellishment to add the finishing touches to my final piece. I did this by adding beads, wire and various threads. I found these embellishments relevant to my design because they all link to my design in one-way or another. Wire because of my wire sculpture. Various orange threads which link to the colours of my object (the decorative ball ornament) and beads with link to my brooches. After attaching these embellishments to my design I feel it is complete. I am really happy with my final piece and all I have left to do is to staple it to a thin board ready to be mounted. I’m nervous about having it mounted to a wall because I’ve never displayed my work to such a high level before but it is exciting and I look forward to seeing my final design in an exhibition for the first time.

March 20, 2011


March 20, 2011


Today I had an interim critique with my course tutor Helen Watkins and it was such a brilliant experience I really expanded my ideas. I went into the room with a basic idea plan in my sketchbook and left with a final design idea. Out of all the workshops I couldn’t just chose one to specialize in because I honestly enjoyed them all. So my idea started from there, why not use a bit of everything in my final piece? A mixed media piece. I’ve never made a mixed media piece before so it would be a new thing for me and it would require me stepping out of my comfort zone because I did initially want to make a fashion item. From this mixed media piece I want to be inspired and create designs from it. Am I a designer or a maker? At this moment in time I’m definitely a designer.

March 20, 2011


February 24, 2011

Monday 14th February to Friday 18th February 2011


February 24, 2011


Stitch workshop continued; bondaweb. Today We were also introduced to a new material, one I have never heard of before and is known to be used in buildings and crime scenes. This material is called TYVEK. It looks a lot like paper and I enjoyed using the heat gun to manipulate this material by burning it/melting it/putting holes in it and shrinking it. I went further with my manipulation by stitching over it with the sewing machine and painting on it. This made my samples look a lot more professional and creative. I really enjoyed experimenting with this material and enjoyed mixing it up by adding fabric.

Today in stitch I started to plan out ideas to make a 3D object. I decided to use one of the brooches as my chosen design. I decided to make a pillow design using plain fabric as a practice run. This was definitely a challenge but I think I got through it in the end. I made the pillow design in three parts; front/back/rim. I found this task very tricky and I think I was definitely pushed out of my comfort zone. The finished item, if you can call it finished wasn’t up to my standards. I found it badly put together, odd in some parts and definitely to a finished item. However, I feel I can learn from this in many ways because I know what I have done wrong so from this I know how to make it right. Next time I will make the pillow design in two parts instead of three and I will use my invisible marker pen to help me cut closer to my pattern design.

February 24, 2011

FELT WORKSHOP; 28/01/2011

Goodbye paper and hello felt! I’ve done felt 10000 times before and can practically do it in my sleep so I’ve been looking forward to this. I made range of samples using various colours and layering techniques. I also made some felt balls. I’d like to see what I could do with the idea of 3D felt, which could be very interesting!

Felt workshop continued with further experimentation including 3D felt and more advanced samples of felt such as nuno felting. I really enjoyed this workshop- I felt I developed my skills greatly and definitely benefited from this workshop.
Three reasons why I liked nuno felting;
It isn’t much different to normal felting but develops a different effect.
I find it a lot easier to control in the sense of adding various colours and layers.
Unlike normal felt, you can use a minimum of one layer and still achieve a creative outcome.

February 24, 2011

15/12/2010 to 17/01/2011 (CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS)

February 24, 2011


TEX104 Theoretical studies presentation on my chosen object. I was really nervous about this presentation because it was a lot more formal compared to previous one I had yesterday. I honestly think my nerves got the better of me today because I could barely get my words out but I got through it somehow and hopefully did the best I could do.

February 24, 2011


Oral presentation in groups of five showing all final samples. I found this presentation experience really relaxed which helped settle my nerves. I enjoyed looking at other peoples work and seeing what they had done within the workshops. I realized today that everyone has his or her own style of working and presenting. I enjoyed showing people my work, hopefully they could see all the hard work and effort I put into it. I hope my six final samples show how creative I am and also show how high a standard i set myself in presenting.

November 11, 2010


Yes, that’s right. I’ve been in Cardiff for 48 days today and I cant believe how time flyssssssssssss! I’m really happy here in Cardiff and on my course. I’ve met some really wonderful people and possibly friends for life. Here are some pictures from some of our student nights out..

October 12, 2010

Let’s get started..

To start my blog I thought I’d introduce myself and talk a little about my backround. I studied a National Diploma in Art & Design along with two A-Levels in Textiles and Ceramics. I’ve always been a really creative person and I’ve always wanted to study Textiles at degree level- so here I am, currently living in Cardiff studying BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion & Interiors at UWIC. The course has just kicked off so I’m currently meeting lots of new people, learning new techniques and getting used to this busy new lifestyle! I hope to keep you up to date with what I’ve learnt, what I’m enjoying and places I’ve visited!