Thursday, 15 December 2011

Enterprise Project

Last year, as part of our course we had to start our own business, ours was called "Aurora" and here is the look book of the jackets we created. We made 6 Jackets in total, 22 canvas bags and 12 t-shirts.
(Sorry if it looks pixelated it wasn't originally like it, I can only find the low quality file on my computer)

The parts I was involved in, was the Jacket design, print design, print placement, screen printing, construction and I took the photographs along with Daniel Chesterton from, I also designed and created the whole look book on indesign :)


Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Past Projects

These are 2 very old projects but I still love the outcome.

This one I didn't make anything for I just did the photoshoot.

The next project, I made the cape and the print design (plus I knitted the scarf!). It was inspired by climate and the beach.



So I've been playing around with a logo of "Sarah Jane", I found the perfect font which you can now see in my header above, along with the QR code, which has some how managed to add a box around itself, going to have to sort that out!

Anyway back to the original subject, logo. Here it is, what do you think? It is the letters SJ but the other way round, I was going for an elegant look, I was also trying to make it look like it relates back to the text.


Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Hand In and Designer Presentation

Ok so it was last Friday, 2nd December 2011, so I am posting this a bit late, sorry.

So this was the day that this topic was all over, it was the day that we got to hand all our work in and start a fresh, and for some people it was such a relief. I have to say I was one of those people, not that I was bored with it, it was more I was ready to let go, start fresh and move onto something new (mostly my dissertation *snore*).

I woke up feeling surprisingly chirpy considering I'd only had 20 minutes sleep, which totaled up to a whole hour in the last 72 hours. When arriving at university and fighting with the printers to get my presentation boards off, the tiredness started to kick in, but fortunately for me but probably not for my body I had a cheap version of Redbull on hand to keep me going. We set up the studio, I set up the camera (Canon 1D Mark 2N) so we were already for Charlotte's arrival. About 30 minutes later after a lot of form filling on all of our behalf (hand in receipt bumph) she arrived. As I've said in previous posts she's not a scary person, she's down to earth, friendly, helpful and just an all round lovely person, but this didn't stop everyone including myself going into a blind panic about presenting our work to a professional, if you've never done it before, in fact even if you have it is a very very daunting thing to do.

So after a cup of tea the day kicks off, with the Fashion students (I'm combined Fashion and Textiles... or has my tutor calls it a "Hybrid") I got snap happy with the camera, it took a few people for me to warm up properly with it and work out how best to do it but I was fairly quick at picking up on the best places and ways to take photos of everything.

After a small break my model arrived and it was time for my group (Fashion and Textiles combined) to show our work, I was 9th, which gave me a bit longer to prepare and figure out the best way to present my work whilst still snapping away at everyone's work. So now it was my turn, I passed the beloved camera on to my friend who however much I trust not to drop/break to camera it still made me very very very nervous, in fact I was having kittens for the whole time it was out of my hands, but I had to try and focus on the task in hand. My model came out wearing the top I'd made, which I'd styled up with a mustard yellow hat from Primark, grey/black motorcycle jeggings from H&M and some beautiful navy wedges also from H&M (which I now have in black yay!).

Anyway I talked through my research, The overall design came from the Koi carp I was first looking at, which then became transferred into an origami fish which I translated into the panels on the front of the garment. This same fish was also used for the motifs in my print design along with an origami iris, to add to the print design I added textures to the fish by playing around with photoshop, the key affect I was looking for was water which I think I managed to create and put across quite well, the water idea came from my koi carp again at the beginning of my research. The overall garment design came from the origami fish, but the side skirts on the top came from a cross between this and the koi carp as I had started to play around with fans which then related back to fish fins. The texture of the fabric came from water and also the Japanese garden you saw me visit in my last post. I used a silk to create a draped affect for the side skirts and also to break up the harshness of the bodice with the collar and sleeves, this also added a fluid look to my garment relating back to water. The texture of the main part of the bodice came from looking at walls and wood in the Japanese garden which I'd taken rubbings from, I'd searched and searched for a fabric with references to the textures whilst still being wearable.

I summed all this up for Charlotte and she seemed really impressed, she even said "I'm impressed" which made me absolutely thrilled to bits, over comments from her were "You're 3 years a head of where you should be", "it's everything you said it was", "it looks professional and very well made", "well researched" and there was others which I've forgotten now but I was very very happy and thrilled with the outcome :).

We then started to look at my textile collection, and after having doubts myself as to whether some should be edited out (I had more than what I needed) Charlotte picked up on the same thing pretty quickly, which obviously I agreed with, that being said some of the affects I'd created/found in the others I will looking into in my next project, however it was just too much going on together.

After mine there was only 3 more people then it was the end of my group and we broke for lunch. After lunch was just textiles, the biggest group, by this time and after sitting down for an hour the tiredness was really starting to kick in, but clicking away on the camera kept me awake and before I knew it the day was over...

Although not quite because I had a Pugwash News meeting at 6pm, as I'm Deputy Editor of our university newspaper. That was another 2 hours then I finally got home after a half an hour walk, and I don't think I've ever been so happy to see my bed!


Sunday, 23 October 2011

Inspiration search

So today I went in search for some inspiration and after looking into a bit more I worked out I didn't have to go as far a way from home as what I'd first thought. It turns out that there is a Japanese Garden only a five minute cycle round the corner from me, so I stocked up on food goodies and filled my rucksack with paper, crayons, scissors, other stationary and a camera and off I went.

The garden was small but it had more than plenty to look at I spent the first half hour photographing everything in detail, it doesn't matter how trivial it is, inspiration can come from anywhere! After that I started taking rubbings from various tree's, stones, walls, and fences. Then I moved on to taken stippets of each flower or plant that I liked so that I can press them in my flower press when I get home. At the end I took a few more photographs and even climbed up a wall so I could get to the roof of a little shelter that was built there, I took a rubbing from the roof as well as some more photographs.

When I got home I had so much more research, just an hour out of the house but I could fill a whole other sketchbook with it! 

The other day I tried to post as well, I've made up my mood board here's a shot of it... but expect some things to change!

That's it for tonight, I'll try to post more regularly though :)


Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Designer Visit

Charlotte Taylor the designer arrived at 10:30am today, much to my disappointment. It wasn't that I didn't want to meet her, I just wasn't ready. I'd been looking forward to her visit since the start of the project but with major home complications I'd fell severely behind. After a quick two minute chat with the teacher, I had five hours to pull myself together and get something even slightly worthy of Charlotte seeing.

Charlotte isn't scary, she immediately put everyone at ease, she's not intimidating like you would expect most fashion designer to be, in fact she's actually rather lovely.

Anyway... I'm a bit of a perfectionist so having to present my work, which isn't anywhere near my usual standard to a complete stranger who is an amazing designer was very daunting; not to mention the rest of my group being able to see what I'd done, or more to the point what I'd NOT done. So off to the computer room I went.

First off, was touching up my sketchbook and organising the bits I had managed to do. After that came the roughs, and with not much research done yet it was difficult to find inspiration, so after pulling some shapes out of my book to place on my silhouette, I had something to work from however not anywhere near the outcome I wanted. Then on to my textiles; this bit I loved, because it meant I got to play around with  photoshop, yes I'm a geek! Photoshop always opens up new paths when playing around with motifs and I love every second of it. Charlotte seemed to like the concoctions I made up from photoshop too, so I was pleased (only with the fish motifs on their own though, they still need more work!).

After all my stressing which all seemed a bit pointless, because I had no need to be so worried, no one was annoyed or disappointed with what I'd done (except me of course). The feedback from Charlotte was fantastic and we got to have a good look at some of her garments as well which was a bonus! I want the penguin one!

If you want to see who Charlotte Taylor is and what work she's created check out her blog here: or her website here: