REFLECTION

It feels so surreal that I am at this stage reflecting upon this module, time has gone by incredibly fast, it’s been hard to say the least and very challenging. One of the biggest challenges I faced in Field was to change my project. I took a risk in potentially doing something that didn’t work and delaying myself even more time I addressed this problem professionally by taking a step back and analysed what was not working. I was able to recognise when something wasn’t working for me, even with people telling me to continue and push through the block, this enabled me to focus on what my strengths are, go back to basics and help me to understand myself better as a designer.  This is incredibly valuable, I knew something was not working and technically saved myself time in the long run, my energy is there in my urban streets theme, which means this will came through with my designs, portfolio, interviews and presentations.

As I reflect upon international greetings my style is apparent, finding that I love mark making textures and my go to tool is oil pastels but since the development of field, I am more passionate about designing for fabrics, I personally find that everything comes to life in fabrics. Designing for IG was a fantastic opportunity and I really valued outside/industry feedback, I became open to developing my designs and feel these regular meetings/visits gave me a good insight to industry. Originally there was a fear of graduating not knowing my identity and style, worried about the competition, but with the first hurdle in changing my project, I feel as if I can successfully sell myself as a print designer.

My skills and abilities to think outside the box have been tested in the stages of the exhibition, from screwing screws into the wall to showcasing my designs as I’ve not ever really been in the position where I need to set up a whole exhibition. I wanted to showcase my designs in a way that would create an overall urban contemporary theme, so this differed from the standard rails, making the decision to find something urban harder.  The decision of the mesh grid was a ‘meshing nightmare’ due to getting the right size. However, above all of this, the decision with the mesh grid worked well, giving a successful urban approach and through this decision with the mesh gird, I managed to learn new skills in the metal workshop, something that I never thought would be relevant to me, but quickly become useful and soon solved my problems with size. In this I learned to look at how other facilities around me can become useful within my discipline.

As well as recognising myself as a print designer, I have soon seen my designs in a new light, finding that I have developed and worked towards trends within fashion. My new development in CAD visuals have worked nicely alongside in replicating these trends, CAD visuals have been something I have forever struggled within the last week I have worked closely with my buddy and have since developed my struggle of CAD visuals into an achievement. Buddy week as a third year has been great, it has allowed me to share my journey and it has helped me develop my skills. This has been a great example of networking, and has since allowed me to appreciate the importance of networking and the benefits it can have to myself as a designer and to making connections for the future, which is a great skill for me as I go on to exhibit at New designers.

I have successfully managed my time with university deadlines as well as holding a job alongside, to manage both has allowed me to value time and work ethic, help to refine my professionalism skills, by valuing time it has allowed me to build a confidence in designing I’ve had to really focus on my strengths and that is what has helped me build confidence.

The thing I would have changed was to print my samples bigger, I am pleased with the prints and the outcome of the collection but I feel if the designs were bigger it would have enhanced and benefit the prints. However, although this is the end as a third year and my textiles degree, it is just the beginning as a designer and this is something I will take forward as I continue to design.

My dissertation has helped shaped my view as a textiles designer, I really enjoyed getting in to the depths of something important, my role as student ambassador for fashion revolution was an example of this and continued to make me realise the importance of sustainability in fashion and textile industry. I have always had an interest in sustainability and will always try to bring that within my work, whether that be from upcycling furniture to my influences of patterns and textures. But with the fashion revolution not being as much as a success as I’d hoped, it highlighted how much of a problem it really is and made my passion for it stronger and has pushed me to want to research further into a sustainability in fashion and textiles at Masters level. Just like everything thing I do counts towards a mark, everything I have done this year has influenced my decisions.

Third year was hard and I know it only gets harder from here, but I’m more than ready, that doesn’t say I’m nervous but i’m so excited for what the future holds.

Statement

URBAN STREETS

Urban streets is a collection of hand printed and dyed designs inspired by the streets of London. The collection considers all aspects of a city from the pollution and smog to graffiti and architecture. From this inspiration, I mostly used oil pastels for their grit like textures, helping to represent the gritty, yet upbeat side of a city. To continue with this idea, the colours were carefully selected using only dark, monotone colours with an orange to bring the urban approach to the forefront. A design collection suitable either for fashion or interiors.

British Fashion Council

I have been fortunate enough to be in the position where my portfolio can be taken to the British fashion council and with the skills I have since learn’t from Nada, Irene, my buddy etc I have put them into a couple of pages. I’m not so sure I will stand a chance there simply because the other students attending are in the fashion framed mind and have had three years worth of experience, however I don’t think my portfolio could be in any better hands than Irene and Beth.

I managed to keep my pages simple, containing only how I envisage my prints on a fashion and my influences because I wanted my prints (as did Beth and Irene) to do al the talking.  On these pages, next to the drawing/design would include the fabrics.

Below I have included the portfolio pages.

DENIM PORT

JACKET PORT 1

JACKET PORT

knitwear port

I’m pleased with these pages. I founded that I’m better at continuous line drawing than I had thought, to draw these was something I was always worried about, so I simply embraced the fact that I can not draw and as soon as I did that, it came naturally, finding that this works with my style. Trying to draw neat and pristine lines is not me.

I found this enjoyable to complete since most recently finding that my designs have a fashion market as well as interiors, so it almost seem achievable. I wish I could of dedicated more time to this, however this is just the beginning and a portfolio is always work in progress, without this opportunity and the influences of Irene, I’m not so sure I would be as enthusiastic about creating a portfolio like this, but now I’m ready to develop this within the next up and coming weeks for New Designers. So I really do appreciate this opportunity for multiple of reasons.

Build

Building the show has been an experience to say the least, without my buddy everything would have been ten times harder, from getting my mesh grid straight, to displaying my fabric samples, it defiantly required more than one person to set it up.

IMG_5638

The hardest part with displaying these samples were stylising them because of the size they had the tendency to hang like ties and the last thing I wanted was people thinking that I had create a collection of ties. Eventually as a team we got them looking good and opted for displaying them in different ways to give a varied effect. Some were pleated, some were poked through the reverse of the grid, some were knotted and hung.

IMG_5634

We experimented with having them all cluttered and close together to separating them. We opted for having them slightly apart, to let the collection breathe especially considering a lot of the prints were bold.

IMG_5632

By pleating them we were able to get the design to fit in nicely within the mesh grid. This  has been a tedious task, its one of those things you can continue doing over and over again, something will always look out of place.

The last thing I need to do is the finishing touches, including my sticker with my name and logo. I think this will complete the space and tie it all in together, I was worried about a lot of white space but with this sticker I think it will draw your eyes to the designs and name, its exciting, this will officially be putting my stamp on things and claiming my designs and products.

Mid week update

We are now approaching our deadline quickly and I can safely say my buddy has been great! I’m sure she has learn’t a few things from me on the way about what to do for next year but I have equally learn’t things from her as well. Today we managed to have a CAD visual session. I have successfully been able to create some realistic CAD visuals. This has lifted a lot of weight off my shoulders because it has always been something I have been worried about because I always felt like I don’t have the skills to show how my designs can work and work well.

This has been incredibly useful for future visuals because its all well in good having great designs but people always want to see how they work and if they don’t work well that could have an impact on my prints. So I am incredibly thankful for today!

Below are a couple of the CAD visuals created so far!

With these CAD visuals and the models I feel as if I have successfully met my overall theme and worked to create an urban trend suitable for highstreet fashion retailers and will continue to showcase this.

Most recently I can see a market within designs for high street, originally I was set on interiors but as I have developed I can see how they can both work, especially after seeing my chair upholstered and due to this I don’t necessarily see myself as either a interiors or fashion designer, but a surface pattern and print designer.

Two down, one to go

Now both colour palettes are completed, I needed to begin with my third alternative colour palette. I found this one most difficult because I just couldn’t decide on any complete different colours that would work together as a whole. After some inspiration from WGSN I went for ‘off beat’ colours because I wanted to work with colours I knew I never work with and that was lilac and yellow.

Throughout this project I have struggled working with the colour yellow, I find it intimidating if it is the wrong shade, however with this colour palette works. I predominately worked with the teal in this colour palette because I found it was a good base colour to help tye in the yellow and lilac, any other experimentation with the colour combination and it clashed  (see technical file).

IMG_5623

IMG_5624

After a struggle of finding a tasteful alternative colour palette, I got there in the end! The lilac was a good addition and feel like I have grown with the colour yellow as I have successfully managed to dye a subtle shade of yellow and incorporate it to my prints.