Tuesday, 14 December 2010


So I have started my designs based on my theme of change over time (I will try and upload the photos soon). I have based the designs on emotions, and have used a time from my life to represent this, it's based over two years. I was slightly unsure about this, as I have gone through some fairly hurtful things, and being so open about it can be hard. However I have ignored my uncertainties and gone for it.

Isn't it funny how dramatically our lives can change over such a short period of time?

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Tattoo artists

In my opinion tattooing is an art form, a tattoo is a piece of art on the skin, and I think their fantastic. They can be so beautiful and personal.
I used to be a fan of Miami Ink, a television show about a tattoo shop in Miami, they create such wonderful, unique pieces of art, it's incredible. One Tattooist in particular stood out to me, and that is why I have chose to write about her for my current brief. Kat Von D is an extremely talented tattooist, and is probably best known for her portraits. 

Below are a few examples of skilfully created tattoo's:

(All images below are taken from google, I don't own any of them.)

Kat Von D

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Not so new brief and my chosen theme. :)

I apologise for my lack of posts, I have been busy.

So we are on to a new brief, well, okay, not so new, we have been working on it for about two weeks now, but this is my first blog post about it.
I have had to choose a theme to base designs of a skirt on, and after much deliberation I have settled on the theme of Time, and change.
Everything seems to revolve around time, and change is one of those things. As humans, we change in some way over time, technology changes over time, places change over time, everything.
I'm not 100% sure on how I'm going to portray this concept through my designs, however I am happy with my theme and hope that ideas will come with time.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Skirt Blocks

My Basic Skirt Blocks

In our Pattern cutting lessons, we learnt how to create our own Skirt blocks, front and back. This task made me realise how precise our measurements have to be, one centimetre too small, and the garment will not fit. 
I had never really taken into consideration the attention to detail, or work that goes into even a basic garment.
These Blocks are what we will be using to create all our garments through out the year, so I really hope all my measurements are accurate!

Monday, 18 October 2010


So I have been doing this over the weekend, but I haven't finished yet. We have been photographing various textures, which we are then recreating/drawing in a variety of media. This sounds easy right? That's what I thought, but I'm actually struggling, there is a lot more detail involved than I realised, I suppose we don't really appreciate something until we have to properly study it.
Here are the textures I'm recreating (my photography skills aren't amazing):

If you look closely you will notice the different tones, shades, colours and stitching, maybe try to recreate a few of these textures yourself?
 I think that this exercise will help me to be more observative, and see the real detail around me.

Friday, 15 October 2010

College trip to Liverpool :) (from Tuesday 28th September 2010)

We went to Liverpool with college today, and visited the Tate gallery. I did a few drawings of some of the work because you are not allowed to take pictures, however my art skills are petty. Some of the work was really interesting, I saw the Lobster phone there which I think Salvador Dali and Elsa Schiaparelli created, which links to Elsa's Lobster dress. I also saw Piet Mondrian's 'Composition B with Red', which has inspired clothing with it's bold, geometric shapes and design.

Lobster Phone, taken from www.wornthrough.com

Piet Mondrian's 'Composition B with Red' Taken from www.tate.org.uk

My favourite part of the gallery would have to be the 'Sculpture remixed' section, because I felt as though I had stepped into the past, it was amazing! We had headphones that played old school disco and funk music, and there was a colourfully lit dance-floor, it made me think about what life would have been like in the past, and how different life is now in comparison.
Pieces of art I found particularly interesting was Tracey Emin's 'Is Anal Sex Legal' and 'Is Legal Sex Anal' (1998) because it was unique and shocking, and Eva Kotatkova's 'Stories from the living room' (2010) which was strange, it really makes you think, it was an empty large coat, with a walking stick and magazine in the pocket, and there were multiple children's feet/legs where the adults should have been. I think that it refers to how our Grandparents often tell us stories of their childhood, and how this will no doubt be what the child will do when they become older. However I may have misinterpreted it.

'Is anal sex legal' Tracey Emin 1998 Taken from www.tate.org.uk

'Is legal sex anal' Tracey Emin 1998 Taken from www.tate.org.uk
I really enjoyed our trip out to the Tate, I find art galleries fascinating, and allows us to see the world in a new light, so to speak.

Also on our trip to Liverpool we had to do some 'market research', we took pictures of people that had an interesting fashion sense, I'll be honest, I didn't like the idea of asking strangers if I could take their picture, but after a lot of putting it off, I managed to get a few pictures..

Vivien Ravenscroft, I Love her look, it's quirky, Gothic and unique.

Rhyian Whittaker, I Love his look as well, it's edgy in a cool, laid-back sort of way, very stylish.
Okay so I cheated on a few on took pictures of my friends, but it still counts right?

I Like how his shoes are colour co-ordinated  with his scarf. I think his whole look works really well.

My first 'Victim' :P Her look is classy, with a bit of a twist. She told me that she chose her outfit as a way of embracing the last few days of  'Summer'.

These two have an alternative, yet feminine look going on. I think that the black dress the red haired one is wearing is cute.