Thursday, 21 November 2013

Body Shape & The Jungle

I'm sure most graduates will be aware that when you're studying or researching into a particular area within your subject, you become immersed by it (or at least try to) in order to create a greater understanding to help write that dreaded dissertation.
With my course, my final year is one big final project made up of small pieces of writing with the big D to top everything off at the end. 
Body Shape & The Fashion Industry. That's my topic. 
The topic that will be the final piece of educated work before setting off into the big world of employment.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

The Space Project

 Finally having all my garments from the past two years in my possession, I realized I hadn't posted any of the final outcomes of this project. It also gave me a chance to reflect on this project; the successful and unsuccessful areas of the project. 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

TrendBible: How to Capitalize on Future Trends

Starting a degree in Creative Practice at Newcastle College has widened my perspective on lectures and exploring people's individual projects and disciplines. While the course offers a wide variety themselves, it has allowed me to go in search on them myself. Which led me to discover the northern design festival's design event; How to Capitalize on Future Trends by Trend Bible.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Spring Summer Collections

With the end of the Spring/ Summer 2014 catwalk shows coming to an end, it's time to reflect on the shows that caught my eye. Starting with ADEAM, Antonio Berardi and Charlotte Ronson.
ADEAM - look 1

Monday, 16 September 2013

What Next?

As any other 21 year old will probably agree; we don't really know what we want. The thought that decisions made today will impact on days to come in the very distant future is pretty scary, so having to decide on a career path is somewhat daunting to me. 

Friday, 13 September 2013

Well Earned Break

After the chaos of the final show and all things relating to finalizing my foundation degree, a break is what I needed. After a relaxed summer of finding myself, enjoying the sun in Tenerife and then enjoying the sun back here in the UK it was time to ease myself back in with a fun trip to London. Sadly I missed out on London Fashion Week by 7 days, but nonetheless I still managed to find my fix.
Oxford Circus

Thursday, 30 May 2013

It's All Just Beginning

It's under two weeks before the Final Show and as part of it there's a stand alone exhibition being set up within the art building of the college. It will be a taster for students, family and members of the public to have a taste of the inspiration and development that went into all the garments throughout the past two years.
As part of the exhibition, a screen will be set up showing a continuous loop of moving images, much like the ones you see on fashion websites, of all the garments that will feature in the final show. 
Little Black Dress

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

The Real Fashion World - An interview with Jessica Miller

For a recent project we were asked to interview someone from the industry. I felt that I could simply ask a member of staff or ask the man I knew from work who previously worked for Nigel Cabourn as a pattern cutter. Or even contact the designers from Bebe Clothing that I had previously worked with.
But instead I wanted an honest experience and opinion from an actual designer in the industry, outside of Newcastle. I found this task quite difficult to come about, considering there has to be quite a few designers outside Newcastle. 
So I hit Instagram. I never expected to actually find a designer to interview, I just wanted to look at designers work to lead me in the right direction. And that's when I came across Jessica Miller.
Call it fate or whatever, but I was drawn in to contact this designer. It was this illustration which she had posted via Instagram that caught me. 

Elie Saab - Stepping Into Spring Summer

For being one of a refined list of favorite designers, I'm very surprised of myself that I haven't dedicated a post to this designer sooner.
I first came across his work when researching Haute Couture for the Little Black Dress project earlier this year, and came to relate to and love his work.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Newcastle Fashion Week 2013

This time last year, I was watching in envy at last years students showcasing at Monument for Newcastle Fashion Week 2012.
This year it was my turn.
Little Black Dress

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Matisse; Balman Gallery

Informed on the off chance by a fellow  at work, I had to make the 2 hour bus ride to Corbridge a high priority on my to do list.
Balman Gallery

Saturday, 6 April 2013

The Space Suit

After careful selection of my designs, the time had come to make the first garment.
Space Suit

Monday, 25 March 2013

Give Me Space

So it's finally here, the Final Major Project. 
My final project.
(well. excluding the PPD, WBL and Portfolio Development projects)
But the final project that i'll be going through the creative process into a final garment at Newcastle College.

Monday, 18 February 2013

Dreaming in Denim

Following the success of my previous LBD photo shoot, I decided that I couldn't possibly leave out my denim jumpsuit.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

It's the Fashion in Me

After a recent spurge on a bag from Accessorize, Navy Mari Tote, it took only two days to find another practical use for the detachable shoulder strap..

Monday, 14 January 2013

A Little Something Extra

While researching and developing for my previous post, I came across some life drawing which i'd done during my art foundation.
Life Drawing

Developing Figures

With 3 weeks over the Christmas holidays to fill I got down to fine tuning my fashion figure.

I began with a simple template and sketched out a simple line up. But it seemed to lack character and excitement and so I began developing. 
First Line Up - Outlines
First Line Up - Pencil Shading & Detailing
So after cutting them out I decided to experiment with arrangements of the figures. Grouping them together makes the line up more interesting to look at, and I used inspiration from Laura Laine to add in the shading.
Laura Laine Illustration
Rearrangement 1
Rearrangement 2
Rearrangement 3
Rearrangement 4
Although I think these are quite successful, I wanted to explore further with the figures and their placement alongside the media used. 
Second Line Up - With Shading
Second Line Up - Outline
I started with fine liner pen, with harsh thick lines and heavy scratchy shading. I then contrasted this with a simple and smooth thin line. I think the latter was more suited to the style I want and so I then developed this further by adding some colour using watercolors.
Watercolor Figures
Although I like the combination of the water color and fine liner outline, it didn't achieve the mood I was aiming for. However I would consider using these medias in other projects. 
Fineliner Figures
With the last two images I feel like these are the strongest and so these will be used for pieces of work, where appropriate.