Tuesday, 12 February 2013

A few Gems from NTU's Knitty Gritty Fashion Knit Show

Dip-Dyed Knitted Full skirt with tight rib trim by Ella Nisbett

Naomi Kleeli

Glitch Reality collection by Sophie Dryden (centre)

Friday, 27 January 2012

Design Visualisation: The Struggle

After each 3 week workshop in Textiles, we have to select our favourite samples, display them and then visualise them in either a fashion, interior or art context.

We are not designing a product though, we're applying our fabric samples to a garment or a space, which is where I'm getting lost.

My theme is play and I'm 'toying' with areas of fantasy and child-like behaviour in terms of my concept:

- Creating a surreal environment -  fill a room with block shapes, changing the space so its unexpected - fairy tale, futuristic.

Obliteration Room by Yayoi Kusama at Queenland Gallery of Modern Art, Austrailia. This initally started out as a completely white room in the exhibition and then children we allowed a stuicker to put whereever they wanted in the room. After time this was the effect. I like the way the the 3D space is suddenly really hard to distinguish..almost like its been flattened. Surreal. Interactive.
- Creating shapes on the body (jewellery or garment) that loosely relate with figures from fairy tales - woodland creatures, half'human qualities, red indians, tim walker characters, or simply over-sizing almost like a child dressing up in her mother's clothes. Imagining.

Eglingham Children on Beach - Tim Walker. Love the Nisser Hat.

- Mixing the old and new. My whole project was initially inspired by the Post Mod exhibition at the V&A and having learnt more about it in DVC, I've learnt that play is what this era is now about. Mixing high culture and low culture, good and bad taste...

Pelodrilli: Studio Fludd Post 19 Oct 2011

Few Shots from our fitting in Spazio Pedrilli, Treviso -  a new creative space for handmade and young design ideas.

Meant to post these photos I came across from Studio Fludd a while ago but I think they're particularly appropriate for my current project..so here we are..

Friday, 20 January 2012

Threaded up :)

Only took a week :) Let the weaving commence! Eek. Exciting.

YARNS. Chunky. Plastic. Strings. Fine.

Threading the warp through a 12 (EPI) reed in pairs.

Threading through the heddles following our threading plan. Very satisfying but fiddly :)

Tied on and complete ready for weaving to start on Tuesday!!

Monday, 16 January 2012


Completely neglected blogspot but for good reason :) One term of Textile Design at Nottingham Trent completed and as of tomorrow I'll be starting my second textile rotation in WEAVE :) It's been very busy but that's the best way...
I was feeling in need of inspiration.

Although these are woven on traditional vertical tapestry looms, the bold block shapes in repeat and use of vibrant colour against neutral backgrounds are what appeal. There must be a way to weave shapes rather than just stripes and checks on a table loom.
My samples that came from my first embroidery rotation consisted mainly of coloured embroidery threads and plastics stitched onto calico and they all look a bit samey on my presentation boards. These bright colours against the dark hues also works well. Very dramatic. Want to completely change the proportions of my colours in these next samples.
These were all created by illustrator and animator Carolina Melis. Pixelation is a key theme in my work at the moment and I think translating my geometric diagramatic drawings more directly into weave will be perfect. The process will pixelate my designs without any extra effort. May be setting myself a bit of a challenge though :)
Links: http://www.designsponge.com/2011/12/galinanova.html

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Working with Clare Gage: Day Two

Didn't get to do any making today but did have a good old chat with Clare about the more business side of things. She's been to London this weekend, queuing to get into Liberty, a name I'm sure you've heard of - reknowned for their 'Liberty prints' and links to Mr.(coolguy) William Morris :)

Liberty Best of British

For three years now, Liberty have held an open call for designer makers to show off their products. Each person gets three minutes with a Liberty 'panel' to discuss their work and the potential to be on TV. Clare queued for 4 hrs and initially anyone who wasnt a jeweller i.e. Clare, was called up. Clare said she walked past a staircase full of jewellers who, because the industry is flooded with jewellery makers will probably have been there twice as long.
She had her three minutes and was told that they really liked her work and she obviously knows her market but that Liberty are looking for products that involve printing on ceramics - which isn't suprising, but they did give her a contact card so that really IS something. They also give you feedback and the panel suggested 'the shop at bluebird' for Clare and guess who...ANTHROPOLOGIE!! I was really excited when she told me and even more astounded when she said she'd already been approached by ANTHROPOLOGIE twice! :O

the shop at bluebird, 350 King's Road, London

So why isn't she selling her cups to them already?
Because Anthropologie want to sell her cup say for £30 pounds but have a set mark-up of around 28% so instead of getting £16 pounds from each sale like normal if she were selling directly to a shop, she only gets £11 and Clare can't afford that difference. Surely there is a way round this. Anthropologie sell her cup for a little extra? In order for Clare to get her £16, Anthropologie would have to sell a cup for £45 :O That is getting expensive and if they can't sell her cups to the public, then there's no point in stocking. Its tricky.

Anthropologie Opens in Regent Street
Anthropologie, Regent Street store, London
Stores buy items from a wholesaler or distributer and increase the price when they sell the items to consumers. The increase in price provides money for the operation of the store and the salaries of people who work in the store.

A store may have a rule that the price of a certain type of item needs to be increased by a certain percentage to determine how much to sell it for. This percentage is called the markup.

If the cost is known and the percentage markup is known, the sale price is the original cost plus the amount of markup. For example, if the original cost is £4.00 and the markup is 25%, the sales price should be £4.00 + £4.00*25/100 = £5.00.
A faster way to calculate the sale price is to make the original cost equal to 100%. The markup is 25% so the sales price is 125% of the original cost. In the example, £4.00 * 125/100 = £5.00.


Whilst we were packing pieces with purple and gold shreddies into Clare's purple branded boxes, emptying the kiln, wiping down the glazed pieces ready for firing and training to be a clay dustBUSTER..we got talking about Clare's upcoming shows and it looks like I'm gonna get to come along to help!! YEY! She says it'd be good for me to see how she sells and interacts to the public :) Conversation lessons! Woop! So I'm going with Clare to the Wirksworth Festival on 10th-11th September and I'm very excited!!
Here's a list of all the shows Clare will be at in the coming months:

It's gonna be hard work x