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I’ve been incredibly bad at blogging lately but i’ve been so so busy it’s unreal. I’ve so much to tell but i currently need to sort out photos from a shoot that i did yesterday for a friend.
But i’m very excited to say that victoriajayneguy.com has now gone live!
Hello everyone! I’ve been rather quite on here lately (well my work page!)
I’ve had a very busy start to a what’s looking like a very lucky 2013!
I’m just back from Birmingham where I was so lucky to be apart of New Design Britan Awards at Interiors UK. Very exciting!
Before that I was at a placement with Hallmark Cards in Bradford which was amazing. Very much like Disney land but for designers! I produced work that was so different from what was produced in my final year which surprised me and obviously impressed the Hallmarks team as I’ve been offered a freelance position!
So that’s 3 jobs in 3 different cities. Hogging much?!
Being at Interiors UK finally gave me the kick up the behind to get things going again with my work. So I will be selling my floral photography very soon. In time for valentines day! Buy your loved ones some flowers that will last longer than a few weeks!
Watch this space!
So, a few months ago i had a huge craving to have my own material made into lovely shirts i could wear. Because, well the material was just sitting there in a box doing nothing. Then i got the amazing news that i was going to be displaying my fabric at The New Design Britain Awards in January. So ok, i won’t be making mock ups until February now, but i can hardly complain. I’m so excited to be at another show!
A friend of mine sent me a photo of a shirt he had bought saying that it reminded him of my work and then it dawned on me. Make men’s shirts too!
I’ve been making mock ups on photoshop this week and well, i’m rather excited for them to be made up in February and then get them photographed and ready for orders!
I’ve “borrowed” the photos from a certain online shop, and if they see this and want them taken down to get in touch and tell me also that they’d love to sell my work…heh.
I know a few people who will be glad that i’ve finally had the time to sit down and write this. So so much has been happening that it’s taken me this long to grab the chance to write this up.
Firstly, i’ve been incredibly lucky. So so so very lucky with everything that has happened since i’ve left university. I honestly cannot believe my luck.
The last few months have been a whirlwind, with an increase in hours at my job in Lush resulting in shop keys and more responsibility which is great. And the hours increase will be great for my bank balance!
I have recently just come back to Dundee from a 2 month stay in Glasgow, living with my sister and doing two internships. The first at Timorous Beasties and the second at Bespoke Atelier.
I came home from New Designers and knew i needed experience if i wanted to get anywhere within the industry. I aimed high and wrote to Timorous Beasties asking if they had any places. Not expecting to be travelling to Glasgow two weeks later! It was by sheer chance that i got this placement so quickly, as i’ve spoken to other interns who have had to wait months in advance they are that flooded with requests.
It was such a wonderful experience, and my first week was the week before Design Week in London and new designs were being printed up to take down so i got to see both Ali and Paul printing and see the finished work. As you’d expect i was star struck. They are very much my Chanel of the interiors world. The work was exciting, dealing with huge amounts of sample requests and sending them out to customers and stockists. Which meant i got to see their huge range of designs up close and not just from a computer screen!
There was also drying of prints that the printers, Gavin and John had done to make it quicker for them to do the repeat process, again being up close to these designs and getting to see the full process of the way they print was very interesting and exciting.
In my last week i started helping Paul with the digital side of the companies designs. Feeling right at home at the computer! Fixing up little blemishes on new designs and helping to make new images from work created.
I was there for a month in total and it was such a great experience, but i was then straight off to work with Bespoke Atelier!
Bespoke Atelier is textile printing duo Marion Parola and Yvonne Elliott. This placement was very different to Timorous Beasties, as that it was very hands on and being very much apart of the “printing team” which was great, but so nerve-racking in the sense that if i messed anything up, id be messing up someone else work! Thankfully that didnt happen!
I would mix up pigment colours from their mood boards for their new collection and test them out by printing them and then deciding if the colours needed changed and what colours to add to make them right. I really enjoyed this as i had never done pigment mixing before at university (we used acid and reactive dyes and were never really told about pigment inks) so it was a new skill to add to the list!
I also did a bit of computer work for designs to be exposed on to screens and typed up a newsletter with help from marion and yvonne which was rather exciting!
But the placements had to end at some point, as my bank balance was running low and i needed to get back to work!
However, my trips to Glasgow are not at an end! While at Bespoke Atelier, i received a phone call from Dana at Timorous Beasties and all i could think was ” oh no, what have i done!” thinking id corrupted and important file or something! Thankfully Dana reassured me that everything was ok and that they wanted to bring me back in every Friday to help with some of the work load. Safe to say, i was and very much still am ecstatic about this. Proud as a peacock! I still can’t believe my luck and that i get to be involved with the work at the Timorous Beasties studio!
Some more news would be that i have been shortlisted to display my work at Interiors Uk next January at NEC with New Design Britain!
More about that soon. I promise!
My goodness, how time is flying. Before we know it i’ll be having my mid life crisis.
The past month has been a huge wizz and filled to the brim with exciting news.
Firstly, i have landed myself a lovely freelance job with Acorn Conceptual Textiles down in the gorgeous city of Nottingham.
I’m working from home to get 10 designs done for the end of this month just now so they can be looked at and possibly sent off with the company to Premier Vision/Indigo in Paris in September…very, very exciting! And that’s only the one of many trade shows that this company goes to!
I’ve been incredibly lucky with getting this freelance job as the director of the company actually couldn’t make it to New Designers this year, but one of her other freelancers saw my work and gave her my business card! The luck of that!
I’m pushing my floral work further as the director really liked what i was doing with them. And when i get a good scanner (as the one i currently have is awful and slowly dying on me) i’m going to push my cyanotypes further into digital designs.
So that’s one! The next is that i’m almost finished getting my work printed off and ready to send down to enter into Design New Britain Awards that will be judged at the end of the year.
Another is waiting to hear back from Sketch, as i was shortlisted for Creative Innovation Award 2012. Their judging takes place next month so everything crossed for that!
The job hunting, well more internships and graduate job positions hunting continues. Lucky to have things that are keeping me busy so i really can’t complain too much. Though maybe about the increase in train fares, but that’s another blog!
Here’s a design i’m not going to submit to acorn as i do have stronger, so i can safely post it here for you all to see. Just something a little different from what i’ve done for my final year project.
I’ve been updating my inspiration tumblr a fair bit tonight.
Go have a look 🙂
So my marine inspired project? It’s having to take a back step just now as since coming back from New Designers last week it’s been incredibly hectic. Today has been the first day where i’ve been able to clean up my room/studio in a long time. It’s still not totally clean, but I’ve had to do other things 😉
Like, emailing, form filling, emailing,sending letters, emailing. Type up an invoice, of which i won’t say who it’s for yet. But will do in a few days.
But also, I’ve been doing some quick designing for Tiger Prints, Design A Print competition. Now, stupidly i left my computer at home while i was in London, so i returned home on the 4th July and realised that the competition finished at midnight on 5th July.
I know i don’t have any inch of a chance of winning but i thought id give it a go and whipped up 5 designs in the few hours on the 5th that i had spare.
It was great to work quickly and get back into designing after the few weeks off. So for that, i feel i’ve benefited greatly. Even if the designs aren’t the most amazing pieces of work i’ve ever done.
All very different from what id normally do, with little colour and very geometric. Maybe my class mates have been rubbing off on me!
Back to those emails i guess…
I love what I do, very much, but everyone has their “dream job”. And I know that I’m probably doing what a lot of people consider their dream. Well my “dream job” is to be a Marine Biologist. I may not get a degree in it but hopefully in the future I’ll be able to work with some in creating textiles based around marine life.
One of my favourites being Speedo and their Fastskin creation, inspired by the varying skin textures of a shark. Creating a more efficient material for swimmers.
In the future i’d love to collaborate with other designers and biologist to create a textile that mimics a natural benefit like the streamline skin of a sharks. Perhaps an armadillos armour. Or geckos skin changing abilities into army wear. Possibly already been thought of or done, but I’m just batting about a few ideas!
I’m beginning to look at Batoidea’s or ray’s as most of us know them by. Looking into their classic shapes and forms. But also into some of the species migration patterns. Really quite a sight! Hopefully I’ll get some real studying done up close by visiting some aquariums or zoo’s and see where that takes me.
For now I’ll leave you with this incredible blanket of golden rays migrating south taken by Nick Allen for the Telegraph.