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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!

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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.

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.

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My first proper use of my new graphics tablet. Which went down well. Though probably better to use it on a table rather than my knee.

I had some time to kill and was feeling creative so went and made this very bold jubilee inspired wallpaper, well if you’re that crazy to have it as wall paper that is!

I love queenie.

I entered this design in to It’s Nice That’s jubilee celebration article and it got published, along with other incredible work by other designers and makers from across the land. My first published piece 🙂

I’ve been keeping everything reasonably hush hush on here with the work i’ve been producing these past six months. Keeping everything secret until the opening of the Duncan Of Jordanstone Degree Show, which opened last Friday in a whirlwind. Only now am I slowly being able to make my way around the show looking at what everyone else has been up to. And it’s all incredible. If you haven’t been already, I suggest you get down quickly, as the last day will be this Sunday 27th May.

Anyway, i had a huge turn around in January, moving on from the cyanotype process id been focusing on September to December, but still keeping the floral theme strong. Even stronger in fact. It came about as i looked back through my research work and found some very strong and atmospheric photographs i’d taken and went back into researching a huge love of mine, Renaissance paintings by The Old Masters. Wanting to take influence from their dark and dramatic paintings and opulent colour palettes to create rich and lavish designs for interiors. While juxtaposing the old style with new technology. I took on the design challenge to reinvent the floral design that is so omnipresent in today’s textile industry, giving it a classical twist while using the technology of the 21st century.

And that’s how my digital work came about!

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