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.


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’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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The deadline is getting nearer and nearer. There is that heavy feeling on my chest when I think about it. But it’s healthy. It’s spurring me on.
I’ve had a huge turn around and have started focusing back on some images I produced at the very start of my project.
Focusing on the colour palette of these images, being very dark and opulent they’ve reminded some of renaissance paintings.
I wanted to juxtapose the colours with the design similar of baroque and damask patterns. Which have given me some very interesting designs.
All in all, I’m happy with where I’m going now. Not feeling so lost. Which was needed. Especially now!
The top photo is my demask inspired print and the bottom, a digital idea.