What I need to do now!

As a reult of feedback and also surgary tutorial, I need to craete improvements and to tweak a few things in order fot me to get a higher grade.

  • Make outline colour of logo thicker
  • Change and play around with compostion of card e g border
  • make the card look less busy
  • work on min board- too cluttered
  • Look at spellinga nd grammer on blog
  • Reprint all changes



This final year of constellation has been a big step from previous years. There is an independence and freedom to write about something I’m passionate about and something I can relate to most. I would have near through in the first year that I could or even attempt to write 8,000 words.  I knew form pervious years that my subject and field was stronger than my constellation. The first two years of constellation has taught  me so much, and I adapted all that in my dissertation. Writing in an academic way is probably the most difficult concept that took a while to get my head round. I took every lecture’s advice when writing, and soaked up every possible bit of information as I knew my writing had to be the same standard as my subject. Every lecture and even researching taught me how to look at things differently, to analyse everything, which is a technique I practice is my subject. I annotate every part of my work or what I created, what it means and how it’s important to what I want to say or create.

In my first year term I chose ‘Smells like teen spirit’. Out of all the lectures I took part in, this one was the one I remember the most. The reasons was because it was my first one, and the one I was most nervous about. However, it was also the one I learnt most about academic writing, it was when I first learnt the importance of quotes. How to state a point then give evidence for it and then to explain that point. Some call this P.E.E. – Point, Evidence, Explain. I have stuck to that rule ever since that lecture day. This has helped me to understand academic writing and hopefully to understanding more in the future, as I carry on to experiment with this technique and have more of an understanding of what I’m writing.

I decided that creating an artefact was the best route for me. In previous years, skills in creating an academic argument wasn’t my strongest point and something I struggled with. Creating the artefact seemed to be make more sense for me as a creator and writer. I could then create something related to my subject using techniques I use and techniques I think I’m good at and enjoy in my subject. This was then easier for me to research and find information in something I was already researching.

I gained personal independence in this last term, doing independence research, which I mainly learnt in Level 5, term 2. Whilst writing my dissertation proposal I realised that the research is the main element of a piece for writing, especially a dissertation. Just in the same way I know that research is the most important part of creating something in my subject and even field. I need to understand something clearly before I make my own interpretation or argument. Due to its importance, it is also what took most of my time. I knew from previous years that I needed to start my research as quickly as I possible. Writing my dissertation proposal at the end of my second year on what I was going to write about meant I had time to gather enough research to write a constructive and board answered dissertation. I looked everywhere, in journals, books, magazines and videos. I needed to maybe understand my subject and write a plan of writing before starting any written word. I had made this mistake in the past few years, by not fully researching which resulted in researching as I went along.

When reaching more academic writings, I came across a book called ‘Making is Connecting’ by David Gauntlet. It was a great book on how making is a way of connecting with things. He had clear chapters and clear writing type that I could easily  understand. It was the inspiration and research that I needed, to write something I was passionate about and that made sense to me. This book gave me ideas for so many possible windows. How craft in particular quilts create a relationship with yourself, and how that conveys meaning. I have always been interested in symbolism, and why artist/crafters create what they created and how that conveys meaning. I love how deep and personal it gets when it means something or it’s telling something to the viewer.  I think it’s the only reason why anyone would create something. The different ways on connected through making, which then resulted in my title ‘Quilting is Connecting’.

There was no end to my subject matter, from researching and having other ideas meant I could have gone on and written a lot more than I did and probably would have gone over the word count. This is something I thought would not happen as I sometimes struggled to write enough in previous small essays. Every topic was interesting and also the ability to write what I wanted and the freedom to write what I found. I think, due to this, I found it difficult to narrow down the important bits. The information had to be relevant and I needed to stick to my question and argument.

I’ve enjoyed creating my own title and writing what I want. It hasn’t been so much of a chore writing something you enjoy and are interested in. This also makes it very difficult for someone to help you. As pervious years, having someone there for academic advice and reading material is always useful. However, they can’t write it for you and you have to have your own ideas. That’s something I learnt an awful lot this year. Just in the same way you become independent during your subject, this year I also become independent in constellation. Becoming who you want to be and what you want to write about can be difficult at first. Eventually I found my rhythm, just as I do in my subject. I tried to think of the subject matter of my dissertation while in my practicing subject, which became easy due the craft nature of my course. It was easy for me to create in my subject, and think about what I was doing and what my mind and hands where doing. Also realising how I was captivated in that moment. All the things that I was passionate about writing in my dissertation. If I thought about something I was making and how it related to my dissertation question I would write it in. Even more so, finding academic writings about what I felt or thought in my subject and how I was possibly connecting in my class group or with myself.

More refinement on deisgns

After looking and considering the square block of colour in my designs, and making them more of a border. The realisation that certain things wasnt working. it all came down to the designs being more complicated, so I ruled out the strips under the design and the border effect and thought of others ideas . While looking at them together, I though why not put the strip on top of the design, just in the same way the square does. But in this case it shouldnt take away the effectiveness of the design and the exciting feel the cards gives.

I then tried this with on of the cards deigns.

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I think this the step in the right direction. It still has the strip and still has the same design, but the strip is on top instead of underneath. Obviously making ethe strip stand out more, and also making the appliqué start out from the card more. It’s still framing the applique, but in a different way. I think this is more professional than the square effect because of those reasons, and also because you don’t lose the detail of the whole design. But yet still taking enough design away to make the design less busy and complicated.

Creating all designs with colour square

Due to discussion with tutors about my feedback from the design group. The idea of using the border as a way of pulling the design together, and making them less complicated and powerful. A result of discussing the those ideas with tutors, the idea of creating the same technique and layout to all of them would br more beneficial to looking at the collection them as a whole.

As a result of creating the layout with all the collection, it was realised that this curtain layout isn’t working for all the designs. especially the beetroot and carrot, leek nd pumpkin and asparagus and Mushroom. I think due to the shaping of the applique the square colour shape doesn’t fit together. Therefore making the whole design less effective  as a whole. Due to the brocoli design being successful, which I discusses in the pervious blog. I am disappointed that I don’t find all the designs effective. However there is something intriguing about teh square and how it pulls them together as a collection. However on a professional level I think the designs aren’t working, and they don’t look effective or appealing.


Professional Resarch and Resources

Resarch more widely

.widely used iin a commerical basis


  • narrow terms
  • broad terms
  • similiar terms
  • related terms

e.g coco

  1. friend
  2. fashion
  3. perfume
  4. little black dress

And- short results- advance search

why use databases?

Useful Image databases

Berg fashion

national gallery

tate collection



interlibrary loan- take about 7 days

DSpace- select dispace, dro down menu


Proquest dissertations, nherbert@cardiffmet.ac.uk

COPAC hppt://copac.ac.uk

Web resource

C urrencies

R elevance

A uthority

A ccuracy

P urpose

Magazines, blog, social media, increasingly important to keep up with current information

Mintel & Statista

  • maket reports
  • latest news-whats hot

Fame- Business- Met search

Database A-Z, Business, search bare from the searches



Design group presenation

Today was the day I had to present my work to the Design group company. I was lucky enough to be grouped with Sarah, the lady that runs the international greetings project with us. I think it went really well, she was really enthusiastic about what I had achieved,a dn approached and saw the effort and work I had put in it. Which I really appreciated coming from a lady with her work ethic. She and also liked how I display the cards on the shelves with my logo in the middle, she also gave me credit for the logo and how simple and perfect it was for the collection. She liked the idea of my soup recipe and also thought it was important the size I chose for teh card, making the recipe big and square meaning that in teh real world if someone had it and was using it, they would find it straight away.

However the only negative thing she said about the designs, so that they very busy. That maybe the idea of using the designs as a border, then putting a small coloured square in the middle and then placing teh applique in teh middle of teh coloured square would create a better feel for the busy design. Which is something I will defiantly try out before hand in to see what it looks like.

She also thought that some of my vegetable applique’s work better than others, due to their shaping. Which I totally agree with, due to the vegetables themselves and the shape they are it is difficult to change the way they sit or stand. Which is defiantly something I will consider in improving the collection.

Final collection


This is my Final Collection

I am ver proud of what I have achieved through this project, due to the fcat I did struggle to get going. I think its such a different and interesting range of designs. Not just in general, and for me personally. I knew through i would be drawing vegetables and typing up recipes but I did. I loved everything minute of creating it, some moment where a but stressful, and I was falling behind for a while. However as a result of that I am so chuffed that I manged to create the collection, and teh work and detail that went into it. My goal was to create rustic, handmade set of cards, which i think i achieved.

I chose to display them in a circle as it would be more effective, and more pleasing to the eye, my main thought was thinking about the seasons. I thought that the circle could represent teh seasonal circle, which then why I display the cards in seasonal order from winter to autumn. Which for me made sence, and also make sence to the viewer.

I am also pleased with my logo which I did in the same typography as my recipes. I wanted it to be simple and natural, in contrast with my designs. I think it has great quality to it,a dn also sits well in between the designs, by creating the circle gave a great wall space to but my logo and promote the brand.