For this weeks brief we had to use denim and rework it to create a partial garment or a create a new idea or combination using the denim. We were instructed to use techniques in order to depress, embellish and rework the denim.

I chose to use a pair of old degrees to up-cycle, i used the top half of the dungarees, then used a waste band and zip from a different pair of jeans. I then started just pinning and stitching different fabrics and techniques together in more to create a messy patchwork, to build up the bottom. I used technique that i had done in the other workshops, including some silk painting that I had made.

I love how ruff it is, and how messy the patchwork is. The fact i can keep on adding to it, make it my own. I think it gives a hidden meaning of the future being all over the place, and that it is still growing and will forever change and grow.

I still want to work into these, still add more patches and small techniques. I would also like to use some flowers and pattern to go up the dungarees and also maybe use vines and tress to emphasis the grow element.


Silk Painting


For this weeks workshop I did silk painting, It was a great way for me to understand fabrics and colours. It was something different that i had never done before, it was also a chance for me to concentrate on a design and have a little thought in experimenting with fabrics. I wanted to still experiment with different ideas that i have learnt or find information from the conferences that i attended last week. I used images that i’v found going research.

Left-White Denim, Right-Silk

I used silk and denim in this image, first using the silk to get design and pattern and to experiment with the colours and how the paint works, I think it was a successful design so I used it also on some denim, in contrast to this weeks theme







Inspiration Week 1


I am always inspired, by something during the week. Whether its from something from a magazine, or something iv seen online, or even something seen in the street. I think writing about it in my blog will be a great way for me to reflect on my thoughts ad inspiration in order fro me to gather ideas.

I could wait to write about what i found this week. I found this DOLCE&GABBANA advertisement in vogue FEB. I think it is a great collection, and i think it is so relevant to design and the botanical drawing.

I think they are beautiful designs, and so relevant to vintage pattern, using inspiration from great botanical artists such as will William morris.






Field: Week 1, Conferences


Day 1:

For our first week of field, we had to chose a variety of confernces and lectures to attend and take ideas from. I chose ‘living seas’  and  ‘The futures already here: Its just evenly distrubuted’.

I chose ‘living seas’ because I thought it sounded interesting to know more about the bay and the environment around it. However it was more about the marine life and life in the water. Which i really enjoyed as it gave me realisation of the laws and ideas being created in the bay. It also gave me great visual ideas of what i can concentrate on and create in the module.

The second i chose was ‘the futures already here:its just evenly distributed’, it was one of the choses that i was more curious about. It gave me an insite of the technology and development thats already been created in the 21st century, and what is to come. I think it was very different and so way ‘nerd’ to what I’m used to. However it was interesting, and more thinking time to see how i could take it further.

We also had a really inspirational talk from and great speaker and successful business man, David Heit. He had great advice for us who are starting out and what the reality is after university. I think it was a great way for use to end the conferences and and for us to think about our own futures.

‘By doing interesting things, interesting things happens’-David Heit

Day 2:

On the second day i chose workshops that I wanted to attend, in the end I didn’t get to do the ones I chose but i didn’t mind cause i wanted to do them all. The first one i attended was a trip to Landaff Cathedral, it was a task to think more about sketching on location. To use pictures and sketches to use as inspiration for out current and future modules.

My second one i attended was a ritual and mask making. It was good to do something creative with just paper and tape, and it taught us to just go for it and see how it turns out. To not think about how it feels or what its gonna look like, just experiment with shape. It so had a concentration on theatrical drama, which i also enjoyed as it was something different fro me to think about.


As a result i think the two days where great for me to try and think about things, and it gave me lots of things to think about, to think about what i wanted to do for this module.

Children of the Revolution

Punk and Gender and subcultural ideology and the rising of punk.

Todays lesson was how to paraphrase quotes, in order to use ideas but in our own words, this method could also help us us with our word count.

  1. 1980s began the change of gender equality, in all aspects of life
  2. Punks gave women more freedom and space to express themselves
  3. However it didn’t change completely not everything became equal wasn’t treated equally in current professions such as music
  4. People in the public eye such as Debbie Harry and Chrissie Hynde, seen as ‘one of the guys’ or a ‘pretty punk’
  5. Punk era also continued in the 90s with ‘grunge’ and ‘riot girl’ social and cultural

Looking at these quotes got us looking at feminism

How come are preserves in society in reference to men

  • What area the gender restrictions
  • exploring rules fro women
  • Having a voice and opinion
  • Visual- ideal body/Barbie
  • Start by what is the norm
  • Beaty- aspire to be beautiful -traditional feminine

CCS Perspective

What did they find about subcultures

  • Class conflict
  • Discrimination though the media
  • Activity in youth within pattering of post-war, political change
  • Style has the answer and expression of the power of the working class
  • Class conflict- ‘new criminology’ between classes ‘social relations of capatilism
  • Working class- more likely for subcultures
  • New ideas from ‘parent culture’
  • Ideology solution
  • Working class- ‘politically-
  • Bricolage- objects reused by particular groups, re-signification
  • Homology- symbol elements, symbol expression
  • Semiotic guerrilla warfare
  • All talk, not threatening
  • Resistance
  • Anti-establishment


  • Issues on social class
  • structural equality , important of youth experiences and ideas
  • Peter Cleuale- ‘variety of social backgrounds , not just working class
  • concentrating on males in subcultures
  • Assumed they were working class, Generalisation

Resistance though rituals, against establishment

  • style, design, behaviour, language, rules, adapted by gang.



In september the whole class went one of our inspirational visits to London. It was a great trip, and it was a great way for the class to get to know each other and familiarise ourselves with one and other. It was great  trip and we saw many different paintings and textiles that inspired us. The V and A is a great museum, we spent most of the day there, looking at very thing and getting inspiration from history and culture. One piece that inspired me the most was a painting from Tibetan Buddhists, using think oil paint.


I think the piece is absolutely beautiful, it has a great use in colours and texture.Its not so obvious in this picture but the way the painting is used it creates clown faces. From close up it looks really effective.

I also love it was also created by Tibetan Buddhists,I love the values an dart of Buddhism, they have great meaning and symbolism. It also gave me something to research, and made me realise how much I love Chinese and Japanese pattern and culture. I think its definitely something to use as inspiration this year and maybe the next.

As a result it was great trip, and I look forward to other trips to go on as a class. As I really think they help us get outside the classroom and find inspiration as  a group.




Dissolvable fabric

During my third lesson of stitch we were taught how to use dissolvable fabric. dissolvable fabric is something iv been familiar with perviously, however i was still not fully comfortable with using and using it in the best way. I started off by using one of my drawings from the Monday drawing session in the museum. At first I was going to create just a quick study of the flower, however I started to use more than one colour thread. It become a more complex embroidery stitch than i was imagining. I think its a great piece and shows great technique, however it look a long time, time that we can’t take for granted in the stitch room. I need more experimental experiments using the fabric, as i need to find out what works and what doesn’t.

My next step is to create quicker but beautiful pieces, so that I can just experiment with the fabric and see its abilities. I have had another lesson previously and I did experiment with it more and use more colour and stitch technique. However I think I still need to use more of the techniques that iv leant perviously.

As I have now completed my final lesson with Maggie in the stitch room, and if I had to compare print and stitch I would say that stitch is my favourite, however stitch was something complete new to be, however I completed a lot of work during the print lesson compared to stitch. As I think stitch takes longer to undertake. As a result i have less stitch samples to chose from. As we can chose or workshop next week I think I might use my time wisely in the stitch room and get some more samples done.