Friday, 24 December 2010


Photographs of icicles in on the conservatory. They looked so pretty in the sun I had to snap them.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

my addiction...

Since I did the first aqua-film sample I've been pretty much addicted to it and the free hand sewing machine foot. That little thing gives you so much freedom with your sewing machine. It's like drawing with your sewing machine. Awesome!!

I've been pretty adventurous with the samples I'm creating now that I'm comfortable with using the free hand
So my project is based on Japanese print, so I've been doing some simple floral motifs that look like cherry blossoms in Spring time Japan. And also have a mash of Moroccan Rabat embroidery which also celebrates a passion for flowers. And I have a massive love for floral motifs! So it works very well for me.

Moroccan Rabat Embroidery- Image from Google

I've also developed the idea of using the free hand foot to make floral motifs by introducing different fabrics. Which also works very well and creates a stronger pattern.
For the samples below I've used Organza to sew my floral pattern. Organza was a good fabric to use because I didn't have to worry about making the stitches strong to keep the pattern visible like I had to when I used aqua-film. And I think the Organza samples would look great when layered on other prints I've done so this is a good start.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Textile Process: Dis-solvable Aqua-film

A really fun textile technique for creating your own embroidery Art. I've used this process to make my own lace. FUN!

I used a freehand machine embroidery foot on the sewing machine, which just allows your draw patterns with your sewing machine, making your designs original and unique.

This was a quick experimental sample. I wanted to experiment with different machine stitches and how I could use them to create shapes and patterns. I found the straight stitch the most effective stitch because it was easier to navigate over the aqua-film.

One thing to remember when using this technique is to make sure you build up a base of stitches on the aqua-film so when the aqua-film dissolves in water, your stitches are strong and the pattern you created are still intact.

I like this first sample and I visualise it being used as fabric for the neckline of a dress.
So I'll continue with this technique and see what other patterns I can create.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Lanvin for H&M

I love this collection. These are dresses I see myself wearing and designing in the future.
I love the bright colours mixed with darker subtle tones. Also the bright statement necklaces
gives a nice elegant and vibrant look. The type of person I could see wearing these clothes are people
who want to have fun with fashion, be brave with their choice of colours, shape and style.

Gosh I need to buy at least one dress from this collection.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Blog Lovin

Im now on blog lovin, here I hope to connect with other bloggers and get some exposure for my blog.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Fashion Illustrator :David Downton

My quest of Fashion Illustrators is full steam ahead. The first person on the list is David Downton, ironically I've always been familiar with his work. I would always see his illustrations in various magazines but I never stopped to look up the work. What I like about his Illustrations is the simplistic but still unique nature of his illustrations. His style is definitely the style I would like to see myself working in, however I would like a bit more detail in my illustrations especially on the garments I'm illustrating. I also like that Downton didn't go into fashion illustration straight after university. He branched himself out to work on different projects. I feel this is something I would like to do during and after my studies. It would really help me to find my own artistic style and also gain more skills.


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