Monday 14 December 2009

Re-make/Re-model - The shirt has moved on!

I have been awake since 5.00am doing "to do" lists in my head! Projects are moving on but there is never enough hours in the day.....
The Re-make shirt has been taken apart, a pattern made and it has been altered (with a little friend from a fashion student friend!) to fit a woman.
Managed to start printing on it last Friday and have incorporated it in to my "Shreds of Evidence" project about printing. Still have a lot of work to do but you have to keep focused and make lists (that is what I keep telling myself).
The end result will follow.......

Tuesday 24 November 2009

Knit and Stitch Show Harrogate

Show went really well and we all had fantastic responses from people. Lots of chatting about Bradford College and handing out leaflets for new part-time courses and our Degree Course. Only managed a very short look around but did manage to go see Dionne Swift's fabulous stand. Also met Kerry Mosley who left Bradford College in 2006 so just before my time! Check her blog out - her work was outstanding, lovely sketchbooks as well. Great to meet Louise Baldwin as I had heard so much about her. Too many other wonderful things to mention but I bought lots of postcards

It was lovely seeing friends there like Fiona Wilson and her mum Carol, a friend Jane (who lives in the Isle of Man!) and really just nice chatting to lots of lovely people who were having a good day out.

Saturday 14 November 2009


Its that strange point of a project where you have had an evaluation and you've gone slightly off course! It happened last week and I have been doing research to think about where "Blodeuwedd" and "Shreds of Evidence" are going as I appear to have hit a brick wall. Still haven't managed the life drawing classes (for one reason or another) but hope to do so on Monday. Also need to do alot more investigation with the "Shreds - Print".

On a good note Bradford School of Arts and Media have a stand at the Knit and Stitch show in Harrogate next week and I will be there on Thursday and Sunday. We also have a stand downstairs for fund raising and am really looking forward to it. The only slight problem is being away from college and having to catch up with work!

Monday 26 October 2009


We have been given the above title and asked to choose an item which we take apart and put back together again in order to understand how it has been made. So I picked a shirt...... Silly girl! Anyway the challenge is there and I am rising to it! After visiting 7 charity shops I found a 100% cotton shirt as I want to print on it. Without realising the amount of work that goes into shirt making it has taken quite a long time to unpick, obviously recording the process as I went along. We will be making a pattern from our chosen item and then put it back together again. I hope to change it by adding extra fabric and pockets following my subject "Shreds of Evidence - Print & its machinery" so I am writing it now as proof that something will happen to change the appearance of said shirt here - it may take some time.

Monday 19 October 2009

Progressing with Blodeuwedd

Did quite a lot of mark making, looking at meadows whilst visiting Harlow Carr gardens. Diverted off course a little, so back to looking at the growth of Blodeuwedd this week.

I layered some flower petals with sheer fabric over the top and ironed bondawebb to the back to hold in place. I then stitched over, adding paper to the piece and used Koh-i-noor dyes. The photograph shows the piece hanging in my window.

Progressing further I will shortly be attending some life drawing classes at college, arranged by my tutor Hannah Lamb. A little scary - so will post when this happens. In the meantime will continue with stitching on paper and printing with this.

Saturday 3 October 2009

First Week Over

Well its always a strange week the first one back. Briefs are handed out and it all seems very daunting, I think the key is to be as organised as possible - so I live in hope.

Crits were yesterday which we submitted mood boards for our summer project. My three subjects are "Blodeuwedd - The Mythical Flower Bride" who was made from oak and meadowsweet blossom (lots of chanting went on!), Shreds of Evidence I - Distressed Surfaces of an Old Textile Mill and Shreds of Evidence II - Print and its Machinery. I wanted my ideas to be conceptual and to investigate a story to tell and hopefully to interpret in my own way.

The photograph above is of Woven birds' nests sculptures by Jessica Travers at Newby Hall, Ripon. They are really beautiful and Jessica uses natural and recycled materials. Newby Hall does have alot of sculptures to see within the gardens and is well worth a visit

Its a wonderful windy day so need to clear my head and get blown about outside - plus there are a lot of leaves to collect out there!

Wednesday 16 September 2009

Work Placement with Dionne Swift

I have had the opportunity to spend a few days with Dionne Swift ( at her studio in Huddersfield. Today she was printing using a Steam Roller - which you can view on her facebook page tomorrow. She made a print plate for a huge collographic print 8 x 4 ft, messy but fun - see how the story unfolds.

Its good experience to help out an established designer in their studio and to see just what hard work it is working for yourself. I am back on Friday helping Dionne prepare for HOST ( Have really enjoyed my time with her.

Monday 7 September 2009

On-going Summer Project

This is the linen that nails were pushed through then left in a tray to get wet / weather under a tree. Really pleased with the results. I particularly like the dark areas where the nails were pushed through.

The experiment with the paper didn't really weather at all, having re-buried it after the chicken fiasco!

Went to visit an old dis-used textile mill which has been empty for over 10 years, couldn't get inside but managed to take lots of photographs of the outside and its distressed state.

Still lots of work to do on this subject matter!

Wednesday 26 August 2009

Summer Project

I have been working on the title "Shreds of Evidence" for my summer project. We have been asked to choose three subjects with different colour palettes.

I love looking at distressed surfaces and wonder what the subject was like in its former glory. Iron railings, lovely old doors, fading cloth and paper. I live in a big old Victorian house which is now split into three dwellings but in its heyday it was a grand home owned by a Mill Owner built in 1860. I want to find out more information about the house and its gardens when I have time! I found an old pipe in my garden whilst digging and I like to think that the gardener was taking a break and had a smoke, obviously resting his pipe but loosing it - lost until I found it. It now rests of a window sill.

Have been experimenting with burying cloth and paper in the garden - one experiment failed when my chicken Matilda dug it up so will have to re-do. Have also left out fabric with nails pushed through it to rust.

Summer reading is India Flint's book which is amazing, she gives information without preaching and it is visually beautiful.

Back to work!

Friday 21 August 2009

Festival of Quilts, Birmingham

Travelled down on 20th August to see my good friend Fiona Wilson exhibiting at the Festival. There was a wonderful selection of creative work there and I particularly loved Chunghie Lee, "The patched Pojagi" (which is Korean Traditional Wrapping cloth). Another favourite was the paralleltextiles ladies - Christina Ellcock and Sarah Welsby (see link). The Committed to Cloth ladies were there but busy doing workshops so didnt manage to speak to them, hope to see them at the Knit and Stitch in Harrogate. Dionne Swift was showing her super devore work (plus kits to buy) and her new work which attracted a lot of attention.

I think I have always thought of the quilt festival as old fashioned but I was wrong! It was about design, exploration and freedom of creativity all on cloth.