During the summer holidays, I was asked to do a summer project ‘Instagrammable Summer’. Which I had to upload an image that inspires me every day, whether, that is a particular shapes, texture or colour, etc. This was done alongside doing reflective writing on the things I have done over the summer holidays, including exhibitions, etc etc.
First project of the ‘Textile Manipulation and Construction’ module was the personal sculptural project, which involved hybrid textiles when we were asked to gather images from our instagrammable summer project. My initial starting point was dreamcatchers influenced by Mandalas created by Katie Jones, a bespoke knitwear designer who decorated mandalas for Bestival 2017, combining the primary images, sunflower and limes and lemon fruit shapes. Hybrid textiles was practically interpreted by using lazer cutting, embellishment and circular weaving techniques, using acrylic sheets, t-shirt yarns and DMC threads, in terms of sample development.
Officially did the first live brief with Make at 140 based in Plymouth and attended the talk upon their background and discussed different kits they sell at their shop, including the costings and profit. In terms of ethics and sustainability, making the instructions simple and easy to follow, the components are in high quality and is all professionally presented and polished. I had decided to develop the dreamcatcher concept to focus on making necklace kits in three muted colour ways and present these kits in jars at a beginner level to make their market relevant to Make at 140 shop.
I had made a dreamcatcher necklace kit, using the laser cutted acrylic ring with DMC thread and leather thong. I have used adobe illustrator allowing me to create the necklace branding along with the pre-kit branding telling the story behind the kit product.
For the Made in Plymouth live brief my starting point was the smeaton tower landmarks and the abstract splash marks from the sea front, making the conceptual designs more creative and unique.
My small collection of textile samples were suggested for a pencil case design, which was aimed at customers who would travel, write journals and draw as creative designers. The sample design aim was for the customers to have a tactile relationship from the design and make them look textural unusual and add value to appliqued and hand embroidered foregrounds as a souvenir design.
Finally, I did a personal project on jellyfish giving the aquatic feel by visiting the aquarium in plymouth for primary research, photographs and drawings. The aquatic colour palette consisted of iridescent, ocean blue and turquoise which appears to be a monochromatic colour palette.
The original drawings were influenced by an illustrator called Luke Dixon and then taken into drawing development by delicately painting jellyfish with water colours, including delicate thin tentacle lines.
I started off with repeated patterns and dyeing my own fabrics and learnt new techniques such as cording and screen printing onto different materialistic surfaces that symbolises jellyfish. As a final outcome, I created six samples into a variation of print and embroidery using different backgrounds and diffrientated designs.
Love Farrah x