Thursday, 5 April 2012

Lucy Renshaw- Textiles Handbook

I am a huge fan of Lucy Renshaw and today I purchased my very own copy of her recent book, Mixed media & found materials. 

This book is all about experimenting with as many different colours, textures and materials as you can lay your hands on. Projects include combining fabrics, painting, printing, using wood, wallpapers and metals, to create both fashion garments and gorgeous one-off pieces for interiors. Readers will learn how to apply and adapt basic and more advanced techniques to such projects as making a fashion garment or accessory, or recovering chairs or old lampshades. This book will inspire enthusiastic beginners with limited textile skills as well as engaging more experienced makers looking for new inspiration and techniques. The book will also provide useful pointers for sourcing vintage fabrics and recycled materials as well as other reusable components.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Debbie Bryan Studio & Shop The Lace Market Nottingham

I had the pleasure not only to visit this amazing shop but also to meet Debbie Bryan. After explaining my final major project Debbie gave me lots of good advice. She also told me of some great designer/makers to research and allowed me to photograph some amazing items for sale.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Volunteer- Folio shop Hartlepool

Folio is a new and exciting retail experience which sells a range of unique, handmade designer goods and craft items which have been created by staff and students of Cleveland College of Art and Design. The shop is run on a non-profit basis, with having a strong retail background I was keen to be involved in the project.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

My work bay

As final year students we are lucky to have our very own studio. Here are a few images of my desk my project title is Arabian Nights.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

What a bargain...............

I have just purchased this vintage chic standing floor light from the British Heart Foundation in Nottingham for £20.00. It needs work.....................repainting and a new shade but it is perfect for my final major project and its just what I was looking for!


I will post more photographs as the light develops into something fabulous.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

6 sleeps till London...................

I adore Abigail Ahern she is one of London’s most well-known interior designers. I cannot wait to visit her unique, parlour-style store in Islington well known for its off-beat furnishings and striking colour combos:

 Follow this link to visit Abigail's website, blog and online store!!

Monday, 5 March 2012

Design Development

I am making a three tier chandelier for my final project at uni here are a few design ideas…………………………………
I intend to use the following techniques:
 Laser cutter
Hand/machine embroidery
Printing using heat transfer
Embellishment using sequins, beads, chainmail along with alternative methods such as jumprings nuts, washers and anything else I can get my hands on.  
Design layout pencil drawing

Sunday, 4 March 2012

8 sleeps till London woohoo

So I am off to London for a research/buying fabric trip next week and I am mega excited!!!!
I have been dying to buy some of this fab leather from Biddle Sawyer silks in Soho.

Stunning colour palette of lamb nappa, Foil Leather, metallic lamb nappa and awesome pig suede check out the pictures below:

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Look what i found.....................

I have been really inspired today to create something AMAZING.............................I couldn’t sleep last night so at 2am I decided to do some research and came across this little beauty !
Radiance is a glowing, independent lighting and craft shop in Hebden Bridge run by designer/maker Hannah Nunn who specialises in lighting. 

So many fab lights but I think my favourite is this Three tier paper chandelier by Louise Traill