Thursday, 15 December 2016


As part of my submission for this unit at university we completed a group project, where we collaborated with fellow second year Architecture and Textiles students.  On this project we explored different techniques and experimentations that we are not usually used to, when completing our own scheme of work.  Therefore when creating a final piece for the four-day project, it was interesting for me to see what other courses do and what supplies they like to use.  Anywayyyyy...

For this project we used Poole Quay as our main source of inspiration, where we specifically looked into the fishing nets and lobster pots that where situated around the quay.  Typically, this linked to the brief pinterest research that I had done previous to the F.A.T project for my Design iD theme (see last blog post.)  Some of the images below were taken by myself, which I could incorporate into my Design iD unit:

Taking inspiration from the nets that we saw on the harbour, we used the discarded nets found onsite and also the knit machines in the textiles department to help us create our own knitted piece that reflected fishing nets and lobster pot wires. 

From this experience I am incredibly interested in using the knit machines myself to created knitted garments for my design iD project.  I think that with sufficient practice and experimentation with machine and hand knitting, I would be able to create a knitted garment that will effectively reflect the great barrier reef and coral reefs.

Sunday, 11 December 2016



"Who am I?" To me, this question is far too broad in order to define our personal identity and too set off into research for the unit.  I have always struggled when people ask questions about myself, like "what defines you" or "how do you see yourself".  Theres far too much about  person than what they like, or how they act.  So ..... I started off simple.

Mind maps with plenty of colour help me think. Colour being the key point here, bright bold colours always stand out to me than any image or piece of text.  It helps me create a clearer envision of what i am trying to portray as well as motivate me to carry on and delve deeper into what i am researching.  So I created a mind map of what i thought were the key points about me.  Initially I thought of my name.  Personally, my name isn't a name you come across everyday and on a weekly basis, people do comment about my name; saying how different it is, how they have never known of anyone else to be called it, or how lovely it is, and of course... "Are You Welsh?" (which I am not, however I get so many questions asking if I am, I may as well start lying!!)

Secondly, I thought about my project which I completed over the summer break, which initially was designed to become the base of our inspiration for this unit.  For my project I based it around my summer trip to Mexico; Cozumel, where I went on holiday for two weeks with my family.  Whilst away I had the opportunity to complete two scuba diving trips, each one lasting for about 45 minutes.   Even though I have previously done scuba diving, this was when i was much younger and I can't remember much from those dives,  this is why I became so amazed from my second opportunity of scuba diving.  I know it seems crazy to say that the experience inspired me but the tranquility and amount of life that exists deep into the ocean honestly amazed me a lot.  The colours were incredibly vivid and rich.

These are some scanned-in images from my short working book that I completed over the summer which consists of my brief experiments that are linked to fishing nets.

Developing on from the idea of scuba diving, I thought about the recent issues and news reports on The Great Barrier Reef.  This year, Rowan Jacobsen wrote an Obituary for The Great Barrier Reef on Outside Online, claiming that it is officially dead.  After several news reporters took this obituary seriously, scientists reacted and claimed that the severity of The Great Barrier Reefs is shocking however it is not officially dead yet.  After mild research into the reports and statistics, The Great Barrier Reef experienced one of the largest coral bleaching episodes ever known, killing many miles of coral reefs, all due to the increased rise of the oceans temperatures.

I think that this is a great starting point for my research for this unit, as I can incorporate the colours of healthy coral reefs as well as dead ones too.  Thought that I would choose to do menswear for this unit as I have previously enjoyed it, and would also like to chose to do the collection for A/W17.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016


After a well deserved week off uni work, I am back and ready to start my new unit, with new levels of motivation and enthusiasm... lets hope I can keep these up till deadline?!?  With the brief being incredibly broad; creating your identity for your body of work. In this unit we will explore what we think defines us by reflecting experiences, interests and ambitions.  To create our USP, I shall develop my design process to a high level where creation of my final product will be deeply explored and experimented.

I aim to use my blog as a platform for my ideas, and thoughts through the process of this unit and to write them here as if a digital diary.  I believe this will help my research progression, and also to keep on track of what i am completing and how far my development has been explored.  I am excited to see what this unit brings and to see the outcome of my design identity.