Exploring The potential

Most of the time I am working in 2D but can see my work past the bounds of this environment. What would it look like placed on something 3D how would it work on fabric a T-shirt design? I have decided this year I am hoping to play with this more placing my work into these areas using templates purely to see if it would or can work in this way. Working with Adobe creative cloud allows me access to templates and quick simple ways in which to place and test out what the potential of this could become. Placing and seeing images off a flat surface adding a new dimension of what is possible.

          Flat surface pattern 


         Christmas cards and Patterns


Multi section book- with hard cover

I always get excited when I have a book-arts induction and with them being on a Friday morning its a nice therapeutic way to end the week. This particular technique has to be the most complex one so far. But I think it is my Favourite, creating a french link stitch multi section which I am now starting to gain a lot more confidence in building the body of the book. I think the most important part of today was to get the hardbound cover right and think it was successful. The most exciting but scary aspect of his whole process was being able to emboss both positive and negative shapes within the cover of the book. If not done right can spoil the whole over the cover but lucky it went great and it just adds something a little more than i just being a hardbound book! I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in bookbinding to give it a go there is something so relaxing about it. I now try to keep my sketchbooks as ones I have made now which is nicer than buying them even though I have so many blank brought sketchbooks around my house as I never quite know what one to buy I get sucked in. So its quite nice to make your own as your 100% in control of the size paper stock finish rather than someone else determining that for you.

Coptic sewing (bookbinding)

Last week having the most relaxing morning learning a new technique when it comes to bookbinding. I feel this year I want to spend more time exploring this process, the studio is such a relaxing atmosphere always come out feeling refreshed and relaxed. This process was a bit more technical than I thought it would be. note to self make sure I have my nails shorter as this made everything  bit ore challenging learning this technique.I am going to try and hand make every sketchbook for the rest of the year starting with this one I made.

Making the set

Feelings of self doubt this morning. The curse of the ‘inner critic’ telling me I am cheating as I have used photography to quickly build elements and give that bakery feel. Group discussion with my tutors and few peers has now allowed me to put things into prospective. Why was I making myself feel this way? Its normal for me to use photography within my work how was this any different? (probably always feel this way but never voice it) It is not cheating I am now trying to tell myself its working smart and doing the job to hit the deadline!!

All that my focus needs to be is finish the last bits of making and my content is already there, to hopefully start to film by tomorrow. From our discussion the most important thing will be sound and getting the camera angles right to set the mood! which is all about being watched and feelings of Paranoia… Am going to run with it so watch this space!

Attempt to make

OK so I have got over the fact I have never made a puppet before and I have not really a clue after looking at ideas and watching you-tube videos. The answer is just run with it and wing it in a sense (most of adult life we are constantly ‘winging it’) as if I don’t the thought of doing it will kill any sense of being able to make.

20180925_084121.jpg Using blue take and paper clips trying to get an understanding of how the body structure could work. Trying to identify what materials to use. I am hoping to create a stop motion animation for this project so am thinking wire will be the main base to create the structure needing flexibly of the arms and legs to help with the illusion of movement?



So it begins I did not overly think this through proportionally it was OK until the head was attached making the whole thing top heavy not being able to stand I need to re think this.

So this is were I am at basically the whole thing being made fro wire and string to bulk out the structure and giving a more even wight distribution and it stands. But I am now 100% unsure if its the right kind of thing I was hoping to create. For now am stepping back from the puppet part get everything else ready to film. Then re-evaluate this!

Drawing with stitch

Playing with process exploring different ways drawing can be communicated, using fabric markers and stitch. Even though at times this process be time consuming. Ultimately exploration with this is an interesting way to combine drawing techniques with media that I love but often neglect using due to the time factor. Having time to explore this over the summer has been a fun exciting task to add to my skills before returning to uni on the 1st of October.


Fashion illustration

Exploring how pattern samples can then be transitioned into fabric samples. With the ultimate aim to explore these through digital process into the the world of fashion. I am finding that the more I play on this the more exciting it becomes. I guess what ever is produced is never just for one purpose. Just reliving this for me opens the world up to crossing the line of what illustration can be if that makes any sense.