Friday, 29 September 2017

Books: The Book of Predictions

I found this really great little book when researching ideas for my collection concept. The Book of Predictions does exactly what it says (in this case do judge a book by it's cover!) - it has a list of predictions made by experts and authors. Considering this book was published in the early 80s, it's a really interesting read - looking into the predictions which came true and the ones which were completely off the mark. Most importantly in terms of my concept, it has a whole section dedicated purely to predictions from science fiction stories including Farenheit 451. And at a bargain of only £3 second hand, I'd definitely recommend it as an interesting read.


 All my own photos

Monday, 25 September 2017

New Fabrics

Just a quick post today showing you some new fabrics I bought for my depop shop. Mostly tartans (including a really amazing velvet one I found!). Here they are...

All my own photos

Friday, 22 September 2017

London Fashion Week: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

I've been trying to narrow my selection of designers down but it's just too difficult! There were so many exciting collections this season. Peter Pilotto and Preen by Thornton Bregazzi as usual though were my overall favourites - they've always got something new and exciting every single season. Here are my selection from Sunday, Monday and Tuesday....

Peter Pilotto

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

London Fashion Week: Friday and Saturday

I've been really looking forward to having a look at the new collections for London Fashion Week this season, particularly since I'll be designing and making my own capsule collection for this year (It's really interesting to see how each designer has their own distinctive aesthetic and cohesion which hopefully I will have too!). Also, it's really interesting to see trends starting to emerge after looking through all of the designers - mainly shirring and tartan have been big players. I picked out some of my favourites from all of the shows. Here are my picks for Friday and Saturday..

Bora Aksu

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Exhibition: Breathing Colour

A few weeks ago I visited the Breathing Colour exhibiton by Hella Jongerius. The exhibition explored various ideas surrounding colour such as how it behaves and how it's affected by factors such as shape and light. Although it's not a concept that I want to take further, some of the art work was really intriguing. In particular, the textile pieces were really inspiring. Here are a few photos I took at the exhibition...

All my own photos from the Breathing Colour exhibtion by Hella Jongerius

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Artist: Peter Kennard

I visited the Design Museum recently as part of my research. Although I found the trip quite uninspiring, I did discover the artist, Peter Kennard, whose works are really unusual and thought provoking. He uses photo collage to create pieces that challenge ideas and protest against society. What I found most interesting was how current the topics were (such as in the political pieces). Although many artists have a clear concept or use their art to protest, this artist's work is so clear and shocking in the way that it portrays this, it's really very effective (and I'm hard to impress!). 

Blue Murder

Union Mask
All images by Peter Kennard: Pinterest

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Textiles: Gemma Blackwell

I've been looking at a lot of textile art recently as I'm really keen on using textiles within my final collection. As I studied a Textiles Art Course for A level, I've found that I tend to stray more towards textiles and print in my design work rather than shape and silhouette as a starting point. However my skills are lacking slightly so I've started to collect some inspiration and ideas for techniques to start experimenting with. I found this textile designer, Gemma Blackwell, a recent design graduate who used a mixture of hand and digital embroidery to create this collection 'Oddity'. 

Gemma Blackwell: Embellished Talk
Gemma Blackwell: Embellished Talk
 Gemma Blackwell: Arts Thread 
Gemma Blackwell: Arts Thread

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Books: Farenheit 451

As mentioned in my previous post I recently read Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (as recommended by my brother!) which I was surprised to find I really enjoyed. There are some really interesting themes within the book. In brief, the book (written in 1953) based in the future, focuses on a man who worked as a firefighter. However his job was not as you might think, instead he was tasked with the job of burning all of the books in the city. It is based in a world where books as seen as evil and dangerous and must all be destroyed. Interestingly, it really highlights the idea of ignorance and the loss of intellectual freedom. It also predicted a lot of key things in our lives - headphones, large televisions, reality tv, and although we're not quite at the point of having no books, we're starting to use them less and have other alternatives such as phones or reading on kindles. I would definitely recommend it as a good and intriguing read!

Friday, 1 September 2017

Artist: Butcher Billy

After watching the latest series of Black Mirror, I was really intrigued by some of the future predictions/alternate realities within the programme. It's really interesting to think about the idea of predicting the future. After reading Farenheit 451 over the summer, it reminded me a lot of this, in the way that it predicted things that have actually turned out to be real. I wonder how much of Black Mirror will happen in the future? 
Anyway, after researching into Black Mirror, I discovered these artworks by the artist Butcher Billy who reimagined all of the episodes as comic/magazine covers in the 1970s. He's also done a lot of other really intriguing pieces of work such as the below ones representing different David Bowie songs. Considering my idea about science fiction/predicting the future, I'm going to start looking into past science magazines and comics. 

 All images by Butcher Billy