Mood Board and Colour Board

Now returning into Subject we have been ask to create a brief for this project and to go along side it we have been asked to made a series of four boards. A mood board, colour board, customer board and competitor board. At first I was thinking of continuing the fashion route however, when I look at fashion, I didn’t want to create the fabric for it, I just wanted to design it. So with this project I decided to try something slightly different because we are meant to be creating a series of samples.

With this project I have decided to look at futuristic fashion designs and other motifs to incorporate this into stationary and paper pieces which I think is a good spin. I continued using my previous Pinterest with the same ideas including 60’s space age and the digital wave theme on WGSN to continue this as an ongoing project but going in a new direction.

Using imagery found on Pinterest and other sights, and using my fabulous Photoshops skills I have created so far both my mood and colour board going for an edgy look with creative motifs. take a look:


I recently changed the font using ‘DaFont‘ and with the help of my graphic student friends decided on this transformers font because of the clean lines that are easy to read but, still with a futuristic feel.



Croquis Design Workshop

Croquis is a French word which means a sketch or outline. The idea is to make the final croquis look as much like the printed fabric as possible. The size of the croquis is usually determined by the size of the motif and the distance between them. 32cm by 32cm is the standard size in the trade. More commercial designs will be shown in several different colours (colour ways). Heres an example by misprint.

There are many different layouts for a croquis design. Here are a few:

-Set and precise

-Free flowing

-Random and ‘tossed’

-stripe formation

-Arranged as a border

During this workshop I started off with four motifs, an alien, jellyfish, mobile phone and diamond. And just started doodling some of these different designs with tracing paper. Take a look:

These designs look very faint because I scanned them in however, you can see I attempted many different types of designs. I also tested out paint on one but because of the lack of control and choice in colours I gave up very quickly and thought these would be much better to complete digitally. With these I also tested colour ways using my chosen colour scheme for this project.


Japanese Fashion Designers

We were set a task to find an article about an interest of ours in the journal section of the library. Because I had little knowledge of the Journal section of the Library, I though I would ask one of the women at the desk for advice. 9780857853134She helped me use MetSearch to find Journals about fashion which is what I wanted in the first place however, I was looking in issues of Vogue which I didn’t really understand. Whilst online I came across this book looking at Japanese fashion designers which immediately I was drawn to the front cover of pleated see threw layers of a jacket. I have found it online in the library and am waiting to collect it but the online content gives me many designers of which some I have already looked at but others I have never heard of which are of interest to me. Including Dai Fujiwara.

Fujiwara graduated from Tama Art University, Tokyo in textile design and joined the Miyake Design Studio as a member of the Paris collection staff. He started work with Miyake on a project called A-POC (A piece of cloth) in 1998 and received several awards. He was also appointed Creative Director of Issey Miyake collections in 2006.

But my favoirte work of his is the autumn/winter collection of 2009 with these beautiful light as a feather pieces. As written on Vogue it says that Miyake was a poet and that these final outfits were evoked by the poetry of the master.


Resent Inspirations- Urban Exploring

Recently I’ve been looking into urban exploring again and focusing on my dreams of places I want to visit before I die and mostly before they die. After purchasing the book: ‘the ruins of Detroit’ by Marchand and Meffre I have always kept a close eye on there website and looking for any new work. My birthdays just passed and my mum is sending me to Paris for a weekend and this is the perfect opportunity for me to see their work exhibited, which I am really excited about. However, they have also done a book and series of exhibitions based on Gunkanjima.

This is an island of the south coast of China. During the wave of industrialisation in the nineteenth century, a coal seam was disovered on the tiny island. It was first opened in 1890 by Mitsubishi Corporation. For decades coal production sustained Japans modernisation and helped establish its position as an industrialised nation and imperial power. Workers settled on the island and the population increased causing them to build further apartment blocks, a school, hospital and even retail stores and restaurants. The island eventually became the most densely populated place in the world per square metre with other 5,000 inhabitants in the 1950’s.

The concrete wall separated the land and the water, to protect the island from sea damage, giving it the appearance of a battleship riding the harsh waves. Its silhouette earned it the nickname of Gunkanjima. Gunkanjima’s fortune began to decline in the late 1960’s when the rest of Japans economy soured and petroleum replaced coal. The mine eventually closed in January of 1974, six months later transportation from the island decreased and all inhabitants were forced to leave. Since then the island has become an abandoned ghost town.

‘Gunkanjima thus seems to be the ultimate expression of the relation between architecture, culture of labor and the principle of industrial modernity, which aims not only at innovation and growth, but also at the abandonment of any obsolete form of activity.’  Marchand and Meffre.

For some reason I’ve become really interested in travelling there. But during my time in China, I did attempt to contact a few explorers to ask how to get there but they discouraged me and said it was far to dangerous. But with all my travelling recently I’ve had time to search online about new explorers and I’ve come across a guy called Steve from Boston, who made this awesome video about Gunkanjima, and he was nice enough to message me back allowing me to write about him on my blog.  Be sure to watch the whole video, there’s some awesome footage.

Seeing people travel there recently makes me think it might be possible to travel there myself. Although I have been told its very dangerous. I see online they do short tours which the Japanese government control, which might be my only option because I can see from various sights that they predict it could deteriorate very soon. But I’m still on a mission to get there in my lifetime.


My trip to Rajasthan has been a unique, inspirational and cultural experience. It has been like nothing I have encountered previously. Filled with exciting visual sights like patterns, colour’s and textures, as well as smells, tastes and lifestyles.  India was like nothing I have ever experienced before, and I feel so lucky to be able to have experienced this trip with my peers.

I have found a new love for hand processes, in particular dyeing and printing. I have always enjoyed tie-dyeing however I haven’t had the chance to experiment with it in such a long time so I would love to do more of it this term because I love the fun and unknown outcome. Due to the fact I spent first term of second year in China, I haven’t done any serious printing since first year, and I am excited to get back into the print lab this term. I have so many brightly coloured ideas because of all the inspiration I gained from the visually beautiful sights I have experienced this term.

Our brief was to create a short film or slide show as a response to the Rajasthan trip. I decided to create a short clip using both moving image and still imagery to showcase my new skills on I stop motion as well as my new found interest in hand printing techniques. I decided to pick a theme personal to me, and ended up choosing to look at horoscopes. I’ve always been interested in Astrology however since visiting India, I have realized that they look at horoscopes in a completely different way to how we view them in the United Kingdom. They base their Zodiac signs on their date, time and place of birth. Usually, I would be an Aquarius because I was born on the 18th of February, however according the beliefs in India I am a Capricorn. With this in mind, I created two lino prints, one using the Aquarius symbol and one using the Capricorn symbol. Following this, I created an I stop motion video of me using these lino prints to create a design with colours from some of my favorite imagery from the trip.

This trip has inspired me to take a more hands on approach to creating patterns. I will forever be inspired by the creative textures and patterns I saw in India. It is a beautiful place filled with a massive divide between the wealthy and the poor, I feel that this makes it extremely diverse and visually interesting. I want to say how thankful I am for these wonderful opportunities I have received. Its hard for me to believe that we live on the same planet with such different lifestyles.


After attempting to email the guy from the sun dial museum in Jaipur and receiving no response, I went online and using a website I found out my Indian influenced star sign. Normally I am an Aquarius but according to this website, looking at my date, time and place of birth I am in fact a Capricorn. With this in mind I thought I would base my project looking at printed patterns using horoscopes as my main focus, as this project is about us and I want this video to project myself and my ideas of what interested me in India.

I spoke to my flat mates who are graphics students about the idea of creating a video for this project and after some consideration I thought a stop motion video would work really well for this project. If I attempt to create a pattern using some sort of potato or Lino print, and create a video of making the pattern.

Here are some pictures of patterns, prints and colours that have inspired me in this project:



India-Day 9



Today was my last day of actually doing things before I got ill and we travelled home. Jenna and I got up very early this morning to watch the sunrise then attend a yoga class. It was really refreshing and the sunrise was beautiful to watch. Like nothing I have ever seen before.

Afterwards I spent some time in the pool before making my last trip to the market and making my final purchases.