Laser Cutting

After deciding a title for my project and a font, I decided to get it laser cut into some funky card to maybe put up for my final end of year show. When I went to go buy my card, all they had was this sparkly silver or black. I ended up deciding to go with the black because it was bolder and contrasted with the silver I was using for the headers. I went to the Fab Lab to get it cut out, which was the first time going in there. I was really impressed with how helpful they were, and how quickly they got me onto the machines. Although I have used the machines upstairs before, I feel like the Technical demonstrators gave me no confidence to allow me to do it on my own, which can be really demotivating sometimes. This is why when my friend told me about the Fab Lab I thought it was such a good idea, and they treated me less like a student and more like a client.




New Patterns

After receiving my feedback I wanted to continue with my project by creating some new prints and using my plastics in a different way to give me more interesting things to hang for my end of year show. I started looking back at some of my old drawings and I became really confused as to what new motifs I could use. I thought about continuing with this circuit board theme and started messing around with some small patterns on photoshop. Initially as a tester I created the basic pattern, and then separated it into the four sections, moved them around and added more patterns in order to create the repeat. As you can see I started with this one, and made it into a repeat, but I thought there was to much white space, so I left this one and continued with the new pattern.

But before I did this, I started looking at different colour ways for this design. personally I really like the original in white, blue and green because it looks clean and precise. But as you can see I have continued to look at more which also work.

This is the second design I created, starting with the same original piece but this time I added lots more into the design, including new squares and circles to fill the square more, leaving less white space. These three images show how i created the design, adding more to the initial pattern, and then taking it into four squares, moving them to the opposite corner and adding more pattern to fill the space. Doing this on photoshop instead of paper makes creating repeat patterns easy.

I used this finalised pattern and created a few different colours ways using my original colour scheme. My favourite was is the blue, with the pink and green on top. It looks really futuristic and clean, but the colours are bright and quirky. I want to test this pattern onto plastic but unfortunately I don’t own any blue plastic because thats the only colour I didn’t buy.

These are some CAD visuals I created looking at garments, instead of stationery. After talking with Irene, the fashion teacher a few weeks ago, I decided I’m really interested in incorporating more fashion into my textiles work, and I think this pattern works really nicely onto these clothes as CAD visuals. Although I can’t now go back and complete a fashion course because I’m in second year, I will try my best next year to work along side the fashion teacher more and learn as much as possible in order to gain more skills to try get a job in the fashion industry in the future.

Going back to my stationery, I have created a mock up book with a similar pattern to this one. Take a look: The first one is just the repeating pattern, which looks fine, but just slightly boring. The second one I made took me ages, creating a pattern using all the pieces of the old patterns I had created, but it doesn’t repeat and I also included a title with the font I have been using for this project. I think this looks much more interesting, with less white space and more different shapes.

With this second mock up book, I’ve tested some alternative colour ways, which I think although don’t go so well with the theme. I think the overall style looks great. Especially the pastel colour scheme. Its subtle and cute for my target market, although it could be argued that the orange is funky and also is good for my target market.

China Video

Here’s a video documentary I have been working on over the last few days. A collection of images of my time in China during my Erasmus. Hope you enjoy it. Credits to Hongbon for the Music.

India- Day 8

This morning we traveled to the ‘Fine Art School’ to study the art of miniature paintings. Before arriving I assumed we were being taught how to make the paint brushes to create the miniature paintings but when we arrived i was presently surprised. They showed us how to paint out the elephant drawings we have seen on the market stalls since we arrived. With a demonstration board and teachers coming round showing each of us the steps. First of all a teacher came round and drew an elephant on the top of the paper for us to copy. after copying it in pencil we then were given black ink and a paint brush to outline the elephant. afterwards we added colour to the elephant, I choose pink as I thought this would look cute. We added the colour around the edge then I added water in the centre making the colour fade out. after this we used the black to add lots of detail including patterns on the saddle and the face. We then decorated the outline creating the finished piece. I was overall really pleased with my drawing because I’m normally very un confident but it went much better then I thought.


Afterwards one of the teachers took us to his home where he sold many of the groups work, here I bought two miniature paintings one in red and one in pink, as I thought it would be nice to frame mine next to theres, when I returned home.

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India- Day 6

Today we visited the City Palace of Udaipur where the Maharaja still lives. The palace took nearly 400 years to construct in a extravagant style. It is said to be the largest of its type in the state of Rajasthan. Build on a hill creating a beautiful panoramic view of the city, overlooking Lake Pichola. This was probably one of my favoirte places we visited because of all the amazing patterns on the ceilings, walls and windows. I was very impressed with all the different rooms having there own unique style of patterns and colour schemes. It was rather beautiful to look at. (only have limited imagery because you needed to pay to take photos in the Palace)

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India- Day 4

First of all today we traveled to the City Palace of Jaipur, which was next to the Jantar Mantar. This is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the king Sawai Jai Singh in 1734, featuring one of the largest stone sundial. At first look I was totally confused how they worked because they were showing a different time to the current time according to my phone. But soon we were shown around by a guide who gave us more information about the sun dials. He said that although India has one time zone, Jaipur itself has its own time zone which is minus 39 minutes to the normal time zone of India. Which I assume means that india has many time zones according to different areas. The sun dials we looked at showed the time down to the minute which was correct according to Jaipur standard time which I thought was very interesting.

This area also included twelve zodiac sign instruments, one for each sigh. Our guide told us that although the signs that represent us are usually chosen by date. He says according to religious and social beleifs in the 18th century in India and still to this day, we can work out our signs according to the date, time and place of our birth, and although I didn’t get the time to ask him about my sign, I will email him as I have a specific interest in horoscopes and I think this could be very interesting for my on going project this idea of 12.

After this we visited the city palace, which was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1732. Inside included an interesting textiles museum of traditional textile costumes with gold and silver decoration. I thought some of the bead work looked fascinating because it was so decorative. There was also some shops inside where all the girls tried on sari’s which I really enjoyed. There was also many pretty gardens and courtyards but this place did not interest and excite me as much as other places have.

Later on we travelled to the market. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. Many small shops with people haggling and selling all sorts of interesting peices of clothes, machinery, food and more. Here I bought spices and ended up purchasing my own sari in pink and blue.


In the evening we all decided to go see a Bollywood film, as this would be a new experience. This cinema in jaipur called Raj Man Dir, was meant to be famous for its ornately decorations. We saw a film called Kaabil which was about a blind man finding love with a blind women. Because it was in Hindi I didnt understand much of it, but basically the outline of the movie was, another man wanted his wife and because he couldn’t have her, he raped her. She ended up killing herself and he ended up getting revenge on all the people involved in it. The atmosphere of the cinema was interesting because every now and then people would just cheer and shout out loud, It was lively. I found it really entertaining and the movie was very dramatic but defiantly worth a watch if anyone gets the chance to see this.

After we left the cinema we walked with our tour guide to find the coach to take us home. But for some reason we saw a wedding and he invited us in. It ended up with us all getting on stage to take photos with the bride and groom, which was hilarious and good fun, but made no sense whatsoever. Some ended up inviting us for food but we obviously had to get home. It was a good experience and some of the photos look brilliant.


Busy but fantastic day. Opportunities that are not to be missed.

India- Day 2

This morning we went to create paper at a small factory called one of the “most eco-friendly paper in the world” according to the owners Facebook, I’m actually unsure of the name. But this was a group workshop where we made paper out of elephant poo. When we first arrived we were welcomed at the door by the owners family including his young daughter who presented us each with flowers as a welcome gift.

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This workshop was a really interesting idea that is obviously very low cost because elephant dung is easy to find here in India, mixing it 25% cotton to make the perfect mixture. we all got the chance to create paper placing the mixture into water and string it over a frame. Then we pulled the frame up creating a perfectly flat surface and covering it with organza/silk and flipping it onto the surface and draining the water from it. It was just like we had done previously at uni, and when we were doing it, I didn’t even think about it being elephant dung because it didn’t smell at all and the surface of the finished paper were really nice.

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