Friday, 6 July 2012

New Designers 2012

I displayed my Final Major Graduate Collection at the New Designers exhibition at The Business Design Centre in Islington, London. This was a great opportunity and an amazing experience I took part in, exhibiting alongside other Universities and graduates, specialising in various design areas in both fashion and textiles.

This is my space on the stand (below) I used the same layout of my mannequins and jewellery as I did for the Graduate show because it was successful from the positive feedback I received from everyone. My collection was positioned in the centre of the stand which I was really happy about because it could be seen clearly from the front of our stand.

This is our diverse stand showing a range of specialisms of print, knit and mixed media embroidery, I feel our stand was very diverse as it showcased a range of different skills and caught many peoples' eyes as they walked past, proving by the amount of professional interest each one of us had that week!

BA (Hons) Final Major Project

This is my final collection exhibited in my Graduate Show, I have designed and produced a range of knitted jewellery inspired by African beaded collars and printed fabrics. I have developed the technique of appliqué from my Bradford Competition Textile entry that is transformed into exquisite pieces of highly individual body adornments. The collection shows my interest in bold geometric surface pattern and rich colour using 100% Merino felting wool.

The Bradford Textile Society Design Competition Award

I was one of the Design Competition Winners 2011/12 and awarded a Commendation for my African inspired knitted felt appliqué for interior fabrics.

I have developed the technique of appliqué through knit by multi-layering cut and felted knit to create a bold geometric pattern of rich colour, inspired by the Eastern and Western African fabrics using hand dyed pure British wool.