Thursday, 30 June 2011

Im on Arts Thread

So yours truly now has a portfolio space on the Arts Thread website, it was only put up last night so might need 24 hours to activate. How exciting!

Let me know what you think, spread the word!

Arts Thread Portfolio:

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Catalytic Clothing

I have a great passion for sustainability in textiles. Using technology to enhance our environment and lives is what the 21st century has all been about! 

Ive come across a fashion designer and scientists who have collaborated to make something phenomenal!

"Catalytic Clothing seeks to explore how clothing and textiles can be used as a catalytic surface to purify air, employing existing technology in a new way. It is the brainchild of artist / designer Helen Storey and chemist Tony Ryan – people from very different worlds whose minds have come together over recent years in highly successful art/science collaborations."

If you want to find out more, go to their website:
Also, keep an eye out for their jeans! They have the same          technology, not so sure about the fit, but when its that good for your environment, you have to weigh up the value between aesthetics and future

Sunday, 26 June 2011


Examples of how the fabrics might be made into garments
Catalogue image
Degree show statement
Statement piece!
Does not show off the colours but you get the idea!

Investigation into colour and trend!


Massively disappointed with my lack of presence on this blog recently, but it has been an exciting and busy time!
Remember my research into dance!? It has taken a whole new turn and I have loved the results!
Original research and drawings to capture motion and dance.
This is a collection of snap shots taken from studies to do with motion and dance. The aim was to further develop these to become more abstract and fit for a textile outcome. I love the idea of using lines to represent motion, as variations of thickness or a sharp turns can suggest so much!

Visual research:

My initial research was primarily captured through photographic exploration as well as drawing and mark making.
When I was in Paris, I started experimenting with long exposure and light trails to record movement of passing scenery. 

I wanted to see how I could explore this in relation to my project, the challenge was finding a way to record dance in the same way.
Above demonstrates how I have been using light and long exposure techniques, to describe movement.
The aim was to create lines, patterns and blurred silhouettes that could be used as drawing resources. The issue that arose quite early on in this way of investigation, was the limitation of the lines and marks being made. 
Re-evaluation:  What other qualities within dance are both visually stimulating and inspirational for further development?

I realised that the detail I was paying most attention to in dance, was the fabric movement and drape. 
Under water fashion shoots were a great way of capturing fabric engulfing its figures so that it no longer became about the fabric on the body, but how the fabric reacts to its environment in motion.
Photo shoot of fabric in motion
Martha Graham Company 
Martha Graham Company was a great find for this project. Her choreographies were very reliant on the costume being over-elaborate and energetic, accentuating the dances. This is the exact kind of imagery I needed, as it was imperative to convey power and motion in my designs, and to do that, I had to work from imagery that already incorporated this.

Fabric in Motion

I tried plain fabrics and patterened fabrics, as these were going to be used for my drawing research later on.
William Hundley

I came across the artist William Hundley who, aside from other projects, played with fabric in motion. He suspended his fabrics in odd ways and unlikely locations. He used people to wrap the fabric around, and then photograph them as they jumped, ran and fell from specific heights. He was able to create some fantastic folds and shadows, especially with his metallic materials.