25/12/2015

Merry Christmas Everyone!

A quick post to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday!

I am spending Christmas with my family this year before jetting off for Thailand on 27th December, I can't wait! That will mean some frantic packing on Boxing Day but I can't wait to celebrate New Year in the sun! 

30/11/2015

Cocooned In Pattern


There is nothing better than getting snuggled up into bed with a fresh pair of pyjamas, and feeling totally surrounded by warmth and a relaxed feeling. Although I am not getting all that much sleep myself at the moment, what with the end of semester approaching and big course work deadlines looming, I wanted to share part of one of my projects I have been working hard on this semester. 

So here is the textile talk... In my latest project I really wanted to focus on this concept of a mind-scape, and finding your personal space to relax and discover inner peace in. I love the idea of being cocooned in pattern, which is what I have aimed to achieve with these large scale printed night dresses. I think I have finally found my niche in digital print this project, which has been so much easier for changing up the proportions of colour and scale of the prints. 

What are your thoughts on including more textile related posts onto this blog? I am still trying to work out the balance on this blog between my design work and fashion posts. I would love to hear your feedback on this post, and maybe transform this blog to also be the main hub for my textile work also. 

16/11/2015

Who Made My Clothes?


It's not often that I feel extremely compelled to make a post about an issue that I'm so passionate about, but today I want to ask you to question; who made your clothes? 

Unless you're a raging nudist, we all wear clothes, so one way or another we all engage with the fashion industry. As a Textile Design student I feel at the heart of this issue, and it does concern me that I could be heading into an industry that is not only based around materialism and greed but more worryingly produces such an endless amount of stuff! 

The fashion industry is all about profit, but what is the true cost of the clothes we buy day in and day out? What is the cost of the air pollution from all the pesticides used to grow all the cotton, or the cost of water pollution from the many chemicals? What is the cost of the factory workers who have died in less than safe work conditions? We need to stop asking how good do the clothes look on me, and start asking how the clothes got to the shop floor in the first place. 

Fast fashion has taken off enormously in the last couple of years and our population now consumes 400 times more than we did just two decades ago, so our greed for materialistic items is undeniable. I really recommend that you all watch a documentary "The True Cost" (available on Netflix) which will clearly articulate this issue in it's true light. It has dramatically changed how I look at the fashion industry and highlights the truths, that these major fashion brands are trying not to expose. 

I particularly want to direct you over to the Fashion Revolution website. There you can read more about the fashion truths and find out how you can be a fashion revolutionary yourself. To join in the revolution, simply take a selfie showing the label on your clothing and tweet/Instagram that photo to the brand asking them "WHO MADE MY CLOTHES?" 

(#FASHREV)

09/11/2015

My Icelandic Adventure





Once a Nordic holiday spot brushed aside by most, Iceland has recently been put back on the tourist map for its beautiful landscapes and natural formations. I can’t say that I witnessed any spluttering volcanoes or surging lava flows during my stay last summer, despite our car rental insurance covering any potential ash damage, but its natural landmarks are breathtaking, with scenery unlike anything else I’ve seen before.  

Reykjavik is relatively pocket-sized as far as cities go and it sits comfortably in Europe’s top ten smallest capitals. Similar to related Scandinavian forms, many of the buildings have colourfully painted exteriors, which as a designer is just up my street; and they no doubt help brighten its long dark winters, too.    

The Blue Lagoon is also worth a visit and lives up to its “Blue” name. However, if you would like to join in with the locals, there are many natural geothermal swimming pools that offer a similar ‘spa-like’ swimming experience.


I’m certainly someone who loves action filled holidays and Iceland offers that on a variety of levels for all ages. It may not be the warmest of summer destinations, but in the land of the midnight sun, it’s still important to remember your sunglasses and SPF!

03/11/2015

Grey Days



I admit, it has been a while! Now in my third year of uni life has been a little hectic trying to balance double the amount of course work, social life and work on the side as well, but I miss it! Blogging is something that has kept me inspired in a creative area other than textiles design which is how I spend my day-to-day, so I want to try and fit writing back into my schedule whenever I can. 

These photos are from my Icelandic adventure back in June. I love finding quaint pieces of wall art in new cities around the world, and this find in Reykjavik is certainly a gem, and was a perfect backdrop for my grey Protected Species parka. The style in Reykjavik is simple, chic but practical,  and very Nordic. As I spent most of the trip climbing waterfalls and walking around the city I typically wore an outfit like the one pictured here; jeans, stripped tee, my Nike trainers and of course my trusted parka. Although we went in June, it certainly wasn't a summer climate (I had to remind myself whilst packing that I was heading somewhere colder and wetter than where I was already!) So something to remember if you plan on heading there next summer, but if you are travelling there right now I definitely recommend a wooly hat! 

Jacket - Protected Species // Top - Topshop // Jeans - Topshop // Shoes - Nike

03/09/2015

A Liberty Moment



 Let me take you one of my favourite little corners in London: the flowers of Liberty. Located at its 
main entrance, they really are the most delightful invitation into the 140 year old department store. I think it's the rustic buckets filled with the most beautiful colourful bouquets that gives this floral nook its charm, and is certainly why I always come back to visit. 

As a floral fanatic, I love to see all the in season flowers, and I love this fresh neutral palette displayed when I took these photos back in the spring. Plus, there were back and white anemones, and I'm a totally sucker for anemones! What is your favourite flower? 

26/08/2015

Rainforest In The City




I think I may have found my paradise - well the closest I can get to it anyway. A rainforest in the city! 
These beautiful tall, glass, Victorian greenhouses are works of art in their own right, and inside they hold a living encyclopaedia of plant species from all around the world - as I said, my idea of heaven! I love walking through the different rooms and not knowing where you will be transported to behind the next door; maybe the Borneo rainforest or Nevada desert (minus the sand of course). 

In true rainforest fashion I am wearing a raincoat from Protected Species, which is a company I have been working with for a while now as one of their social media contributors. (Link to their Instagram: @protectedspecies and Pinterest: @speciespro.) I'm a true advocate for their catchphrase "Engineered for performance. Designed for living," because not only are these jackets super stylish and would look great with anything in your wardrobe, they are also made using a technically sophisticated fabric that is breathable, windproof and 100% waterproof. Think of them like your high-tech North Face jacket but without the plastic-feeling outer layer and instead with a great style-led design. 

Now I just have to wait until I can test these jackets out in the real rainforest! 




19/08/2015

Saatchi


I am in love with the city of London! There is never a dull moment whenever I visit as the city is constantly moving and changing with new places to explore popping up almost daily. 

In my most recent trip back in April, I took a visit to the Saatchi in Sloan Square - now one of my favourite modern art collections so I had to share! The gallery holds some amazing large scale modern art pieces, these two being a couple of my favourites. Admissions are free for the gallery, and it is definitely one of the most 'fun' modern art galleries I have been to, so I recommend a visit if you are looking for a free morning or afternoon in London. 

(Also how awesome would an Instagram account solidly devoted to these types of pictures be?! An Instagram devoted to combining fashion and art together - something I might try!)

06/08/2015

Sixties Love Child


I think if I could choose to live in any decade for fashion it would have to be the sixties! I love everything the decade of fashion has to offer from beehives to bold shoe choices but what I particularly love is its bohemian corner. Lace, floppy hats, long draped fabric and bold bright prints (which is not included enough in boho fashion these days!) I particularly love the long sleeves of this playsuit, and the desecrate V shape of the lace on the chest makes it super flattering! To finish the look off,  I accessorised with some white sunglasses because you can't get more sixties than that!

Playsuit - ASOS // Sunglasses - Topshop // Boots - Dune

03/08/2015

Dive In


I am so excited to share a snippet from my latest textile design project. As I mentioned in my first Youtube video, I am currently a textiles design student at university and pattern obsessed! Being that this is a fashion blog and I'm a textile student who spends a large amount of my time designing prints for the fashion industry, it only makes sense that I merge this part of my life onto the blog also. 

I particularly love children's fashion and for this girl's swimwear collection I wanted to take a fresh new look on children's wear through the use of mark making and shape compositions. The prints for the collection were inspired from a range of photos I took on a trip to a botanic garden which I then developed into a range of screen prints. Although screen printing isn't the most convenient method to create commercial mass-produced items, I find it a really good way to develop pattern layers and experiment with colour combinations. I then scanned in my most successful prints to convert them to something more suitable for digital printing. 

What are your thoughts on the collection? Could this be a new potential direction in the children's retail market? 

Also if you would like to stay up-to-date with the development of my latest project, find me on my Textiles blog Pattern Patch.