Monthly Archives: October 2011

Shiny shiny goodness….

Rediscovered my Deena + Ozzy patent gold boots this morning. They are so shiny and pretty, I wore them with fur trimmed socks and I think it looks really cute.

Jacket: New Look

T-Shirt: Topshop

Leggings: River Island

Fur Trimmed Socks: Topshop

Boots: Deena+Ozzy, Urban Outfitters

So I went a little bit gothic with my make up today, as close to dressing up doe Halloween as I got really. I’ve got sweets but secretly hoping we get no trick or treaters so that I can eat them myself! Completely shattered today; I was awake most of the night stressing out about uni and just as I got to sleep, Bracken woke me up by being sick on my bedroom floor. Between the two of us we’ve been feeling really sorry for ourselves this morning. But he seems much better this afternoon, his tails wagging again and I’ve settled on my proposal for my main project. We’re having an early night tonight and we’ll be back on top of the world tomorrow.

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Almost a wasted morning…..

As part of my course I have different modulettes on a Monday morning, this morning was a basic health and safety workshop for surface decoration. Being the only student on my course with a fashion base, I was the only one who attended. I was a bit gutted when I got there because the hour long workshop was on how to thread up and use different stitches on a domestic sewing machine! I couldn’t believe that I’d driven all the way to Stoke for it but I had to do it so that I was signed off to use the machines. I got through everything that was supposed to take an hour in about 5 minutes, then…….

The technician offered to show me how to use the heat presses so that I hadn’t had a wasted journey. The samples below are very basic but I only had half an hour. I am very excited at the possibilities of using these machines, there are two different types of press:

The first she showed me was an A3 press that can be used with “Magic Touch paper”, this is special paper that you can print or photocopy anything onto and then transfer it onto fabric or hard surfaces. Seriously amazing stuff, same principle as t-shirt transfer paper that you iron on but much better quality and lighter weight; it doesn’t feel so stiff. The fabric did feel a little bit stiffer but I was absolutely amazed. Here’s a couple of my samples:

The second press was a much larger one, 60 inches by 40 inches. My brain went into over drive when she showed me how to use this one, with a press this size you could print whole widths of fabric!! This press can’t be used with the magic touch paper as it doesn’t have enough pressure. But it can be used with transfer inks, crayons and papers which give some fantastic effects:

I cannot wait to make the most of the opportunity of having access to these machines. I am doing an Entrepreneurial course and it would be foolish of me not to make use of every chance I get! Oh the possibilities for my final project, off to sign myself up to more of the surface decoration courses asap!!

You may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging a great deal lately, I’m still keeping my reflective learning journal but am having to keep the majority of my entries private. All three of my modules involve working with companies and I don’t want to risk publishing anything confidential online. I will keep blogging, I’m aiming for at least one outfit post a week. Just for now here’s my latest nail art:

This is my favourite I’ve done in a while but I desperately need to get my gel extensions re-done!


Wish I had a Pensieve….

Yes I know that’s not how you spell pensive but I do really mean a Pensieve!!

We had a refresher session on reflective learning on Friday and the “pensieve” in Harry Potter was used as an example:

Dumbledore: “I use the Pensieve. One simply siphons the excess thoughts from one’s mind, pours them into the basin, and examines them at one’s leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understand, when they are in this form.Harry: “You mean… that stuff’s your thoughts?Dumbledore: “Certainly.

Wouldn’t that be a fantastic thing to have?! I quite often feel like I have too many thoughts in my head, it would be fantastic to siphon them off and examine them one by one! This is basically the purpose of keeping a reflective learning journal, but I think visualising it in this way will help my reflective practice in the future.

This was what I wore to said lecture on Friday. I was buying a pair of shoes off the Topshop website, but when I saw this playsuit I couldn’t resist adding it to my basket. The colour is simply exquisite and the cut is really lovely too:

Playsuit: Topshop

Glasses: River Island

Boots: H&M

Oh and my friend Laura did a little doodle of me in my geeky glasses. Cute yes?


Sixties Vibe…..

I left my job at River Island about 2 months ago now, when I left some of the girls that I worked with had bought me this dress as a leaving present. Isn’t it lovely? I love the little cuffs, they fasten with black buttons. It’s from the Gigi collection, I think it’s my favourite River Island collection; it’s very sixties. Missing my 30% staff discount a little…..sigh.

I wore this outfit to work yesterday and my boss told me I reminded him of Sandie Shaw. Must admit I wasn’t exactly sure who she was. I just looked it up and she was apparantly the original Brit “IT” girl, she looks very cool so I’m rather pleased.

Uni is going ok, had a bit of a moment of clarity on Monday with Multi-Disciplinary Design. Unfortunately one of our group members, Lydia,  had gone home ill. But after talking with the course leader we were much clearer on what we have to do, I think everyone was as overwhelmed as we were. Anyway as I said, we are much happier now; we did some brainstorming and have come up with loads of ideas. Lots of research to get done before we next meet, really looking forward to it though.

The lecture I had to accompany this on Monday afternoon was on Creativity in Business. We spent a lot of time discussing what Creativity is and what drives and what restricts creativity. The general view seemed to be that rules, deadlines and organisation in general restrict creativity. But I disagree to a certain extent, I find it really useful to make lists and things to organise myself and scheduling helps me to get the most out of my time. I think that you have to have some time management and organisational skills to make the most of creativity. What do you think?

 

 


Trying my best to understand…..

I’ve started all 3 of  my modules now for my final year now; Multi-Disciplinary Design, Entrepreneurship Preparation and Engaging with Professional Practitioners. To be perfectly honest I’ve felt completely and utterly overwhelmed all week.  Particularly when it comes to the Multi-Disciplinary Design module, it seems so different to anything I’ve done before and I was really stressing that it was going to be over my head and that I’m out of my depth. So yesterday, I spent a few hours reading the module handbook cover to cover. I think that a large portion of the module is going to be researching and understanding what design strategy actually is to enable me to come up with a solution. This may sound very vague and woolly, but it kind of is at the moment!! I have 3 weeks to do some initial research into the babies, toddler and childrenswear sector. I’m also doing some reading into what people actually interpret design to be and how to best put it to use. It’s certainly challenging me but I’m beginning to find some good resources and hopefully once I’ve really got my teeth stuck into it, it will start to become a bit clearer.

The “Entrepreneurship Preparation” module seems fairly straight forward, it’s basically writing the proposal for my dissertation/major live project next semester. I have a rough idea that I want to pursue and so I think it’s just finding a starting point. We’re off to Manchester tomorrow, visiting Smithfield Craft Centre to do a case study on a designer/business based there.

The final module I have this semester is an optional one, I’ve chosen “Engaging with Professional Practitioners”. I’m pretty comfortable with what I have to do for this one, it’s essentially a work experience module. I’m hoping to do some work for Damselfly for this, I just need to finalise the dates but it’s very exciting.

I realised I haven’t posted a picture of my hair since I had the colour re-done on Saturday:

It was the exact baby pink colour that I wanted but it’s already faded a lot, I think it will probably only last another wash but never mind.

Dress: Topshop

Belt: Topshop