Little bags

I love using up fabric from my printing stash and I have a lot from my 3 years of study! I’ve started making little bags and it has been a great way to experiment with pattern combinations and also to practise my sewing.

This one is a Japanese bento bag which is a really handy bag:

 
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And these are some drawstring bags, so handy for storage:

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What do you think? Any other ideas for using up tiny pieces of fabric?

Exciting studio news!

 
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The blog has been a little quiet in May due to the arrival of this wee thing! Thanks for all the support and lovely messages, the studio and shop is open as normal and I am hoping to have some new and exciting products for you all soon.

April Patterns

I love this time of year and it definitely makes it a lot easier to create when the sun is out and flowers are springing to life in the parks and gardens around my flat. I’m developing some new print ideas and here are some of my test ideas and drawings. I just wanted to experiment with ideas to begin with and I will start to focus these ideas over the next week or so.

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March Meet The Maker [week 4]

The last posts for #MarchMeettheMaker it’s been great taking part in this and I’ve really enjoyed seeing what other makers are up to as well. The prompts are so handy for coming up with ideas of what to post. If you’re a designer or maker and are considering giving March Meet the Maker a go then I highly recommend you do!

Find out more at: marchmeetthemaker.com

Day 22 - Proud of

 
 

I'm proud of graduating from the Glasgow School of Art and of my graduate collection, both the designs and that I made it completely within the GOTS certification. It feels crazy that this is almost a year ago but it was such an intense moment of production and the work came together so quickly in the end. I remember not quite believing that I had got on to the course let alone graduating!

You can see the full collection here.

 


Day 23 - Top tip or advice

 
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I don't think KYE has been going long enough for me to be dishing out advice but in general: do what you love, keep learning and enjoy it! 🤗 

 

Day 24 - Customers / Feedback

 
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Here's a wee bit of feedback from a Bespoke Wall Hanging. I really enjoy making these and love hearing about the reaction from the kids (and parents!). I'm just starting out and receiving any kind of positive feedback.. be it a review, an emoji comment on Instagram or messages of encouragement is so important. They keep me motivated and give me the confidence to carry on. Thank you for all the great support so far (but please keep it coming!!) 

 

Day 25 - How it’s made

 
 

A video from last year printing one of my pieces for my graduate collection. Think it shows the process pretty well (also wish I could print this fast!) .

 

Day 26 - Self care

 
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As with anything creative it is a bit of a rollercoaster...some days you have lots of lovely orders and great feedback and some days you are doubting everything you make. The best thing for me in the down dips are to chat to my wonderful pals (especially other creatives), they know exactly how you feel and know that you just need a wee bit of confidence. Also: coffee (can't wait to go back to fully caffeinated!!) ☕🤰 'Petals' risograph pictured, now available on my website. 

 

Day 27 - Anything Goes

 
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Just a little drawing for today.

 

Day 28 - Packaged

 
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My packaging is pretty boring as I try to avoid using plastic or too much paper...I wrap my wall hangings in recycled newspaper and then corrugated cardboard (with little bits of washi tape for a bit of colour!)

 
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Day 29 - Most difficult make

For most difficult make I thought I'd share some of my work from when I was studying in Japan. I had such a fantastic time studying at Tama Art University and I learnt so much in such a short amount of time. Learning complicated textile techniques in another language is always going to be a challenge but it was also so rewarding! 
Projects: EPSON watch strap and screen design > CMYK devore > black and white repeat > Katazome

 

Day 30 - Support

 
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Couldn't / wouldn't have done any of the work I've made through uni and after without this guy.☝️ Husband, super-supporter and best pal. Also, all my lovely family and friends who keep me right, you know who you are 😘

 

Day 31 - Product in use

 
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Last day of March Meet the Maker and I'm enjoying a lovely break on Skye. The prompt today is product in use. I don't have many product shots just yet but here's a couple of mothers day cards that have been sent to some wonderful mothers today 🤗

 

That’s it! Thanks for following along and for all the lovely likes and comments. Until next year!!

March Meet The Maker [week 3]

The third week of #MarchMeettheMaker. This was a fun week and I liked sharing what I’m working on and a bit about my design process.

Find out more at: marchmeetthemaker.com

Day 15 - Motivation / goals

 
 

Quite a simple one today. I want to create textiles which 'do no harm' to the environment or people involved their manufacture. My goal is to build KYE as a design studio over many years, this is a long-term project for me which I hope will one day pay the bills as well! 
Here's a little collage from a project I've been working on recently. .

 


Day 16 - Workspace

 
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Here's my little corner of the world. Usually pretty messy if I'm honest! It's my desk, studio and print room all in one. I'm based at home at the moment but dream of a big studio and print space... one day!

 

Day 17 - What I’m working on

 
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I'm working on some new fabric patterns at the moment. Hoping to print these and make into some lovely products soon. What do you think? Do you have a favourite?

 

Day 18 - Mistake or Lesson

 
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My mind went completely blank for this #meetthemaker prompt and so here's a quote from Douglas Adams instead... "A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."

 

Day 19 - Dream collaboration

 
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I was lucky enough to work with @kalopsiac with this collaboration last year. I printed this fabric and they made it into a fantastic dress and photographed it for their new collection of garments (check out their website as you can get so many lovely things made by them!) I enjoy working with people who share the same values as me...ethical and sustainably made textiles. Some brands I would love to collaborate with are: @peopletreeuk @thoughtclothing@love_and_squalor427 @kauniste_finland@merchantandmills .

 

Day 20 - Design process

 
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It always starts with drawing and collage for me. Here's a few snaps from my design process. I like playing with colour and shape on paper but I do use Illustrator to experiment with patterns and placement as much as I can before I decide on a print

 

Day 21 - Throwback

 
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I love a #ThrowbackThursday ! Here are some more of my works from my graduate collection. As textile designers we produce a number of samples whilst developing our collections. For my degree I wanted to continue to use this method of design exploration but I also wanted to reduce the amount of wasted fabric. I made all my samples in a square format which is half the width of a bolt of cloth. This meant that all my samples have a second life as they can be used as furoshiki: Japanese wrapping cloths and bags. I love this method of wrapping presents and carrying items. I learned many of the techniques for furoshiki whilst I was studying in Japan and I use them in my everyday life as well as gifts for friends and family. These squares are so versatile and it's nice to look back on some design experiments

 

Only 10 more days of March to go! I can’t believe how fast it is flying!