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.

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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!