Cutesy Architecture Exhibition

I’ve just put up my exhibition selecting my 6 best designs from my cutesy architecture collection, I’m very happy of how this collection turned out. Im glad that I changed my header for my exhibition as now that they are all the same size it look a lot more professional and finished with the addition of my logo on the front. And now that this is completed I’ve finished my second year of my degree which is scary and exciting at the same time as 3rd year is just around the corner so a lot more hard work to come.

This is all my designs in the custey architecture collection.


Reflective Statement- Cutesy Architecture Improvements

Since getting my feedback for the making connections module we have been given a few weeks to improve any work from the feedback we were given. The things I needed to improve on my collection from my feedback was drawing more garden flowers in my own style as my original ones looked too much like rifle papers. Also in my feedback it was suggested that I look in to creating a repeat of houses that have gardens as my house repeats were working really well and the addition of a repeat with a garden would complement the other designs.

These are the designs I created from drawing more garden flowers, I used just the flower one its own in some designs and then in others I made a chain of flowers with it and then used this in conjunction with the doors and then on there own as well. I think these flowers have worked really well to create the feel of rifle papers style but they have more of my own style in them as well. I’m really glad I have changed them as it is more unique to me now.

In addition I created another design from the feedback I was given, I took a different drawing I done of a house then added in the garden element to it. I done this as a digital print then I free machine stitched the black detail of the houses then I also stitched the flowers for the garden too. This took a lot of time to done but it was worth it a I really like the finish it has given.

I also then wanted to try some more digital stitch so I could have a better understand of it before I went in t my last year, I decided to take my flower design and repeat on one of the bigger stitch machines as I have never done that before. I am really happen with the outcome of this design however it did pucker a bit and I wanted to try it on black fabric however due to unforeseen circumstances Maggie couldn’t come in so I couldn’t get this done.

I then went back to some of my paper sample and changed the scale of them to improve them a bit, furthermore from doing the degree show buddy system they inspired me to try and get my work printed professionally so it was to a higher standard. So I printed my some of my paper sample on to wallpaper using the company they suggested ‘bags of love’. I also used this company to print the new digitally printed work I did on to fabric. I’m really glad I did then as the prints come out really well and I was able to order a sample pack which will really help me out for next year if I want to digitally print again. Furthermore by using this company for this project it has allowed me to see what they are like before my 3rd year so I was able to test it with them before my degree show.

Therefore I believe to degree show buddy system was really help as it showed what is need to make my own degree show look really professional and to a high standard. furthermore due to helping out with the degree show it has actually influences the work in my current brief as it has allowed me to find companies that a good and reliable at printing digital. Furthermore due to do the degree I decided that I need to remount my headers as by having consistency through the headers is key for have a professional finish and I wasn’t getting this through my previous headers. Therefore I am glad that we have had these few weeks to improve work as it has given me the time to create different designs that work better which my collection and creative an over all better collection.



Name of Degree Show student:  Melissa Macdonald

Critique /comment on the development of ideas and concepts in this work: Melissa has named her collection ‘Abstract Tropical’ looking at what nature has to offer in a abstract well to create a sense of well-being and comfort within the home.  I really like the concepts behind this work with the whole abstract tropical, however I’m not too sure if you can judge whether you can get comfort by just looking at her work.

How successfully are the materials and techniques used to convey the concepts? For me I would say that I do find her work aesthetically appeasing through the use for her colours and materials she has used. furthermore I really like the ceramic work she has do to, which adds to the whole piece.

What is it about this exhibition that most impresses you? What has impressed me the most about her work is how professional it its, I feel that you could but any of her pieces in to a shop now and they would sell and be really current. furthermore I like how diverse her collection is with the use of ceramics and even making packaging for her products which just makes them even more profession and sell-able.

Briefly evaluate the presentation style of the work: I think for presentation style of her work is extremely professional and to a high standard, and the fact that she has even made packaging for her products just finishes off the whole collection. This is something I would want to do in my own degree show collection.

Name of Degree Show student: Aniqah Zenab Murtaza

Critique/ comment on the development of ideas and concepts in this work: I really like this she has taken inspiration from her roots as a Muslim and looked at Islamic geometry and mixing tradition with contemporary. I really like her use of lines and shapes within her work as it has created some very striking patterns.

How successfully are the materials and techniques used to convey the concepts? The use of her materials and techniques have helped to convey this message of traditional with contemporary within her designs as the use of her colour palette a well.

What is it about this exhibition that most impresses you? What has been the most impresses with in her exhibition was the quality of her samples and the overall layout of the exhibition works really well with her pieces.

Briefly evaluate the presentation style of the work: Her presentation style is very professional and neat I like the way she has placed the rack of the samples underneath the shelf which works really well a keeping everything really neat and clear looking and it also helps to create unity within her work.

How do you perceive the shows, generally? I think the show this year has been extremely successful and professional with the level of standard really high. Furthermore I think this show this year has been a lot more diverse in the fact that quite a lot of people have done textiles art pieces instead of just the normal interiors, fashion or stationery rote. This has made the show a lot more interesting and unique.

List 3 key things you have learnt from what you have seen overall?

  • I have learnt that the show is done to a extermely high professional standard.
  • it has shown me all the different ways in which I can display my sample for my show next year.
  • Also it has made me think more about what I want to do next your for my own degree show and it has made me to think about what I could do with my space.



Degree Show Buddy System

For two weeks I have been taking part in the buddy experience with 3rd year textiles students, to help them put up their degree show. I was given two buddies to help out therefore at times this could be a struggle as I had double the amount of work to do and it was hard to chose who to help out first, therefore it was a juggle most of the time. However I managed to coped okay and if I was free at all I would help out any other buddies that needed help as their level 5 buddy hadn’t turned up. Therefore even though I had two buddies everyone that turned up helped each other out.

In addition I learned a lot from the two week buddy scheme, mainly how to put up a degree show to a professional standard, and tips on where to buy things and places that are good for digital printing which is really helpful as I would like to do this next year. furthermore a key thing that I didn’t really think to much about before the show was that its really important to make sure your hangers and headers for your sample match your the theme you are going for the show. Out of all the headers and hangers I like the ones the plastic ones the best as they weren’t to bulky and didn’t distract your from the samples.

Out of my two buddies Tain didn’t really need me too much after I painted her wall for her which worked out quite well as Georgia need me a lot more. I felt bad for Georgia as for the first week she didn’t have a wall for a long time therefore it took me longer to paint her wall as they were in a very bad condition when they went up, so it took a lot of work to sand it out then paint it therefore me and a few girls stayed behind one night to get it done. Once all the walls were painted after the first week the fun bit began where we got to see peoples work go up and we spent most of our time doing headers. Which even through it was really tedious it showed me all the different ways in which I could do mine, as Georgia didn’t hang hers up like other people she decided to put hers in to a sample book. So by helping her do this it showed me what I could do for myself next year.

Over all I think the buddy scheme is a good idea it has prepared us for what is to come next year for our degree show and we have been able to get tips of the 3rd years on what to do and not to do.

This is Georgia Reece’s degree show:

This is Tain’s Degree show:

Reflective Statement – S/S 2018 collection Cutesy Architecture

I’ve now reached the end of my Making Connections project, it has been an insightful project as it has allowed me to grow as a designer by gaining a huge amount of knowledge on the standard of professionalism in the textiles industry and helping to find myself as a textiles designer. Overall it has truly been an interesting and wonderful experience and one of the longest projects I have ever done. At times this has been challenging as it has dragged but overall it has been great to go in depth in the different aspects to creating a successful collection and preparing myself to what is to come in my final year.

For this project, I’ve been hypothetically working for the stationery company Rifle Paper to produce a collection of 12 design that are inspired by the architecture partially looking at the cute arcade shops and rows of house that look vintage as that fitted really well with their house style. Furthermore, the collection was also inspired by florals as they are used a lot in their products, I wanted my theme to have an element of this as well. Rifle Paper’s house style is very blocky and feminine therefore I wanted to stay true to their house style so I made sure that I stopped myself from creating line drawings and just stuck to blocks of colour. This was new to me as I mainly normally draw with lots of detail and line work so it was interesting to try something new and experiment with a new style, which in the end I found quite enjoyable and appeasing to the eye. Therefore, by doing this I believe that my final collection fits well into their house style and has made the collection successful.

By looking at the final 12 samples, you can see that I have tried to show as much variation as possible, by making three sub groups to my collection. By this I mean that I have created almost three mini collections the make up my main collection. I have done this by creating 4 samples that look at houses and building, then another 4 samples that focus on just florals, then the next 4 samples focus on the element within architecture like windows and doors. And within each of these mini collections I have added floral in most of them to keep consistency within the collection as well a variation. Therefore, all of these mini collections are what make up my main collection that co-ordinate together as they have the same drawing style and colour palette.

For the choice for my colour palette I selected colours that are in the trend Kindship s/s 2018 to keep my collection relevant and on trend for the season and year my collection is for. In addition, I selection some of the key colours that Rifle Paper like to use in their colour palettes so my collection would work within their house style with their current collections. Furthermore, this collection is aimed at stationery; this includes notebooks, dairies, cards, gift wrap and accessorise like pencil cases and laptop cases. Thus, there needed to be a variety of different substrates of fabric and paper so the collection could work for the different products. I enjoyed the opportunity to use both paper and fabric as it gave very different finishes to the samples but it works well together too.

One of the main objectives I set for this project was to explore multiple techniques, the three specialist techniques I chose to use for my final samples were screen-printing, digital stitch and digital print as these fitted in perfectly with my chosen company’s overall design appearance. Also, I wanted to push myself as some of these areas I hadn’t done much in before, so it was nice to explore a skill in more depth and gain more knowledge in that area too. Rifle Paper focuses entirely on print, whether it is digitally or hand printed so I thought it would be appropriate to carry on with their style. However, I decided to add in some digital stitch as I thought it worked really well within the collection and it was great for a product like a fabric notebook to make it more luxurious. I really enjoyed the screen-printing I done for this collection as I tried for the first-time screen colour separation and it was really successful and interesting to do. Also, I was really happy with how professional it made my print look instead of just a one colour print, I defiantly want to do more of this in future projects. I also really like the digital prints I created for this collection as the style and finish work extremely well with my chosen company’s house style. Furthermore, I enjoyed the process with digital print and will defiantly use this process in future project, even though when it actually came to printing I had a lot of issues with the colours not coming out the right shades and things being faded but with a lot of perseverance I managed to sort it out.

Furthermore, I created a variety of CAD visuals for my designs as it is important to see how the collection would work on products and it helps the clients visualise how the designs would work as a collection too. Therefore, I create one CAD visual set up as a collection of stationery to show how the products would work together and I’m really pleased with how this come out.

Like with any project, there will always be space for improvements and in the case of my work, I would like try more digital stitch as I only slightly touched on it within this collection and I believe it could have worked really well with some of my floral designs to create more texture. However overall this has been a very successful project where I have been able to produce a collection of 12 samples to a high-end professional standard and grow as a designer.

Product Placement – Displacement Mapping

I’m happy with the designs I have been producing for my collection for Rifle Paper company I’m hypothetical working for. Now the next step is to see how my designs could work on products and what sort of products show they be going on to. To complete this I used Photoshop displacement mapping to make it look more realistic.

I placed my designs on the a various of different stationery products like, notebook, folders, gift wrap and accessories like laptop cases. I think these all turned out very successful and it makes my collection free more realist and I could see it in a shop. Overall the one that I think works the best is the one that  has a collection of stationery together as it shows how it can work as a set and with each other.

Digital printing

I tried to digitally print my digital designs but we came across a few problems when doing this as the first ones I did came out completely the wrong colours and they came out really washed out. Steve said that could be due to the fabric we used and maybe the settings of my images. So we tried a different fabric and then looked into my images to see what could be wrong and the reason the colours didnt match was because my could setting was set CNYK instead of RGB. Therefore once I change this setting my colours came out the right shade and because we change the fabric too it came out how it should have.

This is how the print come out the first time :

This was the second attempt one:

I really like this process and can definitely see my self using this in third year. However you have to make sure the colours are right by doing a colour atlas first to check this. And it does take a bit of time to get this right but when it does work it is really successful.