Edinburgh Fringe Festival 08/08/14 – 15/08/14

I have spent a week in the beautiful Scottish city of Edinburgh! The main reason for my trip was for the infamous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a month long festival of Comedy, Music and Arts. I’ve had an amazing week, yet I have to confess I stayed well away from the Haggis! (not my cuppa)

I am writing about this trip as I have found that each place I visit recently brings me new inspiration for my subject. On the way to visiting the Edinburgh Castle one day, I walked past what looked like a small shop which had a tiny sign above which stated “Tartan Weaving Mill and Exhibition.” Dragging my boyfriend along with me with travelled down three sets of stairs to find a massive working weaving mill all creating different tartan designs which were being sold in the shop below. Here are a few pictures I took…

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[The working mill]

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[Scarves made from the Tartan in the shop]

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[Working mill]

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[Tartan scarves sold in shop]

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[Working mill]


Paris 24/06/2014-30/06/2014

I’ve just come back from a week visiting Paris. It has been one of the most influential and most enjoyable trips I’ve ever taken. Paris is beautiful, I saw all the sights and visited plenty of Art Galleries. I stayed in a small apartment in Bastille – about a 25 minute walk from the centre of Paris. Staying outside of the main tourist area meant I got a real feel for the Parisian way of life, we ate at small restaurants and bars and I managed to practice my French [ A challenge after not speaking much of the language at all for around 2 years! ] Luckily, because we stayed for an entire week we managed to see and do the majority of things which was on our list!

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On the first day we walked the short distance to the Notre Dame, the outside was breath taking enough yet when we walked inside the huge cathedral I was overwhelmed. The sheer size of the building is amazing and though it was full with people there was a shared sense of calm and tranquillity.

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 decided to get on a City Sightseeing Tour Bus, we got our bearings of the city and saw all the sights from a distance. This took us most of the morning to do, in the afternoon we walked around the maze which is The Louvre. We of course saw the famous Mona Lisa but that was not the painting which picked me fancy. More than anything I was slightly annoyed by the massive crowd of people gathering around the small painting and disregarding the beauty of the paintings across the room.

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Of course, I had to take the obligatory tourist photo..

In the evening we ate in a small bar down the street from where we were staying called Les Blouses Blanches where I had the BEST burger I’ve ever eaten. Truly recommended place for food and cocktails should you be nearby!

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On our second day in La Ville-Lumière [ The City of Light ] we walked down the most dangerous road I’ve ever walked down … The Avenue des Champs-Élysées, this road is famous for being the home of the most luxurious and expensive shops in the world. All I can say is I’m glad I had a limited amount of Euros with me, otherwise I would not of been eating for the rest of the week.

After our little shopping trip we decided to go up the Arc de Triomphe.. I read online before we went to Paris that the views from the Arc de Triomphe exceed those from the top of the Eiffel Tower and the fact that we got to go up the Arc de Triomphe for free [[ if you're under 25 and from the EU you get the majority of tourist attractions free in Paris! ]] was an added bonus.

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We then went over to Trocadero and the Jardin du Champs de Mars to view the Eiffel Tower in some of the most popular viewing places.

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On our third day, we visited The Palace of Versailles. It was absolutely stunning, we saw the Hall of Mirrors and The Grand Apartments. I was very inspired by some of the interior design which I saw here, the majority of it was floral design.

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Over the next few days we visited a few other museums and galleries including the Musee D’Orsay where we saw an exhibition of Vincent Van Gogh’s work. It was one of my favourite exhibitions we saw during the trip. I went to see an exhibition at Palais Galliera, Musee de La Mode – Museum of Fashion, but unfortunately the museum was between exhibitions and was therefore closed.

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La Nuit étoilée

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And to finish off our amazing trip, we of course had to see the Eiffel Tower at night..

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Demi Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha

Above is a link to my Pecha Kucha which I am presenting tomorrow. The slides include my drawings from life drawing sessions and drawings which I chose to base my designs on from Term One, my favourite technique I learnt within the Photoshop and Illustrator workshops, my mood board and colour scheme, my five final designs and my bibliography.

I’m quite nervous to present tomorrow, but I’m happy with all my designs so hopefully I will be ok!


Digital Summary

I have been attending Digital workshops over the past three weeks. These have included Photoshop workshops and Illustrator workshops. I found these sessions incredibly interesting and helpful as I’d only ever used these programmes briefly. I feel that I have come up with some really successful designs using these programmes which I will post below.

The theme of the module was Florals and Life Drawing. I attended one of the scheduled life drawing sessions but decided to base my designs on florals. I experimented with different colour schemes and themes, even including weaponry into some of my designs to add  a more edgy element. I came to the conclusion to base my designs for a target audience of a very feminine young woman, the designs would be used for stationary. I researched designers and looked online for tutorials and blogs, one blog I found extremely helpful was Bowie Styles Print and Pattern – there is also a book by Bowie styles which I looked at.

The majority of my designs are quite simplistic, however I feel they would be very successful for what I produced them for. Though I am happy with my designs, I wish I had used my previous drawings from Term One in more of my designs as I think my design using my lily drawing is my strongest design.

During the three weeks, I’ve learnt a wide range of different techniques which I documented and put into a technical file. Some examples of what we covered include Basic of Photoshop – creating shapes and filling them with colour, creating flowers using Photoshop, creating shapes and repeat patterns in Illustrator, using the gradient tool in Illustrator etc.

For the module hand in, I was required to create a Demi – Pecha Kucha, a presentation of 10 slides, a mood board with a colour board, 5 final designs, a technical file and a research file.

Here are my final designs:

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Mood Board & Colour Scheme

 Here is my mood board and colour scheme for my final designs..

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My designs will be very feminine, they will be targeted at young women…

The designs will be used for stationary items…

The designs will revolve around pretty florals…

I will be using pastels as my main colours with darker shades…

The designs will have a shabby chic/vintage feel…


New Brief

This monday we had a briefing for our new project which is a continuation of Subject from Term One. The new project is digitally based work where we will be using illustrator and Photoshop. I’m quite apprehensive about this project as previously I have always thought digital work is quite flat and lacks texture. I prefer working with stitch to build up a design, however I suppose in the future I would be able to add to my designs.


Final Piece Completed

Here is a picture of my final piece. As shown in my previous post, the piece was created using images which I had edited on Photoshop. I chose an image of part of Llandaff Cathedral as my main base photograph, I then layered images of graffiti and edited the colours of the whole piece. I then printed the finished image onto fabric using two different digital techniques. I then cut out the main shapes of the piece and used applique to create a new pattern, which incorporated my theme of shapes and forms in architecture. I used decorative stitches in range of neon and vibrant colours and inspired by the textiles artist Tucker Schwarz, I left the thread of the stitching hanging down – which in turn, is a metaphor for the hustle and bustle of city life. I am very happy with the piece I have created and feel it encompasses both my themes.

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