Making Lasercut Wooden Buttons

As a little extra detail for my degree show I wanted to make my own wooden buttons cut out with my own designs on. I wanted to create one for each family. A friend from the Maker course Martin offered to help me and provided me with some different wood samples. We laser cut my design onto 3 different types of wood to see which one I preferred, we used Birch Plywood, Beech and Elm. The different woods had different colours, grains and some cut better than others. Elm was the hardest to cut and had to be tried and tested four times to see what settings were needed on the laser cutter.

I have decided to go for the Birch Ply and Beech Wood, the Elm came out a bit too dark and there was quite a lot of burn residue .

My plan for these buttons is to use one of them on my sewing box I am reupholstering with my designs, and to have them in my display and perhaps sell them – I’ve already had some interest in them!

I have also been creating fabric covered buttons to go onto a design of a vintage button card. Maggie helped me with this, providing me with a few metal self-cover buttons. We discussed that if I intend on buying them I should go for plastic ones as they are actually better quality. This is something I will look into!



Alternative Colourways Revisited

I wanted to revisit my alternative colourways as I felt the colours from my alternative colour palette were a lot different from my original palette. I think I may keep my darker alternative colourway I produced as I liked the designs in this palette, it gave some of the designs a completely different look and some could be used for other uses included menswear. However, I felt that the incredibly bright alternative colourway was just too much and ruined my designs. The colours were way too bright and clashing, and I feared that when these were placed within my exhibition they would look tacky and take away the focus from my original palette.

Here are my new alternative colourways I have created:

Alternative colourways revisited

The three colourways focus on two different colours each. The top is the original colour palette, the second focuses on a green and blue palette, the third a purple and pink palette and the last a red and orange. I have used my original colour palette to place the shades of the alternative colours so that though it is a different palette it is similar to my original palette.

Here is one of my designs showing my alternative colourways:


Business Card Design

I decided to revisit my business card design as I wasn’t very happy with the way it looked and didn’t feel it reflected myself, my potential future brand or my project.

I came up with these designs..

Business card design

Here was my first attempt at editing my business card design. I experimented with colours but didn’t really feel happy with the front design. It is quite hard to read and quite plain. It doesn’t catch your eye.


I decided I would make a logo for the front of my business card to make it more eye catching and also create a kind of brand identity. Here is my logo, I wanted it to be very simple and clear.Business Card final

The final business card design. I feel that it is clear yet eye catching, it has all the important information on the front. The back and the front work well together and the colours also work well. The pink has been lightened on the front so that the text can be viewed clearly. I am very happy with the design. I am waiting on some samples from Vistaprint to decide what style and type of business card I want but I will ensure that I order them before the end of Easter holidays.

Additional Consultancy Work

Today I finished off working on my Consultancy project. On Monday I had my cards reprinted at the Print Studio due to unfortunately ruining my cards when trying to edit the paper inserts last weekend. From this experiment I also decided that the second attempt at paper inserts were too white and I wanted to increase the opacity so that more of the colour showed through.

I am now very happy with the results of my cards and happy that I managed to schedule this time in to edit my work out of my busy timetable for my final major project. Hopefully this work will increase my grade in the Consultancy area and therefore overall!


Wix Website

I decided to make a website this weekend to showcase my work and use after I graduate as a platform for my designs. I decided that as I am just starting up and I don’t know where I will be in the next few years to create a website with Wix. It is a free programme and you can edit and design your web page as you want. It is quite simple and basic and works more like an online portfolio than a proper website but that will do the job for now!

Here is a link to my website:

I will be adding more work to it as I go along with this programme and will continue to work on my website as time progresses.

Alternative Colourways

As part of my brief I decided to include alternative colourways within my collection. I wanted these colours to be very different from the colours in my original palette but to still have come from the original colours.

I used Photoshop to edit my colour palette, for my first alternative colourway I inverted the colours creating a dark masculine colour palette. I feel that for some of my designs this would make for some very interesting prints which could then be used for a different purpose. I experimented with my new colour palette on a design I already created and decided it would look good for menswear, the lining of a suit perhaps or even wallpaper if the scale was increased.

For my second alternative colourway I decided to increase the vibrancy and exposure of my colours – through Photoshop again. This created an extremely bright, clashing and almost neon colour palette. I am a little weary of this colour palette as it is a bit of an eye sore! But I quite like that it is so different, I think it would work really well for a kids stationery collection. However, I am worried what the designs will look like up against my other colours in my exhibition. I will discuss this with the tutors.

A positive of these alternative colour ways is that it gives the designs different uses and the designs can look completely different when in a different colour way.


Original colour palette


Alternative Colourway 1 


Alternative Colourway 2 



I have been researching my concept for FMP over the past few days. Something which has stuck out to me is the juxtaposition between the desire for fast fashion and mass production and the trend of the handmade, handcrafted and vintage renewal.

Fast fashion and mass production creates the idea of wanting the new thing now, if we want to buy something online, we now want delivery to be quicker than ever. Something I feel has come from Amazon Prime delivery service where you can order pretty much anything to be delivered to your house the next day. This has taken a toll on the arts and creative industry, if someone is making something unique or handmade, we cannot believe it will be at our doorstop the next day like Amazon. It has created a pressure to be quick but also cheap (Amazon Prime next day delivery is free for its members!).

Yet, on the other hand, we have individuals who pay nearly £15 for a kit to make their own pair of pants from scratch (The Makery in Bath sells a multitude of kits like these) instead of simply popping into Primark to pick up a pair for £1.50. Where have these different ideas on the highstreet come from?

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This interest in vintage and the handmade has been a trend for years now, with designers such as Cath Kinston (which was only set up in 1993) who create vintage floral themed designs. Yet, at the moment I feel that there is more than just a vintage appearance appeal. There seems to be a sort of Make Do and Mend upheaval. Urban Outfitters have a whole section of their stores and online called Urban Renewal, where vintage items are also re-worked before being sold. Shops such as M&S and H&M have a clothes swap. Perhaps this idea has come from the industries awareness of how fast fashion is damaging our planet. H&M claim on their website that since the clothes swap campaign started they have saved 7,600 tonnes of unwanted clothing from being thrown away into landfill.

The old becomes new again! This is an idea which I hope to be portraying in my collection. I am taking old vintage textile items and giving them a new lease of life by using digital processes including digital stitch and digital print. This juxtaposition of the old and the digital should reflect the two ideologies held in society – fast fashion and the 21st century make do and mend.




Yongijan Li, Xuikun Zhao, Dan Shi, Xiang Li (2014) ‘Governance of Sustainable Supply Chains in the fast fashion industry’ European Management Journal.