My second year buddy Caroline Morgan has been incredibly helpful this week. She has prepped my space by filling in holes, using sandpaper to smooth out the wall and painted the wall. She’s also helped me with tidying up the corners of my overlocking which I had already done last week when I had some extra time, tying up the ends of my headers and removing backing from my stitched samples. She’s also just generally kept me calm and in a good mood! It’s nice to have someone so positive to work with, when I was having a stressful or bad day she helped me look at my work in a more positive light. It is very helpful having a fresh pair of eyes when a decision is needed. I don’t have a huge amount left for Caroline to help me with next week, it will just be tying up bits and pieces including adding stickers to samples, helping me put together my press packs and organising the display of my space. The buddy system has been incredibly helpful so far, I don’t think I’d have had time to do everything all by myself. Hopefully, Caroline has also felt it to be helpful, we’ve talked a lot about what is expected in third year and I’ve promised she can message me with any questions or queries when she finds herself in my situation next year. I have kept in contact with my buddy from last year, Ceris who has helped me a lot with contacts and companies to use for products, sample printing and other things needed for the exhibition so I understand how helpful Caroline will find this next year!
My final designs from Bags of Love have been sent off! So today I began preparing the threads I would be using for my alternative colour way designs which will be stitched on once they arrive. I printed out my colour palette and tried to match the colours with the threads as closely as possible. Obviously, this is not as easy as changing the colours digitally, I wanted a few of the designs to show more effort and thought behind the colourways which is why I have decided some of them will be stitched.
I managed to match the colours pretty closely and I’m happy with the threads I’ve chosen.
The threads below will be used for my placement design for the sewing machine family.
For my degree show exhibition I will be having a table with a vintage singer sewing machine and a sewing box which I will be reupholstering on. I was given the table by my boyfriends mum which was very helpful as they can be quite pricey! The table was a little rough around the edges so I decided that I would paint it white. I want the table to be more of a prop rather than a distraction from my designs.
BEFORE & AFTER
This weekend I also drove to Swansea to help Emily pick up a table she had bought for the show, and whilst we were there I found a stool that would work perfectly for the show. It has a section that can be removed so is perfect for reupholstering! I will be printing one of my designs onto a thicker fabric than my samples – I have chosen All Saints Basket Weave from Bags of Love – to reupholster the stool. I think it’s little touches like this which will make my exhibition space come to life!
Today, thankful my Bags of Love tester sample onto Cotton Satin arrived, and it’s fine!! I was really worried that the fabric would be completely different to the 100% Sierra Cotton which I have been using previously but luckily it is ok. The quality of the is not as good as the previous fabric, I’m not sure if this is the fabric or perhaps because it is a busy period of time because all textile students will be sending off final samples now. Either way, I am happy with the fabric and had to make the hard decision that even though the quality is not as good as the 100% Sierra Cotton, the deadline is fast approaching and it was this or wasting time finding a different fabric and potentially not being able to finish everything I wanted to! I need the fabric back in good time as I have to stitch on a few of the designs and I also have to reupholster my sewing box.
So the final designs will be sent off tonight!! Very exciting, but very scary.
I tested out my alternative colour palettes on one of my designs. Below I have my original colour palette, the three alternative colour palettes which focus on greens and blues, pinks and purples and neutral colours. As well as my newer two multi coloured hue changed colour palettes and the bright colour palette. I do think I prefer the two multi coloured hue changed colour palettes which can be seen in the middle of the bottom row below rather than the colour focussed palettes.
I also tried out two of my colour palettes on one of my illustrative designs of thimbles..
I had a mini tutorial with Helen today to discuss my alternative colourways. I was worried that the palettes were too similar. We discussed that it was good that my alternative colourways showed similar tones to my original palette, so where there were lighter shades in my original, there were also light shades in my alternatives. We discussed how some of the colours in my original palette were cool whilst others were warm but that this wasn’t being reflected in my alternatives. There was nothing wrong with my alternative colour palettes (the first attempts or the second) but if i wasn’t happy I could revisit them if I had time.
At the moment I am waiting for samples from Bags of Love to come back so I have a little bit of time, so thought I would revisit the colourways and see what I could do to improve them.
I made a few different palettes and will choose which ones I prefer. Helen and I discussed combining the colours from my alternative palettes to create a palette which showed more colour variation and also cool and warm colour variation. I played with moving about some colours, which can be seen in line 2 and 3 below. I decided to leave the 4th line as it was as I like that it is a neutral palette. For the 5th line I have altered the original bright alternative colour palette to tone the brightness down a little bit as I wasn’t happy with it in the beginning – i’m still not sure, i will play around with some designs and see if it will be included. For the 6th and 7th line I have taken my original colour palette and altered the hue of the colours. I like these very much! They have a variant range of colours including cold, warm and neutral tones.
Unfortunately today was a bit stressful. I have chosen my final fabrics from Bags of Love and was pretty much ready to send off my final designs. However, when I went to order them on Friday they were out of stock. I sent Bags of Love a quick email but they must not work on weekends as I didn’t hear back until Monday morning when they told me that they have stopped selling my fabric!! They sold out and will not be continuing selling Sierra 100% Cotton. I was pretty gutted to say the least. This meant that I had to order a sample of the new fabric which they have told me has replaced Sierra 100% Cotton, which is Cotton Satin. I thought Cotton Satin was shiny but the company told me it was matte. I have ordered a swatch to see if it is ok. Hopefully it will be as it will be a little tight for time if I cannot print my designs by this weekend. This left me a little stressed as I started to worry I would run out of time. I have to digitally stitch onto 6 of my digital print samples when they come back and then reupholster my sewing box. None of this can be done before my samples come back. I’m annoyed at myself for not being more organised and having my designs ready earlier. I still have three weeks till the deadline so I’m sure everything will be fine, its just the first bump in the road. If this fabric does not come back right I will review my fabric swatches or discuss with Steve if he is able to print my designs onto a more suitable fabric.