University Update

Before the Easter Holidays, I made the most important decision in my life; university choices.

As you know, I have had offers from Manchester Metropolitan (280 points), Birmingham City (280 points) and De Montfort (260 points). In case you don’t know, an A* is 140, A: 120, B: 100, C: 80, D: 60.

In the worst case scenario, if I got an A* in Textiles, B in Art and a D in Spanish that would still give me a total of 300 points.

On this basis, I have chosen Machester Metropolitan as my Firm Choice (1st) and De Montfort as my Insurance choice (2nd). It looks like every interview I went to has paid off considerably (considering in two out of the three I would receive an offer the next day).

I am very happy with my choices, and I am very glad I have made them. I would be equally happy at either universities, however I think Manchester has the better course and is more suited for what I would like to study; Interior Design but more geared towards architecture.

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Ozone at the Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

This is yet another amazing post I have found whilst scrolling through “The Blogs I Follow”. The designs are truly stunning!
This is the sort of work which inspires me to do everything I can in order to be where I want to be in life.

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118 floors above the city harbour…

…there’s this new nightspot, Ozone!

On top of the world’s tallest hotel, Masamichi Katayama designed this super cool bar, themed around an “Edenic Experiment” – a man-made environment of nature in an imaginary world.

Found here.

xx

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First Significant Piece

During the Easter break, so far (yes, I know… It’s coming to an end already … But I still have more to do!) I have produced one significant piece for my exam Unit in Textiles. As you know the title is “Combinations and Alliances”, and I have been looking at the links between traditional and modern architecture.

From my second set of photographs (which I shared some of them yesterday), I have now produced this:

I have used the material which I printed on before the holidays, and put some wadding/wodding behind it and stitched through the whole piece (both horizontally and vertically) – I have also added a three blocks of other materials onto the piece to show my appliqué skills.

The following photographs are close ups of the piece:

Something You WON’T Want To Miss

Today, I have stubbled across a like-minded blog which talks about anything from Food to Baby, Designs and Travel. I have been “wooed” by Lo Zoe Musings that I have decided to share her blog with you, and of course, her fabulous new GiveAway.

This give away is Mad Men inspired and is quick and easy to enter. All you need to do is read her post about it which contains all the things you need to know. Simple!

I have also decided to promote blogs as part of a daily/weekly/monthly scheme (I am not quite sure which one yet, but I’m sure this will becoming more regular). This is a way for me to share the blogs I follow or share good posts which I think you would be interested in.

If you would like to get more credit for your work, posts or blog then please feel free to get in contact.

Preparing For My Large Pieces

With my second set of photographs, I have also started to work towards some significant pieces. To start with, I have produced some quick responses through paper (nothing big just emphasising the lines etc).

I have three large pieces planned and to be able to do them, I have experimented with printing (using lino and cutting into that).

Here is my set up:

Setting Up My Space

As you can see, I have my lino print, a perspex board for the paint to be rolled on, and another roller (which is clean) to roll the back of the lino onto the cloth.

Here is my prints after the first colour – light yellow (orange fabric) and coral (black fabric) :

First Print - Light Yellow and Coral

After this first print, I have then cut into the lino again (these new cut outs will show yellow or coral in the second print). You should notice a difference in my set up:

Second Set Up - Second Print (Red)

Here, you can see my lino print more clearly – you should be able to see more of a change from the last prints I made.

And now here are the finished prints!!!

My Finished Prints

Stick around for updates on my significant pieces from these prints…

Textiles Exam: Second Contact Sheet (Photographs)

I know it has been a while since I last posted, but as you can imagine I am becoming more and more busy with all of my exams coming up etc. But I thought it would be a good idea to share with you my second contact sheet of photographs for my Textiles exam.

For this set of photographs, I have looked at a more modern approach to architecture and at the interiors as they portray more space.

Here are a few for you to take a look at:

Stay tuned for more!

Motivation

For me, I find motivation one of the hardest things to capture, and preserve – especially when it comes to working on Fine Art or Textiles. There is always a distraction of some sort… A television show I “must” catch up with, blogging -even, or simply talking to someone who means everything.

When I have the inspiration and motivation to work, I tend to be slow and it becomes tedious yet I know that I should be working for as long as possible. Of course, this doesn’t always hold up for long before I encounter at least one of my many distractions.

However, when I don’t have the motivation – just like today – I tend to “flake”. Everything immediately becomes a “big deal” for no reason and I begin to forget my pathways for each subject…

I have been searching for an answer for all of this since September, and I have fallen short. I have a number of Tumblr accounts with inspiration blogs – they pick up, they flop – and they now seem to mean nothing.

Let’s just hope next week is a better one.