Thursday, 31 May 2012

AFTER A HARD DAY IN THE CITY, WHAT BETTER WAY TO RELAX THAN TO SPILL SOME BLOOD

I was looking for photoshoot ideas and I came across this photoshoot...

 "AFTER A HARD DAY IN THE CITY, WHAT BETTER WAY TO RELAX THAN TO SPILL SOME BLOOD"-Dazed and Confused magazine June 2009.

It reminded me of Evie's Jack the Ripper project! Photoshoot idea?




From Holly xxx

 

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Blogging here, Blogging there!



1. How has the class blog benefited your own creative progress and ideas?

It has been useful to look at last years work, and to see who did what and went to which Uni. It is also good to see what other people in my class have been doing and to make sure i'm on schedule.

 2. Do you regularly follow any specific blogs, and if so, why?

I actually follow loads of blogs. I spend half my life reading other blogs. People I know, People in my class, old friends and famous designers, shops, universities and models. My favourite blogs are those of Bip Ling, Susie Lau, Mikko Puttonen (a photographer from Finland) and Anni Jyrgenson.

 3. What have you gained from looking at other people’s blogs?

Fashion inspiration, business motivation and I have discovered loads of new designers through blogs, which I regularly reference in my project books at College.

 4. Do you think that having a blog/being part of a blog community has been useful in terms of your university applications, i.e. being able to showcase your work in a more professional way?

 Ummm, well I have been able to look at the Uni's blogs to get info about the courses and I gave my interviewers business cards with my blog url on. Not sure if it made much of a difference...

 5. Do you have your own blog?


6. Why?

I find it useful to organise my life. It's kinda like a book of memories for me, that I can look back on and get all sentimental.

 7. Has having your own blog led to anything exciting yet?

 Ummm, I did a post about an upcoming designer brand and the designer commented on the post, which was nice!

8. What do you like to blog about the most? Should it all be work, work, work? Why/why not?
I like to blog about my college work, fashion trends and designers, music and random occurrences that happen in my life. I think your blog should be what you want it to be! Whatever floats your boat!
Here is some of my work...





From Holly xxxxxxx
 

Busy Busy Busy

So over the last few days we have been working very hard, so I thought I would share a few photos capturing the best...and worst moments!


having a quick lie down!


haha



..a new way of cleaning the floors

scrubbing the floor was horrible, and took ages!


where's Josie??

I realise that Josie seems to be in most of the photos..sorry Josie!!

Rachel C xxx






Blogness



1. How has the class blog benefited your own creative progress and ideas?
I think having the class blog is a really good idea as it allows us to get inspiration from each other and also keep competitive with what everyone else is up to! Its also good to see what previous years have done, also giving ideas and guidance for bits and pieces including sketchbooks, photoshoots and portfolios!

2. Do you regularly follow any specific blogs, and if so, why?
I follow a few blogs such as Print and Pattern, Handmade by alice apple, Poppytalk, Design Sponge and Jane Foster blog. I follow these as I find them really inspiring and interesting to see what is currently popular and available in the textiles world!

3. What have you gained from looking at other people’s blogs?
 I tend to gain mostly inspiration from other oeoples blogs but I have come across a few golden tutorials on blogs that have been really helpful and better than website style tutorials!
4. Do you think that having a blog/being part of a blog community has been useful in terms of your university applications, i.e. being able to showcase your work in a more professional way?
 I think being able to have your work viewed worldwide on a blog is always going to be useful as it allows anyone to view your work which could lead to anything. In terms of university applications I don’t think I mentioned by blog in my applications however the use of blogs to keep up to date with current trends did come up during my interviews!
5. Do you have your own blog?
Yes .... http://aninterestinpatterns.blogspot.co.uk/http://aninterestinpatterns.blogspot.co.uk/

6. Why?
I started a blog because I liked the idea of being able to view all my work in one place, and also allowing other people to see what I’m up to and how my textiles projects are progressing.

7. Has having your own blog led to anything exciting yet?
 Not yet!
8. What do you like to blog about the most? Should it all be work, work, work? Why/why not?
I do only talk about work/ textiles related things on my blog as that’s what I feel it’s there for. I also find it a bit annoying when I’m flicking through someone’s blog and there’s some really good bits followed by 6 posts about their cat! 

P.s sorry about the cheesy photo ... took me about half an hour to find a semi decent photo of myself .. it was either that one or one of me holding raffle winnings from a fete ... 

Oh ... heres some bits and pieces of my work for Fmp ... more on my blog!!



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1. How has the class blog benefited your own creative progress and ideas?
Probably getting to see previous years work, and seeing my classmates work on there and reading their thoughts and ideas from their own perspective is also really intriguing.  
2. Do you regularly follow any specific blogs, and if so, why?
 I like looking at style.com, vogue and elle websites for trend reports etc. but I have also met some contacts through the followers of my personal blog http://imogenfuchsia.wordpress com, such as bloggers of 'soso style me' which I love.
3. What have you gained from looking at other people’s blogs?
 Contacts, enthusiasm, inspiration and also a way of seeing the world through someone elses eyes (oh how clichéd!)
4. Do you think that having a blog/being part of a blog community has been useful in terms of your university applications, i.e. being able to showcase your work in a more professional way?
 Definitely! It's a great thing to have on your cv, and I always feel smug when I mention in an interview that I'm part of a community blog, because if they go and look, they can see what surroundings I have that inspire me the most, which can say a lot about someone's work too.
5. Do you have your own blog?
 I do indeed! http://imogenfuchsia.wordpress.com
6. Why?
 It's a really great way to promote and present your work, and it's a great archive to show what stages you've accomplished. Also, along with your own writing and comment, it lets readers get to see your work from a more personal angle which I think is important.
7. Has having your own blog led to anything exciting yet?
 I've had opportunities such as working at Lucy in Disguise with Sarah Owen (Lily Allen's sister) doing styling and photography for a new website, which was great. I've also been offered to write pieces such as trend reports for other blogs such as sosostyleme. 
8. What do you like to blog about the most? Should it all be work, work, work? Why/why not?
I love blogging because I'm one of those people who tend to have a lot to say for themselves. But as much as my blog is about fashion, I do like writing about what's going on in society, what's been inspiring me lately and even other things such as music, books, and what's going on in my life personally; also new finds like websites, phone apps that have helped me or been really useful are good to talk about. If it's all based solidly on one particular topic, it starts to become very generic and boring, you have to drop in some opinion, discussion and the best part is that it's all from your point of view, so it's not a fact, you can write what you think about the subject, good or bad which is refreshing.








Flo :)

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

the benefits of blogging

Pip Paz-Howlett

(the only boy in fashion & textiles)


1. How has the class blog benefited your own creative progress and ideas?

Over the second year of BTEC I have found the class blog extremely beneficial as its something to do with our work that is constantly ongoing. I find it interesting to look back at this time last year or the year before to see what people have done in the same projects before, which helps me with ideas and inspiration and as well as seeing what level you have to match/top. Other people in the class also post things that may be beneficial to myself or others which helps a lot.

2. Do you regularly follow any specific blogs, and if so, why?

I regularly follow a blog called cosmic-voices which is run by an lcf fashion journalism student. I really love the way they write and review recent collections and it opens my eyes to things I may not have known/noticed before. But it's not just your normal fashion blog, they do amazing illustrations too and give you glimpses into the life of london university living.

3. What have you gained from looking at other people’s blogs?

Personally I've gained a bit more fashion knowledge and ideas on what to comment on in designer research. I probably gain a lot of inspiration and ideas from other peoples work too, taking little components they have used and combining it with other things to make my own thing. Looking at what others post about gives me ideas to create different and more exciting posts so they're not all very similar. I'm also incredibly nosey so I really enjoy seeing what others have been up to.

4. Do you think that having a blog/being part of a blog community has been useful in terms of your university applications, i.e. being able to showcase your work in a more professional way?

When university interviews started I found it very useful looking back at last years posts about interview questions as well as people in our class blogging about their interviews just after they happened, which I suppose helped me prepare answers etc quite a lot. For my university application to manchester metropolitan (don't go there) I had to create my own blog with my unique reference number to the uni as the blog address. In the blog I had to create a post consisting of 10 or 12 of my best images of work and then 250 words describing them, myself and why I applied to the university. I thought this was a really good way of showcasing your work in a professional manner and it looked really clean, simple and to the point.

5. Do you have your own blog?

yes its http://hellomynameispip.blogspot.co.uk/

6. Why?

well i got it in first year after gayle wouldn't stop badgering me and everyone about how important it was. as much as i hate to say it, she was right. i find it a really great platform to showcase your work on as its so easily accessible by anyone. such as in my university interviews i mentioned my blog so they could look at it to see my working process in more detail and to see other work not in my portfolio. but if you just shove your blogs url on a business card it gets it out there ever so quickly, even quicker if you connect it to other social networking sites. I'm hopefully going to add my blog to blog'lovin to get more hits and followers. I also love having my own blog as you can put your own style on everything you do, customising colours and fonts as well as posting about your social life and not just about work all the time.

7. Has having your own blog led to anything exciting yet?

No, not yet unfortunately :( although recently i've had a surge in views and i have regular readers in russia and the usa for some unbeknown reason! i suppose my blog led to an interview at manchester but that wasn't really anything exciting at all. but i find it really cool when people at work have said to me oh i saw your blog and i really love the stuff you put on there bla bla! its like YAY someone actually reads it haha!

8. What do you like to blog about the most? Should it all be work, work, work? Why/why not?

I do enjoy blogging about my work when I'm proud of the work I am producing. Like recently I have only been blogging about FMP and nothing else (which is fair enough as it seems to be all of our lives at the moment). I do also like blogging about my social life outside of fashion work but not in a written way, I just like putting photos up as i find visual things a lot more interesting than written. After fmp is over I would like to blog more about fashion (like reviews etc) stuff I've bought and photography as its something I love to do! I don't think blogs should be just all work as I feel that your readers should get the chance to understand you therefore understanding the way you work better.


heres some of my current fmp work, i only have an a4 scanner which is a bugger when working on an a3 scale, but you kinda get the jist.
part of an illustration

acetates of bacteria i've grown in petri dishes sewn onto fabric

my thumbprint burnt out of black velvet

sketchbook

hair dress
back of my eye in a mirror print for digital printed canvases

same as above!



Blog blog bloggy


Hannah Teasdale



1. How has the class blog benefited your own creative progress and ideas?
It has let me see other peoples work and suggestions when I have been stuck for ideas or inspiration. It has also been very helpful when previous students have posted on the blogs - lots of words of wisdom about University etc...
When I am stuck at a point in my work I can always post on the blog to see what people think and they give me suggestions.

2. Do you regularly follow any specific blogs, and if so, why?
I follow a lot of my friends blogs, I really look up to their work as my peers and it's interesting to see what they are up to. I also follow a couple of other fashion/textile blogs including 5inchandup.blogspot.com - a "what I'm wearing today" kind of blog with the most beautiful photography!
3. What have you gained from looking at other people’s blogs?
Cliched answer but - a whole lot of inspiration! It's great to have somewhere you can go where you can just browse through all of their thoughts, ideas and work and get so many great ideas. Most blogs I follow are written by people who I don't even know from all over the world which is mad in itself! A blog for me is really just somewhere I can go to escape into someone else's little world. 
4. Do you think that having a blog/being part of a blog community has been useful in terms of your university applications, i.e. being able to showcase your work in a more professional way?
I think that if you get it right (which I am still working on) then yes! Very useful. If universities or potential employees can see that you are pro-active and are genuinly excited about your work and that you want to share it with other people - they will be impressed! And I wouldn't say professional was the way I'd describe it, it is somewhere you can showcase your work AND your personality; who you are. And if other people are visiting your blog and taking inspiration from it, great!
5. Do you have your own blog?
I do, although with FMP at the moment, I am definitely not updating it as much as I should! 
6. Why?
 For me, whether there are a million people or no people looking at it, it is just somewhere I can self evaluate and feel proud of what I have acheived. Although if a million people were looking at it then I wouldn't be complaining!
7. Has having your own blog led to anything exciting yet?
 Nope :( But hopefully there will be good things to come once I have some more free time over summer. 
8. What do you like to blog about the most? Should it all be work, work, work? Why/why not?
At the moment it IS all about work work work, posting about all the things I am producing because at the moment it IS all I am doing. But no. I mean don't go posting your whole life on a blog, some things are best kept personal. But I do think that people reading a blog need to feel some kind of connection between themselves and your blog. 
Scarves - Lizzie and Ellie (can't figure out how to rotate)


Masks - Evie and Georgia



Purses (yet to make)





So what do I think of the blog??

 

Lauren James            

1. How has the class blog benefited your own creative progress and ideas?

The class blog has helped me a lot especially during FMP as it gives you the opportunity to look back through preveouse projects and get some inspiration but also to keep you up to date with what stage of the project we should be at. It is also really interesting looking back through othre peoples projects even if you have never met them as well as being a community where we can share our own work and get feedback on it or just keep up to date with what each other are doing.

2. Do you regularly follow any specific blogs, and if so, why?

I do follow blogs regularly most of them are friends blogs but they are still really interesting as they sometimes show you new techniques that you have never used or you tube clips you have ever seen! I also regularly follow this blog to keep up to date with what everone is doing and respond to anyone asking for help or a thought. I also find blogs are really useful when it comes to artist reaserch as it can give you more information about the artist and makes it more interesting than searchng on google.

3. What have you gained from looking at other people’s blogs?

I have gained information for new tecniques as well as tutorials, there is a blog i am currently using called U-handbag to learn how to make a purse.

4. Do you think that having a blog/being part of a blog community has been useful in terms of your university applications, i.e. being able to showcase your work in a more professional way?

I really enjoy posting and folowing the class blog and although i have not applied to uni this year i have heard that having/ being part of a bloging community is a good little thing to leave behind after an interview.   

5. Do you have your own blog?

I dont have my own blog at the monent but i am definetly going to be starting one over the summer!! 

6. Why?

Because i see how useful blogs are to other people and i would also like to share my work with the big wide world and hopefully d=get some feed back from it such as products or companies or even designers contacting me and also it will give me plenty of time to build it up throughout my foundation year ready for applying to uni!!

7. Has having your own blog led to anything exciting yet?

Well not yet because i dont have one at the moment but when i do i really hope that some exiting things will come from it!

8. What do you like to blog about the most? Should it all be work, work, work? Why/why not?

Mostly i blog about my work as i think that future students would find that most benficial but when i have my own blog it will be a bit more peorsonal and include things to do with my hobbies and other things i make as well as college work. 

Here is some images from my FMP which is based on exotic birds....


Resin rings with my fineliner feather drawings trapped inside 



















My applique/screen printed/embroiderd parrot cushions


 


 


 







Screen printed feather vest tops