The Garden at 2000 feet

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Sophia Bevan
Let’s dip into Sophia’s passion
‘The Garden at 2000ft’ features inspiration from The Eden Project as well as Marrakech, Morocco.
It has always been a dream of mine to visit Marrakech and soak up all the bohemian vibes and bright coloured tapestry.
However, since joining the TDFI course I have grown to distinguish that that ideology was not in my realm anymore.
Instead, upon arrival, Marrakech was much more than what you see on Pinterest.
The colours, composition and textures within the souks, mountains and general streets appealed to me most.
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It is no surprise to anyone that I am inspired by nature.

It is what gets my creative juices flowing the most. It is the air we breathe and what makes me feel the most connected to the world we live in.
I have focussed on the plants and flowers that catch my eye within The Eden Project, Cornwall.
My first time visiting was in Summer 2019 and I was completely blown away.
A place purely based on regeneration is an amazing concept with biomes and contemporary gardens.
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I was mostly drawn to the colour, shape, detail and uniqueness of the array.
Summer was the peak of blooms and I love to capture this with my love for photography which was passed down from my late Grandfather/professional photographer.

Capturing a still moment before they are gone is something that fascinates me entirely.

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My process always starts with drawing and painting then gets transformed into beautiful digital prints open for interiors and fashion.

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BO-KAAP-The slopes of Signal Hill.

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“Growing up in Cape Town I was exposed to so many different cultures, each one with its own vibrant activities.

I specifically remember a fascinating district known as the Bo-Kaap, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill, just beyond Cape Town’s city centre.

  This area is filled with colour, culture, contrast and cuisine.

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The defining features of the Bo-Kaap are its multitude of vividly painted historic houses and its quaint cobbled streets.

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Throughout my life in Cape Town, there are specific memories that I have of visiting this unique place.                                                                                                                                      My first memory was as early as eight years old: I remember jumping off the school bus onto the cobbled streets and being immediately immersed into a rainbow of colours. Each house is painted in a different colour making the streets look almost too perfect as if they belonged on a film set.

During this trip, we visited some local crafts people, explored the colourful streets and ate some deliciously sweet foods.

The next trip that I remember, I was about to turn sixteen and the experience was quite different from the first. Our group of school students were invited into one of the original historical homes to participate in a cooking class. We were submerged in the culture and the wonderful smells of Malay spices.

The last memory I have of the magical streets of the Bo-Kaap is just before I left the beautiful city of Cape Town to move to England. I remember standing in the cobbled streets, surrounded by colours from lime green to fuschia pink to cerulean blue and sunflower yellow. Absorbing the atmosphere and bathed in the golden summer heat, I remember looking up at the granite greys and earthy browns of the rocky face of Table Mountain and noticing all the exquisite harmonies and contrasts.

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This is what makes the Bo-Kaap so magical:  the rough natural textures of the mountain juxtaposed with the smooth, kaleidoscope of colours in the houses.

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Today I can still remember the glow of the sun on the rainbow houses, the smell of the Malay spices, the natural rocky texture of the mountains and the sweetness of the food I ate that very first time I walked the cobbled streets of the Bo-Kaap.

From this inspiration, I will design a collection of woven samples for the purpose of fashion.”

I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar…

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Jessica Westlake’s graduating project

From growing up in a small town in the south west, there wasn’t a large variety of job opportunities for young adults. I decided to work in bars and restaurants. The coast, not far away, was bustling  with more people than my small town, it was where I worked in a bar.

I enjoyed working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, as I gained  confidence from working in this environment.

Gaining confidence, I started working at a more sophisticated cocktail bar to build my experience and knowledge.

I Worked in the ‘Sunset Lounge’ cocktail bar.

I could visualise my knitwear displayed in this space, overlooking the coast, with the sunlight glistening beside my collection.

I want my designs and products to be fit for the  market which socialise in the cocktail bar scenes.

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I want to explore the vibrant colours, shapes and lines of the citrus fruits I used in the cocktails because they demonstrate a fun colour palette which will be utilised within my collages and knitting.

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Caitin Evans

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‘Fighting the elements’.

My childhood years were exciting and adventurous, partly due to my parents’ beautiful garden, designed and created by them.

Some fond memories of the garden include; tea parties in the summer house and treehouse, my dad wheeling me and my brother Ben down the garden in the wheelbarrow, playing in the stream with friends and helping my mum grow (or eat) the tomatoes.

I have decided what better way to celebrate my childhood and love for plants than to base my final project on my  garden and memories

I have chosen to take the garden landscape , illustrations of my  family and pets and to integrate them with tropical plants drawn from a recent visit to the Eden project.

This collection of prints, of my own tropical garden paradise, is designed  for a domestic interior setting.

Playing in the garden allowed my creativity and ideas to flow, which I have now carried on in my artwork with the desire to become a textile designer.

Highlight on a strong woman-Becky

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Becky Davies celebrates the strong female influences in her life. Past, present and future
The women in my life play a significant role in my journey and personality.
They’re the reason I’m the creative, hard-working gob shite that will happily be myself and not care what anyone thinks, so this is a thank you to them.
This is a celebration of the empowerment of women, showing women being their most authentic self.
This particular theme shows what being an empowering badass woman means to me, through illustrations of nude women in different scenarios whether that may be mopping floors in the kitchen, masturbating in their bedrooms or hanging out with friends.
I will also create motifs that will be created into prints showing women’s natural bodies, showing people that being natural in every possible state is beautiful.

Keep on telling us like it is, Becky!

The Mechanics of the Field

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Olivia Holbrook explains her unique knit project.
‘The mechanics of the field’ is inspired by family holidays and the love of unusual objects.
My family took me to Devon or Cornwall every year, allowing me to play in fields and exploring in the woods; bringing my attention to wind farms and tractors, the agricultural lifestyle that you don’t find in the city.
My love of mechanical objects has inspired me in many ways.
I’m intrigued by things that people overlook.
My collection for ‘The Mechanics of the Field’ has led me to explore less travelled  pathways, creating designs that have several outcomes.
I see my collection being used for menswear  but I’ve also have turned my designs
into objects children, and even adults, can play with.
By using both machine and hand knit techniques this has allowed my outcomes to have a variety of  weights and textures, allowing the audience to explore different experiences through touch and play.
My colour scheme is bright, using primary and secondary colours inspired by reference I made while exploring the wonderful world of tractors.