The Tyger

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Alice says……
I have always had a love for tigers
My dad always used to read me ‘The Tiger that came to tea’ when i was tiny. I fell in love with the story and illustrations, and thought maybe one day a tiger would visit me for tea!
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My project- ‘The Tyger’ features inspiration from the William Blake poem called ‘The Tyger’ as well as Kew Gardens & London Zoo.
 I enjoy reading the Poem ,’Tyger’ by Blake, in particular, due to the narrative it leads throughout and its constant rhyming couplets.
Inspired by my love for storytelling, animals and nature, I decided to develop this idea by creating a children’s wear collection based on Tigers, Giraffes, Hippos and Monkeys which may also be used for a visual merchandising display.
Creating characters is something new to me and I have been loving it! it is so exciting seeing these animals come to life in my prints and large scale paintings. I love working with texture/block colour and seeing the two compliment each other!
I think it is important with what is happening in the world right now, to stay positive & remember that animals belong in this world just as much as we do.
Follow my instagram: @alicetheprinter for more updates!
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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.”

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.

Jessica Morgan-Helliwell

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Center stage today is Jessica Morgan Helliwell. Welcome to her colourful underwater world.

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Thalassic Botanica,.

Thalassic is a word that is related to the sea and Botanica is a play on botanic which is related to the life of plants in this case, the plants of the sea.

Living by the sea, I have always been indulged with luscious beaches and aquatic life. When I was asked what ‘I wanted to be when I grow up’ I was torn between two careers: 1) Being a Marine Biologist OR

2)The  Textile industry as an Interior designer.

Deciding between two very different fields, I followed my aspirations and went for the creative route I have always loved and thrived in.

This project is the time for me to rediscover my love for marine biology and combine it with my chosen career path in textiles.

Focusing on coral reefs the collection I’m looking closely at the textures, shapes and colourings found on varieties of coral, seaweed and species that create the architectural colonies of the ocean.

I’m incorporating the lives that exist and thrive among coral reefs and creating innovative, busy digital prints for a quirky, colourful interior setting.

 

 

At home with Jordan

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Continuing our weekend theme with our graduating designers.

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“We are torn between nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not we are homesick for the places we have never known” – Carson McCullers

 

The Story of ‘REMINISCENT’ is exploring how my spirit and soul  drives me back to the place that I call home.

With collective research derived from the “Riviera of Devon” in Torbay, I portray an essence of ‘wander’; from the cliffs leading down to the sea, to the wildflowers that surround the landscape.

The focus on the wild botanicals is a metaphor – seen through their qualities to self-seed, and change in the seasons. My nostalgic emotions can be unpredictable, yet the desire to ‘spread my wings and fly’ has me in a constant battle between the ‘once was’ and the ‘what will be’.

It’s a feeling of escapism and tranquillity – visually translated into experimental textile prints.

The spirit of my project is adventurous and organic. I have learned to appreciate my home; happy place and discovered a need to share  with others around me.

There is no better time to spend at home than right now.

Spotlight on Mille Sandy

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Creative soul, Millie Sandy, is in the spotlight today, as part of our weekend celebration of  this years graduating cohort.

Millie writes-

‘Putto and the Unexpected Guest’ follows the story of a little cherub who struggles to identify love within himself and amongst his surroundings.

Confused by fellow putti, who spend their lives cultivating love through flowers and song, Putto turns to the Love Giants, inspired by the different forms of love according to the Ancient Greeks, to inquire about the unnamed burning sensation he frequently felt within himself.

With no luck, Putto begins a journey through nature, enjoying the simple things in life when he stumbles across his reflection within a puddle and soon realises what he had been missing.

This feeling was love and through his quest had discovered it did not only surface from the love received from others but could be felt through the love of oneself, the surroundings and of times gone by.

This message is emphasised through research of the Renaissance, a colour scheme developed from a trip to Rome and embedded through the use of recycled, ‘pre-loved’ materials.

In a time of uncertainty, where we must remain distant but strong, love still continues to hold this planet together.

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Keep up your tremendous ethic Millie, you’re winning.

 

Spotlight on Jess Game

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Each weekend we will follow the progress of two of our graduating students

Working under these conditions they deserve all the glittering prizes!

Let me introduce you to Jess Game – Knitter extraordinaire

Here, in Jess’s words, is the narrative to her work

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For years I had the above image of me sat on my gorgeous plastic throne hung on my bedroom wall. At the time, I was extremely enthusiastic about gardening and took great pride in my veggie patch.

However, I saw (and still see) these two funny looking pumpkins as my biggest gardening achievement. Peas please, is a knitwear collection inspired by my childhood love of vegetables.

This collection is led by colour and pattern and is intended for children’s fashion.

It is full of character and quirky details to give something usually considered to be boring (especially to children) a more fun and exciting view.

It has been created on Dubieds and domestic knitting machines to create knits of varying weights and structures.

The collection features a range of fun jacquards and intarsias along with some heavily textural pieces.

Handknitted and crochet embellishments have also been applied to create individual and unique details and trims.