These Times and How we Maintained Focus
Center stage today is Jessica Morgan Helliwell. Welcome to her colourful underwater world.
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.
These Times and ‘How we Maintained Focus’
Continuing our weekend theme with our graduating designers.
“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.
These Times and How We Maintained Focus
Creative soul, Millie Sandy, is in the spotlight today, as part of our weekend celebration of this years graduating cohort.
‘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.
Keep up your tremendous ethic Millie, you’re winning.
These Times and How we Maintained Focus
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
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.
These Times – How we Maintained Focus
How enterprising of one of our creative thinkers.
Jessica Morgan-Helliwell has produced an outline pattern for you to download and fill in with the colours of your choice.
It may inspire you to get more creative during these unique, home-based times.
Where will you get your colour reference from?
I’d love to see all of your creations! So tag me on instagram/Facebook @Jmhtextiles and use the hashtag #colourwithjmh and ill repost your pictures on my social media!
I have tagged an image of how I have coloured it in as well to give you some inspiration🤩
These Times – How We Maintained Focus.
Yes, who does work in a space like this?
Staff have shared their temporary home working spaces.
Guess whose spaces they are?
Letters below the images
Share your guesses on your facebook pages.
More images to share as we move around the house/studio in future posts.
Theses Times-And How We Maintained Focus. 2020
Working outside is definitely an option for our creatives Textile Design for Fashion and Interior students
and in this glorious weather they are even getting a little help from their friends.
Lucy with help in Bristol
Asha and her companion
The sun is out!
Jess and her flamingos
Lowri in Brecon
Amanda’s tutorial spot
And HOW WE MAINTAINED FOCUS.
Yesterday we started our record of how Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors students were coping with the unique situation we find ourselves in.
Now working remotely they have set up studio’s wherever they are situated around the world.
The creative spaces, have put together so quickly, are a testament to their desire to carry on creating.
Tomorrow we have the third collection of student’s images and the 4th post will be guess which staff’s studio this is!
3rd yr Megan’s studio
All help gratefully received-making a print table
Jess’s studio tidy for a day
Still tidy, for the moment
3RD YR jess at sea.
1st yr Rosie’s studio
2ND YR All help gratefully received to make an impromptu print table
3RD YR Jessica moves into the kitchen
3RD YR Tabitha’s up in the roof
3rd YR Enjoying the sun streaming in
2ND YR Natalie’s little studio
2ND YR Jessie set to annoy her flat mates
Natalie’s studio full sun
The computer is up and running
and HOW WE MAINTAINED FOCUS.
In light of the world pandemic Bath School of Design are undertaking immediate steps to ensure that, although working remotely, our design students are engaged, focussed and supported in their studies.
From now, until this situation rights itself, and we are able to interact socially, we’ll be dedicating the blog to how our Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors students are coping and making the very best of what they have.
Of course, they’re some of the most creative people around, what else would you expect ?
This first blog post celebrates how, within 6 days, they travelled home, some across the world, and set up studio immediately, ready to throw themselves back into work and start creating immediately
We salute you. You tenacious, talented people.
3rd yr Sophie set up her loom and is ready to go
3rd yr Olivia ready to paint
3rd yr Caitlin’s studio with a view
3rd yr Jess ready to knit
3rd yr Jess ready to design
2nd yr Evie’s corner studio
2nd yr Ellen Iona’s cosy space
The first years could spin a yarn but better still they are inventing their own.
Using found materials and spoils from the scrapstore the students are creating fantasy yarns and threads. From this experiment they will construct exciting 3D surfaces and structures
‘Sewing’ the seeds for future careers