These Times and How We Maintained focus
‘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.
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🤩
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
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Locksbrook, everything going to plan and on schedule to be completed on time for the big opening.
Final year student (Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors) Chanel Buckland, has taken the opportunity to share her volunteering experiences with students from across all years
Chanel has a wealth of ideas, tips and suggestions to make your contribution to this worthwhile cause a success.
On this occasion Chanel talked about her time in Nepal, Thailand and Cambodia.
These experiences have inspired her to complete her degree by using the images and drawings from her travels to inform her final project.
Up Late at the Holburne Museum, Bath.
Our students thoroughly enjoyed sharing their love and passion for textiles with the wider public.
The 2nd yr’s had responded to the museum collections and their responses and interpretations were on display for all to see and admire.
The feedback was tremendously postive from students and visitors and from the museum staff too.
Here’s to next year.