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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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.

Go Jess……

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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?

 

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Jess says

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🤩

Who Works In A Space Like This?

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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.

ANSWERS TOMORROW

More images to share as we move around the house/studio in future posts.

 

 

Establishing Studios: These Times

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!

Starting Today: These Times

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.