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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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.

With a Little Help From Our Friends

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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.

Congratulations

Three graduating students from Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors have been awarded residencies. See above

Sarah Wilkinson, Harriet Kingston and Gracie Porter

We are so delighted they can continue their studio practice seamlessly

Well done Sarah Wilkinson. Here Sarah is standing in front of her work at New Designers

Congratulations to Harriet. Here’s Harriet at New Designers

and here is a piece of Gracie Porter’s work

Success at New Designers

Amber Sarayapour at New Designers
Amber receiving her award at New Designers

Fabulous success at New Designers in Islington, London last week

Amber Sarayapour won the Harlequin Award for outstanding design.

She received her prize money and placement from the Dennis Nothdruft, Head of Exhibitions, @fashionandtextilemuseum 

Amber’s work was also was picked up by Sainsbury and Debenhams.