Ta Da!

These Times – How We Maintained Focus 2020

Hand in and they made it.Yay!

What an end to a three year degree, who would have imagined it?

This graduating cohort have risen to the occasion and worked their socks off

Here we see Asha wearing one of her designs with great style.

The show will be on line so please call back to see their amazing output.

WELL DONE 2020. You have made it a year to remember for all the right reasons

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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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.”

I was working as a waitress in a cocktail bar…

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Jessica Westlake’s graduating project

From growing up in a small town in the south west, there wasn’t a large variety of job opportunities for young adults. I decided to work in bars and restaurants. The coast, not far away, was bustling  with more people than my small town, it was where I worked in a bar.

I enjoyed working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, as I gained  confidence from working in this environment.

Gaining confidence, I started working at a more sophisticated cocktail bar to build my experience and knowledge.

I Worked in the ‘Sunset Lounge’ cocktail bar.

I could visualise my knitwear displayed in this space, overlooking the coast, with the sunlight glistening beside my collection.

I want my designs and products to be fit for the  market which socialise in the cocktail bar scenes.

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I want to explore the vibrant colours, shapes and lines of the citrus fruits I used in the cocktails because they demonstrate a fun colour palette which will be utilised within my collages and knitting.

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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.