Monday, 19 January 2015
For me, when it comes to the dye lab... I feel right at home, and I'm back in Farnham getting creating and making the best of my skills possible!
I've been extremely fortunate to be given a new stepping stone in my textile journey. For 3 months I am now the print technician at Farnham University textiles department, and I couldn't be in a better position. I am there 4 days as week as technician involving giving inductions to the students of how to use all the equipment safely, what they are used for and print processes. The job also involves general maintenance of the studio and assisting with help for 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students' practical work. I've been there 2 weeks and already I simply love the job, I feel like I can really make the most of my skills that I learnt there whilst studying.
As for my Fridays which I'm very lucky to have off, I choose to be back in the studio... an absolute must! Whilst studying at Farnham, one of the main priorities for me was to simply be in the studio everyday if possible and make use of the fantastic space and facilities the studio has to offer. Especially after not being in the studio for about 8 months, I was desperate to get back into a studio and get making! Now I have the chance to play around with new exciting designs again as well as working in a fantastic environment!
Last Friday was the day for dyeing fabric, relaxing in the dye lab and simply experimenting. I'll give this a go for a few more weeks and get a good collection to work with.
Saturday, 3 January 2015
First of all .. HAPPY NEW YEAR! ... 2014 seem to be a long one. But quite a lot has happened and I'm now ready to move on to the next one :) I said to myself that after graduating I wanted a job in textiles before Christmas.... I guess you could say I succeeded.
I had the lovely opportunity to be apart of a brand new craft shop that opened up about 3 months ago and had great lot of success! All thanks to Tracy Braybrook and Kate Donohoe :) I was able to sell some of my work which honestly I originally thought never would but being apart of that shop gave me a new faith in my work and now I feel so encouraged to keep making!
I thought I'd finally take the opportunity to mention the awesome crafters that were n the shop that everyone definitely needs to look at... everyone's work is so different but all lovely and interesting, there's something for everyone:
Tracy Braybrook (Eden Reborn) - www.facebook.com/EdenRebornBlog
Kate Donohoe (Loopy Needles) - www.facebook.com/LoopyNeedles
Zoe Meredith (Tubbs Cosmetics) - www.tubbscosmetics.co.uk/
Naomi Jackson (Button Daydreams) - www.facebook.com/pages/Button-Daydreams/589067357801328
Jackie Denham (Rubt and Jack) - www.rubyandjack.co.uk
Stephanie Block (Stephanie Block Artwork) - www.facebook.com/StephanieBlockArtwork
Samantha Robinson - (Butterflies and Cupcakes) - www.facebook.com/butterfliesandcupcakes
Nicola Clarke (Nicola Clarke) - www.nicola-clarke.co.uk/
Gwen Petitpierre (Good Life Gateway) - www.goodlifegateway.com/
Claire Lake (Pepermint Pony Design) - www.facebook.com/PeppermintPonyDesign
Helen Dyne (Glass Art) - www.facebook.com/pages/Helen-Dyne-Glass-Artist/308470513007
Rebecca Scantlebury (Little Bird Creative) - www.littlebirdcreativestudio.co.uk/
Vivian Chan (Purple Stitches) - www.facebook.com/purplestitches.handmade
Louise Floyd - (Eloise's Pieces) - www.facebook.com/eloisespieces
Kate Hope (Hope and Rainbows) - www.hopeandrainbows.co.uk/
Linda Van der Wel (Invisigle's Jewels) - www.facebook.com/invisigles.jewels
Sandie Richens (The Cat's Out of the Bag) - www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cats-out-of-the-Bag/600259023348201?pnref=lhc
Elaine Thorpe (Snuggly Sockimals) - www.facebook.com/SnugglySockimals
Maz Madden (Changes)
The shop is hoping to re-open in the spring! So fingers crosses... and please keep a look out on the All Our Own Crafts sites for updates!
As for me now.... I've been lucky enough to be offered 3 months work experience working at Farnham University as a textiles technician! I start on Tuesday and can't wait, really nervous but excited .. will be great to get back into the studio again, this time a bit of teaching as well :) .. so here goes.. start of something new.