Monday, 29 June 2015

Tie making...

I finally learnt how to make a tie after i was approached by a lovely lady asking for a commission to design and make a tie for a retiring maths teacher. The design involves and infinity symbol and a mobius strip. I really enjoyed creating this piece!....

Friday, 19 June 2015

Time flies!!

It's nearly the end of June already! I've been so busy learning so many new things, i'm constantly forgetting to blog about them :(.

Good news to start of with... I finally got myself a job!... (a job relating to my degree). I'm now a textile technician at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. I couldn't love it more. Everyday i'm faced with different and new tasks... some challenging and others that get me quite excited (like buying new equipment!) 

I'm at the university full time, inducting print students into the equipment within the studio. The inductions i've given so far have include how to coat screens, de-coating, exposing screens, different dye recipes, how to mix up print pastes, heat press use, steamer use and introductions to large scale repeat production. 

I feel like part of the studio now and will be great to see so many other students progress and produce amazing textiles. One of my many goals here is to turn the studio around... update it! The place is still in 60's zone and all it needs is a bit of paint, re-organising and mostly ... love. I couldn't love this studio more as it's pretty much my second home now.

Dyeing fabric is one of my favourite things to do, i'm currently updating a couple of the dye recipe books we keeps in the department. It's so great to watch from start to finish the whole process of colour.

This week i've been updating the Remazol Black Liquid Dye book. I love to see how so many different fabric take the colour in completely different ways...

I have no doubt i'll be so busy for the next few months updating the studio!... Next week is New Designers exhibition in London where all the graduates will be showing their work.... well worth the trip, i'm looking forward to it :)