Sunday, June 26, 2011

Stencils are a time saver!

I tried a little something different this week with my discharge (mostly bcoz i was feeling lazy). OMG i neeeeeeeed to explain that this is jacquard discharge paste and it is used to bleach areas of dyed fabric (not some kind of disgusting bodily function that i suddenly felt the need to share with the world).

anyway.......i use jacquard discharge paste to create designs on silk (some of which you may have seen the sketches for in my previous posts). Usually i do this by making a simple line drawing on newsprint, stretching the fabric over the drawing and then, using a paint brush, tracing the lines with the discharge. Once it's dry i use an iron to activate the paste (the fabric goes white wherever the paste has been applied) then, after rinsing the fabric,  i can add more detail by dyeing or painting over the top.

Well, as i say, this week i was feeling a little lazier than usual so i had the genius idea of creating a stencil. The first layer came out pretty well so fingers crossed the rest works out!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Stella + Lanvin

As you may or may not know i've been doing animal prints for about the last million years. So you can imagine how much i don't want to return to doing them again (especially after the Mcqueen influence of last week)!! With this in mind i turned to Stella McCartney and Lanvin and found these!!

Roll on winter leaves, woop woop!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Work - Week 2

Since for copyright reasons i can't post photos of the designs themselves i've decided to post some of the sketches of this week's exploits. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

CSM 2011

Central Saint Martins Degree Show in Fine Art takes place from the 17th until the 23rd June 2011. Catch it if you can. I'm gonna miss it but i wanna wish a good friend of mine Kazaron Fields a good show!! Good luck at the private view tonight kazzy! :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I'm doing my best to post as often as possible so with that in mind i thought i'd share with you my inspiration for this weeks set of designs. Right now we're transitioning into the winter months so i've been on the look out for designs which can work for autumn.This Alexander McQueen dress is GORGEOUS!! With any luck i'll be able to translate this look into at least four high-street friendly designs by next Tuesday!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Work - Week 1

Now that i've managed to get through a whole week of work i feel it's worth posting my thoughts on my new working & living arrangements.
Luckily i haven't found the change of location too difficult to adjust to in terms of my work. the most difficult thing is not allowing myself to become distracted by thoughts of the beach! not having a car for most of the day has helped enormously with this! i managed to get myself set up pretty quickly and locate all the equipment i need (although i foresee a problem finding specific pens locally, but i'll just have to find a way around that).

I had some trouble with my dye for a while but i put that down to my own stupidity and moved on.  Apparently using a slightly larger pot than usual was just too much for my brain to handle. Needless to say the concentration (of the dye and not my brain in this case) was completely off for quite some time.  

anyway..........this weeks brief was winter animal prints and although i can't publish the entire design for copyright reasons i can publish sections and sketches so................

    Not too shabby if i say so myself!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Website update

I recently added a new 'Artwork' section to my website which i will do my best to update as often as possible so keep your eyes peeled for new work!

Saturday, June 4, 2011


While i'm here in this tropical paradise i'll continue with the job i do in London. (this for those who don't know is designing textiles on a freelance basis for a company called Bay & Brown).

I will also be finishing a project i started last summer for a hotel here. over the past few days i have made a start on the final drawings that needed to be completed for said project. it is quite likely that they will need to be changed before going to print but i'll give u a peek at the progress i've made with them so far!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Barbados!, once again i've been neglecting my blog. but i DO have a good excuse! i've been busy moving :)

so this is where i've moved from........

(this is the view from the window in my bedroom where i work from at home in good 'ol Londres)

..........this is my workspace in london.......

.........this is my workspace in my new location.........

........and this is the view from the window!!!!

while i'm here i'll be toodling along much like i do at home but hopefully there'll be a bit more to blog about so stay tuned :)