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the diary of a fashion student: part 2

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Continuing with the knit trend that seems to be happening on my blog of late, I wanted to share with you a few photos of my own knitting progress! What I really love about knit is the endless possibilites you have to create your own fabric. Yesterday, I experimented with adding in embroidery thread with the yarn when knitting which gives the end result interest especially if you use a contasting colour. I also did a swatch using a fluffy textured yarn which I bought from Abakhans for about £1.50 a ball which when knitted looks like the shearling that is all over AW10 garments plus it’s animal friendly, always a bonus for me! I used two different needle sizes to get the uneven finish. Next on my list of things to do for my summer project is to develop print and embroidery ideas for the collection for Anthropologie.

Have any of you taken up a new hobby recently or are working on a project? I’d love to hear all about it…!

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book club: knit and purl stitches 250 to knit

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

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It has been a while since I did my last book review/recommendation and I’m not really sure why as I still read, buy and borrow plenty of fashion related books. Lately, I have really wanted to develop my knitting skills before I return to University. I’ll not pretend I found basic knitting easy; my first attempts were disasterous! My only advice is to just keep practicing with different yarns and needle types to find what works best for you.

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If once you have mastered basic knit and purl knitting you want to enhance your projects with fancy looking stitches, I highly recommend the book ‘Knit and Purl Stitches 250 to knit‘ edited by Erika Knight. This book is great for anyone who just wants to know how to create intricate looking stitches in their work and are not looking for actual knitting projects and patterns. Each pages contains a different stitch with a clear photograph of the how the knit should look along with consise instructions. There is a glossary at the back of the book incase, like me, you are new to knitting and aren’t sure of the exact termnology.

You can purchase the book here, or why not see if your library has a copy. A good idea may be to photocopy any interesting stitches along with the instructions for future reference!

P.S sorry to any design students at Huddersfield University who are after borrowing this book – I have had it for about 6 months now but will be returning it in September!

say hello to: lloyd evans

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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This week Style On The Run caught up with a very talented surface pattern designer, Lloyd Evans. Lloyd manages to achieve the rare balance between edgy and whimsical in his designs whilst always being current and relevant. Together with Sarah Wade who has previously been featured here at SOTR, Lloyd runs their company Design House Studios and works as an artist and illustrator. Both Lloyd and Sarah are very talented and are genuinely lovely people, read on to find out more!

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1.Name, Age (only if you want to give this away…!), Location.
Lloyd Evans, 28, Ipswich

2. Please give a brief bio of your creative journey so far …? (biggest achievements, education, etc)

I graduated from Northampton University in 2004 with a degree in Fine Art. During this period my work began to focus on patterns and rhythms, something that is still evident in my work today. After graduating I went on to practice as an artist, working from Stowmarket Artist Studios in Suffolk. I exhibited throughout the UK both in joint and solo exhibitions. Alongside working as an artist, I have also worked in other fields such as graphic design, interior design and surface pattern. In May 2006 I seized the opportunity to take up an artist residency in Venice, Italy. This experience provided me with new technical knowledge as well as giving me a wealth of inspiration. I was also able to travel throughout Italy and study many works in cities such as Florence, Rome and Naples. During this time I rediscovered my love of drawing, which is still evident in my current surface pattern work; this combines hand-drawn icons with digital media. Since my return to the UK I have been focusing on producing surface patterns for home furnishing, wallpaper, fashion and other applications.

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3. Describe your work in 5 words…
Hand-drawn, Fun, Eclectic, Vibrant, Current.

4. Where does your inspiration come from for the great prints you design?
The inspiration for my work largely comes from everyday life. If ever I’m stuck I just pick up a pen and sketchbook, look around and start drawing. I believe that everything can be inspiring, from magazines, architecture and fashion, to nature, film and art. Artists that I admire include Gary Hume, Ian Davenport, Fiona Rae, Nigel Cook, Peter Doig, Sam Francis and David Hockney.

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5. Please describe a typical day for you?
The life of a self-employed illustrator is vary varied, meaning that there is hardly a typical day. Assuming I’m creating some new designs my day usually begins by brainstorming some ideas over a cup of tea. I usually work on a couple of designs at once, to begin with I’ll think about what icons would be suitable for the themes I’m working on. Then I will do some quick thumbnail sketches to figure out how the designs might work, and what icons I’ll need. Next I will have another cup of tea and spend the morning drawing up these icons, which will then be scanned, so that I can then go on to work on them in Illustrator and Photoshop. Often I will be working late into the evening, this is something you have to be prepared to do if you are self-employed, but if you love what you do then this is never a problem, frequent tea breaks also help. It’s no wonder that some of my latest designs have been teacups and teapots!

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6. Do you have any tips for anybody thinking about starting their own business in the creative industry?
Learn from others! Before setting up on your own I would advise people to get some experience working in a design studio. Try and get involved in as many aspects of the job as possible, when you set up on your own you are not only a designer but an art-worker, sales rep, administrator and even an accountant! Any opportunity you have to develop your skills in areas you are unfamiliar with should be taken.

I would also take advantage of any free courses that are run by Business Link or the Inland Revenue in your area, these short half-day courses will help you learn about such things as how to set up a company or paying your tax. They are also a good opportunity to network with other likeminded people who are setting up a business, you never know who might need a business card or a website designing.

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7. Are you following any blogs at the moment that you recommend?
I have been reading printpattern for a long time, this is a great resource for looking at current trends in surface pattern design. More recently I have discovered urbansketchers which shows the sketchbook work of a number of invited artists, from architects, illustrators to web developers and painters. This blog is a real gem, drawing on location is a passion of mine and often artist’s sketchbooks remain as private documents, but here you can see what people from around the world are up to.

8. FINALLY, would you like to take this opportunity to plug anything?!
Me and my partner Sarah have just finishing updating our website, we have tweaked the look and layout of the site, as well as uploading some new designs that we have been developing over the past few weeks. You can find us at www.designhousestudios.co.uk.

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fabric storage idea

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Before I tell you about my ingenious fabric storage idea, I hope you like my new blog banner and colour scheme change! I just felt the previous theme was a little too crafty (sorry, never thought I’d ever think anything could be too crafty…) and didn’t give a huge fashion feel. I like to think that the new styling of the blog is more in the middle of both fashion and craft which is how I would like the future of the blog to be. Up until now, I have felt obliged to write about crafts and textiles as that was  the impression the sites appearance seemed to give. However! I am wanting to focus a little more of the fashion part of my life; afterall I am studying for a degree in fashion design and currently work as a design assistant! Hopefully it will be a success and you will enjoy reading and seeing what I have to say on all things fashion.

I am a complete hoarder. This is much to my boyfriend’s despair as slowly, but surely, he is losing his half of the our one bedroom flat to my ever expanding wardrobe and craft/sewing collection. Our utility cupboard which should just be home to our washing machine, mop, etc, etc, is jam packed with carrier bags over flowing with remnants of fabrics from past projects and fabrics bought for rainy days which just seem to sit there for months on end. Enough was enough and something had to change. Needless to say I haven’t thrown anything out as well, you just never know do you! Instead, I bought these rather nifty bags from Poundland for just (I think you could guess this in 3) £1.00! They’re huge, good quality and have a zip so goodbye to spilling fabrics! My boyfriend’s reaction was ‘why have you bought old lady bags?’ but I think once he sees the order that now exists in our cupboard, he’ll change his mind.

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Voila! Neat and organised.

in store: knitted goodies

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

This week I’m experimenting with knitted textures. I have come to terms with the fact I will never be able to much more than simple knitted structures (garter stitch etc) and so am trying to create am much interest as I can with the basics I know… I will be using different size needles within the same swatches and weaving fabrics through the samples to add texture.

Whilst on the hunt for inspirational knits, I came across these lovely items on Etsy that I just had to share with you …

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lamaworks – sultry night rainbow mohair lace scarf – $45

rockpaperscissorsetc – rags and riches dumpster diva knit – $65

laimashop – speckled ruffled mohair shawl – $50

gsakowskidesigns – jazz scarf – $45

bunting crazy

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Today I had a go at making my own bunting as part of the SOTR accessories range. I used a mix of various scrap fabrics, vintage buttons and cotton bias binding, and a few hours later, ta-da! my first bunting!

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pinning the template to various fabrics

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all pressed and ready to sew

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stitching the pieces in place

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a peak inside my sewing box

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a vintage button helps to hold the loop for hanging

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topstitching and fraying

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