Tuesday, 29 March 2011


An idea I have in the pipeline. I have just tested it and came up with a development whilst in the shower [always a good place for reflecting ideas]. As much as I love sewing, it involves more quilting, which I thought I might have given up for a whilst. Obviously not yet.

It might not look like much but it is a tiny footstep in the right direction.

Testing, Y, 2, 3

Also, I was asked to make a few personalized cushions today so I have to do some experimenting into that as it might prove challenging with their request. Will update on cushions and all soon.

Monday, 28 March 2011


Today I posted off a few little commissioned pieces to a friend. She requested five scented pouches a few weeks ago in order to accompany garments that she sells to clients. I sent her a sample earlier in the month, and waited for feedback to which she requested pastel/pale fabrics for 3 inch square pouches. I am hoping to hear back from her soon to make sure they are to her liking but I am pleased as punch as I managed to finish them on Sunday. It was quite a struggle to find some really nice fabric combos for the pouches that fitted her requirement as a lot of what I have is quite bold and not pale as requested. 

Photos were took earlier today in my back garden.

All pouches are scented with Rose Buds.

 Pouches are also available in lavender upon request. Email me at Jbabey2001@hotmail.com

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Fabricated Forest

The Collaboration

Three weeks ago, Vicky Law asked me if I wanted to do a collaboration project. Presuming I had time to do it, I said yes and met up with her to discuss ideas and possibilities however I got myself an internship days later resulting in lack of time. 

Vicky wanted to make use of a trial of Cinema 4D and I had no particular preferences to what I wanted to achieve so we clashed together her digital skills and my love of textiles. After some thought and pizza, we decided to try and create a scene on 4D using various textiles to create all the objects. First we rummaged her flat for fabrics, then I rummaged my stock for bits and scanned/photographed them in to send to Vicky.

So Vicky got to work, and this is what she did..

Fabric - buttons on foam. 

Leather for the tree

Rocks were made of scrunched up silk-like fabric. River were stripes of a similar fabric but more metallic blue.

Sky- cotton on fabric as putting in the cotton as separate items didn't work.

Button Flowers

Front on.

Flowers placed on set.

Vicky finished working on the construction of this piece last week by making a small film on Cinema 4D and will be accompanied by music in the near future.
The films and other tester clips can be seen at Vicky's Vimeo here.

We weren't really sure what we wanted to achieve to be honest, we just thought it would be a good way to get ourselves being creative, however I let the side down a bit by getting work and I haven't stopped since our meeting on the 8th. We talked about me making 3D objects [similar to that in film Science of Sleep] but so much got in the way of me putting more of myself into this I think we were ultimately limited.

Mixing textiles and digital practices is not impossible, I know this and wanted to try and prove that in what we were doing. Next time I plan to set time aside for projects such as these.

Find Vicky here too.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011


This is only a quick blog as I am very tired having just completed two weeks solid work and no break until Sat. I have a list of things I want to get on with but I am exhausted. Trying to get my time to get various things on the go as my placement is a design company therefore I haven't touched my sewing machine in a long time however priority has gone to rest and sleep.

 Some links to more blogs and artists that inspiring in some way or other. 

[  http://pirouetteblog.com  ]

Children's design, news and inspiration.
Awesome bits and bobs.

[  http://cremeanglaiseuk.canalblog.com  ]
More kids stuff like this

 Makes me want to make cushions, as does..

[  http://www.donnawilson.com  ]

'Donna Wilson set up her company in 2003 after making odd knitted creatures for her final show at the Royal College of art. The creatures sold out and since then she has built her business designing and making a collection of curious cushions, luxurious lambswool blankets, and variety of products for you and your home.'

This is the kinda stuff I love and makes me giddy!

[  http://dianaschoenbrun.com  ]
A highly creative individual with experience with many companies including Nintendo, Penguin Group, Andrews McMeel and McGrawHill. Diana creates wonderful spectrum of products, but my favourite being these characters and animals which I cant help but think of a favourite film of mine- the Science of Sleep(2006- Michel Gondry). 

That is all for now, but do expect a big blog regarding the collaboration project I did with Vicky Law at the end of the week.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011



I want to use bed sheets to create messages. This is a good use of bed sheet.

Monday, 14 March 2011


A small peek at current progress after lots of exchanges between myself and Miss Law.
From me...

..to her.

That is all for now.

Mumford and Some..

I am now four days into working at Mudpie [trend forecasters], and its quite a delight as it has opened my eye to a few artists they have used for their work in various areas. 

Cathey Cullis
Mixed media artist, and looking at her textile based work just gets me quite excited! I like the mix of monoprints with fabric and stitching.

Dan Mumford
Digital illustrator with some very details and quite astonishing work, which reminds me of someone else, but I just can't put my finger on it!

Erin Petson
Artist and illustrator, with mark-making skills that create some beautiful figures

Jason Munn
Poster artist. Nice and simple. Always the best way.

Tara Hardy
Mixed media artist. I love her quirky images that have a deeper sub-context.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011


Today I visited a friend from my graduate course to discuss a possible collaboration project. Vicky Law, portfolio here, was as much hands on as I was, but had a flare for creating models and prototypes as well as logos and exhibition design. Her FMP was an exhibition set up [details] designed for 5-9 year olds, which was quite a contrast to my sensitive project about domestic abuse. 

So we discussed what we wanted to get out of it, and if it wasn't for my work experience, we would have opened more doors and looked to push ideas a bit further. But we decided to mix my love for textiles and mixed media with her continuing pursuit to learn new programs together and create a piece. I shall say no more for now, but we have got only a small time scale of 10 days from now to create something so everything has gotta be done sharpish. I will update about this soon enough with photos and with a final piece in a couple of weeks.Hopefully.

Sunday, 6 March 2011


So as well as the London adventures, I was also blessed with two days of new, very different, experiences.

I volunteered for Southampton City Art Gallery, helping with exhibition set up, and was a lot of painting, tidying, painting, sanding, painting and team work. Although it was just the one day and lots of little jobs, it was quite enjoyable meeting other people who were also volunteering for the day and trying to get insider knowledge on the upcoming Warhol exhibition [opening 26th March].

I applied for some work experience at a design company called MudPie, situation in the countryside near Romsey. MP have developed 'a range of fashion services to help you deliver 'on-trend' garments, colours and graphics within the shortest possible time frame.' So I spent Friday in their very rural setting and amongst their MPDClick team where I used Corel for the first time, and it was a complete breeze. I thought it unusual that the whole team were set up on Windows, but there no real problems with it, I forgot how quick I am to pick up new things. At the end of the day, they have taken me on to do a few weeks work experience, which will be great! I start Wednesday.

Bass to BT

Wednesday 2nd March 2011.
So I planned myself a little visit to London, to get away and be inspired! I heard about two shows that I wanted to visit, as well as a fellow graduate from WSA inviting me along to her mid-way MA show at LCC. I gave myself a rough itinerary and set out for my art-filled day.

First stop; Kemistry Gallery // Bass Notes
I set off for Shoreditch and found the gallery easily enough as it was a stones throw from where I had my work in Summer. I looked at Saul Bass when I was in college, and I was quite taken with his work [who isn't], and I wanted to go along and appreciate some fine Bass all at once. 

I was well aware of his film posters and title sequences,[who doesn't know the Vertigo poster above] but I also learned of his poster work he did for film festivals, which was a fresh view on Bass. Since going, I have decided to invest time in (re)watching some of the films he is linked to,especially those I haven't watched before [Man With the Golden Arm, Cape Fear, Walk on the Wild Side...]

Anyway, I enjoy his simple use of colour, and the white border around the block colours,as manipulating white space is always difficult and for it to work so well like on Spartacus and neighbouring posters above. He proves that simple works, with that added tone of character added to the type which lifts it away from the flatness of bold colour and basic type. I wish more film posters were as interesting. My favourite poster in recent years has to be Moon [below], which I think has clear Bass influences, or has at least taken knowledge from Bass that simplicity works, especially as I think it reflects the tone of the film pretty well.

What I love about visits to London is the street art that you come across, and Shoreditch area is always a treat for such a thing. On my way to Old Street underground, I happen to catch glimps of Dominos, which reminded me of a project I did a little over a year ago, where I created postcards intended to send off to design companies, where I had made dominos pieces from fabric and buttons. An idea I has festering at the back of my head and put into practice briefly and still want to push further [if I had time].

Do Not Abandon Me
I headed off to Piccadilly Circus to find the latest Tracey Emin exhibition which was a collaboration piece with the late Louise Bourgeois, of whom I am not familiar but intend to delve into her history as I have read she has dabbled with similar areas to Emin. However, with a noted address on hand, I was unable to find it and ended up at Tiffany's- bah! [Ironic when considering the title of the exhibit.]

All Time Favourite; V&A

With the success of Emin/Bourgeois, I headed to V&A where it is always a delight to wander around the huge rooms. On this particular visit I found the Architecture section, which was a delight as I love things like Grand Designs and I am curious of creative processes in general. 
I liked this giant image as it had fantastic line drawing with thick and thin lines, which I have experimented with in previous works, with mild success.

3D Models. There were some really intricate models and designs which I have great admiration for due to their imaginative structures and shapes.

Seeing Voices; MA  Show
LCC site ]

My fellow graduate from WSA invited me to her MA mid-way show which was based on the findings in the BT archives. The course is MA Design Writing Criticism, and only consists of 7 students who have all put forward work based on what they found in the archives.

Posters on wires; insight on the relationship of the technology used and the posters. 

Standing in front of the mirror and you cannot quite place yourself correctly to align with the telephone that is printed onto it. This creates the idea that you cannot look at yourself and be like the ladies from the BT promotional materials- Awesome stuff.

This is the work by my friend Emily Higgins [website here] which was based on the findings of a traveling exhibition. It was brilliant to see her progress since graduating last summer, the amount of independency she had in her MA and the standards of work she has achieved. The work was accompanied by a 1000 word piece based on the research with the show being a visual accompaniment to the written piece. Good work from all.