Thursday, 24 February 2011

Snug Smug

So last night I finished my quilt which I managed to do in a couple of weeks and made almost entirely from scraps I had. I did it mainly because my duvet is too thick and causing me bad sleep and because despite my intense research into quilts in my final year, I have never made a full sized quilt before. Many years ago I made one which was no more than a couple of feet in size and was themed around 'rainbow' [ I shall see if I can dig out a photo]. However this was a challenge and I learnt a lot [mainly that I should always double check what my mum suggests] and I am so proud I have done this. How many 22 year olds do you know that have done this? 

Patching it together as carefully as I can.

 Patching it together. A quick process when you get into it, but also a lot of time trying to line things up.
Ends sewn together.

Final quilt, on the washing line. I might quilt it in more detail when I have time and patience.

The patches with a golden patch at the heart.

Blue backing was the only fabric I had to pay for, all the others I had already. 

More patches- the Red in the top right is from a dress I wore once many years ago, whilst the purples below are fabrics I have had since I was little.

The detail and imperfection [which gives it extra quirkiness]

More detail of some of my favourite fabrics - gingham, and the yellow/brown squares.

I love my quilt and already snuggled into last night and I am so smug about it! However I have no intentions of doing another yet as I have other things on my to do list. I learnt a lot through the process, mainly that it is something that shouldn't be rushed. Traditionally quilts can take months through the process of gathering fabrics, hand sewing all the patches together and quilting it. I wish I had spent more time on in, especially when tacking it together, as there is a lot of unintentional ruching on both sides with the final machine quilting. However, as it is a quilt for me and not artistic purposes, I'm not too bothered. I love it and hope it lasts a life time.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Square Eyes

So at the moment, I am just trying to get my head round a few bits and pieces and whilst doing this I am making myself a quilt so I can practice my sewing skills and use up as much spare fabric I have lying around. I have make up a pattern so I have various sized squares and have just finished compiling the final layout of it.


My favourite 3x3 15inch patch

Blues and Reds

[the orange post-it notes are bits I need to re-stitch]

Laid out on my bed.

The centre of the quilt is the gold fabric which will have some typography on. Quite excited to finish it and make use, but it won't be finished for another couple of weeks I expect with other things going on and I have to get wadding and backing fabric too.

Other things I have going on include a few product ideas, which I am overly excited about but need to get cracking on with prototypes and visual design ideas!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

I Hope This Doesn't Sound Strange...

Earlier this evening, I received a little tweet from @ asking a few questions and I thought it would be good for all to hear a bit about me and my background etc.

How did you become interested in Graphic Arts and Textiles?
From a young age, I used to watch my mum quilting and would go with her to textile/craft fairs and would be  completely fascinated with the array of fabrics and accessories. I was big on art and crafting through primary and secondary school making lots of boxes and random things. I applied to do Textiles for GCSE, however due to lack of interest with other students I had to take a second option of Graphic Design instead.I also took art along side Graphics, but I much preferred design, but I got a lot of inspiration from artists through doing art. Even though it was more technical drawing than the graphic design I took through college, I enjoyed it and had a thing about being hands on and , making a Dr Martin boot branded as someone's personality.[I wish I had a photo of it to show- I will try and hunt one down later in the week or take a new one!] So when college ended, after studying Maths and Media alongside GD, I headed for Winchester School of Art to study BA Graphic Arts which was only in its 2nd year of existence. I spend half of the duration there trying to work with digital outputs but fell back to incorporating mixed media due to the success of Rusty Joe about spring 2009 [watch here] that led me back to my hands on self and started to work with fabrics and threads. So I spent summer 2009 playing with ideas using a sewing machine and the fabric that I had to hand [ie from mums old collection]. And it was from the praise I got from my tutors in autumn 2009 I knew that I was onto a winner by mixing my love of fabrics with my dedication to design. My tutors and peers were encouraging of my work and so I just kept on, trying out new things, some of which can be seen on my site. 

What inspires you?
It's hard to define what exactly inspires me, it ranges from so much. Early inspiration was of course my own mums quilting bits and bobs, it was later surrealism such as Dorothea Tanning, who I still admire very much.There was a painting she did called Guardian Angels, and I loved the story behind it where the monsters/evil creatures would eat the children as they slept.When there are pieces of work that have these creative narratives and you can fully engross yourself to this one piece and it takes you somewhere else. 
Dorothea Tannings Guardian Angel
 At the same time, I love mixed media work as I love the detail you get from working with different materials-I'm sure you can find good references of this through my blog with artists. I am a great admirer of Marie O Conner, Lizzie Finn and Tracey Emin - all work with textiles. I am fond of illustrators from Aubrey Beardsley to Julie Verhoven. I think its fair to say you can find inspiration anywhere.
 I do have great admiration for large scale art projects that brings communities of people together like the Guerilla Girls, Aids Quilt [here] and Suffragettes, bringing everyday people to make a change through a creative process. Quite inspiring, no?
 I also find typography important within my work so I keep an eye out for creative uses. I remember the first company I ever knew of was Airside and have been signed up to their emails for 4/5 years now!

How old are you?
I am 22 years young. But this is debatable.

Thanks Bethany for the interest. Hope this helps and is fairly interesting to read!

Monday, 14 February 2011

But It's You My Love..

Through Alicia Rose, embroiderer and maker of things of fashion, I joined Secret Valentine  project. So I put my mind into gear, and set about making things.
So this is what I made for Sarah a creative from wales:

2 lavender bags, with ties for hanging.

 Quilted cushion.
Stitched love letter.

Sarah has blogged her present her. Many thanks for the mentions and links. I am glad you like the gifts.

My gift arrived on the 9th and I opened it straight away- I was far too excited!

 My gift was from Poppy Sparkles, Jewellery maker and blogger! It came with a little letter and two business cards and..
A Little bag of hearts with my gift..

Earrings! Now I admit, I do not wear earrings much, but I am already in full swing of wearing these and others I own. Very lovely and a big thank you to Viv for sending them to me :-)

Both ladies are on twitter:
and founder of this Secret Valentines Alicia Rose