Monday, 11 October 2010

some new finds

All of of these amazing goodies have came from the website\\\patternity///
Karl Grandin (animal knit)

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

My F.M.P. Collection and Jeremy Scott

As I am now back at uni, I'm really starting to think more about the garments I want to make. Since I have never made clothes before I want to keep it as simple as possible. My tutors say that we shouldn't be thinking about the end product yet but it's hard not to, there is so much to be done. I don't want to over complicate things for myself as I have a pretty clear idea of the style of clothing I would like. I am looking forward to making batwing knitted jumpers. I need to start designing pretty soon. I started to look at coding last night on the commodre 64, my brain kinda froze at the idea of learning computer programming on ancient computers, what the hell am I doing? I know that in it's self is making things complicated for me, but-this was my great idea after all. it will all work out in the end. I have faith.

I've just been looking at Jeremy Scott. I like the simplicity of his garments and the block colour and wild pattern. He transforms clothes into a jukebox! his fashion is very literal and dare I say it? a bit 80's. His collab with ADIDAS is just brilliant. Alot of the designers I like seem to have done some kind of collab with either NIKE or ADIDAS and I have always thought my designs would be great for sportswear/street/casual ect. It's just a matter of time.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

As part of my research for my essay I came across light art through colour organs. This is something I'd really like to do more research on. Here is part of the creators project, dedicated to led fashion. The video dresses look amazing! it's giving me an idea for an instillation piece as well as an fashion range. I was thinking earlier how cool it would be to have Paco Rabanne style dress made from gameboy cartridges.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

First attempt at Databending

I'm getting really into databending and here are some images that I've corrupted. I look forward to databending movie files which is slightly more complicated.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

a great website to find up and coming designers

so far I'm loving Frances Coneth, Carly Ellis, Charlotte Simpson, Hannah Buswell and Divya Raman.

Roar talent is an fantastic website exposure for graduate designers. They're are so many talented people out there! the website also allows you to send in your own work for a chance of some exposure!

Peter Pilotto

Peter Pilotto is known for creating "modern space age elegance"

Tuesday, 21 September 2010


Now I know the correct term for making digital images glitch, it's called 'databending. I'm going to find as many websites as possible on this as it's something I'm very interested in doing.

step by step instructions on corrupting image files.

an article on glitch art.

databending with audacity.

Saturday, 18 September 2010


Meaning "cotton castles" I visited this site on my recent trip to Turkey and it was absolutely breath taking. From a distance it looks like a glacier. The white rock is formed by the flowing natural hot spring water which contains chloride, travertines are formed that you bath in or stick your feet in, it was just lovely! other natural springs in the area were red with iron and green with another mineral that turns things green, we didn't see these ones. This whole part of turkey was such an inspiration to me. From the colours of the cotton castles to the ancient sites of Ephesus and Hierapolis. The place was buzzing with history and as I was walking around the ancient city's it was as thro I could feel the presence of the people that once lived there thousands of years before. I found the relief carving, Nike especially inspiring as she is the goddess of victory!

Friday, 17 September 2010

Premier Vision

This year I really hope to attend Premier Vision in Paris. I've never been able to attend trips with Uni because I never have the money for it. This year it is so important that I got to Premier Vision and hopefully some time in the near future I will be able to show my designs there. I'd like to take elements from Autumn and Winters 11 12 predictions.

The autumn winter II I2 season is actively of its time, determined to reject a wait-and-see attitude, willingly optimistic. It calls for a redefinition of the boundaries of elegance through fashions broadly influenced by casualwear. It reinforces the bridges spanning the wool and cotton universes, and strengthens the bonds joining the chic and casual worlds. Alliances of sophistication and ease, activewear and sportswear, are more firmly established.

Fabrics are rigorously offbeat and anything but austere, testifying to their in-depth elaboration. They reveal richness without ostentation, right up through the treatments applied to finished garments. Yarns are once again visible; structures can be easily read and are perceptible to the touch.

Classical and familiar references are in thrall to modernity. The boundaries between fancies and plains, sustainability and technology, authenticity and eccentricity, are playfully and wittily blurred. Decoration affirms its presence without being aggressive, and contrasts are softened to allow novelty to play a full part in the season.

Softness is built into the heart of fabrics, and suppleness grows protective. A warm vaporousness and ethereality trace out poetic conquests. Colour finishings and decoration are elaborated in subtle strata. Patterns navigate strange universes, and new harmonies arise unexpectedly from imperfection. Enthusiastically broadening fashion outlooks, the season is an exhortation to venture far afield in quest of inventive choices, of keen expertise and mad exploration.

Some development ideas.

For these images I used the Glitchnes software programme and photoshop. I want to see how my designs would look on vintage clothing and also on sports wear.

Bletchly park vintage computing festival.

Over the summer (june) I went down to Milton Keyens for the festival of vintage computing in Bletchly park. Bletchly park is Home to the bombe and the enigma, two machines that were used in world was two for code breaking and keeping communications secret. It's also home to large collection of obsolete games consoles and that was what I was there to see. It was a two day event and there was so much to see and it included talks from many nerds! it was so interesting and I was really inspired. One man in particular has recently become a big influence for me is Pixelh8. He is an international chiptune artist and is a volunteer at Bletchly park as well as doing many other great things. He performed on both nights and was kind enough to talk to me about how he has made a success of his work as a chiptune artist and he was also so kind and give me software that he has made for the Gameboy advance which I must say I love!! I have been in regular contact with Mr h8 and he has been a massive help with my research.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Jim Dairn pixel sweaters

Jim Dairn is a fine artist who's choice of medium is knit. Recently he has crossed over into the fashion industry and has created a collection of pixel inspired sweater. Jim say's " it's easy for me to look at atari game graphics and see the connections between knit and weave. it's also an effective way of seperating colour.

Jim knows the score!

colour and light organs

I am really interested in the idea of colour organs and using them as a means to create some designs. I like the idea of building on but I have no experience with that kind of thing.
here is a good article on colour organs.

Shaman retreat back in 2006

After reading about Carri mundane's shamanic and ancient civilisation inspiration, it reminded me of a retreat that Gavin and I went on in 2006. It was new age retreat with new age shamans and it was called spirit, plant medicine. The idea was to spend a couple of days meditating, talking to plants and getting back to nature in group of around 15. On the last night our group sat in a circle and drank the brew ayahuasca, an ancient brew used by shamans in the Amazon for healing and divinatory purposes. it's a combination of leaves and bark grown in the Amazon and is brewed for around 12-15 hours. This particular brew was very mild but I was aware of the plant presence and felt as through the tress were watching me. every now and then i would see bright sparkling flowers out of the corner of my eye. This was during my second year doing fine art in college and when i returned i was very inspired by experience. After being so inspired by carrie mundane I felt compelled to dig out that sketch book and put some photo's up.

Monday, 30 August 2010

video feedback and Chordata album cove

These are some Images i created using video feedback. I have used them as potential album covers for my friend Chordata. Her music is dark, melodic electro and she uses the ghost as her icon. The ghost is a little flashing badge and was brilliant for looping. I love the dark atmosphere that the ghost and the feedback has made, it really suits Chordata's music.