So you probably have realised that I have gone without blogging for almost a year. Sorry. Kinda. I have to make the excuse that I’ve been busy with all my uni work and now that I’m about to finish my course, I’m excited to see where this blog will be going. I have exciting news to come and have been planning to restart my online magazine again and this summer will be the perfect time to do so as I’ll be collaborating with some creatives from all over the UK to produce some pretty neat photos, articles and featured work but that will be updated next month probably.
What have I been up to then? University. Just that word says everything. Because I’m doing a Foundation course, it does mean that it’s only for a year but we also don’t get a lot of time on our hands as we go on from project to project and making all sorts of final pieces for them. It’s been a pretty tough year but I’m glad I’m nearly there and getting through it – it will be over soon!
I’m on my Easter holiday now so it’s only fair to write a small update on what life is giving me. I will soon write a proper fashion post (in two weeks’ time – I’m keeping my promise this time) and will talk about previous projects that I’ve been involved in as well as future ones which I’m really excited to share with you. In the meantime, let me leave you with a few unedited pictures of a photoshoot for my previous projects.
I want to keep on featuring small, local labels around my area and I’m glad to have found Emily Rose from other than the social networking site, Facebook. A friend invited me to her sales event online and so I went without having a look. After I had a look, definitely wanted to buy something for my friends for Christmas, although their presents never arrived due to my laziness and the fact that I’ll see them after Christmas so I thought I’d give them their presents then.
Emily Rose is a personal brand run by, well, Emily Rose but those two names are just her middle names. Starting at the tender age of 16, she started making items first as a hobby with the amount of money spent on materials after seeing that there is potential to branch out into doing a more varied range of items. She not only creates handmade jewellery, she also designs keyrings, items for home decoration and many more. Based in Bournemouth, she sells online and attend craft fairs and does jewellery parties. Prices start from as little as 80p and can go up to £30+ for larger home decor items.
Yes I haven’t been very good lately in posting but I do have a stash of news, updates, trends and perhaps videos to share with you all. I hope it’s been worth the wait! Before I commence this haul, I shall give you a little, tiny update: I will start publishing a bi-monthly online fashion, lifestyle and trends mag on Issuu that will hopefully be readable and technically awesome. I am starting to work on it and I hope to feature students and their work from my university as well as local and high-street brands. I will keep on updating you with what’s going on in life in either another blog or a different page (I will let you know).
Everything £5 is definitely the online shop for students. I mean, anything for £5?? What more could you want? I’ve been wanting to buy something from this retailer and about a week ago, I did just that. I was spoilt, very spoilt. Not only did I make a pretty big purchase but I also went to another online fashion retailer and spent about the same amount, with obviously less items (this will be on another post). Anyway, my delivery came today and I was soo excited to receive my first big brown box. Before opening each plastic bag, I had to check my receipt again to remind me what I have bought. Yep, they’re still the same 11 items. So without further ado, I present to you these 11 items:
White Lace Up Biker Boots (size 6)
Maroon Contrast Cuff Trim Swing Dress (UK 10-12)
Black & White Geo Skinny Trousers (UK 12)
Black High Neck Sleeveless Blouse (UK 10-12)
Multi Graphic Mac Jacket (UK 8-10)
Black & White Mono Stripe Crop Top (UK 10-12)
Black Embroidered Cross Maxi Skirt (UK 8/10)
Red Quilted Graphic Bomber Jacket (UK 10-12)
Mid Red Cord Suspender Trousers (UK 12)
Khaki Glitter Wolf Print Pullover (UK 8-10)
Black High Neck Stripe Tunic (UK 10-12)
I can’t believe it’s a week until Christmas is here – unbelievable!! 2014, especially at the start of the academic which is September for me, has gone terribly fast and now we’re about to end yet another year. I still can’t get my head around this at the moment, it’s too weird.
Anyway, today’s post will be a very short one because I will post a video here. It’s made for my cousins back home in Indonesia and kinda expresses my longingness for them and I miss them like “craaaazy”. So without further ado, I present to you my rendition of Judy Garland’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (hope you enjoy!):
Long time no post, I know! Those of you doing GCSE Textiles and need some guidance, I’m going to give you a treat (no pun intended *cough* Halloween *cough*). I’m not sure in terms of AQA’s specification now as they might have changed but this was how I had to do it (20 pages was the requirement) in 2010/11. The video above is how I presented these pages and below is just a clearer image of each page. Please try not to copy what I’ve written word for word. I hope this really helps anyone doing the subject regardless of the board!
P.S I realised that, after taking photos of these just now, yes it does get progressively worse as you scroll down the page so I’m warning you now…
Page 1 – Design Context
Page 2 – Mood Board
Page 3 – Shop Profile
Page 4 – Product Analysis
Page 5 – Research Analysis and Design Spec
Page 6 – Ideas
Page 7 – Chosen Designs
Page 8 – Chosen Designs
Page 9 – Coloured Designs
Page 10 – Development Plan
Page 11 – Development Stage: Colour
Page 12 – Development Stage: Construction
Page 13 – Development Stage: Shape
Page 14 – Fabric and Component Choice
Page 15 – Final Design
Page 16 – Manufacturing Spec
Page 17 – Product Plan
Page 18 – Production Record
Page 19 – Testing and Comparing
Page 20 – Evaluation
26 September – 12 October
For those of who live in the UK and have a lot of spare time to spend, why not come to Bournemouth during the next two weeks? Apart from the beach, which you probably won’t be able to get your tan on as summer is coming to a close, Bournemouth holds an annual arts event that consists of live performances, acts, art, music and much more. Art, music, film and performing arts lovers should definitely make a note of this on their calendars and make sure they’re not missing out!
Yesterday we started off with a few acts and visuals including a live mermard performance at the Pier approach, Compagnie Carabosse which is a landscape filled with a lot of fire, Ramshacklicious at the Pier approach and a Vintage Mobile Cinema. Today, expect a lot more acts, music and art as the town will be joining together as a community to celebrate what the art world has to offer and to have a lot of fun. There’s also a Festival Fringe to look out for, mainly happening in Boscombe so definitely have a watch out for that.
If you’re thinking of coming down to Bournemouth to visit some of the events happening at Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival, then make sure you spend a good time planning where you’re staying, how long you’re staying here for and which events you’ll be going to. Most events are free but some have tickets you’d need to buy from artsbournemouth.org.uk. All the events happening in the two weeks will also be in the website mentioned and there will be a programme book you can get for free around town.
If you’re around Bournemouth already then make the most of these two weeks. You would not want to miss out on these events!
It’s time for another haul! This time it will be a mini haul from The Body Shop and my stuff came through today (07/08/14) and I couldn’t wait to open it and share with you all. You can either (or both) watch the video below, which will be uploaded at the weekend, and/or continue reading this page. Personally, I think that I can only spend so much in Body Shop as it is rather expensive and I know if you’re a student reading this, it is a pain financially. My order came to £20 ish which allowed me to have 35% off as well as free delivery – heck, I had to spend just a little bit more to get all the deals I can! #studentlife
(place video here)
Tea Tree Oil – £7
BB Cream – £12
Coconut Body Butter – £5
Vitamin E Cream – £5