As part of our Partnerships Networks and Connection Module we take part in various live briefs. At present we’re designing for the Bradford Design Competition. I took my starting point from previous designs I’d completed over second year and once the collection of images were all together I felt there was a possible oriental look happening.
We’re encouraged with all our briefs to see what’s happening in industry and a good place to start is with Textile View Journal and the trend forecasting books. I also collected a series of images from books journals and online sources ~
Am now drawing and working on developing the designs
Changes are coming to Duncan of Jordanstone. This happens every 5 years within educational establishments and the last few months have been a busy time for tutors, lecturers and those who involved with writing new modules and programme reviewing. I was amongst some of the students who attended workshops to help those planning the review and last week was also interviewed by a group of external reviewers from around Great Britain. This was very scary but also a huge step in boosting confidence that has been a little low of late.
Textile Design, Jewellery Design and Interior and Environmental Design are to be grouped together under a new umbrella – Design and Craft, this is a very exciting time with the hope that some projects could possibly run side by side and give design students a chance to see how the other areas work through sharing ideas. New modules are also to be introduced but at present nothing has been confirmed. I feel its very forward thinking of the University to put Craft in our title. Craft is knowledge, its knowing a skill inside out. Duncan of Jordanstone has always been forward thinking and are the only university to offer Design Studies looking at designing for the future, teaching us the importance of networking for business, giving us the opportunity of finding our stage on the world wide web and giving us the opportunity to research now, not just at Masters level. This together with the practical craft skills we are learning will give us great strength when we graduate.
For the Programme Review day a selection of my work was on display for all to see – I was so thrilled. Its from my trend forecasting project – Stripes of the Sea and includes pages from my sketch book and samples of my printing. Context for this project is for one off pieces to be hung in corporate offices, gallery work and as installations – hopefully this is just the start!
Last night whilst reading Visual Communication by our very own Jonathan Baldwin and flicking though the TV channels, I know it was Saturday night but what other way is there to spend it! I came across Faulks on Fiction, tonights programme was about Snobs! and how novelists use snobs as their secret weapon. He was talking about post second world war and how people expressed their status through the things they bought – sound familiar? because at this stage I was thinking wait a minute I know about this, recent assignment springs to mind!! “We are what we buy, wear, sit on, sleep in and talk to”.
Faulks talked of how Ian Fleming used branded goods to connect people to his hero, to make the story more valid to the reader – with his hand made shirts, hand rolled cigars, his customised car and Rolex watch, James Bond was a consumer snob.
The week was a total colour and design saturation, my head is buzzing with ideas and I want to go back – now. For all the delight inside the building this photo was taken outside – what a comparison but I love how the weather has marked to extra large ducts!