Selvedge Magazine ~ facebook

Here’s a link to the Selvedge Magazine facebook page with a little mention about my window display, its up for 2 more weeks so if you’e in Archway pop along up the hill and have a wee look.

Archway Road

Hello Im back



Just incase you don’t recognise this – Tobermory

Well its been a while, I’ve had an extremely busy summer with a trip to Mull, a house sale and a new home search in Dundee.

if I hang out of the window I can see the River Tay

But now I’m back. I have a new home in a new town, 5 minutes from University and Im already half way through my first semester with first presentations and crits over.   Will try and update  regularly  with progress on both my Design and the Market report, as this replaces my dissertation and my design development as I go through my final year in Textile Design.

Im very excited about my textile designs as I prepare for the finale of the degree show but a lot has to happen before then.  The report has to be completed by January 2013 – for those of you who don’t know its all about creating a studio for textile designers to have a space to print, a place for me to print and  to teach cloth colouring and printing. Exciting stuff!  More posts to follow  soon:)

my future creative business

Following on from a previous post I am now working on assignment 2 for which I’ve to write a 1,500 – 2,000 word enterprise proposal.  To aid us we are using the brilliant NestaToolkit an interactive resource which helps you plan, build, and start your new creative business.

So what is my creative business idea – well here goes…………….

 to provide  a creative textile base where people can learn create and grow

My idea is to create a studio space where recent textile design graduates can print.  After graduation there are no available spaces for hand screen printing textiles especially using reactive and acid dyes and then to have steaming facilities. The DCA in Dundee has amazing printing facilities for paper printing and although it is possible to print small sizes and quantities of textiles using  acrylic paint and textile binder these don’t have the same handle as fabrics printed the way we’re taught.

So over the week I’ve been studying book one


using this helps you to define the values you’d like your business to embody and develop a mission statement.

My values have been split into sections and have been changed twice this week and will no doubt change again! Choices include the following

AchievementAdvancement and promotion




Challenging problems

Change and variety









Ecological awareness

Economic security




Financial gain






Helping society

Helping other people





Influencing others



Intellectual status


 Job tranquility






Market position

Meaningful work



Personal development

Physical challenge

Power and authority

Public service


Quality of what I take part in




Responsibility and accountability


Supervising others



Self respect


Time freedom



Work life balance

Work under pressure

Work with others

Working alone

Mission Statement – to provide  a creative textile base where people can learn create and grow.

With this in mind I then went on to look at evidence modelling which is intended to help you look at what impact your business may have on the world in terms of enhancing, revival, replacement and backlash.

we now have to look at where we see our SWOT’s!

ok this is tricky 

Now I’m off to design me some fake evidence!!! Got to think where I’d love to see my work/ my studio featured – no doubt about where – off to design

to doodle

I am always doodling I cant help myself and perhaps its been seen over the years that I’m not listening or concentrating – well I’ve just come across this TED talk which supports the idea that doodling does in fact aid concentration and helps to process the information being heard ~ doodlers enjoy and no longer feel guilty!

Doodle – A doodle is an unfocused drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes. Stereotypical examples of doodling are found in school notebooks, often in the margins, drawn by students daydreaming or losing interest during class. Other common examples of doodling are produced during long telephone conversations if a pen and paper are available.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

doodle [ˈduːdəl] Informal


1. to scribble or draw aimlessly
2. (Music, other) to play or improvise idly
3. (intr; often foll by away) US to dawdle or waste time

a shape, picture, etc., drawn aimlessly

[perhaps from C17 doodle a foolish person, but influenced in meaning by dawdle; compare Low German dudeltopf simpleton]
doodler  n

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

Basic Textile Design 01

Coming soon to a book store near you is Basic Textile Design 01: Sourcing Ideas: Investigating Textures, Colours, Structures and Patterns, written by Frances Stevenson and Josephine Steed  both of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design – one of the top art schools in the UK.

I have seen the draft and it is an incredible resource, featuring some excellent examples of art work, cough cough!!  You can pre-order it here