Selvedge Magazine show case my work in their Archway shop

selvedge window

Saturday saw Jim and I head for London with  luggage filled with all my creations tool kit and every kind of fixer and pin you could imagine.  Staying with my daughters was lovely and helped me find a little peace after the busy month of January.  On Monday we headed over to Selvedge on Archway Road and my what a place filled with beautiful creations, magazines to drool over, threads ribbons and all sorts of beautiful designer made fabulousness so what an honour to have my work featured in their window.

And so began the creation of a window display a completely new experience for me on this scale.  Well its one thing designing on paper for a space but in reality there are  the little anomalies to work out but we did it and what we thought would take 2 hours ended up taking  5  1/2!!!!  So here are some of the snap shots along the way.

the shop

jim

JIM

There would be no show without this man, he has supported me through all my years of studying and since graduation has been the finance behind my new collection. We work well together and after he has finished work can be found up at my studio helping wash screens, mix manutex and telling me where I should be placing the next motif !!! He should have been a designer ~ thankfully too he is much taller than me or there wouldn’t have been anything hanging in the space.

me

ME ~ hello if you’ve not met me before

filling the window space

filling the window space – starting to get tricky

me again

there were quite a few cushion covers to fill

staring to fill up

its full in here

jim 2

my assistant

lampshades

lampshades

final 1

the finished window

final 2

 

its lovely and bright – thats for sure and certainly brightens up a February day

My work will be on show until the end of February.

judy 2

if you’re interested in purchasing cushions or lampshades do get

in touch they are all made by me and Ill be listing some in my online

shop very soon, fabric by the metre is also a possibility

thanks for visiting and thank you Selvedge – byeeee

Find out more about Selvedge Magazine  ~

‘The Magazine

Selvedge is a design-led, 100 page, bi-monthly magazine that covers every facet of textiles – interiors, fashion, art, craft, travel and shopping – in an intelligent and inspiring way.

Founded in 2003 the magazine revolutionised the way textiles are presented and quickly became the world’s leading textile publication. Six times a year we cover textiles made with time, thought and skill in a magazine produced in exactly the same way – with quality writing, stunning photography and original illustration. Focusing on textiles doesn’t mean we turn our back on the rest of the world… the exact opposite is true. We see the world though a textile lens but cast our eye far and wide looking for links between our subject and achievements in other fields from architecture to archeology.

More flexible than other textile magazines – Selvedge fits seamlessly into a creative lifestyle.’

let the final part begin ~ colour shape and fun

welcome to the final part of my textile design degree, my final written report has been handed in and from today until May I’ll be  drawing developing printing and making to create a colourful wonderland.

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Day four at Tessuti Print Studio

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Here is my final day placement with Fiona at her studio – what an amazing week I had.  I learned things you could never learn in the college studio and being in a real life studio really is the way to learn ~ here are just some of the things which were great hands on experience.

How to attach a new backing cloth to the print table.

Working out orders received and the printing  order ~ which dyes to mix so that colours can be used all together without wastage and keeping the dye fresh.

Making use of the huge print table by placing the silk and wool fabrics so colours and designs can be done at the same time.

Most definitely NOTHING goes on the print table  ~ dyes, squeegees, drinks etc etc, although at one point I did have to climb on the table to hold the screen whilst printing!!

That however careful you are, unidentified marks still appear – the joys of hand screen printing.

How to attach fabric to the backing cloth and steam fabric correctly.

Fionas’ special recipes for mixing dyes and discharge dyes with extra special ingredients!!!

I learned you don’t need to ‘work out’ if you’re doing full time printing.

I need to grow or have a plinth created for me around the table!!!

Fiona has been amazing allowing  me to work along-side her and share her working life for a week – its really hard work and for anyone who thinks being a textile designer is easy they should work with Fiona  for a week as she multi tasks between screen printing, running Concrete Wardrobe which she co-owns with James and fitting in trade fairs around the world to market herself and local design markets to sell to the public.

Its been another amazing experience and if anything it has made me want to be a designer maker even more ~  thank you Fiona for your patience, making me feel at home, teaching me so much, allowing me to print under your expert guidance and for the laughs too.  Hope I get to come back one day – Judy

Day three at Tessuti Print Studio

another fantastic day which was packed with lots of steaming and printing enjoy the slide show – thanks to Louise for photographing Fiona and myself, you can see the process well in the slide show. None of the images have been edited!

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Day Two at Tessuti Print Studio

where to start for yesterday – have done so much I wonder how I fill my time at home in Kinross! Arrived at the studio to a lovely cup of Earl Grey and then began by helping steam the  screen printed fabric from Tuesday. Here I am helping to remove the pieces after steaming

I then attached the new print jobs to the table ~ beautiful lambswool knits ready to be printed.  Fiona also shared with me her secrets to successful dyeing of lengths of fabric ~ I helped with the process mixing up the colours again and dyeing 2 different colours of silk which we will be printing today.

Here I am about to print ~ I have to say that my screen printing technique is improving each day  thanks to Fionas’ guidance ~ with each print Fiona holds the screen and watches my every move (pull of the squeegee )- it works though and I did find by the end of the day that I’d really improved.

Building layers of pattern with different discharge dye pastes was how I created the designs for my SDC project ~ I love doing this kind of printing

matching nail varnish to the dye

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these will be ready to go into the steamer tomorrow  ~ then they are washed and ironed and ready for their labels

before and afters but still not finished …..

Finally at the end of the day we removed the backing cloth from the print table ~ it would make awesome fabric to create with.  We prepped the table and are ready to put the clean cloth down today ~ another new  skill learned

It was a very busy day but really rewarding ~ looking forward to printing more today ~ till next time bye for now ….