Monday, 8 July 2013

Movin' On

Hello there, I have some exciting news...
Whilst I have enthusiastically blogged about my university years here, I have relocated to a new blog space where I will continue to share my design ideas and processes. You can join me here whilst I find my way through the world following my passion for design as a textiles graduate. I feel it makes sense for me to create a new blog whilst I move through the next chapter in my life. I am particularly excited because now my blogging can exist in the same place as everything else to include my portfolio and shop. 

 Come and visit me at April's Studio to help me unpack my boxes.


Wednesday, 3 July 2013


The last few months at university were rather intense to put it lightly. I basically lived my final major project. My goal as always was to 'do the very best I can' (without sounding like a Brownie). Of course I got through it and knowing I had tried my best was comforting.

The very next morning I woke up and immediately felt lost. My mind was still switched on and I felt it was important to take a step back and recover. However, I like keeping busy therefore taking this step back wasn't so easy. I remember walking into the centre of Bath and returning home with paint and a sketchbook. I just couldn't help myself!

Last week I was fortunate to have been selected to show my work at New Designers. This is a show specifically for the most talented design graduates. For this reason I was pinching myself. I thoroughly enjoyed the show but it was hard work. It involved lots of standing around but this didn't matter to me because I was there, instead of someone else and I didn't want to miss anything or anyone.

At this point I am assessing the experience and unfortunately I didn't feel confident about the work that was selected to go on the stand. This made the experience less enjoyable and I would have liked to have been able to make this decision myself. The work on the stand was described as brave and bold but I didn't feel like it was a great representation of all the skills I have developed. My other work included a selection of boards that I had stitched into and demonstrated a repeat pattern although these were described as unresolved. For this reason I would really like to show my work myself.

I don't want to spend my time worrying about somebody copying my work or receiving negative feedback (all feedback is good feedback). The fact is design is subjective and detaching yourself from your work is hard when making is so personal, but I feel like I don't want to keep my work to myself. I want to share my ideas. They're no good packaged up in the loft and any suggestions would be much appreciated.

I am very pleased I had this little book made with a selection of my work to share.