Love Arts York

For one of my Live projects last year I took part in the Love Arts Leeds festival programme cover design competition. My design did not get chosen for the Leeds festival, however I was contacted by Tom Bailey, of Arts & Mind, wondering if it would be possible to change the colour scheme of my image to be used as the Love Arts York festival. I blogged about our initial exchanges for the development of the brief here. I stated there that I would play around with the ideas and colours to see what could be done – which I did.  Continue reading Love Arts York

Summer Sewing

Over the summer I have been using maxi skirts and dresses from charity shops and remaking them into trousers and shorts.

Ironing the material to ensure it's flat
Ironing the material to ensure it’s flat
Using trousers I already own as a pattern
Using trousers I already own as a pattern


Finish product - cropped trousers.
Finish product – cropped trousers.

Cropped trousers were not the intended result, but due to mis-caluations in using the initial trousers as a pattern. AS this was my first attempt at making trousers and using a sewing machine I feel that the result is satisfactory.

Next I decided to make shorts. This time I decided to draw my own pattern.

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Feedback and Second Meeting

Tom really liked our idea, he felt that the theme being ‘the handmade’ really suited the window being at Fabrication.

He asked us to think about how we would make the theme more obvious to the public. How would we communicate to them that handmade items and craft was therapeutic.

Perhaps we needed to use a figure in the space or words.

He liked the idea of Order through to Chaos.


Continue reading Feedback and Second Meeting

Interview Feedback, Professionalism Skills

My interview went well (I think).

I was a little nervous and said ‘um’ a bit which was annoying but I know this is because I struggle with thinking under pressure. I also know that I will get better at this the more times I have to speak about my work and the more confident I get about my practice – it is also why these PPP tasks (interviews and Pecha Kucha) are a really good experience and way of building that confidence.

I used my website to show my portfolio of work, this helped prompt me on what I wanted to talk about. I did not practice what I had to say about my work too much as my feedback from the Pecha Kucha was that I had too much to say, I had written notes which meant I rushed through it a lot. Of course an interview is a different setting and although we were prep’d on the questions we were asked there was less structure than in the Pecha Kucha. Another good thing about the website was the it meant that when Marianne was speaking David took the opportunity to look at the other work I had on there, focusing on some of my Foundation work. I am very proud of this work but had felt it inappropriate to talk about in the interview as it is from two years ago. Having someone new recognise it as interesting and something I can build upon in my practice was a real confidence boost. In a professional context this happening in an interview would hopefully boost a potential client/employers interest in working with/employing me.


  • My scarf brief was a good move, and interested them in how I had taken my practice then moved it on to surface pattern. This is something I should continue to experiment with
  • Look into surface pattern more, but don’t just think about fabric.
  • I have a good sense of colour, so my designs could be less ‘intense’. Perhaps make simple work but with amazing colour.
  • I need to start focusing myself on a practice, even though it is good to be interested in a lot of things.
  • Consider myself a Digital Artist. Don’t just let the technology skills lead me.
  • Focus on what I want to do.
  • Try to find way to combine technical interests and sustainability interests.
  • Project onto the environment.
  • In terms of work placements if I am going down the more Fine Art approach, I need to be saying “I could help you in this way… Here are some examples of my work.”


Critical awareness/Problem Analysis

I feel as though my creative practice is leading me to being an entrepreneur or a career as an artist, I have so far been unable to find a design studio that I feel I would fit into. In doing research for work placements and in the interview it became clear to me I am not interested in being a Digital Designer as this is not how I use my technical skills. Even when researching for design agencies and studios that have a sustainable or ethical focus (Yoke) I didn’t find anything that fitted the bill. However even though I feel as though I might not fit into your standard design agency (I still need to keep researching) I do enjoy working to a brief over exploring a method or medium and total artistic expression.

‘Going it alone’ and following the route of being a Digital Artist will involve a lot of hard work and I will still need to gain as much work experience as possible. I think this means that I don’t have to limit myself too much as to the kind of opportunities I look for, as even working for a design agency will give be business experience, especially is if is small I can work closely with the founders. However I have identified artist Chuck Elliot who has a similar style to myself and works digitally and I plan to contact him to see if there is any experience gaining opportunities he can offer me.

This Guardian article about internships and working in the creative industry was useful, if a little outdated, on what to expect from unpaid and paid internships.

Over the summer and in preparation for Level 6 I plan to research and experiment with materials for my COP3 project where I have outlined working with textiles and surface pattern. I have two strong interests, digital technology and the skills and aesthetics that come with this and on the contextual side, my passion for sustainability and the environment. I need to find a way to combine these two interests. I am considering more use of recyclable materials as resource materials for digital design as well as projection on to recycling or the environment.


I have really enjoyed the Live module and working in connection with clients (My scarf designs and logo design) and the competition briefs (CC Awards and Love Arts Cover) were a way of working that I had not experienced before – having a limited time to explain my projects in few images to the judges. This has helped me improve my time management and working process as it has required planning and more frequent (self-initiated) deadlines. I have had to become more critical about my own work, what and how it communicates, by asking peers advice and opinions and gaining a broader understanding of my audience.

Working with clients has made me aware of how clear communications need to be, especially as my client communication were mostly e-commerce, and that I need to set out clear requirements to them in terms of what/when and how I can do what they are asking.


I have made a website as part of the Live module and to show my portfolio of work at the interview. I would also like to sort out some business cards promoting myself as a Digital Artist.