PDP presentation

This presentation was so important to my final grade therefore it has been my main priority this week. I have prepared written notes which i have rehearsed and record cards with bullet points which will prompt me when i forget. I am at an advantage as my mum is a teacher and my step dad is a chief executive, these are both jobs which require a lot of planning and presentations so i recieved a lot of help from them to plan this. I have never been good at presentations as i get very nervous so sometimes when i present i forget to refer to my record cards and end up babbling.

I decided after discussing my presentation with my parents that i would have only links and images in my slide show, and then do all of the talking myself. I rehearsed my notes a few times and had them in my head however when the day of the presentation came my mind went blank and i panicked, i am really disapointed in myself as i know i could have done better as i was really well prepared, i need to work on my anxiety for my next marked presentation, hopefully the OMCI one wont be as bad because we are in groups, as when presenting on my own all of the focus is on me, which is another reason i used images as it would distract the audience.

At the end of my presentation i was asked a few questions such as “how does this link with your own work?” which pointed out the obvious to me… I hadn’t even included my own work! I definitely misunderstood the brief for the presentation therefore i will have to make up for this in my essay and write about how it links with my work. I have planned both my essay and this presentation for so long and i have felt ready to write my essay so many times but there is still room for more changes. How many times can i change my idea?


Ideas for my final dress design

Today i started flat drawings for my final collection of dresses and we were asked to choose 6 final designs for a collection, i drew 8 designs over all and I found it quite difficult to choose the one that I wanted to make. In the end I chose the one which I would probably wear myself – which was quite hard as I really liked them all! – and began to make my pattern, I don’t usually enjoy construction but this year has been different for me because I have kept my notes up to date and attended every lesson so I don’t feel behind. The dress that I have chosen to make has 9 different pattern adaptions, I chose to have this many because I really wanted to challenge myself as I usually keep to making simple garments however as I want to combine construction and textiles throughout the third year i figured that I probably need to step out of my comfort zone. I am really looking forward to the making process of this dress and can’t wait to see the final outcome, it will be interesting to see how I deal with the complications throughout the construction!

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  • Stand collar
  • Pin tuck collar
  • Back zip fastening
  • Front button fastening
  • Key hole opening
  • Asymmetric wrap skirt
  • Darts in back and front
  • Pin tuck panel on sleeves
  • Cuffs

Final design for Greyfriars

After finishing all my samples, the only thing left to do was to apply my final design on to the site specific, the only way to do this was through photoshop. I took individual photographs of all of my samples and sent them to my e-mail account from my phone, i then saved them and started inserting them on to an image of the stairase that i took at Greyfriars when we had the tour.

I am good at using the technique of dropping images on to another as it’s one of the first things i learned on photoshop, i felt triumphant after being able to do the whole thing on my own. As i was dropping in the images i played with all sorts of different effects which made the image lighter, darker and more contrasting, my favourite effect was ‘multiply’ as it made the background image and the grain of the stairs come through the image placed on top and made it look more realistic, however it did darken the image and sometimes it was too dark that you couldn’t see the image at all.

I think the hardest part of making my final design on photoshop was dropping the wall image in to the design, as firstly i had to try and soften all of the edges of the original image so that it would blend nicely as a repeat. I was really pleased with the final outcome as i managed to make it look really realistic, however i only had three samples to work with so the imagery was quite limited.


I decided to add light instalments as ideas to my work, for example one being lighting coming from under the treads and would lighten up the images on the risers inspired by the image below and the other being neon writing on the wall above the staircase straight ahead from the doorway which would be inspired by the work of the popular and well-known artist Tracey Emin. I tried to keep a mix of historical and contemporary features throughout my final design by combining the old with the new, personally i think that my design works really well with the selected area and i hope that OMCI agree.

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Sampling for Construction….

Over the last few weeks we have been sampling construction techniques for our final dresses. I have found this process quite intriuging as i didn’t believe that i would enjoy it. It has been interesting to learn how all of these techniques are done and how long it actually takes to make one small area of a garment, i also didn’t expect it to be so difficult!

My favourite sample has to be the cullotte shorts because they were the only sample that we made in full size and we worked as a pair, so the process was a lot quicker. I found that stitching seemed a lot easier too due to working with a bigger surface area, making these has made me excited to start designing my dress. Sampling really tested my patience and focus as i usually give up with something and then go back to it later if i get fed up, but during this module i have been really engaged and adamant that i will finish a task, even if it means staying late.

My main downfall for this project is that i keep putting it off, i need to work on it in my own time and work on making more samples from the booklet which was given out and also research from the internet which will support my ideas and samples. I am annoyed with myself for not keeping up with my homework as i now have to do it all at once, and one of my aims this year was to work on my timekeeping so that this wouldn’t happen

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Final Staircase Samples

After having another module review it was decided that i should produce a realistic sample of my design which would be to print directly on to a wooden plank. Straight after the session i went to get some wood, i came back with 3 planks of wood and 2 large square pieces of MDF in which i would use as samples for the wall. I was excited by this idea as i haven’t done anything like this since A-level however it did feel like i was doing arts and crafts instead of a Fashion & Textiles course.

I referred back to the samples that i created on paper and used them as an influence for my stair case designs. There wasn’t really any set formation and all of the treads and risers on the stair case will be unique and will all have a different arrangement of imagery. When i’d finished one i just couldn’t stop, and ended up making all three in one day, i was really pleased with my effort as i managed to finish half of my final outcome. I made my own stencils for this and used my own imagery but also added stencils and frames which i bought from the range which made the surface textural and more 3D. I think that my designs are really creative and i hope that i can shock OMCI with this, the only thing i’m worried about is if it’s not the sort of design criteria that they’re looking for, as when looking at the rest of the work that my classmates are producing it’s completely different to mine however this could be to my advantage as it’s different.


After i had completed the treads and risers i decided to start working on the wall. I had absolutely no idea to start with this so i spoke to Val who insisted that i used wax and wire wool to distress it. This helped slightly but i was still stuck on what to do for the base, in the end i decided to use the stencils that i bought from the range and stuck them on to my MDF randomly kind of like a half drop repeat, i then painted emulsion over the top and waited for it to dry finally using the wax and wire wool to distress it – so simple, yet effective!

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Initial Samples

I thought i’d get cracking and begin to make some prints, as this would be the starting point of my process. I made a colour board and colour palette which i got inspiration from the internet when i researched romantic colour schemes. I chose a light blue, cream (bleach), lilac, pink and an accent colour which was black. I was happy with this colour way because it was all pastel colours which are very contemporary at the moment, and adding the black would give my designs contrast and depth because it is so much darker than the other colours and would stand out.


I used the process of ink and bleach as that was successful in my last project and i feel confident using it, and also as the project only consists of two weeks it was the quickest and easiest process which has an amazing outcome. Whilst drawing out my silhouette designs i also drew some frames which is traditional for dated silhouette art, as the silhouettes were simple and easy to draw, i made my frames quite intricate and decorative. I exposed these frames on to a silk screen so that i could experiment with them further, I got this inspiration from an image of a stag that i found on Pinterest, it looks as though they had used watercolour to create it therefore i put my own twist on this and also cheated a little, as although watercolours would be interesting, i don’t really like using them.



To start with I made some patterned paper using the ink and bleach process and over the top began printing my screens. I used black pigment as it contrasted vastly with the pastel colours that i used for the background, and it was also in my colour palette. When i printed my frames on to the coloured paper they looked lovely, and i was really pleased with them. My favourite prints were the ones which were in negative and created a black border and they were like you were looking through a window in which the colourful print of the background came through.

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When i had created 15 prints i then moved on to the stencils that i cut out in acetate. I had some left over printed paper so i started hand printing on to that, i used a mixture of both the stencils that i had cut out and also the cut out of the stencil which made a negative and positive effect, i thought it was quite creative and was just an experiment that i thought of from the top of my head which worked really well. I did get annoyed at some points though, as when the ink was too runny it would bleed and smudge and then the image became unclear, however after analysing it further it was quite nice because the design wasnt supposed to be crisp and obvious, it was supposed to be mysterious and old, and when things get old they start to decay and the image becomes distorted.

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I was pleased with the outcome of all of my samples that i made today as they were all successful and i was ready to begin planning my final designs. Initially i wanted to make a wallpaper but i think now i am ready to create something a lot more interesting with these processes, I would also quite like to create a textured surface to make it more interesting

Photoshop designs…

Using my new and improved skills on photoshop i decided to learn how to do repeat pattern. I attended two catch up sessions this week and made so many prints which i was pleased with. I scanned in all of my imagery from my sketchbook including my frames and silhouettes and individually edited them to make them completely bold and black so that they were ready to insert in to a pattern.

Mike showed me how to repeat print and i took notes as i was taught. These notes were so useful when it came to doing it on my own as i never would have remembered otherwise (note to self: ALWAYS take notes!) Mike also showed me how to do a half drop repeat print, which i thought looked more effective, it just took more time and effort.

I played around with arrangement and colour ways during this time and played around with my imagery on photoshop to show how it could be used in different contexts. I enjoyed this as you can create so many prints in so little time, i also enjoyed learning new techniques on photoshop and i am happy knowing i will be able to use them confidently in the future.

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I was really pleased with my outcomes as i managed to produce 45 pages of what i would call samples, however these are a different type of sample as i believe that photoshop is an easy way to produce samples quickly, however it is still relevent and effective to my final outcome. I was slightly disheartened when i showed my tutors as they didn’t really like the prints, they preferred the work that i create by hand and in all honesty i agree with them, because the work that i produced on the computer isn’t how i’d usually work, i’m glad i tried it though.

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