Thursday, 10 May 2012

Contact with Industry #3

As part of the second year a live brief was set for us which was to design a window display for the children toy and book shop 'Toy's and Tales' which is located in Bramhall, Stockport.

We were made to do this brief as a collaboration and I chose to work with a student from a different pathway.

We had 3 weeks to do this project and from the very start me and my working partner had very clear and similar ideas which came together very quickly.

We did a presentation to the owners of the shop and as a result got picked to do 1 of the 3 windows they have in there store as a project over the summer, We are arranging to meet and get everything sorted for the summer very soon and I'm very happy and excited to me working on this project.

These are some of the pictures of a small version of the actual shop window design we came up with.

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Contact with Industry #2

I found Jenny Bowers work a while ago and still really admire her work even though it is not completely my style. I asked her for her first impressions and ways to improve on 3 pictures that I sent her via e-mail:

'They look great Natalie - I like the bolder ones the best as they first come across as abstract patterns and you see the insects second. I would develop these more - maybe using more than one insect on a print to make pattern.'

I also asked her what kind of products would she suggest that my designs would work on:

'One idea for a product you could make . If you printed them onto cloth, you could make a Japanese wrapping cloth called a furoshiki - seen them quite a bit at the moment and very eco. Like re-usable wrapping paper. Quite like the idea that you could wrap food/picnic in your insect patterned cloth - subversive!'

These are some of her pieces that I was drawn too.

I also have some of her other work in one of my other blog posts, here.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Three Pieces of Advice.

1. Not to worry or get stressed - I found it helpful when 2 previous students came in to talk about what they had been doing for the past months after finishing their degrees. They said it is normal to be confused about what to do straight after you finish. They said to look into different things and do a lot of research if you have an idea what you would like to do but don’t worry to much because in the third year your personal style will most likely become more clear. 

2. To do what you enjoy. - When having a talk from Jennifer Collier, I remember her saying that its best to do what you like so you can keep yourself motivated if you are self employed, because there wont be deadlines or people to push you to do things. Therefore doing something you enjoy will of course help you with whatever you choose to do after your degree. 

3. Keep a notebook at all times! – I’ve learnt to never leave the house without a notepad and pen. A lot of my best ideas and development have come to me when I’ve been around and about, and if I don’t write or draw them down I will always forget. To write lists, remember a name or draw a picture.