Well, good evening...
How to write a blog?…
first thing to google when asked to write about myself. What do people want to know and how much to say? When the lovely Ben asked me to into myself via a blog I tried not to over think it so it would not be too daughting and kept to the mantra of ‘no one reads blogs anyway’ to trick my monkey brain to not over think it so here goes.
After knowing from a young age I wanted to be either a fashion designer or a firewoman, both sounded awesome to me, I swayed towards fashion as I developed my passion for always wanting to have something a bit special or different in what I wore. This was surpressed through secondary school due to lack of money(my £7 a week paper round didn’t get me much), wanting to be fit in and be accepted and generally just trying to get through life as a school kid. Couldn’t wait to get out and get to college where individuality and expression was not just encouraged but a requirement to succeed. In one of the first weeks there my lecturer sewed through her finger on one of the industrial sewing machines while giving a demo to the class, it was a very important lesson that has stuck with me, these machines are not toys.
The freedom to be creative and indulge in textures, concepts and mood boards was a stark contrast to my later life in industry and luckily the course I took at UCLA prepared me for the commercial world.
Before we jump to the uni years I wanted to mention my part time job while at college working at the cinema, worked with some great people and it developed my love for films which I take inspiration from all the time. Movies such as Labyrinth, Heathers, Empire Records, Pump up the Volume, Tank Girl, Stand by me, Go and Great expectations(the 1998 version, love the use of green in it), Romeo and Juliet(obviously the 1996 version, stunning visuals and soundtrack and Leo isn’t too bad either!) to name only a few, wether its the attitude, visuals or feeling, the influences are always in my work.
Preston Uni was where I learnt more advanced skills in pattern cutting, sketching, costing, fabrics, CAD...everything you need to be a commercial designer. I found the computer classes challenging and preferred to draw by hand which is ironic as I now love designing in illustrator on my mac and for commercial designing find it much easier and faster and have done for years, feel like my wacom pad and pen are now an extension of my arm. The course included an extra year so 3rd year would be work experience in industry which I was lucky enough to work for Reebok as part of their product development team, certainly was an insight in to what the reality of commercial apparel was and I learnt the development side, it was not so creative and I missed designing.
Heading back to uni for the last year meant head down and push out a finally collection to be proud of, working with a mixture of new and old silks with the concept of the morning after the night before, dishevelled with elegance I created piece that were shown at London graduate fashion week. Looking back on my work now(I am a hoarder and keep everything) it is pretty cringe as it looks so basic and dated but we all have to start somewhere hey!
What happens next…tune in next time.