I have recently finished a four week work placement at Pierre Frey, a French luxury design house. I was really lucky to find such a lovely place to work, with a really friendly and supportive team. I was an assistant in the fabric showroom, based in Chelsea Harbour. While I was there I was lucky enough to meet Pierre and Vincent Frey as it was London Design Week. From doing different tasks it gave me a chance to learn about the different techniques they have in their fabric collections. I was always fascinated by the embroidery in their fabrics and found the different types of hand stitch and machine stitch really impressive. I really enjoyed my time there and found it really rewarding.
This is a selection of images taken from windows and displays from various locations in Paris and London. I found these particularly interesting because of their use of mixed media and materials, it fascinates me how they can incorporate the two so seamlessly to create these amazing installations. I particularly like…
On a recent trip to Paris and Galeries Lafayette my attention was brought to the amount of embellishment found in fashion. I was really interested in the range on techniques that I saw and the intricate detail involved. Being a textiles embroidery student it really makes me look and appreciate the work gone into pieces like these.
These images are from my last project where I based my work on the word ‘Remote’. I really enjoy darning so for this project I focused on using the technique.
I created a wild flower stencil and used cross stitch to create different sections.
My darned variations of the colour palette. My darned flower using different threads and techniques to create texture.
My stitched interpretation of falling seed heads.
I created a 3D form to represent a seed head and used the embellisher for the base material.
To create this piece I painted my fabric and used free machine stitch to create the pattern.This is a section of a sample using the technique darning.
Here are a selection of images of samples I have created for different projects. I have manipulated the fabric using different techniques and I like how all of these samples have turned out.
I used the bottom of my shoe to create this pattern, painting it and using it as a stamp. I then used the shapes that I could see to inspire me and manipulated the fabric by stitching and drawing into it to create a intricate piece.
To create this piece I hand smocked it but added my own twist by not doing it the traditional way and experimenting with the technique. I then used the foiling technique over the top.
This is a hand smocked piece that I had foiled onto first and then stitched.
In my first year at university I experimented with print, weave and embroidery. I then chose to specialise in embroidery, however I found I enjoyed both print and weave as well. Here are some examples of my work I did for those two pathways.
I added wire into my weave to create a 3D effect.
My prints were inspired by the patterns on the bottom of shoes.
My weaves were inspired by my prints and patterns.
I experimented with different colours and papers.
This is a full weave that I created using a variety of yarns.
These are selected pieces of work taken from my sketchbooks for a range of projects representing a range of skills I have learnt.
Here is an example of my colour mixing skills, adding white to one colour and black to another.
This a structure I created by cutting up an image and weaving it together to see what patterns were formed to give me inspiration for future samples.This is a double page spread showing some fabrics I dyed trying to create a good variation of colours.