Friday, 28 January 2011

Laura's! Fantastic new shop

Laura's is a new shop that has just opened on Alfreton Road, Nottingham. It is full of amazing goodies, it only opened last saturday and I have been in several times!

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Dissertation Finnished!

I have handed in my dissertation today, I feel pleased and have really enjoyed writing and designing it!

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Wollaton Hall Nottingham

Wollaton Hall is a grade one listed building only 3 miles from Nottingham city centre. It is a beautiful house set in idyllic gardens complete with lake! In the house is also a Natural History Museum with a large collection of taxidermy! This was really strange to see so many stuffed animals in one place, I have seen animal scenes in old country houses before, but not on this scale so it was very odd to see. While walking round the house there were also lots of deer with their young!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Cute Cup Cake!

This was a birthday present from Lucy, my dear friend. Its so beautiful, I did admire it for a few days then gobbled it up, it was as tasty as it looked!

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Tent London: Zoe Murphy

This was one of my favourite designers at Tent London. I have seen Zoe Murphy's work before in Libertys, I just love the colour palettes and the layers of imagery and pattern. The wooden cabinets are also really nice with coloured stripes painted on, making them look really original.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Thornback and Peel at Origin

While on my work placement I have had the opportunity to help Thornback and Peel set up for Origin which starts tomorrow. The show looks amazing and is definitely worth a visit.
Origin; The London Craft Fair. 23-29th September 2010 at Spitalfields Market

Monday, 20 September 2010

Karen Nicol Exhibition

The Karen Nicol exhibition was at the Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery in London and I managed to just catch it on the last day luckly. This was a very inspiring exhibition as the detail of embellishment is so amazing. The pieces are humorous which is also why I like them.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Vintage at Goodwood 13, 14, 15 August 2010

Vintage is a brand new event at the Goodwood Estate, which is famous for their motor festivals in West Sussex. It aims to take the essence of the music festival and add a fashion and a design aesthetic that references every era from the Forties to the present day. There is a roller disco, make up and hair dressers, vintage shops, a high street and many music venues each themed as a decade. Come along dressed in the style of your favourite decade and look the part. You can still buy tickets for the event online so don’t miss out!

Monday, 19 July 2010

Lovely Lutterworth!

I have arrived in Lutterworth ready to start my placement tomorrow. The farm I am staying on is so peaceful and so is my view.

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Fresh Sea Air

I cycled to Littlehampton's lovely beach today; it was so tranquil and calm. And of course nice to breath the fresh sea air before I head to the Midlands for my placement at George at Asda's head office working in the ladieswear design team.
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Saturday, 17 July 2010

Bunting Dress

Align Centre

I had a plain black dress which needed some fun adding to it. I found a scrap of stripey summery fabric which would be perfect for a bunting applique design. The only bit left to do now is to couch on the cording joining all the triangles together.
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Saturday, 19 June 2010

Cockpit Art's Open Studio

I went to Cockpit Art's Open Studio in Deptford, London with Thornback and Peel as they were exhibiting and I found some really nice textiles and ceramics. I liked Lizzie Allen's quirky hand screen printed wallpaper and recognized it from Liberty's.

Louisa Taylor Ceramics

Louisa Taylor's ceramics were really lovely and combined the glazed and unglazed textures together. I brought a little green jug that caught my eye.

Katharine Morling

These were amazing clay sculptures most of which were life sized! They are made out of clay then painted white and black lines added to add life. They are so quirky and very detailed.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010


This was a nice design shop full of goodies! TwentyTwentyOne - Upper Street, lsington.


Atelier was another really eclectic shop in Islington, on Upper Street. I especially loved the raven 3D birds and this cushion with the printed spotty skirt.


While in London I found 'Smug' in Islington, on Camden Passage. It was a lovely little shop with a very retro feel, it stocked a large range of homeware and apparel. Thornback and Peel also sell here as you can see there aprons hanging up in the last photo. Also visit the website its equally as lovely!

Margaret Howell

Fun shop window on Wigmore Street, London.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Thornback and Peel

On Monday I start work experience with Thornback and Peel which is really exciting. I love their quirky designs.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

NTU Textile Design 2010 Degree Show

Here are some of my favourite bits from NTUs Textile Degree Show. All of the work was amazing and has inspired us for 3rd year!

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Blood, Sweat and Luxuries. BBC 1

If you are interested in Globalisation then this series on BBC 1 shows a very good insight. It shows how 6 British consumers cope under the working conditions, living conditions and wages of people in Africa and Asia for the luxuries trade. Leather, Gems and Coffee have already been aired but you can still watch them on BBC iPlayer.

Visit the programs website:

Uneven Geographies; Art and Globalisation

'Uneven Geographies; Art and Globalisation' is the new exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary. It displays the work of 14 artists from 5 continents representing this huge and complicated subject of Globalisation. Where in our world now is so easy to buy thing and not think where it has come from, where people and products can all move so freely its hard to keep track. The exhibition shows this uneven spread of the wealth and harsh manual labour.

'Nobody wants to see: Three of the richest men in the world own as much as six hundred million of the poorest people.'
Mladen Stilinovic, Nobody Wants To See, 2009.

I thought this quote was very powerful and shows this uneven spread of the worlds wealth.

Exhibition: 8 May 2010 - 4 Jul 2010 Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham.

'Caught Up in the Frame of the Revolution'

On Friday I went to the private view of an exhibition called 'Caught Up in the Frame of the Revolution' at Lee Rosy's tea shop in Nottingham. Which consisted of illustration, screen prints and up cycled mirrors. It features the work of Alf Design, Chloe Blount designs, Christina Giljohann designs and Kathleen Gillen and is open till 31st May so definitely worth a visit.