Tuesday, 10 July 2012

New Designers

I was lucky enough to be one of the ten chosen from my course to have the chance to exhibit my final major project collection at New Designers 2012. There was some gorgeous textile work from other universities and colleges around the country which was very inspiring and its nice to see what other people are doing! Our stand  and students got lots of positive feedback from the industry about the work which is great and makes all the hard work feel worth while :)

Mine, Leighs, Ingrids and Paulines work

Cleveland college of Art and Design stand 2012

Setting up the show

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Degree Show 2012

Here are some images from my final degree show at Cleveland College of Art and Design. The show was really good and everyone has worked so hard to produce fantastic final collections which have all recieved lovely feedback from people who have visited the show.

Hope you all like it :)
My final collection 'Ornamental Goddess'

All images copyrighted to Helen Proudlock ©

Thursday, 5 April 2012

What I've been up to!

Over the past few weeks I have been very busy working on final designs digitally and in the print rooms and preparing work to be sent off to Printsource New York where CCAD is exhibiting for the first time. I am really enjoying experimenting in the print rooms with new fabrics and using my fabulous printing inks from Permaset who have kindly sponsored me for my final major project! Their inks give a really vibrant colour, are environmentally friendly and are great for all textiles and art projects. Have a look on their website they have such a good range of colours and products from metallics to glow in the dark inks.

Friday, 2 March 2012

A Day Sampling in the Print Room

A few samples from my first design, I really enjoy working in the print room experimenting with colour, dyes and fabrics! I think my samples with the busier more textured backgrounds work best out of them all. Love seeing my designs on fabric :) 

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Design Development

 I have started to develop my drawings into designs. For my FMP i want my collection to be varied and versatile including repeat patterns, placement prints, ditsy prints and experimenting with scale within my designs. Here are a few images of my first design.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Paris - Premier Vision: Indigo

I have just returned from a three day trip to Paris! On Wednesday I visited the Premier Vision Trade Show with the intention of gaining inspiration for my prints for final major project but also to hand out some CV's in the hope of getting possible future work placements with a print studio. Firstly I headed to Indigo where studios from all over the world who design fashion prints, embroideries, knits, vintage and archive patterns show their collections. It was really great to see what is happening within the industry. I made lots of new contacts and people seemed to like my CV packs I designed - hopefully they will have got me noticed and give them a taster of my style of work.

Some of my business cards I attached to my CV packs

Hana and me inside Premier Vision

I feel I have really benefited from visiting Premier Vision and Indigo. The prints and embellishments that I saw have inspired me to really push myself and create designs to that level for my final collection. It was good to be able to see the designs up close and see what techniques are used and fabrics. I also feel a lot more confident after talking to the design studios and making those contacts because if you don't ask you won't get!

Textiles and Surface Design Degree Show 2012

A blog has been set up to let everyone know what we are all up to in the run up to our degree show in June. 
Make sure you all follow and comment :)

Take a look at it here.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Monday, 30 January 2012

Final Major Project: Some Drawings...

Some of my initial drawings for my FMP. I am going to try and mix the imagery up within my drawing sheets to make them more interesting as I think the top one is the most successful drawing sheet so far combining African beetles and ornate ceiling moldings.

As my project has progressed I feel my concept has developed and become clearer, I now realise that it is very much based on different cultures within the world as I have been using imagery from various parts of the world: Florals - typically English garden, Insects - African/ Middle Eastern, Ornate patterns - Palace of Versaille, Bright Colours - L.A/ Vegas/ Blackpool illuminations! Bit confusing but that is what is in my head at the moment!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Preparation for Paris

Last week I submitted fashion prints and embroideries from my last two projects to be exhibited at Indigo - Paris which I will be visiting in February. Fingers crossed they get picked to go! Whilst there we will be looking for future job and placement opportunities by handing out promotional material and hopefully making contacts within the industry. It is also the perfect place to get inspiration for my final major project by looking at current designs on the market. 

Paris 2011
All images copyright ©Helen Proudlock 

Friday, 20 January 2012