Featuring Final Year Printed Textiles Student Cassie MacDonald

Tell us about your collection

‘We See Creature Folk’ is a body of work which explores and illustrates several narratives through print and pattern. These stories portray social justice messages and are told through the creation of creatures and locations. Inspired heavily by both primitive and folk art; the collection supports the idea of something being created with a purpose but also being appreciated as art itself as well as having a very handcrafted feel. ‘We See Creature Folk’ is primarily aimed at children, however, each design’s purpose is multi-functioning through all ages, genders, and final functions and purpose. The printed textile collection spans further than just a fashion range aiming to work as a lifestyle range with endless possibilities for its reproduction in various products such as: ceramics, storybooks, badges, masks, costumes, mobiles and wall hangings. The relationship between shape, form, colour and figurative illustrations moulded this collection, working as an exploration of how illustration and pattern intertwine.

What were the highs and lows through creating your collection?

A really exciting moment during the creation of this collection was the inception of my concept – it was an idea that really meant something to me and something I was passionate about. That extra bit of researching meant I had an idea that I could really go for it with and I didn’t need to worry about tiring of my idea.

Something that was difficult throughout FMP was keeping going and not running out of puff, especially when it feels like you’re running out of time with so much to do. However, even though it’s a cliché, it all does come together in the end!

Another high from my project was shooting all of my fabrics for my Look book, it was so nice after all those months of working on the designs to see everything coming to life. It was also really fun to get creative with shoot ideas.

Any advice for students following in your footsteps?

Try to get at least one internship whilst at university! It does wonders for your confidence and the more you have when you leave the easier it will be to find a job as you’ll have invaluable experience!

Also, just continue working through – even though you may want to slow down or give up in a project. You only get to do it once so you may as well make the most of being at uni’ and having all the feedback – that is probably the thing I’m going to miss the most! With that in mind take as much work to your tutors as you can during tutorials. The more you have the more they can help you!

Year 1 Drawing Workshops

During a series of drawing workshops over the past few weeks, first year students practiced drawing textures, forms and lines for fashion and textiles. Models were styled with a multitude of fabrics and accessories presenting various patterns, shapes and textures in order to inspire a wide use of drawing media and colour.

Year 1 drawing 01 Year 1 drawing 02 Year 1 drawing 03 Year 1 drawing 04 Year 1 drawing 05 Year 1 drawing 06

One week Drawing Courses in Spain.

So summer and sunshine will be soon upon us – do you fancy a unique experience..?

In the hills behind Malaga

 A holiday that will enhance your education; a rare opportunity to be creative in the sunshine!  Now in our 9th Year! The idea is that you have a relaxing holiday and come back with lots of drawing, ideas for your creative practice…  and a sun-tan!

Everything except food, drinks and art materials are included! 

This is the plan…

We fly from East Midlands or Stansted to Malaga where we pick up a hire car. It’s an hours drive to the accommodation. You stay in a large and beautifully reformed village house in the hills behind Malaga in Southern Spain. There are 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and you have your own room, or share a twin if you come with a friend. There is a roof terrace and a large courtyard for eating and sunbathing. The groups are small 4 – 6 max.

I can guarantee sunshine!

We will have drawing trips to the coast, walks in the hills and villages and a trip to Malaga town where we go, for example, to the Alcazabar, Arab fortress and the Picasso Museum and get a taste of city life in Southern Spain. In the evenings we have structured but informal crits when we talk about drawing and related issues. The content and what form the drawing takes will come from your particular individual requirements. We normally have a pre-flight tutorial a couple of weeks before we fly to set an agenda and to identify what would be appropriate and useful for you in the context of your creative work.

This year’s dates:

4th – 11th June

11th – 18th June

10th – 17th September

17th – 24th September

The price is £485 which includes flights, accommodation, all transport in Spain, drawing workshops and tutorials.  

If you’re interested please send your questions to  Martyn  mart.art@me.com

Check out the blog and the feedback below  http://drawinginspain.blogspot.com/     and Martyn’s work    http://martynblundell2.blogspot.com/

Hasta pronto!

“Best holiday I’ve ever been on…  thank you for a fantastic week Martyn, your attention and encouragement have helped me believe in my future and capabilities. It was an inspirational, relaxed and creatively inspiring week. I’ve made some great new friends and come back with a new sense of direction and purpose in both myself and in my work!”  Sarah Kirby  (Decorative Arts)

Paul Smith: Assistant Textile Designer/ London

Required for our design studio to assist the team with the design and development of printed artwork for our menswear collections including PS and Homewear.

Assistant Textile Designer/ London
DEADLINE to apply: 1st July 2013

Assistant Textile Designe required for our design studio to assist the team with the design and development of printed artwork for our menswear collections including PS and Homewear. Key areas of the role will include; developing prints for shirting and linings; research into new themes and techniques; working on printed t-shirts, underwear and homewear; developing artwork by hand as well as putting work in to repeat on the computer and maintaining seasonal file archives.

You will have a minimum 2.1 degree in Textile Design or equivalent practical attainment, be creative, have excellent drawing and painting skills with proven experience of working in a printed textiles role within the fashion industry, basic knowledge of technical textile print, Advanced Illustrator, Photoshop & Microsoft Office skills, able to work to set deadlines with excellent communication skills.

Download essential information pack before applying from the website www.paulsmith.co.uk or request via e-mail from recruitment@paulsmith.co.uk Applications should have full covering letter and CV, stating current salary and Reference No: 9077 with examples of textile designs that show your style of hand painting and drawing (totalling no more than 10 pages) by: 1st July 2013 to: Chloe Lewington, Paul Smith Limited, The Poplars, Lenton Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2PW.

Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community.
For all Paul Smith vacancies, visit our website www.paulsmith.co.uk

Please note only successful applicants will be contacted.

Be creative in the sunshine! One week Drawing Courses in Spain,

http://drawinginspain.blogspot.com/

This sounds great – Martyn and the trips that he organises come highly recommended, now in his 8th year. It sounds like he has it down to a fine art:

The idea is that you have a relaxing holiday and come back with lots of drawing, ideas and energy, and a sun-tan!
Perfect timing considering the SNOW!
The price is £465 which includes flights, accommodation, all transport in Spain, drawing workshops and tutorials. Everything except food, drink and art materials is included!

This is the plan…
We fly from either East Midlands or Stanstead to Malaga where we pick up a hire car. It’s an hours drive to the accommodation. You stay in a large and beautifully reformed village house in the hills behind Malaga in Southern Spain. There are 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and you have your own room, or share a twin if you come with a friend or partner. There is a roof terrace and a large courtyard for eating and sunbathing. The groups are small 4 – 6 max.
We will have drawing trips to the coast, walks in the hills and villages and a trip to Malaga town where we go, for example, to the Alcazabar, Arab fortress and the Picasso Museum and get a taste of city life in Southern Spain. In the evenings we have structured but informal crits when we talk about drawing and related issues. The content and what form the drawing takes will come from your particular individual requirements. We have a car so we can go anywhere!
This year’s dates: from March to September (See http://drawinginspain.blogspot.com/ for dates/details)
If you’re interested please send your questions to  Martyn  mart.art@me.com
Check out the blog (above) and the feedback (below )and also Martyn’s work    http://martynblundell2.blogspot.com/
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 What a truly incredible experience it is to draw in Spain! I have come back with so much drawing and inspiration and feel that every design student should go on this trip!! As a first year student at the start of their long summer break, this has been the most encouraging thing I could ever have done.