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Friday, December 23, 2011

My newest photo from my Celebrity Style... collection

(Shared on StylePage)

Digital Design Workbook...

Another piece of my work from the first semester of my second year. All of these pages were done on Adobe Illustrator. They took a while but I have greatly improved on my Illustrator skills and it is now my favourite tool to use in design. Unfortunately, this was another piece of work that corrupted due to my hard drive so there are some corruptions in the final 5 pages of personal expression so I have not been able to include these pages.

The pages I have included demonstrate different textiles patterns I have recreated on Illustrator, as well as geometric, symmetric patterns and clothing designs.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"Are you listening? The fabric has much to teach us...", Yohji Yamamoto

It's about time I show some of the work which has overtaken my life for the last couple of months! One of the biggest projects we've undertaken the last term is Conceptual Design. In groups, we were assigned different conceptual designers to research. My group was given Yohji Yamamoto. Yamamoto is a Japanese conceptual designer who, in his own words, "hates fashion". From our research I have discovered that fabric is of the most importance to Yamamoto's work and designs. As well as the research section of our project, we also carried out further research into the trends of Autumn/Winter 2012/13 in order to devise our own trend from which we could individually design collections from. I have included a few images from our research journal below...

After completing our research, we then began our own personal design projects. I started by analysing the shapes in Yohji Yamamoto's past collections. In the end, I had designed a 10 outfit collection, which is demonstrated by my specification sheets and illustrations below. These were all done on Adobe Illustrator. Unfortunately, I was working on these four files when my hard drive began to corrupt so they have saved with some slight corruptions within the images themselves and therefore do no appear as I had originally drawn them. This is my FIRST attempt at illustrations however, and I am very pleased with the results....corruptions and all!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Early Christmas present...

So after a week of sleepless nights, deadlines and a corrupt laptop I'm finally free. All work has been handed in and I'm home on the lovely Isle of Man for Christmas. I've got time to relax and forget about university for a little imagine my surprise when I receive an email from one of my lecturers telling me I've won £250 worth of Republic vouchers!!

It all started in September when I began my Marketing module. We were told that we would be put into groups and we were to complete a project detailing new marketing strategies for two companies. When Republic got in contact with the university and explained that they would like to be used as a live company for five groups I jumped at the chance and my group decided to go for it. Thankfully, we were one of the chosen groups and we were taken to the Republic headquarters for the day as explained in my previous post.

When we were compiling our research together and deciding on new objectives and strategies I completely forgot that we were actually entered into a competition to win vouchers. I became so involved with the work and I felt that the experience was rewarding enough!

I was so pleased with our final project and I think we all felt that no matter what mark we received or whether we won the competition or not, we had been successful as a group and had really enjoyed working together. We'd put in so much effort but I never would have thought we'd come out on top!!

After the stress of the last couple of weeks this could not have come at a better time! It just goes to show that hard work really does pay off and I'm so happy. It has made my, has made my YEAR! Any doubts I had about my capabilities and my work have disappeared and I feel like it has all been worth it. Plus, who isn't going to be happy with a brand new wardrobe?!

I'm so glad I made that first step back in September, putting our group forward. Looking back, I can't believe we were successful in being chosen, never mind winning the entire thing. It's so unexpected...I'm still in shock! I've included a few pages from our project below.

So, thanks to my lovely group and Republic, I now have £250 to spend on my favourite thing in the world...CLOTHES! I hope my group members enjoy choosing their new wardrobe as much as I do. Well done guys :)

Now where do I start....


Friday, October 21, 2011

Jodie does that blogging thing....

So I've finally set up a blog! I'm still new to this whole thing but I'll use this space to say what I've seen and loved during the week and anything I've been inspired by. And who am I?? I am a fashion student at Leeds University and I am currently in my second year. Everything's different this year, the biggest thing being that not only do I have university work to focus on, I have to perfect my CV and take every opportunity that comes to me in order to find placements for my year in industry. Having to suddenly decide what I want to do is scary but exciting....I never knew the fashion world was so big. I want to do everything, from design and trend research to journalism and marketing.

Second year is tough but so rewarding. This week we've had visits from Caryn Franklin, a co-founder of All Walks Beyond The Catwalk and an all-round fashion specialist, and from Colin McDowell, the famous fashion journalist. Both visits were insightful and inspiring. They're both the type of people you'd love to sit down in Starbucks with, listening to their many stories about the likes of Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada!

Today, I had the chance to visit the Republic Headquarters in Leeds with my Marketing group to work alongside them on a live brief. It was intriguing to hear about the ins and outs of the entire business and everyone there was so enthusiastic about their jobs. I even managed to sneak off and discuss ideas with the Womenswear designers of Crafted and SoulCal!

These opportunities have been so thought-provoking and have broadened my mind even further to the possibilities a fashion degree can provide. I just can't wait to get out there and put it to good use!

So its a new year, a new room, a new love of new fashions and don't forget...a new blog.

Is it a new me? We'll have to wait and see :)