The very nice people at Dazed & Confused have this month included a feature on me in their November issue, which includes a little interview I did not so long ago. You can have a look at it here or pop to the shops to grab yourself a copy!
You may have been wondering where I've been recently - well, I've been knitting away just in time for the Royal College of Art MA Fashion Shows, where I showed my collection of 8 entirely knitted outfits on the 1st and 2nd of June. Here's some pictures of it in action incase you couldn't make it, courtesy of Catwalking.com:
Vogue Italia have done a feature on this years Royal College of Art Work in Progress exhibition and have featured the work of a few of us Second year Students, including mine! Click here to have a look, and if you're in South Kensington you should head over and check out the work of all the Fashion, Textiles, Photography, Mixed Media, Goldsmithing and Jewellery students - The exhibition is open daily until the 19th of January!
Last week was the Royal College of Art's Fashion Show, where the 2nd year students showed their Graduate MA collections. It was a fantastic few days, and over the past couple of months I had been working as part of the Umbro team on our project for 'Umbro 2015', where we designed and produced a capsule collection for them based around our future predicitions for the brand, and was the opener of the show. Lots of hand knitting has certainly kept me busy! More pictures can be found here. Below is a mini version of what my initial ideas were for the team back in March:
He is the ultimate football 'fan', wearing a jumper made entirely of his favourite teams scarves as in 2015 we may still be in the recession, and so what better way to keep up with your favourite team's colours than to have your gran whip up a knitted football kit for you?!
Here is my dad Victor wearing one of my latest knit pieces from the technical knitting project I did last term, styled by himself in a pair of comedy glasses we had when I went back home! It forms part of my 'Tailoring' project lineup, of which I still have to knit another outfit for. Today has so far been a day of paperwork, technical drawings and pattern cutting so the garments can be my main focus for the rest of the week. Knitting at home always looks a bit chaotic I think you will agree!
With it being the Easter Break at the RCA, i took a few days off to go back up North and recharge my batteries. First I went to visit my Aunti Mitzi, who is almost a fully qualified nail technician for her to manicure my nails.. every knitters needs to look after their most important tools after all!
I also dabbled in crocheting some 'granny squares'..
My brother Thomas turned 25 on Easter Sunday too (Happy Birthday Tomlette!)
And whilst I was visiting my mum, I noticed she had this really old picture of the two of us when we were about 4 or 5 and I was a bridesmaid and he was a pageboy, which I thought you might quite like to see.
All in all I had a really nice stay. Now its time to get cracking with the knitting again!
With the recent lovely weather we have been having, I thought it was time to get some plants for the balcony I have in my flat. You can't beat a bit of colourfulness, especially when it comes to springtime flowers! Here are a few close-ups:
Lovely Petunias, daffodils and hyacinths. Who needs plantpots when you can use extra large mugs?!
In addition to working at the RCafe in the RCA, I have had a little job at Superdrug on High Street Kensington for the past couple of months. My new name badge came the other day, so not only am I a knitter but I have now become a Beauty Specialist..! Can you beautify knitting do you think? Below is a sneaky pic of the wall in the staffroom!
Fellow RCA knitter Cheri and I have been distracting ourselves from work by starting to fill the wall which our desk faces in the Menswear Studio with a rather strange assortment of visual delights and knit- related treats. A recent addition taking pride of place is a v-neck jumper I handknitted for Jeremy Barr, our old college lecturer from Ravensbourne, with matching trousers Cheri made from Morat fabric. So If you're reading this Jeremy we hope you don't mind, you were just looking a bit chilly!
Here is quite a familiar view of mine at the moment. I thought I'd try some new stitch ideas out for the garment making project we've got at the moment, where we are required to make nicely a cut and sew garment and a fully fashioned one to brush up our technical skills. There's than one week to go until the deadline and there's still another to knit, link and trim so I had better crack on whilst the night it young!
I am settling back in at The RCA quite well, so I thought i'd share with you some sketchbook pages from my tailoring project which was set last week. My concept is still in the early development stages, including choosing my colour palette, yarns and designing silhouettes. I'm making it a challenge which is quite exciting, as I want to have a bit of fun pushing mens tailoring in the realm of knitwear - a bit of a leap from oversized cardigans and sweaters. Let the knitting commence!
Just to let you know, it is my turn to be on duty at The RCA's "Work in Progress" exhibition this Saturday, and here is a sneaky peek at my display. I will be there from 12-1pm so come down and say hello as there's lots of exciting work happening, and I will be more than happy to show you around!
Rushing around doing finishing touches as it is the Private View for the RCA "Work in Progress" exhibition later tonight. All of us level 1 and level 2 students are displaying a little taster of our work for your viewing pleasure, as it is, in progress! The exhibition will be on daily until the 22nd of January so put on your woolies and do come down and have a look around!
Snow keeping me indoors has made me feel like getting lost in a sketchbook and do a fair few illustrations over the past couple of days. Slowly but surely I am trying to get back into the swing of things after a sad, wobbly end to 2009.