Saturday, 25 June 2011


Well done and good luck to all the students going to New Designers next week! It will be busy but lots of fun I'm sure (keep me updated with photos!)

And a big congratulations to all graduating students this year! Please keep in touch with news, photos and updates - I would love to keep posting everyone's stories and successes of which I'm sure there will be many. It has been a lovely three years and I wish you all the very best for the future!

Finally, I'd like to say a few thank yous to the following people for their involvement and help during our course...

All the tutors (this year including Claire, Lyndon, Lianne, Tricia, Malcolm and Graham) - your guidance and help has meant a great deal and is very much appreciated, especially through the stresses of our final year.

The Print, Embroidery and I.T Technicians - for all your support.

The Library staff - for being so friendly and helpful, and for all your work with proof reading and researching dissertations. 

Everyone involved in the Degree Show - for all the hard work, planning, and support from the gallery and its staff to make the show such a fantastic and successful event.



Monday, 13 June 2011

Look who's in the Press!

A few of us from our course have been chosen to have our photograph taken for the local newspaper, The Hartlepool Mail, as coverage of our degree show! How exciting :) And great publicity of our show and our work!

Degree Show!!

Our 2011 Degree show finally arrived!! And what a night - everyone looked gorgeous and, as all the visitors agreed, the work looked fantastic. We all enjoyed ourselves, and it was lovely to have people comment on our work! Definately a night to be proud of, so well done everyone :)

The Textiles and Surface Design year of 2011

Lauren Wilson

Charlotte Pennock

Lauren Spellman

David Palmer

Hayley Robinson

Rachel Hagger

Vikki Blair

Stephanie Richards

Tara Whittingham

Louise Hodgson

Lucy Harker

James Lydon

Heather Fraser

Jennie Harrison

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Arranging Displays

It's 2 days to go until our degree show and everyone has planned such gorgeous displays and has lovely work, so I thought I would put a few up and show them off! It's a very busy time, and as I'm sure we can all agree, putting these displays up is much harder than it looks... Everything looks good though, so I can't wait to see how they will look in the church!

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Our special guest, Malcolm Jarvis, will be opening our degree show on the 9th of June and as a thank you from our course we decided to prepare him a present... 

Joy Herman kindly volunteered her lovely design to use, and Catherine Miller and Lauren Spellman printed this gorgeous tie! Lovely!

Degree Show Prep

Our work is now all handed in and marked, so the next thing to do is all our degree show preparations including painting boards, making mock ups of our individual spaces and perfecting how they will look on the night of the show. Very exciting and it is sinking in how quickly the show is approaching...time flies when you're having fun!

Mavis, Tanya, James and Joy are all working away painting their boards! Who said this job wasn't fun?!

Jennie Harrison

Hello, my names Jennie Harrison. I’ve been studying BA Hons Textile and Surface Design currently in my third year and enjoying my last year of university.
My inspirations for my drawings come from the Market Research I do for each project. This decides what I draw and what colour palette I choose. I’m bright, luminute and very colourful with my work and love using different medias within my drawings. Textures within my drawings are the key to my success. I love using a variety of scaling within my work. Many of my design are multi directional repeats and are suitable for the fashion and interior industry. Shape and the follow of imagery give my work the backbone or structure. I like multi directional and other direct repeats.
I’ve just started my major project and drawing from the inspiration I found over the holidays. Currently looking at the galaxy and I’m seeing stars already. My chosen brief is to look at the ‘Cosmic future’ this theme has graphics and lots of swirling colours attached to it, which makes my so more attacked to it.  My work is main print based and I’ve just learnt how to digital print my work. Which I discovered my minor project.
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Heather Fraser

My final major project, ‘Come Fly with Me’, is based on the concept of using lots of different species of birds to make up designs for interiors products. I am experimenting with screen printing on to both wallpaper lengths and furnishing fabric samples. I am enjoying improving my skills for screen printing lengths and working with wallpaper at the moment. I have decided to use both types of media to show the diversity of my designs and it will also allow me to experiment with lots of different techniques. I usually prefer to use bold colours in my work rather than subtle ones, as I feel that this is the best way I work.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Re post of deadlines.

Sorry everyone,

Just to amend that last post the deadline for Professional studies is the 28th of April at 9.30 am and the Final major project deadline is the 16th of May, all though I'm sure by now the 16th of may is firmly fixed in every ones minds!

Good luck with tomorrow,

From the blog group x

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Happy Easter!

Hey all,

I hope you have all managed to squeeze in some time for a break and some easter eggs over the last two weeks! It's got to that busy time again so here's a little reminder of the next big dates for your diaries...
Our last two deadlines are:

Professional studies - 28th April
Final Major Project - 16th June

And it won't be long until our degree show when we can exhibit all our lovely work at the Art Gallery in Church Square... exciting! There is definately lots to do, so it will be busy busy busy for the next three weeks... Go for it!

Monday, 18 April 2011

Well Done to the award winners of the Bradford Textile Society!

A big well done to Joy Herman and Charlotte Pennock for being awarded a commendation by the Bradford Textile Society in the Prestigious Textiles Award category! Great achievements and were all very proud of them both! Here's a look at the Printed Interior's fabrics which Joy entered... 

Colleen Ellington also achieved third prize for 'The Unexpected' Clothworker's Foundation Award! The definition of this award is one which is designed for the fashion or interiors market and is created by non - conventional means. A fantastic achievement and here's a look at Colleen's entered work -

Sunday, 10 April 2011

More from Lauren Wilson!

I have finished sampling from my six final designs ready to print my lengths after easter, which is nervous but exciting! I can't wait to see them in place! Here is come images of my sampling from one of my designs. I love to experiment with each design creating a variety of colour ways. I find this really helps me develop me techniques further.

Jacquelyn Wood

I am about to graduate from Cleveland College of Art and Design after studying Textile and Surface Design.

Whilst studying I have juggled being the proprietor of a soft furnishings business, Design & Create Soft Furnishings which I operate from home.  Study and work have gone hand in hand on many occasions with techniques or information being used immediately in the workplace and my experience with business, customers, sewing and contacts helping with college projects. The confidence and knowledge I now possess has enabled me to grow my business from window dressing to individual soft furnishings, sensitively representing my customer’s individuality.

CCAD has given me the freedom and inspiration to be experimental and innovative, placing trust in my instinct and ability in effective imagery and with the structure and professionalism my business has taught me, together these skills will be invaluable.

I am excited at the prospect of going forwards armed with my newly acquired skills and enthusiasm to explore the world as a Designer Maker.

Laura Craven

My Project is called "Textured Portraits", i intend to create 4 1&1/2 meter lengths of fabric and paper printed with portraits and textures . Each length will be double layered and contain a portrait and either a background or foreground which complements the portrait.
My photos have been taken on black and white film and my project wil mostly be black and white for effect. The portraits are supposed to have an impact which is why i have printed them so large, they are supposed to prevoke a reaction.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Tara Whittingham

Whilst studying Textiles and Surface Design I realised my enthusiasm for interiors and my passion for bold floras. I enjoy drawing in a quite controversial style, using a variety of mark making techniques. My imagery can be soft and feminine, with sensitive and delicate aspects, as well as harsh and sketchy to give an expressive and exciting feel. My drawing is a key part to my designs and I enjoy combining the two different styles to create contrasting repeats for furnishing fabrics and wallpapers.

My theme for my final major project is 'Botanical'. I wanted to combine this flora based theme with something contrasting and geometric. I came up with the idea of mosaic and started drawing flowers in a squared format using blocks of colour.

Have a look at my blog for more images of my work - 

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Successful Sponsorship!

 Well done to Lauren Wilson for organising a great Sponsorship with Colourist!

I absolutely love colour and experimenting with different techniques! So, I was extremely excited that after applying for sponsorship, I was lucky enough to received some from the brilliant Colourist!

Colourist produce fabric transfer paints. I love to use them within my work to create bold backgrounds and combine with screen printing. The images above show the colours I chose which I am experimenting with in my FMP.

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