Thursday, 24 March 2011

More from Mavis...

 I heard in college, from Colleen, about the GoodWeave Rug Design Competition and I thought I would look at the brief as she thought my concept would fit in, as this year it was all about organic shapes.
I discovered that GoodWeave is a international organisation working to end child labour in the rug industry of South Asia. It funds education and rehabilitation for thousands of rescued children.
Fired up by this cause I set about designing a rug to fit in with my Fossil Collection, so that I can submit it as part of my FMP. They provided a mood board and a colour palette from which you could select a maximum of 8 colours. That had to include any shades as another colour so I chose 7 of them to colour my line drawings of ammonites. Then I did a background with some of the colours using another drawing of a trilobite (I couldn't resist doing something in repeat!).
 The lucky winner gets to have their design made up in a 200cmx140cm rug + £300 so fingers crossed!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011


Ashleigh Betty Wilson

I am currently in the final stages of completing my Final Major Project entitled ‘Primal Futurism’ whereby I am designing a range of geometric and floral prints. My specialism lies in the use of digital print as I feel this is the future of technology and is a way in which to create frenzied and textural prints for the fashion market.

More from Colleen...

Bespoke Surface Pattern design for Commercial interiors.
ver closer.e is comming s as ogressn As a starting point for my final major project, I chose to portray myself as the Virgin Mary, this has no religious connotations and is not intended to cause offence, but rather to indentify that for me personally this BA in Textiles and Surface Design is a new beginning, an amalgamation of previous practices and skills.
This is combined with a current trend in jewellery and influences from Cult of the Virgin, tattoos and various personal items and images from South Africa.
Work shown here is still in progress...please see my blog for updates as our deadline is coming ever closer. 

Friday, 18 March 2011

Reminder to look for your baby photos...

Don't forget to find a photo of yourself from your childhood days for the year book...:)

Check. It. Out.

A lovely collection of samples and lengths by Tracy Bidwell. More of her work and interesting images are found on her blog. Keep up the good work Tracy!!

Everyone's printing away so we've got a few snap shots of them at work...Impressive stuff guys! Silk screen printing is definately hard work but the results are worth it.

Dye Lab!

Remember your mask!
You always seem to spend a life time in here mixing the correct colour... only for it to go wrong!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for silk screens...

With everyone busy with design processes the screen rack is a familiar sight!

Work in progress...

Everyones at different stages of their projects, but its all starting to come together and everything is looking great, and because all our work is so diverse it makes our studios look really interesting.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Colleen Ellington

Central to my practice are my sketchbooks and drawing. Drawing comes naturally and is one of my greatest pleasures. Due to my training in sculpture I have a good understanding of shape and form and having trained and work as a graphic designer I gained sound knowledge of layout and design skills pre computer age.  Studying Textiles and Surface Design has given me new skills and the opportunity to amalgamate these different areas of interest.
My way of working allows plenty of scope for creativity and development of unconventional ideas.  I enjoy working on a larger with all manner of materials; dyes and paint in easy reach as are my sketch books and computer. I work from sketch book to computer and back to paper or fabric; pushing around pattern and  texture exploring surface qualities, experimenting with scale, composition and juxtaposition.  The mixed media, the unexpected, the mistakes, are an important part of my process and final outcome. In short I like to be open and spontaneous, to improvise, and be experimental.  I take pleasure in turning old and new, using artificial materials like plastic, vinyl and foils combined with artisan techniques.

Monday, 14 March 2011


My final major project is about working buildings and structures into interiors in an abstract way. I am focusing on designing wallpapers aimed at the male market and looking at creating linear drawings and re-working them into unique, individual designs.  I have taken inspiration from Cavern Home interiors, Trove wallpapers, Beyond the Valley and colours from Farrow and Ball. I am interested in layering images to produce really busy and interesting designs and also using blocks of colour to break up all my linear sketches. My wallpapers will be hand screen printed using pigment colours and a range of other techniques including foils and flock.


I am a student of Textiles and Surface Design, with an eager passion for Art, Textiles and Design in all its forms. I really enjoy the process of taking something from drawing to repeat and creating a design that is different and quirky from something mundane. I especially love the process of print and am confident practitioner, from foiling to flock, and dye to discharge, in carefully executed designs.
My recent project ‘Treasured Objects’ is all about objects that are loved and personal. I love objects with a history and have a theme throughout my work to keep using unusual antiques, especially these that seem to hide a story.
I am a seriously hard worker and love every part of the process of designing, from initial concept, to drawing, and from printing to embroidery. I am passionate about drawing and screen printing and I love creating hand-rendered designs and experimenting with new ideas. I delight in every part of surface design, but I especially take pleasure in it when I know it is enjoyed by others.


I am a textiles and surface design student at Cleveland College of Art and Design. I am conscientious and enthusiastic about a range of subjects within textiles with a particular affinity for print and a keen interest in fashion fabric design. I have developed the ability to design in a conceptual manner whilst also following current trends to produce contemporary and commercial designs. Working alongside various companies and businesses  in live projects, competitions and exhibitions has left me with good communication skills and the ability to work well as part of a team as well as independently. I am well organised and focused with a strong desire to become successful within the design industry.
My inspiration comes from many different designers and my preferences change with each seasons new collections. My current favourite designers are Kenzo, Dries Van Noten, Alberta Ferreti and Matthew Williamson. I love the way these designers combine exciting, bold prints with sensitive textures and mark making and I feel that my work reflects this in some way.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Facebook Group

For all those with facebook, we now have a Ccad 2011 page.

You can access it by typing into the search toolbar Ccad 2011 and when it pops up you can "Like it" this will keep you updated about up and coming Deadlines and new and exciting posts.

And another...

This one is also pretty good for an all round helpful site!

Dazed and Confused

Here's a link (for you fashion designers) featuring London fashion week - great for ideas and inspiration!

Need funding?

The Textile Society Student Bursaries and Awards 2012

Applications for the Art/ Design and Promotion/Technology awards should include:
  • A clear outline of your project (1,000 words max)
  • Up to 10 visuals (not too small) to accompany your text. These should be inserted as numbered ‘figures’ in the body of the text, with explanatory subtitles.
  • In addition and in no more than 300 words explain how the Textile Society funding could further your project.


Look out for competitions to enter throughout third year as it counts towards your professional development file (PDF) mark.

2011 Bead Dreams:
Submission deadline for this competition is the 5th of april so get your skates on!

Hand and Lock:
Entry form submission 31st of march, Final submission of work 30th June.

Society of dryers and colourists:
This years title Reduce, Recycle, Reuse.

Print and pattern
Name of the competition: Sock it to me

Nothern design competition 2011

worldwide embroidery competition 2010/2011

Elizabeth Bradley Designs
Contact them for the 2011 submission/entry details

Tigerprint is always updating its competition list