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Phwoar, final years a step up isn’t it!? I am stressed beyond belief but also quite excited, I’m learning to whack out prints as if they’r going out of fashion. Generic florals and colour palettes might actually become my forte, I never thought I would enjoy FLORALS of all things. I have decided to split my weeks up, so up until yesterday I was working on my florals project and as of today I am the Market theme queen. 
This florals collection obviously needs working on, it needs the colour scheme to be made a little more fluent, it needs background and it needs a hell of a lot more texture and ‘layers’ but as a first week goes I am actually chuffed. I have done dozens, these are just some of my favorites. I have really enjoyed getting my head in to my sketchbook again, scanning things in and making the most horrendous things seem so much better.
Today I am starting this market traditions theme which I’m very excited for, I’m thinking of calling it something along the lines of ‘world market’ as the plan is for it to be an exploration in to market traditions and cultures, the things we see and the people we meet. My local market is rather a famous one and so I am taking inspiration from there as well as The local market up here because I can’t be back in London as much as I would like.
Oct 10, 2014 / 1 note

Phwoar, final years a step up isn’t it!? I am stressed beyond belief but also quite excited, I’m learning to whack out prints as if they’r going out of fashion. Generic florals and colour palettes might actually become my forte, I never thought I would enjoy FLORALS of all things. I have decided to split my weeks up, so up until yesterday I was working on my florals project and as of today I am the Market theme queen.

This florals collection obviously needs working on, it needs the colour scheme to be made a little more fluent, it needs background and it needs a hell of a lot more texture and ‘layers’ but as a first week goes I am actually chuffed. I have done dozens, these are just some of my favorites. I have really enjoyed getting my head in to my sketchbook again, scanning things in and making the most horrendous things seem so much better.

Today I am starting this market traditions theme which I’m very excited for, I’m thinking of calling it something along the lines of ‘world market’ as the plan is for it to be an exploration in to market traditions and cultures, the things we see and the people we meet. My local market is rather a famous one and so I am taking inspiration from there as well as The local market up here because I can’t be back in London as much as I would like.

World Market Dinnerware - Absolutely in love
Oct 4, 2014

World Market Dinnerware - Absolutely in love

I would really love my collection to look at this, so simple! It is so so so hard to try and be ‘different’ this year, seems as though everyone is doing the same thing without realising. Final Year is one hell of a step up.
Oct 1, 2014

I would really love my collection to look at this, so simple! It is so so so hard to try and be ‘different’ this year, seems as though everyone is doing the same thing without realising. Final Year is one hell of a step up.

Sep 28, 2014
Absolutely, completely and utterly INSPIRED by these flowers. Love the inky colours so I’m definitely going to be trying this out tomorrow..
Sep 27, 2014

Absolutely, completely and utterly INSPIRED by these flowers. Love the inky colours so I’m definitely going to be trying this out tomorrow..

LAST OF THE SUN IN LONDON TOWN
 
Winter is fast approaching and we all know what that means, lots of watery sunshine and sunglasses can still be a part of our wardrobe!
 
I’ve been loving the retro, styles recently – especially these pieces from Esprit & Puma.
 
Also, I’m LOVING these Where’s Wally flip flops from Havaianas. It may not be summer but here’s hoping we’ll be having an Indian Summer soon!
Sep 26, 2014

LAST OF THE SUN IN LONDON TOWN

 

Winter is fast approaching and we all know what that means, lots of watery sunshine and sunglasses can still be a part of our wardrobe!

 

I’ve been loving the retro, styles recently – especially these pieces from Esprit & Puma.

 

Also, I’m LOVING these Where’s Wally flip flops from Havaianas. It may not be summer but here’s hoping we’ll be having an Indian Summer soon!

So it’s the time of year where we all get to obsess over the catwalks and somehow, find affordable ways to take some style notes and update our wardrobes. 
 
I’m in Huddersfield, it’s grey, so I’m back to jeans a t shirt and some easy shoes. These are the perfect choice, i’m in love with the green!
 
Available from www.keds.co.uk
Sep 19, 2014

So it’s the time of year where we all get to obsess over the catwalks and somehow, find affordable ways to take some style notes and update our wardrobes. 

 

I’m in Huddersfield, it’s grey, so I’m back to jeans a t shirt and some easy shoes. These are the perfect choice, i’m in love with the green!

 

Available from www.keds.co.uk

Crafty little headboard #madeit
Sep 16, 2014

Crafty little headboard #madeit

Sep 15, 2014 / 246,405 notes
  • 14 years old: I'm young but I know what I want. This isn't that hard, I'm all grown up already and have everything figured out.
  • 17 years old: Well, this is a little harder than I thought. School is almost ending. What am I going to do with my life?
  • 21 years old: What the fuck is going on? Where are my socks?
New house, healthy start 👌✌️
Sep 14, 2014

New house, healthy start 👌✌️

Failed MISERABLY to pack lightly. Sorry car 🙈
Sep 12, 2014

Failed MISERABLY to pack lightly. Sorry car 🙈

Well, would you look at that. It’s my final theme! I have cried over this. There is nothing worse than being two thirds of the way to knowing exactly what you want to do and just not finding that final bit. I feel like everything I love and want to design has been done, I feel like I am going to rock up to my first development seminar and my tutor is going to roll her eyes at me and say something patronising like “really Rachel, be original” but at least I’m going to love this and I can already see my three mini collections up next to each other, hanging from ropes being all fabulous. I am so Happy.
Sep 9, 2014

Well, would you look at that. It’s my final theme! I have cried over this. There is nothing worse than being two thirds of the way to knowing exactly what you want to do and just not finding that final bit. I feel like everything I love and want to design has been done, I feel like I am going to rock up to my first development seminar and my tutor is going to roll her eyes at me and say something patronising like “really Rachel, be original” but at least I’m going to love this and I can already see my three mini collections up next to each other, hanging from ropes being all fabulous. I am so Happy.

This is my second theme, extremely generic but extremely important. One very clear message I received from placement this year is that no matter how much you may be told differently, hand drawn and painted flora and fauna are what the designers want to see when you take your portfolio to them. I think this project will be my biggest performer as I will need to address my weakest skills. 
Sep 9, 2014

This is my second theme, extremely generic but extremely important. One very clear message I received from placement this year is that no matter how much you may be told differently, hand drawn and painted flora and fauna are what the designers want to see when you take your portfolio to them. I think this project will be my biggest performer as I will need to address my weakest skills. 

Okay so this is my first theme idea for my final year project. It is something I attempted in first year and hated the outcome of, and is unfortunately already a ‘big thing’, but I love it & I will find a way to make it 'new'. I want to explore the way culture and tradition influence the way in which we coexist, react to our surroundings and in turn, the way patterns which are directly associated with religions and culture are used in design. 
Sep 9, 2014

Okay so this is my first theme idea for my final year project. It is something I attempted in first year and hated the outcome of, and is unfortunately already a ‘big thing’, but I love it & I will find a way to make it 'new'. I want to explore the way culture and tradition influence the way in which we coexist, react to our surroundings and in turn, the way patterns which are directly associated with religions and culture are used in design. 

Sep 8, 2014

Today has been a lovely day, aside from failing day one of losing some weight (2 sandwiches, chocolates and a share bag of crisps later..). I have 4 more days before I move back to Huddersfield for the final year of university and I have left the pub, so no shifts until christmas. I woke up early, did some paint stripping in the bathroom until my Next delivery came (gorgeous new coat, happy days) and then I pottered to tesco to get ingredients for dinner tonight. Dad’s away on business and my sister has already gone back to her uni so it’s a bit lonely. I changed my leftover euro’s back to pounds and hopped on the sunbed for a bit.

Starting work on a pretty Rachel. I believe it is safe to say that in 3 months i’ve let it go abit, i’m a stone heavier and get out of breath walking up stairs, oops. 

I spent this afternoon doing some sketchbook work which I must admit I struggled to enjoy and watching a documentary called ‘Food Matters’. It is from 2008 yet is so relevant right now with the massive ‘clean eating’ revolution. Isn’t it funny how we all know that the best way to look and feel good is to eat well and exercise, yet so many of us just don’t. I did for one whole year, it was literally the best thing i’ve done. But I had routine then, I worked 7 days a week, I went to the gym 5 mornings a week for 60-90 mins and I ate clean 80% of the time. I lost weight, I felt good, I looked good. When my placement ended I vowed that although I no longer had gym access I would continue to exercise but I didn’t. I am not blaming it on my shift work at the pub but I will say that 5/6 shifts a week at all sorts of times really didn’t leave me much room for a routine like I had, nor did it motivate me to continue looking after myself. We get a burger and chips for £2 at the pub, £2 I tell you! So here I am, having watched this documentary, very very inspired to live clean & healthy. I have emailed the gym I will join when I am in Huddersfield for the class timetable as it hasn’t been released, and I have made a folder of clean, easy recipes. I’m excited to get to my new flat, do a food shop and get on with this year now.

Back to uni work though, I am clueless. I am struggling to find the inspiration and motivation I need to create 3 amazing sketchbooks, I only have two themes sorted and haven’t even completed a sketchbook. I don’t want to feel disappointed with what I have to show when I next see my tutor so I will spend tonight doing some mood boards and getting my head round some techniques to try.