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
New house, healthy start 👌✌️
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.
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.
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.
Germany 2014; not quite the energy for all there is to see
I’m home from 8 days visiting a friend who lives near Karlsruhe, Germany. My god I don’t think I’ve ever been such a tourist, the week was quite a literal case of map in one hand and camera in the other.
First things first, this was my first ever flight alone and I’m still undecided on whether I loved or hated it. It’s lonely sitting on a plane alone, I was the only person in my row which made it worse. BUT, it was very chilled out, not having anyone to stress me out, want to talk to me at silly a.m or judge me for pretending I’m rich and window shopping in all the posh shops. Why are there posh shops in airports anyway?..
On arriving at Frankfurt Airport I missed my bus to Karlsruhe, by a minute. We literally watched it drive away, disaster! So we paid 40 euro’s to stand up for 2 hours on a train which was not impressive. Anyway, we spent the rest of the day drinking coffee, exploring and eating pizza.
On Saturday we visited Freiburg which was lovely, we did the town tour and then a bit of a ridiculous hill walk to the viewing tower.
On Sunday we found a festival in Ettlingen which consisted of a lot of music, wine and ‘white’ beer.
On Monday we made our way to Strasbourg where we also did the walking tour, and had a general potter around. And Croissants.
On Tuesday we visited Konstanz which is an absolutely beautiful Lake town. We did the town tour, boat trip and went up to the viewing platorm of the cathedral.
On Wednesday we stayed in Karlsruhe and visited the Zoo and the shopping centre. There are some lovely homewares shops I wish were in the UK!!
On Thursday we travelled to Frankfurt and checked in to a hotel, which I must admit was a bit of a case of ‘you get what you pay for’. at £15 a night I cant complain but the pillows, oh my, they were rock solid. We went on a boat tour and a very very very long walk around the town.
On Friday we got a day pass and visited some of the galleries and museums. There was a fab exhibition on paparazzi in one of the galleries, I would recommend it to anyone who happens to be in the area. We had an absolutely delicious dinner at a handmade burger place then sat in an irish bar and scrounged wifi for the evening.
On Saturday we were so knackered that we spent the day chilling in the airport before returning home.
Overall I had a really lovely time exploring and seeing new things, it was great to spend a week with one of my very good friends too. The cathedrals and architecture in the old towns is amazing! I feel inspired. However, it is safe to say that never in my life have I come across so many rude people in one place.
Frankfurt pattern inspired #givememysketchbook
Chilly days at the dock, Devon