Making- a zip up bag is my first creation, i felt a real sense of achievement and satisfaction, knowing that i can make quality products to be sold in store gives me a new found sense of confidence!
I then progressed on to hat making, creating an adele cap from start to finish, Along side a neck wrap both in store ready to be sold!
Research- I was also involved in sourcing inspiartion and research by looking through magazines such as ‘oh comely’ and ‘the hat’ which resulted in a ‘ summer icecream’ hat collection that refelcted the pastel icecream colour palletes such as strawberry pink, minty green, bluberry grey and lemon sorbey yellow!
Styling- it was then a case of styling the accesories to symbolise and give relevance to the concept. Teaming the hats with corresponding items and a simple summery glass&straw combo to complete the look! I found it was an enjoyable exercise and taught me a lot about composition through the eyes of a client!
pricing/market- chrissie gave me quite an in depth overlook on pricing items, comparing highstreet to bespoke, mass production to one offs and mass market to, in this case, a woman with singular tastes, stating that in her case a woman usually needs confidence and perhaps doesnt mind attention when wearing her items, specifically hats! Comparing both niche and high end markets, and for a designer maker charging by the hour + time + materials.
The welcome- I had a very warm welcome and instantly felt comfortable within this unique little shop in which i call my new work environment. At present i am learning how high quality design and craft is achieved!
Customer profile- I was instantly able to observe how chrissie dealt with clients, watching how she spoke in a friendly manner, offering advice and direction. Stating how someone with a pink complection would better suit cooler colours in a hat such as blues and purples, as it distracts from a flushed face, such details were things that i hadnt considered when selecting accessories and gave me insight into not just buyer/seller communication but how design is influenced by customer profile analysis.
Practical making- I was also so excited to start the process of making! As a surface design student i am naturally drawn to pattern and fabric design which results mostly in samples and experimenting, so as of yet i havent had the opportunity to practically develop my samples into a product! Part of this placement ensures i learn the process of making, pattern cutting and construction specifically hats and accessories!!
Using my embroidery as inspiration I came up with the idea of creating simple earrings by photographing embroidery samples from my current project, then using the uv printer to print the image onto acrylic plastic and using the lazer cutter to cut out scale like pieces!
As well as conducting my research report, I have had to develop a creative CV! I found it difficult to present myself and my work on just two sides of A4 with a few images. I decided to use the CV as a way to showcase the way I work. Listing is something I find useful, but I also like to pin things to a cork board for visual inspiration, so this is direction I took when putting together my CV, I wrote my ‘achievements’ ‘Qualifications’ etc on paper, then visually presented them to look pinned to the A4 document, alongside images of my embroidery to again look pinned (with the help of Photoshop) all in all I am pleased with my Creative CV.
I took up an opportunity to take part in a glass making course, something that took my mind off of all the deadline work due, yet still held that creative element which helps me unwind. The process was simple so it was a relaxing activity being able to piece together the glass frit and confetti, experimenting with colour, texture and scale. While i enjoyed this it was great being able to learn a new skill! I’ve documented a detailed process in my technical file.
There is a lot of historical research on wellbeing within textiles, for example; an exhibition at the V&A displayed quilts that had been developed by soldiers injured in the war as a form of healing and therepy, suggesting that making these quilts was a process of recovery by being time consuming and a viable distraction.
Leslie Cole looked into the effect of stitch calming those within prisoner of war camp.
Daisy Sage is known for secretly stitching over 1000 names onto a bed sheet during the war, not with any purpose in mind, it was simply occupying her. The piece can be viewed now, and whist not necessarily aesthetically pleasing, its the ora around it and the history it symbolises.
Elizabeth fry ( the lady you see on a £5 note) understood the importance of the relationship between hand and mind, providing female convicts with sewing kits as a means to focus and occupy time, the modern day version of this is an organisation named fine cell work who offer prisoners in confinement sewing classes, which in turn had a relaxing calming effect.
To be able to see the effects on well being and happiness we need to be able to measure it. A report on happiness suggested that job security, a stable family life, and relationships make for a happier person!
As well as embroidery, knitting has shown positive effects on dementia paitents, as knitting is bilateral (using both sides on the brain). Hilary Jones, a behavioural scientist found 25 ways in which knitting can help dementia patients, a few of these consist of a confidance in participating in group activities, an increase in relaxation and a focus and purpose for each day. This leads to advantages in practice based research, learning through making.