Placement week 2

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.


In response. ..




In response to children’s drawings, I have translated them into embroidery samples, using a mix of hand, machine and Amaya techniques.  Experimenting with colour, threads, texture and scale.

Commercial Designer Task- Task 1

Task 1- materials within the seminar room.

4 Hard materials

Air vent– appears to be laser cut out of a form of sheet metal; it has a beautifully crafted pattern on it which is what drew me to it in the first place, this products main consideration is durability and practicality, yet it also has to look somewhat aesthetically pleasing because it is in an obscure place in the room. The design of this cannot be too complex because it is likely that it would have been mass produced, perhaps at a low cost.


Nail accessories– at the time, my friend was wearing an acrylic bow on her nail. The main considerations for this are attractiveness, target market and purpose. The purpose of this product is to be aesthetically pleasing but also being able to stay intact, its target market is the young female, which means its colour, shape and size has to be taken into account.


-Chair leg- the chair leg was made from metal, its main purpose is to be sturdy enough to maintain moderately heavy weights, mass produced on a huge scale, so cost is a big consideration.


-Shoe heel- the shoe heel was made from wood and rubber; it has numerous considerations, firstly it has to be durable, it has to be able to suit bad weather conditions and constant friction, it also has to suit the target market by being pleasing to the eye. The product has to sell but it is also produced on a large scale, due to this type of shoe not being a one-off product.


4 Soft materials

-Chair cushions- a synthetic blend, it has to be pleasing to the eye in order for them to sell, yet its primary considerations are comfort, durability, and safety regulations as well as the cost of mass manufacture.


-Fur coat- synthetic blend, not real fur! Again its considerations are, target market, sizing, aesthetics and durability.


-Hat- hand-knitted, made from wool, with the purpose of warmth, to keep the consumer warm whilst having the attractive appeal, rarely made, small batches being able to pay attention to detail.


-Bracelet- handmade ‘friendship’ bracelet, a mix of yarns plaited together, sole purpose of looking pretty whilst showcasing a symbolic meaning of friendship, considerations of colour and size. [online image, bracelets] [online image, nail art]