I have just found out I have gained a place on an Art and Design PGCE place starting in September. After lots of preparation and an agonizing wait I received this news and I am over the moon. I feel it is the right career move for me and one that I have worked very hard to achieve. I am excited to start this in September and intend to work on areas of weakness prior to starting the course. I will spend the summer revisiting key artistic areas such as still life, portrait and traditional painting and drawing methods that I have neglected over recent months.
Even though I have this place I wish to also promote myself as a print designer and will use GFW and new designers as an opportunity to hopefully secure some freelance work to keep my own creatively fresh and current. I hope this will serve both me and enrich what I can offer to future students.
I have been nominated for the Textile award at GFW. I am thrilled by this announcement and intend to use this opportunity to communicate my skills as a print designer within the freelance design field. I will bare this award in mind when finalizing my portfolio pages and finishing my garments. I want my collection, portfolio and presence at this event to communicate my skills and ability within aesthetics.
I have been researching designer and high street look books in order to secure a mood and concept before my remaining garments are photographed. I have found a model that fits the feel surrounding my garments and have decided on an array of poses I wish to explore in order to best show my print and design concept. These images taken from a Dorothy Perkins I feel are achievable and demonstrate the nature of my garments.
A presentation to peers and others on the degree programme could have gone better. I felt prepared and confident to talk in front of others regarding my work however nerves got to me at the last minute and I fear I could have done a lot better. I felt pleased with my presentation when writing it but do not feel I did it justice as I wish I had discussed some areas in greater depth. This has highlighted a key area that I need to address in order to progress towards a teaching career.
Great news, my photoshoot image has been voted to appear on our Colchester fashion show ticket. I am thrilled and feel pleased to know my work is liked my others. I hope the image successfully communicates both fashion and a textile element within our year group and represents the course in a positive light.
I have recently secured two permanent weekly positions within schools. One within a secondary school teaching extra curriculum art to key stage three students and one at a specialist education school assisting their leaning in extra curriculum art. Both these posts are supporting my career aspirations and benefiting me on many levels. The work experience is confirming my desire to work in education as well as keeping me current on teaching issues, debates, the national curriculum and working environment. Within these school sessions I am being challenged to create work schemes that could not be more different. I am using my knowledge of print to an advantage and teaching skills to pupils that they have never encountered before. This is a good experience for me personally as it confirms my knowledge and the fact that I have learnt so much since embarking on a degree programme.
These are final portfolio pages. I have worked hard to keep consistency and identity throughout my portfolio. I feel the layout shows energy, variation and movement, all things I have has in mind while creating this collection.
Signing up to Artsthread will be a great opportunity to communicate my skills to potential employers. A teaching career is something I am currently pursuing but I also wish to work as a freelance print designer to support my teaching and personal creatively. I have considered various ways to sell myself and my work and have decided to merely feature as many prints and in as many ways as possible on my Arthread page. I do not want to illustrate my designs on figures as i feel this creates a narrow mind within the onlooker and instead want to show their potential at being applied to fashion, interiors, wallpaper, accessories, stationary etc. I hope that by making this decision i will successfully communicate me, my work and my design philosophy
David Lam shoot
I was really pleased with the outcome from my photoshoot. I feel the spontaneity and movement captured the essence of what I wanted to communicate. The photoshoot was a very beneficial experience and one that gave a good insight into working with others in the design field. The experience has been crucial in helping me successfully communicate my ideas to others and work as part of a design team.
While working I am constantly seeking additional inspiration in order to develop my ideas as I go. I have re organised my wallspace to reflect evolving inspirations and line up ideas. I have experimented with applying different prints within my garment line up considering each outfit in relation to my initial Dries Van Noten inspiration. My ideas are constantly changing to keep up with an evolving collection whereby using selvedge fabric is of great importance. I have worked creatively to ensure I have got the most out of my fabric lengths resulting in an 11th outfit being constructed.