Thursday, 12 November 2015

Group Project at Uni: Martin Maison Margiela Inspired Shoot

Our first project at uni was a group project, we were given a designer to research and then had to create a photoshoot in the style of that designer. The designer we were given was Margiela, I hadn't heard of them beforehand which made the research aspect of this project really interesting for me as Margiela and the Margiela design house just seem so unique and different compared to other brands and designers I know of. I feel like my group members and I collaborated really well together in all aspects of the photoshoot, here are some of my favourite photos from it:

we then sat down as a group to choose our final photos and edit them to reflect the Margiela brand more accurately. We added the Margiela tag to the images, in a similar fashion to how this tag was used in the Margiela H&M shoot. 

after this task and our group presentations the group work aspect of the project was done, and we continued the project doing individual work. One aspect of the individual work was choosing an image on your own and editing it. Here's mine:

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

ASOS Project

We recently had a very exciting project at college where we partnered with ASOS to produce a skirt suited for their customers. My chosen decade of research was the 90s and within that decade I decided upon using the theme of technology.

I enjoyed the illustration aspect of this project, I adapted my illustration style slightly to mimic Microsoft Word Clip Art, in order to enforce my 90s technology theme. I liked doing something slightly different with my illustrations: Adding bold lines and partially colouring the illustrations was quite refreshing compared to how I usually decide to illustrate. Unfortunately I don't have many images of these illustrations as I've been having issues with my computer, but here are some I managed to find on my Ipod. I'd also like to add, out of all the projects I've done at college so far, these are by far my most favourite design boards. They're a bit more simple than what I usually go for, which I like a lot.

What I'm most ultimately pleased with in this project is my photoshoot, I didn't focus as much on the styling here as I ought to have but I think the location I chose for it was perfect. I'm also really pleased that I managed to find a top that matched my skirt perfectly, the main issue I have with the styling for this shoot is that I couldn't find any decent shoes for the model as she's such a small shoe size, so she ended up just wearing her own that didn't go too well with the skirt! Here's some of the best photos from the shoot: 

Here's my skirt, to say I don't enjoy sewing I'm pleased with how this came out, I'm really glad I added the grid print (which I printed onto the fabric myself by the way) as I think it really strengthens the technology theme. If I'm honest, I kind of wish I hadn't added the applique details as I think they make the skirt look a little too busy, but maybe I'm just saying that because they were such a hassle to put on! I've definately learnt a lot during this project and it's made me feel very eager and ready to make a start on my FMP, bring it on!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

M.A.C Cosmetics Marketing Project: Done and Dusted!

This is quite a delayed post as our M.A.C project ended quite a few weeks ago, but I just got my results back for the project today (which were very positive, yay!) so I thought I'd share with you what the whole thing was like and how it turned out!

First off I'll tell you what the project brief was and what we actually ended up doing, before I get too ahead of myself aha. Our brief was to design and market two promotional t-shirts, in groups of four, for a M.A.C lipstick collection of our choice. As a group we decided to fuse two of our favorite lipstick collections together, Punk Couture and A Tartan Tale, which we appropriately named Tartan Punk. I'll not bore you with hundreds of details, but by the end of it all, we'd created two T-shirts, a promotional scarf, staff uniform, illustrations and spec drawings, a styled photo shoot, a press release, a marketing report and packaging. As it was group work however all these tasks we're split between us, and I ended up with the task of illustrations and specs, the press release and part of the photography for styled photo shoot as me and another group member decided to share this task.

Not the best photo, but here's all our work together!
The part I enjoyed most was definitely the photoshoot, I'm really pleased with how the images came out, here's some of my favorites:

we didn't actually use this one in the lookbook as we thought the people from m.a.c might not like the fact our male model is smoking as it may reflect badly on m.a.c's image, but i think the smoke came out really well on the photo so i like it a lot!

This is the first assignment we've done at college that has really stood out to me as something a bit different and as a huge learning curve. For starters it was a group assignment, the first one we've done actually, which made me a little apprehensive as I was unsure if it would go well or how I'd react to criticisms of my work from the rest of my team. Luckily it went like a charm and we all worked together really well (phew!). The second thing that really really made this project stand out to me was the fact that we'd actually be presenting our finished work to people from M.A.C Cosmetics. It was quite daunting to say the least, and I'm an awful public speaker! Thankfully though that went pretty smoothly too (more thanks to my other team members really) and the feedback we got of our finished work and presentation of it was really positive! Overall I really enjoyed this project and I think I learnt a lot from it, I'm looking forward to doing similar things in the future!

Thursday, 10 July 2014

A Day At The Zoo: The Start Of A New College Project.

Our new college brief is here, and despite it being the summer holidays now, I've got a ton of work to do! Our new project is all about children's wear and playing around with prints. I'm actually really excited about designing clothes for children, it's something different to our usual projects, which makes it all feel very refreshing. Anyway, we went to the zoo with the intention of capturing 5 photos which we are going to create life drawings of (I feel like that's going to be tricky for me!) and then develop into abstract prints for children's clothing. As usual I went a bit overboard and I've ended up with waaaay more than 5 photos, it's going to be tricky choosing between them all! Anyhow, here's my photos from the zoo. (and the majority of them are photos of random things rather than animals! haha!)
this fence's shape could make an interesting element in a fashion print!

how many crows can you spot in this photo?? They seemed to love the little water fall!

cute little ducklings balancing on a log, they kept it up for a long while, bless them.

I thought all the different heights made this look really cute! Another nice inspiration for fun fashion prints.

I loveeee big cats!

tried to get an action shot of the bee!

the bee left :( 

I think this ones pretty cool... Might end up using it!

pretty little bird

god bless these fish for being still enough to snap a good pic!

annoying little guy wouldn't open his wings fully

atlas moths are the coolest

thanks for taking the time to read this! The thought of having to pick 5 of these pictures to do life drawings of is so daunting to me, drawing is tricky! But I'm still looking forward to it regardless, it'll be fun to try something new! Now I'm just left with the task of picking my favorite 5.... agh!