I have applied to an open call competition for the craft shop at the Royal Exchange theatre, I don’t know if I will win but its all good experience. Wish me luck!!
So finally, here is the short fashion film I made to compliment and show my jewellery for the miniature collections brief. You can watch “Nothing Lasts Forever” on YouTube here; Nothing Lasts Forever: http://youtu.be/eLgAvbPGsyQ
I organised a photo shoot with a great professional photographer called Chris Tyler. He gave me the raw files of the photographs so I could have a go at editing them. I wanted to keep them pretty natural, as the models Hayley and Dan are pretty gorgeous as it is. They certainly aren’t perfect but I really enjoyed working on them and I am happy for a first attempt!
The necklace in this collection is a locket, the locket is opened via one of the rings which is made with keys. All the rings are made with keys within them, which is something I enjoyed working with. Although I made mistakes along the way, and the jewellery could look a lot more polished, I’m really proud of this collection. I feel like it represents me and my style as a designer. Now I am so excited to push myself much further technically and creatively in the next project, which also happens to be the final major project for this Foundation Degree so I had better make it good!
Part of my display was an interactive installation where I encouraged the viewer to get involved by telling me their love story on a flatpack padlock and constructing it themselves, then attaching it to my fence display. The idea came from my research into the lovers padlocks on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. The padlocks are causing environmental and safety issues and the Paris council have been trying ways to create an alternative to the popular padlocks, so far unsuccessfully. I wanted to create my own version of a lovers padlock to compliment my jewellery and draw the viewer in. The exhibit was pretty successful and I had some great feedback about it. I was also very happy with the jewellery I produced for the show, I attempted something quite technically challenging which I had never done before so It was pretty risky. I feel it did pay off as the final outcome looks exactly how I imagined it to look when I first designed it. This work is definitely my best to date and I really feel like I learnt absolutely loads whilst making it.
The exhibition as a whole was a success, some of the others on my course sold their work which is brilliant. Organising the exhibition has been a huge learning curve for me, I’m now ready and excited to start on the next one!
These are some design idea’s for an exhibition poster I’ve been playing around with. ‘Ubiquitous Assimilation’ means to absorb everything around you all the time, these designs are a visual representation of this idea, with the information being absorbed and then coming out as art (the exit arrow is made up of my drawings) Although my designs are not getting used for this exhibition, I really enjoyed making them and it was great practice for the future
For some time now I have really wanted to create a fashion film as I was completely inspired by the amazing one’s Nick Knight makes as part of ShowStudio. I like the way the viewer is immersed in the vision of the designer. I’ve made my own fashion film called ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ featuring my beautiful friend Danielle Bentley. I really wanted it to reflect me and my designs, which I have hopefully done! I’m really excited to be showing it along side my jewellery at the exhibition ‘Ambiguous Assimilation’, details of which are as follows;
Manchester Craft Centre, Space 2 Gallery,
17 Oak St, Manchester M4 5JD
0161 832 4274
Preview Evening – Friday 21st November 5.30-7.30 ( All invited)
Open Saturday 22nd November 10am-5pm
Sunday 23rd November 11am- 5pm
Monday 24th November 10 am- 5.30pm
Tuesday 24th November 10am-5.30pm