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Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Strawberry Apron

It's all happening in the kitchen with the new Strawberry Apron I designed for my Fine Art project! Sure to add a bit of glamour to the dinner party!
Thanks again to Christina for modelling for these shots.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Jam Pots and Strawberries

These are some of my fabric Jam Pots.
The pots are made from silk habotai and one from cotton and PVA glue.
The cover is silk organza embellished with wool fibres.
Two of the pots have been made by first of all decorating the silk with transfer painted strawberries.
I have quite a few to make for the final piece of my project.

Friday, 30 October 2009

Jam Making Developments

I thought this strawberry was so sweet.
One of the last ones in my garden this year.

This is one of my Mum's Jam recipes from when I was a child.
Reading the handwriting brings memories of my Mum flooding back.
I have kept them for several years hoping that one day I would use them!

I am happy to be developing ideas from my Mum's hand written recipes in my college project.

One of my developments from my Jam Making.
Maybe it'll be a Jam pot cover.

One of the stawberries I have been working on.

Another development from the jam recipes.
I am pleased with the mini strawberry.
I have been tryng out machine embroidery and I am quite surprised with the results.

More to come on this project!

Friday, 16 October 2009

Making Jam

I took the photos as I am doing a textile project based on memories and I have decided to look at the memories I have making jam with my mum when I was young.

The plums were picked from my neighbour's garden. Tom was fascinated by the whole process.

Some of the colours and patterns produced making the plum jam were brilliant ( not to mention the smells) and I will be using them as inspiration hopefully!

By the way the jam is delicious (according to those I gave it to) !

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Tom's Miniature Garden

This is Tom's Miniature Garden. He made it for the Dundee Flower Show which has been on all weekend in Camperdown Park. He spent hours on it getting it just right. He got a wee bit of help with planning from me and help to make the box from his dad.
It was all worth the effort as he won 1st prize and two trophies for his entry not to mention £15 in cash!

A close up of the vegetable plot

The Sundial.

The Fish Pond.

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Making a Nuno Felt Scarf

I recently learned how to make Nuno Felt. This is the scarf I made. I am looking forward to wearing it and going by the weather I'll be wearing it soon.

Here is another Nuno scarf I made for myself but got Christina to model it for me. I dyed the silk chiffon in cold water dye and then added the various green colours of wool fibre to create the design. I'm pleased with the end result. I hope to make some for presents for friends for Christmas!

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Miniature Railway, Arbroath

This is an image I have developed for Kerr's Miniature Railway, Arbroath. I have used Jill's son's drawing and printed it onto prepared linen then added machine and hand embroidery. (Jill my friend is the owner of the Miniature Railway). Hopefully it will be printed for use as a postcard at the Railway.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Making a Fascinator

This is the fascinator I made at a workshop I attended with Janette Sendler in her shop in Perth. I really enjoyed making it.
I have incorporated a vintage brooch into the design.
Christina looks super modelling it.

I also made a corsage to co-ordinate with the fascinator.
Just need a wedding to go to now!

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Textiles for Interiors

Close ups of sections of the finished wall piece.
My inspiration came from a visit to Newhaven photographing lobster pots and
fishing nets and fishwives clothing. The devleopment of the project included researching Japanese fishermens' jackets, using a"rusting" technique and various ways of distressing the fabric.

The finished piece.

Airmail Collection

The Airmail Collection is my range of farbric samples for Kitchenware.
(These were all a part of a graded unit for the HNC)
These are the design for a pocket on an apron with t
he apron ties holding the folded apron together for display.

The design below is suitable for a teacosy or oven glove.

This design is for a tea towel or an apron.

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Fine Art Textiles

These are a samples for a wall hanging that I have made. the finished piece is so big I'm not sure how to take a photo of it yet so this gives wee idea of the look of the piece.

Sunday, 14 June 2009

Accessories That Transform

This waistcoat was inspired from the work of Architect Zaha Hadid.

It transforms into a beach bag with a zip and a hook!

This is it on the Catwalk in Dundee College Fashion Show.

Then the transformation on the Catwalk.
I was so pleased it worked out on the night and looked great!

Tuesday, 9 June 2009


Layers of text from birth and marriage certificates printed onto various materials and papers with a photo of a baby peeking through the trees

Layers of text interwoven into textured knit of wire, wool, ribbon and machine wrapped cord.

Hidden words within the layers of surface.

These images are elements of a hanging for a project called "Palimpsest".

This is the central panel for the hanging.

This is an element of one of the side panels- stylised leaves with photos printed onto organza layered with birth certificates and marriage certificates onto acetates stitched with silver metallic thread.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

These are samples of my work I have done for my HNC in Textile Art. I have used various tools to distress the fabric and a rusting technique to embellish the fabric with beautiful patterns. The samples are finished with machine and hand stitching and also using an embellisher.