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So, yesterday I pootled off to Manchester to have a nosey around the degree shows, and I thought I’d share a little bit of what I saw.

My favourite section was definitely the textiles, though I suppose I’m a bit biased. ‘Textiles For Fashion’ as it was titled (though I think it was previously BA Embroidery) was full of exciting and innovative work, great use of colour and some unusual materials and techniques.

Grace Hamilton – knitted chains, lovely colour!

Ashley Millward – beautiful, detailed embroidery, big metal elements contrasting with intricate stitch.

Leanne Richards – absolutely fantastic colour! Beautiful geometric designs, which were displayed as very cool bus seats!

Apparently I’m loving grey combined with citrus bright colours and geometics at the mo!

Thats that for today, but there’s some 3D design to come tomorrow…

Well done to all the graduates for such a fab and inspiring show!

A while ago I said I would do a post about Claire Coles, and finally here it is!

I came across her work about 4 years ago whilst preparing my very first project for the beginning of Uni! At the time I was really into my sewing machine and her work  and success made me excited for my future. Anyways, I saw some of her wallpaper in a blog recently and thought I should do a post about her as I was so inspired by it as a budding designer. Also its an excuse to show off some of my work for the first time!

So, here are some of my favourite Claire Coles pieces:

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And now some of my ‘First Year’ Claire Coles inspired work. I handcut loads of tiny flowers from recycled envelopes and stitched 3 lengths of vintage wallpaper, I  also created some stitched wallpaper accessories, all very eco. I’m quite impressed at my motivation back then! Haha! If anyones interested in any of this work, of course contact me! (p.s sorry about the photo quality here)

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I love the idea of stitching into wallpaper to create new detail and texture, but my favourite Claire Coles Piece is the stitched table I think its such a beautiful idea. Maybe something to think about relating to my last post about Restoration!