Monday, 28 February 2011

The Scarf Project

So, the pilot project has ended and I would like to send a really big thank you to all of the textile design students and graduates who participated! The aim of the pilot was to explore new ways of working and was very experimental - therefore lots was learned through a quick and dirty approach. 

The main practice was staged through a four hour intensive workshop session which divided the participants into groups to produce mood boards, samples and swatches. The samples were then printed onto fabric and following a discussion with the participants these designs will be edited and adapted to produce some final prints for a small collection of scarves.

Which brings me to introduce the next stages of this research - "The Scarf Project". Over the next three months the thinking and making explored during the pilot will be expanded upon through a series of co-design workshops. To provide a focus and starting point the series has been titled : Global Fashion, Local Tradition inspired by the book below.

Global Fashion, Local Tradition

More information will be circulated this week to promote the workshops and invite people to participate. In the meantime we have set up a facebook group titled - The Scarf Project. If your interesting in coming along to share and exchange skills or just want to follow what we are up to - please sign up! 

Lots more info to follow. 

Friday, 25 February 2011

Group 2

Concept Design & Development

Mood Board

Samples and Swatches

Group 1

Concept Design and Development

Mood Board
Samples and Swatches

The Beginning

Inspiration Images
Following the project launch - all participants uploaded / emailed some 'inspiration images'. These images printed and ready for  the co-design workshop.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Potential Scarf Fastenings...

Salvaged pieces of wood, cut and sanded, with holes ready for fastenings...

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Such a 'happy' outfit!

A beautiful ethnic looking tablecloth found in a vintage shop over the weekend.

A weave sample I did contrasting vertical and horizontal....

Also seen in Thakoon's Autumn 11 collection during NY fashion week-

Clashing colours, patterns, textures! Betsey Johnson style....

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Pattern Inspiration

This image is part of a piece of work by Richard Galpin.  It is in the V&A in their photographic gallery.  He has peeled away the majority of the photo to leave this pattern.  I like it because of the detail in the areas left, and the clean look of the peeled areas.
This is an image I took in the Museum of Childhood at their exhibitions of paper models.  This one obviously hasn't been made yet!  I like the combination of patterns and details, different shapes and also the gaps between the parts.

LOVE FAKE FLOWERS.  They're so beautifully garish.

My image is of a kaleidoscope, something considered boring and uninteresting can be transformed into something intriguing and a complex pattern
The text written is poetry in Urdu language and kind of jokes.

Truck Art

Truck Art in Pakistan, The truck drivers pay a fortune to get their trucks painted. The stylized imagery and bright colors makes the truck lively and fun and attract the customers.
This is a door in Soho, I've walked past it so many times and not realised it was there which is surprising how bold and bright it is!The eclectic colours reminded me of the clash of colours we liked on Friday.  

Tuesday, 15 February 2011


I took this photo for one of my projects. I think that the colors of threads are very interesting and powerful. 

Monday, 14 February 2011

Colour inspiration

This is a photo I took of coloured laces hanging in a fabric shop in Tokyo. The vibrancy of the bold, fun colours catch the eye immediately and would cheer you up even on the gloomiest London day!

Hi everyone !

I found this image which is a part of a textile designer portfolio. Her name is Hallie Hoffman and she is from the United States.

What I like about the image is the way she uses colors and stripes in an innovative and playful way and also the brightness of the colors used.

Sunday, 13 February 2011


BE A DETECTIVE... This is your challenge to go out and look for clues... where can you source your inspiration?

Yellow Scarf / CHICTOPIA
I found this image on CHICTOPIA... an online fashion community which allows users to source inspiration, swap, shop and comment on all things fashion related. 

I find this image inspiring for lots of reasons... the profile shot and pose / colour palette / and the scale of print with large polka dots and stripes really stood out and I heart the 1960's vibe!

Design Probe Kits

Design Probe Kits

Some of the Tools

Everyone participating within The Scarf Project has been given a design probe: a small kit containing some tools and materials to capture ideas and inspiration. The probe kit contains a set of instructions outlining x3 set tasks... these tasks will be revealed during the coming week.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

The Scarf Project

Brainstorm Session

Edited Brainstorm

The project is officially live and I would like to introduce: The Scarf Project!

Yesterday all of the participants were invited to the project launch where we discussed possible themes and ideas for this collaborative collection of fashion fabrics during a brainstorming session. 

A collection of street fashion books were used as a starting point and a source for inspiration. I will be scanning and uploading the selected images to this space shortly.

Each participant has been given a design probe which contains some materials and x3 small tasks... which you will learn more about if you watch this space as this blog will be used to document, reference and share ideas over the coming week. 

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Final Call for Participation

Illustration by Joy Nevada 2011

I am in the process of preparing for the first of three live projects exploring co-design for fashion / textiles and digital media. The first project will launch online next week and introduce the selected participants. 

If you haven't applied there is still time! Full details can be found here or on the Textiles Environment Design (TED) Blog. If your unable to attend but interested in the following projects please send an email and I will circulate more information as and when it is available. The first project will be located in London but there will be an opportunities to participate online.

A big thank you to all who have submitted emails! Further details about where and when will be circulated to all of the selected participants tomorrow.