Monday, 19 November 2012

Law and Order UK Work

This is only going to be a small update, I'll post a little more on Wednesday, but I will officially be working on the set of Law and Order UK in the wardrobe/costume department, very excited! It sounds like they'll be training me up on Wednesday then, I should be going back to do some more work after, once we've worked everything out, but its quite far from where I live at the moment so I'll need to stay with my boyfriend in Portsmouth to make it less of a commute, therefore there's a fair bit to sort out, but I'll manage it! I'm not entirely sure what it is I'll exactly be doing yet, but by the sounds of it I'll be altering clothes for the actors, which will be really cool!

Law and Order UK Promo cast shot

If any of you are not sure what Law and Order UK is, it is a ITV crime series based in the court room, any of my American readers will probably know what it is, as it did start off as an American series and then we have adopted it. It is a very good drama series, definitely worth watching! I always do, I'm quite a sado for my crime dramas haha :) I love them all, but this is probably one of my favourites because it shows a different view to the usual chasing after bad guys and shooting them etc, its very clever, and well thought out. You can find out more here:

Law and Order UK movie still. Actress Freema Agyeman who has now left.

Anyway I'll let you know how Wednesday goes and what I get up to :) but that's it for now!


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

How to Survive a Fashion Degree

Hi everyone, sorry again for going a long time without a post, I've had another run of bad luck! The first being the house has been burgled, so much has been taken - mostly sentimental, I wont go into it any further otherwise I'll just get grumpy again. The second lot was I've been in hospital; I'm all fine now though :).

Anyway on to what I was actually posting about...

A Guide to Surviving a Fashion Degree

First off as much as you may not like this some of it will be the usual things that your tutors will constantly drum into you all year, sorry but unfortunately quite a bit of it is true!

1.) Plan your work out in advance - Yes you may do what I used to and go into a sulky teenager insisting that you can't predict the future or you don't know when you'll be ready or "inspired" to make something, but its tough you've got to do it and it actually works! So plan what you want to have achieved by the end of each week, trust me it helps.

2.) Research, research and more research - It may be a word you are probably sick of hearing now but unfortunately its an important one, you may think you've researched something to the max, but the fact is there's usually more you don't know, think outside the box (I know I hate that phrase to), compare your research to other areas of your research, see where it crosses over the most, look at whats already out there but becareful not to subconsciously copy it! Visit as many places to do with your topic as possible, primary research it key however it must be backed up by secondary! 

3.) This one links to above... as much as you need lots of research don't overload yourself with thousands of starting points, start off with one and see where it leads.

4.) Know when your ideas are bad. You must always feel inspired to be able to continue to the next step, trying to carry on with an idea that is driving you mad because it either doesn't work or its just a bit dull is useless, move on to something your excited about and you know you can work with, it'll save you hours. HOWEVER be cautious with how much time you have left, how much you have to do because after several weeks some ideas can drive you mad, it doesn't mean they're bad, it just means you've got a little fed up, and trust me we all get like that sometimes, just keep your head down, stick it out and find new ways to make it new and exciting!

5.) Remember to take a break! Not taking a break could be the reason you have a block, it doesn't always mean that the subject is rubbish. It's important to get a break from your work once in a while, have a cheeky glass a wine, a giant hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows, a box of biscuits, a nice cup of tea or even a night out, being stuck in your room working for hours on end everyday is not always the answer, treating yourself will help spur you on and keep you motivated.

6.) SLEEP! Living off Redbull or Pro Plus is not just bad for your work but is bad for your health, so not only will you not be able to concentrate on your work you are also at risk of making yourself ill, which definitely will not be good for your work.

7.) Stick to your action plan. It'll help you avoid those dreaded all nighters, however if your anything like me you'll always find something to do with your work on that last night anyway, but its best to avoid this. Plus if you avoid the all nighter before hand in the more energy you'll have to go and celebrate, and get rid of those several weeks of pure stress after hand in! 

8.) Trust your instincts! They'll help you work out the good from the bad and you never know where they might lead you.

9.) Experiment! Doing the same thing as usual is boring. Try knitting with strips of plastic bags, melting bubble wrap, or playing around with glass and ceramics, there's thousands of things you can do outside of the sewing and print room that you can still bring back to work, and you'll be surprised how inspiring they can be!

10.) BUDGET YOURSELF. You may think this has nothing to do with your work but trust me it does, if you don't budget yourself you'll end up worrying about money, which will distract you from work. Also if you don't budget yourself correctly you could run out of money before you need to buy fabric, and that's not good! One way you could save is by making or revamping your own clothes, you've got the skills so why not? Have some confidence! 

11.) Don't forget your friends. Don't get so caught up in work you forget your friends, you'll need them over the years you're at University, if you stick to your action plan it'll help you juggle everything properly, or if you're still finding it difficult add it all into your action plan. (I bought a Filofax and it definitely helped me) 

12.) Always talk to your tutors. Failure to keep your tutors in the loop with your work or other outside issues isn't good, its important they know whats happening because they need to understand, and chances are they can help you or know someone that can.

13.) Read Fashion and Textiles blogs - They can help inspire you, in fact you'll find inspiration hiding in more than just fashion blogs so have a look around search the web, you'll always be able to find something you can relate to or find inspiring!

14.) Lastly make use of all your university has to offer, you're at university for at least three years at some point you're bound to need help for different things. Remember most university's can offer you financial help, counselling, loans/grants, landlord help, a library with very helpful assistants, extra help with maths, structuring essays or other academic help, some also include computer repair. So read up online or enquire with your tutors, students' union, library and other university places where you'll be able to find out whats available to you while you're there, you'll be pleasantly surprised. 

So there you go, if you stick to them, keep your head down and work hard you'll find it easier to get through your degree, miss out one or two of them and you could find yourself lagging behind. Apologises it is a bit of big post but hopefully it'll help :).

PS. One more tip... always carry a chocolate bar in your hand bag, you never know when you might need it! Hehe.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

I'm Back... and Officially a Bachelor of Arts!

Sorry for my lack of posts over the last few months, its been very busy what with my holiday, graduating, family visits and moving house, not to mention my very temperamental internet that only decides to work properly once in a blue moon! But I'm back! My internet is more stable too yay!

Anyway! I did promise you holiday snaps, however you'll have to wait a little while longer for them as my other half is still scanning them in and editing the others, but I promise I will have them soon!

For now though, you can see my graduation, I'm now officially a Bachelor of Arts, my full degree title is BA Hons in Fashion and Textile Design with Enterprise, its all very exciting and its finally sunk in that I'm no longer a student, which I'm actually excited about where as before I was just scared! Here are some photographs from my special day...

My Boyfriend

The Parents

My most attractive face! I wasn't impressed

"If I smile for the photo will you hurry up and stop?"

Definitely felt a bit like something out of Harry Potter!


I also have some very exciting family news, which I will be sharing in the next few days :). Also stay tuned as I'm writing up a tutorial on how to do your creative CV, I've been revamping mine for various jobs so I thought I'd share my knowledge with you on the dos and don'ts, I may also include an example cover letter as well, we'll see!

Anyway that's all for now, but I can assure you I will be posting regularly again!


Friday, 29 June 2012

Sewing Room/Studio Almost Complete!

Not quite the post you were expecting, but I'm getting there :). I've been busy all this week getting my rooms unpacked and organised, this is how my sewing room/studio is looking so far... the pile of clothes is some of the stuff I have made, it is sat there awaiting the rail that I'll be buying for it in the next couple of week.

Draws all organised, I'm yet to find more threads, pins and so on as I'm still unpacking but it is easier to unpack now it all has a place.

Sewing machines and my easel :)

My little corner that will soon have more family photographs in it, so I have something to make me smile when I'm stressed with work.

Old work hung on the wall to help inspire me

Beautiful sewing machine on loan, that is now my favourite to use.

Drawer attachment, very handy!

Even though its old it still does a fair amount, and it even does embroidery! Very impressed.

The back...

Just beautiful, it runs so smoothly, definitely in love with it :) I do prefer older machines.

Well for now I best get back to the unpacking, still have mountains more to get through.


Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Moving House

Sorry I haven't been around much lately I've been moving back home, as I've now finished University! It's all very exciting. So as you can probably imagine I have a lot of unpacking to do... a lot would be an understatement! I filled up a whole transit van all to myself and I've taken up 2 large rooms and one small room of all my stuff.

Luckily enough I still have internet, however I have that much stuff to unpack I'm not going to post as much as I would like, in the next couple of days (when I find it) I will be publishing how far I've got with my baby and toddler range of clothing so keep checking back, just bare with me because I have a lot to do, in so little time, as in a few days time I'll also be going on holiday to Tenerife, a little treat from my lovely boyfriend :) I'll make sure I post some holiday snaps! No doubt I'll use it to inspire my next lot of work :)

Again apologises for the lack of blogging but here's why... 

This is halfway unpacked, it was actually worse than this, I have too much stuff! But hey, at least the cats happy...


Friday, 15 June 2012

"Fabric that doesn't bleed"

I knew fur was bad, and ever since I looked into the fur industry I had started to gain a hatred of leather too, because I figured it would be similar... I never realised just how similar!

Here's the fabulous designer Stella McCartney's view of leather, and I have to say I 100% agree with her!

Finished watching it? Now you know why its not good to use or wear leather. It's totally disgusting what animals go through just so "we" can have "luxurious" fabrics, you can buy synthetic fabrics nowadays which mimic both fur and leather, and if you know where to go you can find really high quality versions (Ebay is one of them), so please stop and think before you do!


P.S If you still really want to wear fur or leather, you could always go to vintage shops/festivals or charity shops and buy coats etc from there, that way at least its recycling...

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

An Interview With Sarah Jane Jackson

Scarlett from (Trends, Vision, Insight and People) has done this very lovely interview with me, click HERE to see the full interview, here's a small snapshot of it;

"Today I'm pleased to introduce to you a promising young designer - Sarah Jane Jackson from Manchester, UK. Who will be graduating this July, and I know we will be hearing good things from her. Being in the Fashion world hasn't stopped her from being grounded, beyond creating trendy pieces there is a story behind her designs which are mostly inspired by personal experience." - Scarlett Vargas
Thats it, if you want to read more you'll have to pop over to the website. It's a great website packed with style tips, latest trends, featured bloggers, inspiring people and much more, so be sure to check it out! :)


Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Delirious Dinos

After discovering Redbubble on saturday, I figured I'd make some more designs just for Redbubble, aimed more towards the market that I interpret they bring in. So say Hello to my Delirious Dino Range, which are all made for t-shirts, posters, cards, post cards, framed prints, iPhone/iPod cases, baby grows, hoodies and much more!!

In the range you'll find Tea Rex - for all you tea addicts out there, Pandasaurus - for the Panda obsessed like me out there, Tee Rex - for all those that love their quirky t-shirts, and Geekasaurus - for all my fellow geeks, haha.

Tea Rex is my personal favourite, he was also my first design. I just love him and his vintage little bow tie so much :)

All of them were first drawn with pencil and paper which I then scanned in to bring them over to photoshop, where they were neatened up, colour was added and they were blown up or cropped to the appropriate sizes for the different mediums they are available on.

If you are interested in buying any of my little friends above, then you can find them HERE or you can find them in the Shop tab underneath my page header, you'll also find my Retorta Conscientia Range there to.

I'm hoping Tea Rex and co will be joined by more Delirious Dinos soon so stay tuned! 

Hope you like them, feedback is highly appreciated so don't hesitate to tell me what you think.


Saturday, 9 June 2012

Textile Designs Now On Sale!

OK, so thanks to my twitter friends I found some of you may have already of this, but I hadn't. If like me you haven't heard of it until now, its a site where you can sell you artwork in the form of iPhone/iPod cases, canvas prints, mounted prints, cards, postcards, t-shirts, baby grows and others! 

All you need to do is upload your designs to the website and then you get a cut of the profit :)

Click here to view/buy

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You can also buy my prints in a variety of posters, canvas prints, cards and much more here: Just click the print you like to see what its available in :)