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September 12, 2009

I’m alive..

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So, I am alive.. I have just been away on holiday (It’s so nice to see my parents after a year) and catching up with placement and so on

Anyway, I have been back in London for nearly a month now and thought I’d update with some photos from my shoot.

I have FINALLY managed to get the model and photographer together for the shoot, so thanks.
Model: Sohui
Photographer: Aiko

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This was the knitwear lingerie shoot. The collection was inspired by Marie Antoinette.

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And then it’s my summer project, based on Cornelia Parker’s pornographic photography and her installation, I created this knitted jacket along with some shoes.

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And right now what am I up to?

I am currently helping Craig Lawrence with his S/S collection. He will be exhibiting with New Gen in Fashion week. He has a promotion video done and should be released soon. Also photos too. I am so grateful that I am working with him. For those of you who are not aware, he graduated from Fashion Knitwear BA, Central St Martins in 2008,Β  and had exhibited with New Gen and done a catwalk with Vauxhall back in Feburary.
This is his blog, check it out! πŸ™‚
http://www.chateaudegateau.com/

Anyway, that’s it for now! πŸ™‚
CFSTXX

May 30, 2009

Chunky…

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Gosh… It’s been way too long since I last updated! So much have happened in these past few months, competitions, new projects, photoshoots, helping final year… Where do I start?

Well first of all, in the Easter Holiday I was allocated with a Final Year at CSM Knitwear, and we would be helping them all the way through to the graduate show which was two weeks ago. I was paired with Frida Hulten (Who will be working at Mulberry after she graduates! :D) Her collection was really interesting! Lots of round and bubble shape, I was lucky enough to knit a dress and half a jacket for her, and really got to perfect my skills on the machines (both domestic AND industrial! It was scary…)

And after that, we were given two competitions, one was to design a fashion illustration for the tote bags in London Fashion WeekEnd, and the other was to create a T-shirt using an existing one, in hopes to raise money for Oliver, a boy who was going to enroll into our year for Fashion Print but was stabbed in East London and therefore need money for medication for the rest of his life (as he is paralyzed from neck down)
So here are photos and scans for these things.

Illustrations:
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And the shirt, we could do anything so I decided to stick with my knitwear background and do something knitted…. I don’t know if it was sold or anything, I was really busy that day so didn’t manage to go to the one-day only exhibition.. Apparently it was not there from very early on, so either it’s sold already, they lost it… or it’s just somewhere lying around and people couldn’t see it XD

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And then I had a 1 1/2 week project with Syd Bryan, designer from The Siblings. It was a short project but really great fun, tried out so many techniques, I will be scanning in swatches as well as illustrations soon!

And right now, I have a lingerie project which we have to actually knit the lingerie, and I am super excited about. I decided to go all girly and sweet this time (kinda against my normal style) and make a lingerie set that is Marie Antoinette inspired (simply because I watched the film again the other day). The set consist of a babydoll, a high waisted pants, suspenders and stockings. We have two more weeks for this… so.. Wish me luck, I think i would need it! And I will be doing a photoshoot with the final product too, so look forward to that! πŸ˜€

Apart from these, I believe this would be the end of my update. Next time I will come back with more photos~ πŸ˜€

Cynthia

April 21, 2009

Toile for the architecture

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It has been quite a while since I updated here. Easter holiday has flew by, and the term has started again. Only the second day in and we have received two new briefs already. The first one is the usual competition brief, this year, we are asked to illustrate a design for the London Fashion WeekEnd tote bag, inspired by the theme ‘Only in London’. I have vague idea of what I want to do, but my illustrations are not great, plus my style is not the usual Tanya Ling or David Downton… so we’ll see how it turns out.

And the second project, was quite a shock actually, because first years usually don’t get 2 projects, but this one is for a boy who was stabbed in East London in August, 2008. He was due to enroll in BA fashion design with Print at CSM the same time as us, so we are creating and DIY-ing T-shirts for money raising, for the medical attention he is needed from now on, because he is paralyzed from neck down.

Anyway, enough about that, I just realised that I haven’t uploaded any photos from my Jersey Project yet, so here it goes. We had to create 6 looks in 3 weeks time, inspired by anything, but mainly to create a sillouhette. However one of the key word was body conscious, so I decided to play with that. I chose Santiage Calatrava’s Architecture because they are just amazing! And I made 7… had some extra time πŸ™‚

So both I and Aiko modeled. Please excuse my terrible modeling πŸ™‚
Enjoy

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Cyn

March 26, 2009

Emma Bell AW 09/10

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Earlier this year, I was approached by Emma Bell to create two knitwear pieces for her collection. She had the overall vision so we went yarn shopping and I came up with the final design. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the fashion show with Vauxhall Fashion Scout but I managed to find pictures on the internet, thanks to MegaMegaMega, so enjoy these photos. Oh and the outfits were worn by the Twins from Big Brother. πŸ™‚

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CynXX

March 19, 2009

Metamorphsis… Yellow babies…

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Phew! Finally, last week of term before holiday time! πŸ˜€ Very very happy indeed… So sorry for the delays, here is my Metamorphsis knit project, which I had my inspiration from Tracy Emin’s My Abortion sketch. From that point, I went on to researching about pregnancy and different types of foetus. My final designs are more inspired by the lumps like shapes, indicating that idea of losing parts of the babies (?) and also with panels, depicting the spine, because it is the strongest yet the weakest part of your body! The colour scheme was choosen because I wanted to stay away from the red and goriness, so I took the black and white from Ultrasound and the yellow as a little personal touch, signifying the colour of life, the umbilical cord. Again, many thanks for Aiko for modelling for me! Enjoy the photos, the illustrations are in a post further down πŸ™‚

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February 26, 2009

The White Dream

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So as I have said in previous post, I had a photoshoot yesterday, and now I have up to date photographs for my projects and things. Mostly the reason I did it yesterday was because it was the only free day I have before my tutorial today. Hopefully it will go okay.

So anyway, in previous posts, I have mentioned about working on a project called ‘the White Project’. We had three topic to choose from, Traditional Borderline, Lovers and your thoughts on Art. I chose the first one, Traditional Borderline.
At first I was looking at the very tradition of Male and Female clothing, and focusing on how I could create menswear with shapes of a woman body. I was particularly drawn to creating interesting shapes because I bought the 2 Pattern magic book from Japan centre and I was so eager to try it all out. However, I was stuck, it was such a surface inspiration that I was stuck and was pretty much repeating myself for a lot of design. So I stepped back having talked to my tutor for the first time and looked at Anthony Gormley, famous for his Angel of the North statue. I like the rigid shapes he created and from this one book, there were all these photographs of the whole ‘process and wrapping’ and I was really inspired by all these, and decided to look at restriction, because when he is creating the mould for the statues, he would be very much restricted in these layers of material and wire and everything!
And for the white project, we had to use cotton and felt only which the uni has provided us with, however this huge shoulder panel that I have in felt was way too big for the 2m of felt they have given us so I had to buy more!!! That shoulder panel took a piece of 3mx1m of felt to make… you might not believe it, but this piece is HEAVY! Oh and I finger knitted the felt into this neckpiece which wrapped around her face pretty much. It was so difficult to move in the dress apparently, but I thank my friend for being such a great model! πŸ˜€

So here are the photos, many thanks to Aiko for modelling for me! And for setting up the studio for me so I could take the photos! πŸ™‚ Enjoy. Any questions please do not hesitate to ask

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CFSTXXX

February 9, 2009

Metamorphsis Knit

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From my previous post, I posted illustrations from my Metamorphsis Knit project which has ended already. I am a little bit annoyed that I didn’t do as well I have hoped, but it came all together. And I just took some photos of the two outfits on my mannequin. I shall be doing a photoshoot soon, but here’s a little preview.

My first outfit, made with yellow jersey, and black acrylic wool. I need the stripes of black with a little ruffle along the way once in a while inspired by the spine of human.

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My second look which is completely knitted on my machine. My first time drafting out a pattern as well as using a punchcard, but I have to tell you it was fun. It is made with yellow acrylic wool, and the pattern is with black wool and white elastic, so it’s really tight and fitted around the torso area.

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Currently I am on the new project, which is to make 6 jersey toiles in 3 weeks. We have had one and a half week already and I am on my 4th toile, so I am doing ok. My inspiration for this project is from the Liege Railway Station designed by Santiago Calatrava. I love architecture. And with jersey and draping I can create so much with it. However, I didn’t want to just drape on the body, I wanted to push the boundary slightly so I am actually doing lot more paneling on the body. We didn’t have to have an inspiration or source or research but we were given 5 words and it included Body conscious, Angular and Sculptural.Β  Immediately my head sprung to this particular piece of architecture because he was inspired by the woman’s body for the arch and curve of the building. Photos for this project will be coming up soon.

Oh, and I have been busy preparing the last parts for my A/W09 for the 24th of Feburary at the Kensington Roof Garden with King’s college. Hopefully everything will be alright and straight forward. I did some quick test shoots the other day just to show the people what the pieces should look like and worn, and here are some of the pieces. I have 8 looks in total. And I have managed to make all this in 1 month and a half and I am quite proud (because I wasn’t told about this until the beginning of January)

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Anyway, must get back to work, bon nuit.

CFST
xx

January 26, 2009

Illustrations

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So right now I am working on my ‘Metamorphsis Knit’ project with Jess Quinton. My project is inspired by ‘My Abortion’ by Tracy Emin. It is a very quick ball pen sketch and somehow this sketch really kicked my mind off, so I decided to base my whole project and collection on pregnancy and abortion.

However, I am NOT going to design garments for the pregnants, the garments are still to be worn by everyday women with confidence, because the colour scheme is BOO-RIGHT! (Yellow, Aqua and Black). Yes, I stayed away from the cliche red and pink because I didn’t want to use those colour. They can be for something else.

Anyway, enough said, the reason I am posting this mainly is to kick off a little link with The Swelle Life. So I am just uploading some illustrations I have done since starting the Fashion Knit course at St Martins as the first of my more frequent work related post.

Century Knit: A 2 week project, investigating a certain decade of the 1900s and producing a piece of knitted accessories showing your signature knit, or the style you work in. (I have not put in the illustrations of my accessories because I have actually posted the pieces from a photoshoot in my first post in this blog)

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White Project: This is the project which everyone from Fashion BA first year has to do. We were taught how to pattern cut as well as sew on the industrial machines for first two weeks. And with those knowledge we were given three categories to base our project on. I chose ‘Traditional borderline’ and I researched into Gormley’s sculptures. (The last illustration is the garment which I have made)

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Metamorphsis Knit: This is the project which we can research on anything that changes. We are encouraged to work from existing garment if we do not know how to construct one purely with knit. I have done a balero using a baby suit. It came out a little too sweet, but I will be posting photos soon. Anyway, I have made the first two illustrations into actual garment.

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I hope this post has been a good feast for your eyes before I come back with more knit knit knit.

CFSTxx

January 14, 2009

Busy busy busy…

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So I am back to Uni now… but I felt like as if I have not had a holiday yet… at least not until the end of feburary…

I have been knitting many pieces fo Ada Zanditon (http://www.adaz.co.uk) for her A/W ’09. She is an ethical fashion designer, and works only with organic and ethical material. I have had the chance to work with pure black Alpaca from Scotland. ManyΒ  many hand knitted panels of basket weave XD

And now, I am also helping Emma Bell (http://www.myspace.com/dollydressup) with three of her knitted Intarsia pieces.

Both of the designers whom I am working for will be showing in LFW. Ada will be exhibiting in Estethica in the main tent for 4 days, and Emma Bell will be having a catwalk with Vauxhall again on the Tuesday. (Ada might also be having a catwalk too, but that is not confirmed)

Above all that, I now have college and I have the pleasure to receive tutorials and help from Jessica Quinton from Quinton-Chadwick. I am really looking forward to this project as well as the rest of the term!

Oh, almost forgot, King’s college organise fashion show every year, in Kensington Roof Garden (Yes, very very posh), and most years they will borrow items of clothing from boutiques, high street stores as well as designers to show case and invite many people, including Models and Fashion designer Scouts. This year, they have invited me to design a collection to show, and it is going to be on the 24th of Feb, Tuesday, 7pm.
I am really looking forward to it, I am really grateful that I already have the opportunity to show to a bigger audience than last time so I must put 120% of thoughts and energy into this!!!

Anyway, back to my knitting.

xxx
CFST

December 6, 2008

So..

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I started a new blog. I needed one that I can keep up with my work and to showcase my own creation.

First post, so I am not too sure what to post yet.

May be a little introduction… Knitwear student at CSM

Here is some photo from my first knit accessories project

I created the hat from the inspiration of a helmet from the WWII period, and the neck piece was inspired by the fur neck wear pilots wore. I was quite proud of myself for created these two final pieces as it was our first project πŸ˜€

Just finished with the white project, but I have no time to relax even it’s the holiday, I need to be creating knitwear pieces for Ada Zanditon‘s A/W09… It should be amazing! πŸ˜€

Laterz

CFST

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