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May 30, 2009

Chunky…

Filed under: Fun, Work — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — cfst @ 11:44 pm

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

February 26, 2009

The White Dream

Filed under: Fun, Work — Tags: , , , , , , , — cfst @ 10:37 am

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

January 14, 2009

Busy busy busy…

Filed under: Work — Tags: , , , , — cfst @ 9:51 am

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

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