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March 9, 2010

Firenze..London

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So yes, back on this blog after half a year (almost?) I have been tres busy with uni as usual. Last term saw me struggle through with the group project, which luckily is now over and I get to keep a very nice cardigan that I made for the group (9 people..). Photos of that will be posted up sometimes soon, when I have decided to take a photoshoot with all the random bits and pieces I have knitted/made throughout the year.

Anyway, back to the title, yes, we went to Florence for a week back in January for Pitti Filati and it was AMAZING! I have not seen so much yarn samples and companies together in my life before. It was so refreshing to be outside of london and see what the rest of the world and industry was up to.

So there’s always a twist. never just a trip. We had to design a collection based on knit swatches which we developed from research made from any inspiration we had in Florence.

I really liked the idea of clothes hanging off the wall, the idea of soft and hard, and I also really liked the decorative walls outside the Duomo, so I drew inspiration from those and worked mainly with beading my swatches. I really enjoy the process and liked the outcome. Although I know for a fact I could have done more and had more ideas, but up to date, I think this project I have been able to explore and expand on my ideas the most. Unfortunately I have not had the time to make a garment for this project (Had to write an essay about cosmetic surgery and whether it’s a modern necessity for tomorrow), but I have done illustrations . and as a twist, I have scanned in my swatches and ‘coloured’ in my illustrations with them, indicating what the garments would look like if they were to be made, for real.
I am also going to put up some photos which I likes and took from Florence.

XXX

Cynthia

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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 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 24, 2008

Thrilled!

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Finally, my two new knitting machines arrived today alongside with lots of Yarn as well as pattern books, with measurements and things. I probably won’t be making the skirts they teach you in the books but how useful is this? It seems like that in college the tutors are not going to teach you how to do that, so I am going to have to learn it all myself.

Anyway, updates from what I have been doing

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I even knitted her stockings with elastic! So that was really fun. I got the highest mark on this project so I am thrilled πŸ˜€

Next term we are being taught by Jessica Quinton as well as Winnie Lok! How amazing is that, I can’t wait.

xx
Cyn

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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