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March 9, 2010

Firenze..London

Filed under: uni — Tags: , , , , , , — cfst @ 12:00 am

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

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! 😀

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

Cynthia

April 21, 2009

Toile for the architecture

Filed under: Fun, Work — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — cfst @ 8:35 pm

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 🙂

So both I and Aiko modeled. Please excuse my terrible modeling 🙂
Enjoy

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Cyn

March 19, 2009

Metamorphsis… Yellow babies…

Filed under: Work — Tags: , , , , , , — cfst @ 12:01 am

Phew! Finally, last week of term before holiday time! 😀 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 🙂

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February 9, 2009

Metamorphsis Knit

Filed under: Work — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — cfst @ 8:35 pm

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.  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

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