Hey Guys Marnie here, I wanted to let you know about how I have been getting back to my roots.
Recently I went back to Colchester Institute, my old University where I studied Fashion and Textile Design. My lecturer had got in contact with me as she wanted to know more about Happy Fabric vinyl, as she was interested in using them in a new exciting project.
In August I met up with Val Jacobs (Fashion and Textiles Course leader) to learn about the exciting project that she and the other course lectures were undertaking over the summer. Val, Becky and Louise had been inspired by the Beatrix Milhazes Exhibition to curate some inspiration for their collaborative collection and put on a show in September.
Once they had all of their imagery to work from, I spent the day with Val where we discussed how to best use shape and colour. I taught Val how to use our vinyl’s alongside the heat press and a Silhouette cutter. Val then chose her colours and materials that she wanted to apply to her fashion designs. Becky would then mix complementary colours for screen printing and create digital prints to work with these. The next time we met I was on hand to apply Val's pre-cut vinyl’s had to her pattern pieces ready to be constructed into garments. Louise then used her amazing fashion construction skills to put together the pattern pieces which has been adorned in different vinyl materials.
Once everything had been made, it was exhibited at The Minories in Colchester Town Center. It is open to the public to view the showcased work of all the design lectures from Colchester School of Art and Design. It was a great exhibition and it was lovely to see the collection in all its glory. Scroll down to see some of the finished pieces.
Following on from the exhibition, myself and Beth were invited along to the University to do a workshop/lesson with the 1st and 2nd years who had just visited the exhibition. They were expected to make their own patterns and designs from the inspiration they gained from the lecturers collections. I taught them how to use heat transfer vinyl and showed them how to fuse it onto fabrics. I also gave them a crash course in how to use the silhouette cutter so they can create their own shape and text to use in future projects.
It has been great to work with the students as they all have completely different styles and use the vinyl in completely different ways. It has been so much fun introducing new creatives to the vinyl’s and I can’t wait to see what they create over the years to come.
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