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Creativity Is Genetic

This was my good luck charm at New Designers.  My cousin Jessie, aged 10, designed this and asked if I could show Victoria Beckham; unfortunately she wasn’t there, but I really like it and have kept it in my purse the whole time!  Georgia, my other cousin (also aged 10 as they’re twins) gave me a good luck owl shaped rubber - this also helped lots and really appreciate the lovely gesture.  Thank you very much girlies!

Gem x 

P.S. All copyright belongs to Jessie obviously! ©

Posted at 4:15pm.

Creativity Is Genetic
This was my good luck charm at New Designers.  My cousin Jessie, aged 10, designed this and asked if I could show Victoria Beckham; unfortunately she wasn’t there, but I really like it and have kept it in my purse the whole time!  Georgia, my other cousin (also aged 10 as they’re twins) gave me a good luck owl shaped rubber - this also helped lots and really appreciate the lovely gesture.  Thank you very much girlies!
Gem x 
P.S. All copyright belongs to Jessie obviously! ©

My British Summertime

I’ve finally finished my degree and received my results - a very healthy mark that I’m extremely proud of.  I’m really pleased and can’t believe that I’ve actually managed to get myself through 17 years of education and not get ridiculously distracted. 

I was listening to this song when I found out I got in to study Textile Design (BA) Hons at Falmouth University.  I can remember everything about that moment - we were on our annual big family holiday in Bude, and we had managed to find a small place on a tiny country road that picks up some wifi from a farm nearby.  My sister, Hels, had my phone and she logged in to my UCAS.  ”You’re in!” she says and we both cried buckets.  I knew at that moment, after a few rough years of education at other places, that I was going to be alright and knew that I had to make the most of this opportunity.  

Now I can say that I did and it’s paid off big time.  After New Designers I’ve been very lucky with the opportunities that have been presented to me and am making sure that as tempting as it can be, I can’t stop the hard working productive streak that I’ve had for the last 3 years.  Have got to keep going at turbo charge! 

I just had to share this (as cheesy as the symbolism may be) because it’s the perfect summertime song and means a lot to me.  By the way, I’ve been sunbathing all day whilst sending invoices and applying for loans - can’t complain really.  I love the big people world! 

Gem x 

Posted at 3:57pm.

Bit o’ Collection

As promised I would blog a bit of my exhibited collection.  As I’m sure you’re aware I can’t put too much up but there’s nothing wrong with a few wee snippets.  I think I’m kind of having separation issues with not designing for a few weeks, so am going to get back in to my newly home made studio tomorrow morning!  Dad and I just need to move out the cardboard boxes and old TV.  Can’t wait to put some Glastonbury highlights on and knuckle down to creating a brand new collection!  

Gem x 

Posted at 12:37am.

Bit o’ Collection
As promised I would blog a bit of my exhibited collection.  As I’m sure you’re aware I can’t put too much up but there’s nothing wrong with a few wee snippets.  I think I’m kind of having separation issues with not designing for a few weeks, so am going to get back in to my newly home made studio tomorrow morning!  Dad and I just need to move out the cardboard boxes and old TV.  Can’t wait to put some Glastonbury highlights on and knuckle down to creating a brand new collection!  
Gem x 

Some Lovely Feedback!

mayonakasun:

This is my favourite business card of the day…even though the actual card itself is simple. The lavender bag smells nice and is very memorable! :) http://gemmacate.tumblr.com/

http://mayosunfashion.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/new-designers-2013.html

Posted at 12:19am.

Some Lovely Feedback!

mayonakasun:


This is my favourite business card of the day…even though the actual card itself is simple. The lavender bag smells nice and is very memorable! :) http://gemmacate.tumblr.com/
http://mayosunfashion.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/new-designers-2013.html

New Designers

Well what a week.  I can honestly say it has been the best fun and have met some really interesting people who I hope to stay in contact with for a very long time.  It’s been fascinating seeing all of the work from other graduating Textile design students across the United Kingdom.  It’s bizarre thinking that all of these people have been going through the same experiences for the last 3 years and yet we never met.  I hope everyone else enjoyed themselves as much as me.  

It’s now official, I’m graduated and a grown-up.  I’m ready for you world.  

Gem x 

Posted at 12:14am.

New Designers
Well what a week.  I can honestly say it has been the best fun and have met some really interesting people who I hope to stay in contact with for a very long time.  It’s been fascinating seeing all of the work from other graduating Textile design students across the United Kingdom.  It’s bizarre thinking that all of these people have been going through the same experiences for the last 3 years and yet we never met.  I hope everyone else enjoyed themselves as much as me.  
It’s now official, I’m graduated and a grown-up.  I’m ready for you world.  

Gem x 

And Another Video!

As you can see I’ve not been that active on my Tumblr recently (very unlike me) and the reason is, is that I’ve finally finished my Textile Design BA (Hons) degree at Falmouth University.  I haven’t got my marks back yet but I’m looking forward to finding out on Thursday 27th!  Currently I’m at New Designers - it starts tomorrow and I hope to see lots of you there.  Pop over, I’ll say hi and give you a handmade lavender bag.  

Anyway, my fashion collaboration with Naomi Allen was brilliant.  She’s a very pro active person and has made a really cool video showcasing her final collection.  Based on “The Princess and the Pea”, it follows an nostalgic childhood theme full of exciting summer colours with some of my print designs (some manual and some digital).  Watch out for them!

Gem x 

Posted at 11:31pm.

I’m In a Video!

Well not me, but my work is!  I’ve been collaborating with a fellow Falmouth Uni fashion student, Naomi Allen.  Basically she saw my Hansel & Gretel collection and liked a couple of my prints.  Since roughly Christmas time we’ve been working together on everything from adapting the designs to manually printing on to the garments.  I don’t want to say too much because it may ruin the surprise of her collection being featured somewhere but personally I’m really proud to say that I’ve collaborated with her because I think her concept and colours are pretty unique and very cool, and on top of that she’s lovely and great to work with.  

Once the show has happened and have got the photos in my portfolio I can say more.

Gem x 

Posted at 11:46pm.

If Today Was a Song…

It would be this.  Seriously, it’s 3 weeks to the day that I hand in and have started my second length (it’s four layers of manual print on top of digitally printed cotton).  Total mission but am literally giving it my all!

Anyway, if you too have had a really productive Friday, enjoy this Meatloaf masterpiece.  Even if your day hasn’t been productive, the man is a legend.  

Gem x 

Posted at 5:56pm and tagged with: textiles, tgif, meatloaf, third year final push, success,.

Mabel & Abe

Today I’m finishing off a design where I’m looking at portraits of people who would have lived in the run-down New York tenements.  I’ve created Mabel and Abe, a couple from old England.  Their house may not be to our liking with its flaking wall paint, damp stained ceilings and questionable colour pallet, but to them their home was perfect; it was better than back in the old country, and they hoped that one day they would move somewhere out in the country once they had made enough money in the city.  

On a more historical and factual note, many “new world” immigrants had portraits or small photos taken of themselves to give to family members whom they would never see again.  They would dress in their finest and were the typical Victorian style photograph: sullen, black and white and a little bit bleak.  

When drawing Mabel and Abe, I didn’t want them to be perfect.  I wanted them to look a little bit weathered with the bags under their eyes and slightly unkept hair.  Although they’re in their finest, I want it to appear that they have a dark story to tell.  Mabel’s angular jaw and pursed lips show her hardened approach to life, maybe she was wronged in the old country, or too many years as a scullery maid gradually wore her down.  Abe’s big doe eyes reflect his warm and pleasant personality.  Maybe Abe is good for Mabel.  

My plan for these two characters are to carry the collection.  I’m going to design my last few pieces with them in mind.  What did they see?  What do they have in their home?  

Gem x 

Posted at 11:57am and tagged with: Victorian, textiles, portraits, story, collection, memories,.