Sunday, 24 October 2010

BLOG MOVING!

This blog has moved to...
http://joannawilliams1.blogspot.com/
as I feel the name no longer suits the nature my posts! Please join me here for many more exciting posts, and back posts from this old blog.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Vintage at Goodwood 13, 14, 15 August 2010

Vintage is a brand new event at the Goodwood Estate, which is famous for their motor festivals in West Sussex. It aims to take the essence of the music festival and add a fashion and a design aesthetic that references every era from the Forties to the present day. There is a roller disco, make up and hair dressers, vintage shops, a high street and many music venues each themed as a decade. Come along dressed in the style of your favourite decade and look the part. You can still buy tickets for the event online so don’t miss out!

www.vintageatgoodwood.com


Monday, 19 July 2010

Lovely Lutterworth!

I have arrived in Lutterworth ready to start my placement tomorrow. The farm I am staying on is so peaceful and so is my view.

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Fresh Sea Air


I cycled to Littlehampton's lovely beach today; it was so tranquil and calm. And of course nice to breath the fresh sea air before I head to the Midlands for my placement at George at Asda's head office working in the ladieswear design team.
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Saturday, 17 July 2010

Bunting Dress

Align Centre

I had a plain black dress which needed some fun adding to it. I found a scrap of stripey summery fabric which would be perfect for a bunting applique design. The only bit left to do now is to couch on the cording joining all the triangles together.
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Saturday, 19 June 2010

Cockpit Art's Open Studio

I went to Cockpit Art's Open Studio in Deptford, London with Thornback and Peel as they were exhibiting and I found some really nice textiles and ceramics. I liked Lizzie Allen's quirky hand screen printed wallpaper and recognized it from Liberty's.
www.lizzieallen.co.uk


Louisa Taylor Ceramics

Louisa Taylor's ceramics were really lovely and combined the glazed and unglazed textures together. I brought a little green jug that caught my eye.


Katharine Morling

These were amazing clay sculptures most of which were life sized! They are made out of clay then painted white and black lines added to add life. They are so quirky and very detailed.
www.katharinemorling.co.uk

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

TwentyTwentyOne

This was a nice design shop full of goodies! TwentyTwentyOne - Upper Street, lsington.

www.twentytwentyone.com

Atelier

Atelier was another really eclectic shop in Islington, on Upper Street. I especially loved the raven 3D birds and this cushion with the printed spotty skirt.

www.atelierabigailahern.com

Smug

While in London I found 'Smug' in Islington, on Camden Passage. It was a lovely little shop with a very retro feel, it stocked a large range of homeware and apparel. Thornback and Peel also sell here as you can see there aprons hanging up in the last photo. Also visit the website its equally as lovely!

www.ifeelsmug.com

Margaret Howell

Fun shop window on Wigmore Street, London.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Thornback and Peel

On Monday I start work experience with Thornback and Peel which is really exciting. I love their quirky designs.

www.thornbackandpeel.co.uk

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

NTU Textile Design 2010 Degree Show


Here are some of my favourite bits from NTUs Textile Degree Show. All of the work was amazing and has inspired us for 3rd year!

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Blood, Sweat and Luxuries. BBC 1

If you are interested in Globalisation then this series on BBC 1 shows a very good insight. It shows how 6 British consumers cope under the working conditions, living conditions and wages of people in Africa and Asia for the luxuries trade. Leather, Gems and Coffee have already been aired but you can still watch them on BBC iPlayer.

Visit the programs website: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00s6103

Uneven Geographies; Art and Globalisation


'Uneven Geographies; Art and Globalisation' is the new exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary. It displays the work of 14 artists from 5 continents representing this huge and complicated subject of Globalisation. Where in our world now is so easy to buy thing and not think where it has come from, where people and products can all move so freely its hard to keep track. The exhibition shows this uneven spread of the wealth and harsh manual labour.

'Nobody wants to see: Three of the richest men in the world own as much as six hundred million of the poorest people.'
Mladen Stilinovic, Nobody Wants To See, 2009.

I thought this quote was very powerful and shows this uneven spread of the worlds wealth.

Exhibition: 8 May 2010 - 4 Jul 2010 Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham.

www.nottinghamcontemporary.org

'Caught Up in the Frame of the Revolution'

On Friday I went to the private view of an exhibition called 'Caught Up in the Frame of the Revolution' at Lee Rosy's tea shop in Nottingham. Which consisted of illustration, screen prints and up cycled mirrors. It features the work of Alf Design, Chloe Blount designs, Christina Giljohann designs and Kathleen Gillen and is open till 31st May so definitely worth a visit.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Picturesque Bergamo


Views of Bergamo where we stayed just outside of Milan for the Furniture Fair. The old town was very beautiful and traditional Italian architecture. The Duomo in Bergamo had a very intricately painted ceiling which was mesmerising!

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Finally I have found my Tea Set!

For such a long time I have been looking for a nice tea set as a belated 21st present. I eventually chose the set above 'Provence Flowers' as it is colourful and pretty from Cath Kidston.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Liberty's London

I also visited one of my favourite places for inspiration this weekend... Liberty's. Again it didn't fail to capture my interest and I even bought a top from their Target collection. I fell in love with it as its a classic 60's print and really funky. They have also covered one of the outside walls in one of the classic prints to celebrate the collection.
I also saw these dog mannequins in the window of Banana Republic and loved the array of different sized dogs.

Friday, 2 April 2010

A Trip to London Zoo


For my next project I am going to look at Anita Roddick and all of her work that she did for the rainforest to stop its destruction. At London Zoo a new enclosure has just opened called 'Rainforest Life' which consists of a rain forest atmosphere which the viewers can walk into and experience this rainforest climate in London. It contains real rain, is very humid and has over 1000 inhabitants including monkeys, sloth and an armadillo. My favourite animal to watch was the Emperor monkeys with white beards playing in the trees. The sloths were also amazing to watch as they spend their life slowly climbing around upside down! The iguana was also really cool sunbathing! London Zoo was better than I was expecting and the rainforest enclosure was facinating as you could get so close to the animals, I would recomend anyone to visit but do search around for a 2 for 1 voucher as ticket prices are a little bit pricey!