Monday, 29 March 2010

STUDENT PROFILE: Lauren Grainger

Specialism: Card & Gift

Inspirations: Lauren finds most of her inspiration from magazines such as: Elle Decoration, The World of interiors, Textile Forum and Living and is influenced by Cox & Cox, Maileg, Cath Kidson, Habitat and Five Dollar Shake.

Dream Job/Career Aspirations: Lauren hopes to get a job designing for a card company or to have her own business producing intricate, unique cards and stylish decorations to compliment the home.

Final Major Project: Lauren's concept for the Final Major project is based around beautiful objects including architectural detail, floral’s, jewels and crowns. She has taken pattern and texture from these objects and using a rich, luxurious colour palette, aims to create a collection of innovative gift ware.
Her aim is to produce a collection which is based around the winter and Christmas time of the year; however the collection could also be multi seasonal. Lauren will be using a variety of methods including, print, cut work, hand painted images and use a variety of papers and textures and the final collection will include intricate cards alongside decorative objects to compliment the home.

Saturday, 27 March 2010


Just a quick reminder to those students who have not yet ordered their Photobooks for professional studies. Orders can take up to ten days so make sure you're not caught short!

I ordered mine yesterday from Kodak it was extremely easy to use and there is currently an offer on for customers placing their first orders with them of a 50% discount (not including postage).

Another offer I am aware of is snapfish they have 50% off selected photobooks as an easter treat.

If those sites don't fit the bill these could also be useful:

If you are stuck for inspiration a few of the photos I included are shown here on my blog.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

In the laboratory....

The pictures above show some of CCAD's facilities including the print rooms and dye lab, this is where pastes are mixed for printing and dyeing all of our fabrics. Once used to show how everything works they are interesting and creative places to work.

Wednesday, 24 March 2010


A huge Thank you to all of the companies who have offered Sponsorship to the Level 3 Students, this is a great opportunity for all students. Some of the companies have details of the students and previous examples of their work on their websites which is an incredible opportunity for students to get their names on the World Wide Web!

Well done to the students who have been awarded this Sponsorship as well, its their hard work that has earned them this fantastic reward!

Madeira -
Kelly Thackray
Sammy-Jo Stephenson
Julie Nichols

Embroiders Guild - York Division -
Laura Footman

Graham & Brown -
Heather Bareham

Coats Crafts -
Sarah Brown
Lauren Crawford
Amii Briggs
Kirsty Hurne

STUDENT PROFILE: Heather Bareham

Surface Design for Interiors-specialising in wallpaper

Tracy Kendall
Rob Ryan
Tord Boontje
Timorous Beasties
Bridget Riley
Eley Kishimoto

Dream Job/Career Aspirations:

Heather would love to work in a studio for an Interior Design Company; however Heather’s dream would be to have her own successful bespoke wallpaper business.

Final Major Project:
At the moment Heather’s work is inspired by decorative ceramics, tiles and mosaics. Heather is designing a mixture of traditional and commercial repeats as well as bespoke and interactive wallpapers. Heather’s final collection will combine a mixture of techniques including screen print, 3D paper work, cut-out work with the introduction of stitch.



Vivienne Westwood
Belle Sauvage
Alexander McQueen
Holly Fulton

Dream Job/Career Aspirations:
In the future Amii hopes to create her own fashion label which she would sell via her business. Amii hopes to create bespoke fashion garments and accessories for the top end of the fashion market. As well as owning her own fashion label Amii also hopes to take part in commission based work for clients.

Final Major Project:
'Jungle in the City' is the title of Amii's project. She has been inspired by mixing bright jungle florals with iconic structures, both in the city and in her local area. Amii intends to create hand printed and embellished lengths.


Equine Design

Laura is inspired buy her love of everything Equestrian!
Bowes Museum
Gina Lely
Rebecca Shreeves
Sarah Coleman
Julia Midgley
Priscilla Jones

Dream Job/Career Aspirations:
One day Laura hopes to become a designer maker specialising in the Equestrain market.

Final Major Project:
Laura is exploring print and embroidery in order to produce a collection of designs and products based on the title 'Boutique Equine'. Laura would like to develop unique pieces for the equestrain market which focus on quality and practicality.

STUDENT PROFILE: Lauren Crawford


Surface Design and Embellishment for Interiors


Jackie Bos

Leah Duncan

Karla Wozniak

Morgan Blair

America and Travelling!

Dream Job/Career Aspirations:

Lauren would love to become a successful designer maker, making embellished soft interior products and to one day sell them from her own boutique.

Final Major Project:

Lauren is designing an interior collection entitled 'Americana' inspired by the history of America, incorporating iconic images and figures delivered in a tongue in cheek manner with a kitsch feel.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Off the wall...

Many of the students have been encouraged to design repeated lengths for their final collections which is fantastic for the degree show in June as it really shows off the skills learnt in the past 3 years. There has been some gorgeous designs emerging in the print room as various students have been giving it a go.

But it is hard work! A design which has different colours requires a screen for each colour, the print table must be recovered, the metal stops of the print table must be measured accurately, amongst other preparations!

Each screen must be precisely lined up against the original design before the metal bar and bolts can be screwed in to ensure each screen will line up with each other when printed.

Above are images of students Ashleigh and Louise as they prepare to print the 3rd colour onto a length of wallpaper. Both students will be displaying their beautiful wallpaper designs at the degree show along with other students who have been printing repeats for fashion as well.
Everyone is getting excited about the show as lots of fantastic work is being produced, and it is becoming clear that the different variety of work will make for a visual treat for everyone coming to the show.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Matthew Williamson Competition

As part of the third and final year of our degree we are required to enter atleast one design competition, and hopefully by now everyone has applied to one. So just to spur everyone on and encourage taking part I thought i would bring to light fellow student Louise Holden's competition success from October 2009.

Louise entered a competition featured in Cosmopolitan magazine to win VIP tickets to an exclusive fashion show and evening with fashion designer Matthew Williamson. She spent the night in London at the event which featured a performance from the cast of Chicago, style workshops with GMTV's stylist Mark Heyes as well as having the time to chat with Matthew Williamson about his collections.

The lucky lady loved every minute of it and came away with plenty of inspiration for her project. Well done Louise!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Calling all Interior Designers...

Just found a new design competition you might like to enter for Interiors, designs for rugs to be exact...the competition also aims to help eradicate child labour in the rug industries in Nepal and India. The winners will also have their design made up which would be fantastic for any Interior based portfolio.

You can read more about the competition by following the link below. Deadline 21st May 2010.


Sunday, 14 March 2010


Hello! I've just come across a competition from Tigerprint (link here) which applicants must design a card with the theme of typography and love...unfortunately the deadline is tomorrow Monday 15th March! so unless you are super super quick or have something appropriate to submit already this post is about as much use as a chocolate teapot!

However...its definitely worth checking back with the competition website as they have various competition categories and seem to have competitions throughout the year!

Over and out. x

PORTFOLIO SELL OFF- brought to you by Designers Marketplace

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Saturday, 13 March 2010


The third years are currently working hard creating their minimum of 12 finals for the degree show on the 3rd June. Using techniques such as flocking, screen-printing and embroidery, the final pieces at the exhibition on Church Street, Hartlepool will be really exciting to see. Creating such artistic pieces does take time and effort, which everyone is quickly becoming a master at...

- screen-printing
- flocking...
- preparation...
- blank screen mono-printing...

Friday, 12 March 2010

Congratulations Laura Allen

Wow - Well done Laura Allen who has been successfully awarded the prestigious finalist position within the competition 'The Art of Nurture'! This was a competition held by Lloyds TSB. The aim of the competition was to produce a piece of visual art that would support and illustrate a theme that related to advertising and marketing.

Laura entered a piece of artwork that she created as part of her minor project. It was a beautiful watercolour seahorse with an enchanting appearance. She entered the sea horse on a whim and she didnt expect to get an email notification back telling her she was a finalist. On the 11-03 Laura attended the reginal award ceremony which was held in Leeds.

STUDENT PROFILE: Kelly Louise Thackray

Kelly's area of specialism is embroidery however within her work she likes to include elements of print.

Favourite artists, designers, influences;
Heidi Turner
Monique L'Hullier
Kelly Hyatt
Hanna Werning
Kustaa Saksi
Rob Ryan
Pearl and Marmalade
Travel to interesting new places

Career Aspirations
Once graduated Kelly is hoping to secure a job in a design studio and once she has built up her knowledge in the Professional Industry she hopes to become a freelance designer maker.

Final Major Project
For the final major project Kelly is working on a collection of samples which would be suitable for the fashion market. She is encorporating elements of print combined with hand embroidery and fabric manipulation. Her work is very intricate and detailed and is inspired by texture and nature.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010


fabrics so far ...

Specialism: surface design and embellishment for fashion fabrics

Favourite Artists/Designers/Influences:
Alexander McQueen
Manish Arora
Vivienne Westwood
Mary Katrantzou
Holly Fulton
Mathew Williamson
Basso & Brooke

Dream Job/ Career Aspirations:
Katy would love to work in a fashion house designing, making and embellishing fabrics for the fashion industry using print and embroidery.

Brief Explanation of Final Major Project:
Katy's project is currently exploring the futuristic elements of the current world such as cogs, jellyfish and circuit boards. Katy to print, embroider and hand painted her fabrics to create the look she wants and to have 12 final designs for her collection. The final collection will include neon colours and gold metallics mixed with beading and embroidery.

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