External Examiner Meet

My meeting with Stephanie, our external examiner went well, we talked through my work so far and what is coming next. She suggested that in my drawings I could perhaps be more playful with my lines and include colour, as my drawings are mostly black fineliner. She also told me to make sure that the digital versions of my collages aren’t too flat, with the same weight of line in them, think of scale and what materials are really suited to my client.

Once out of the studio, I discussed what was said with Keireine, and it’s clear that I need to decide on the groups within my collection and start working on getting my numbers of designs up. I am going to come up with my groups and decide what can be included in each one, and I think that then I will feel a lot better and relaxed about the collection, as I currently feel a bit stressed!



Exposure Week 7 – Collage and Pattern Making

This week I have focused on collaging, looking at shapes in my inspirational images, some from buildings, as well as nature. Some of the collages are to create a background, and others depict something physical, but the shapes in all of them are inspired by Bolivia.

The collages above and the bottom left are inspired by a building I saw in a small town whilst on a trek, which had lots of tiles adorning the outside of the building, in lots of tones of blue. I like how the cut paper looks quite similar to the tiles, as they weren’t perfectly placed in line, and the cut paper emphasises this.

The collage above to the right is also inspired by a trek (called Apolobamba), and includes things that I saw along the way, using photocopies of paintings and drawings in my sketchbook. I like this collage, but I think it could be improved by including other elements like cut/ripped paper. It is very full on because it is compiled completely of drawing and painting, where adding plain blocks of colour could give ‘breaks’ to the eye.

Above and below are some designs that I have taken from some of the collages that I have previously done. The ‘feathers’ design looks good but loses its charm slightly compared to the original collage, which is not so square and has more personality, because of it’s unusual shape. I am going to create some more designs using the collage but I will keep the shape of the original visible. With ‘fabric’, it was difficult to get a perfect repeat, as the background is a collage, not a plain colour but I do like using the collage as a background – I just need to work out how to repeat it properly!

The ‘cats’ design (so-called because the faces that feature are cats that appear in Quechua textiles) loses the impressiveness of the big collage, as there is a lot of detail and when it’s made smaller it’s not as visible, so I think it would work better as a placement print. The stripe comes from sections of a big collage that I did, and I modified the paper parts on Photoshop to create the stripes. I like how the texture comes across in the stripes and it’s started to bring the pink into the collection.

TV and Film Careers Forum

On Wednesday afternoon I attended the TV and Film careers forum, which took place in the heartspace. Es George suggested that I may be interested in something like set design, so I went along to find out more. There were a few speakers, some not really relevant to me, but interesting all the same. Below are the notes I took from each speaker.

BBC Wales – Louise Hillam

creating title sequences – has to work across all media, tv, social media etc, and brand goes through everything (consistency)

if you decide you want to work in the industry, do lots of research, know what lots of different companies do, know what you can bring, be a team player. work consistently to a high standard, sustain performance under pressure, high volume workloads and quickly

strong interest in design of all types, passion and enthusiasm for media production

Brees Media – Anna Brees

started off in newspaper, 10-year news reporter career in BBC and ITV. Now works for herself creating news style youtube videos all done on her phone.

Emina Red – PR and Communication Specialist

manage social media accounts etc, be passionate and enthusiastic.

Paul Sander

took a year out to do placement – given him new skills and ideas for his third and final year of degree.

It’s my shout – Roger

paid placements in TV and film including set design.

Final Updated Mood Boards

Below are my final updates on my mood boards for the ‘Consultancy’ brief. I changed them again because the first edit was too far the opposite way – I had gone from too busy to too blank! I kept my boards to squares this time, as it gives them a clean, tidy feel; and keeping the backgrounds the same also gives all the boards a coherent feel too. I am pleased with them, as each one clearly shows what I intended for it to show – you can tell exactly the theme and customer etc. They give the feel of the collection while showing the style that the cards will feature, and I think they are a big improvement on all the previous versions of the boards!

new theme
colour board
client board
competitor board redone

Professional Practice – Alexia James

Today we had Alexia James speak to us, a designer who has worked for Animal, Superdry and as a freelance designer as well. She talked about her career, where she has come since graduating and gave lots of advice on things such as portfolios, freelancing and work experience.

One of the main things that Alexia mentioned was “Work hard and be nice” because if you’re nice you’ll likely have more contacts after you have moved onto new jobs etc. I have listed the other advice below, relevant to different areas to getting a job.

Work Experience

  • It’s not too late to get work experience
  • It will help to work out what you want to do, and also want you don’t want to do
  • It could expand your portfolio
  • It will demonstrate your ability to work in a professional environment and give you professional references
  • It will provide networking opportunities and possible job offers


  • Keep track of your work and keep your portfolio up to date
  • Group different areas of work together if applicable
  • If something isn’t relevant, don’t include it
  • Make it relevant to the job you are applying to


  • Lots of planning is needed (pricing, website, networking etc)
  • Keep on top of finances – bookkeeping
  • Have good promotional material like postcards, stickers and notebooks

Alexia also gave us a few names of sites that may be useful in looking for jobs and work experience. This session was really helpful in hearing how things work in the industry and to gain some insight into what it’s like to work as well as getting some advice on work experience.

Interim Presentation

My interim presentation went very well! I wasn’t sure what to expect because of the outcome of the last brief – I haven’t been very confident in my own work since. My mood boards are good – they show my theme, colours, client and competitors well. The colours suit my client and theme very well and reflect the influence of Quechua textiles.


All the designs that I have created so far have focused on the blues, yellow and green in my colour palette, so I need to start bringing in the warmer colours, like pink and red. This will make sure that the collection represents Bolivia, because the colours at the moment are quite cold, as you can see in the photo of my space, and up close below.


I have lots of mark making in my sketchbook and need to look back over them to create more designs, picking out individual features of some of them to focus on and create designs from. Some examples of what I could pick out are below.

I am also going to look back at some of my early collages, and create some more in a similar vein, to create lots of designs from. I will look at using recycled paper in my designs too, because my client is likely to care about recycling and the environment, so they would perhaps be more attracted to buy the products.

I need to look at pattern makers, for example in the print and pattern books, because the artists that I have looked at are mostly figurative illustrators, so I need some inspiration to see how patterns are created and designed.

In terms of presentation, I need to get inspirational images up, to see where my designs have come from; and practice my verbal presentation a little more, perhaps using cue cards to stop me from getting lost during the presentation, as well as picking out specific pages to show during.


Professional Practice – Setting up your own business

This week’s professional practice was led by Keireine, where we discussed what to consider before setting up your own business and looked at some examples of people who set up their own businesses, like juice company Innocent.

Keireine made a very good point by saying that setting up your own business is ‘black and white’, meaning that it requires real passion and hard work. It’s unlikely that it will be successful if you are not passionate about the business. This session was a good conclusion to the previous few professional practice lectures, which have all had a focus on business practices and how to be professional within business, and it was a good way to reflect on previous sessions and discuss the most important parts of setting up a business: what, why and how. As I have said before, I currently don’t have any interest in setting up my own business, but all of these lectures have been interesting and useful – it’s good to know all of this information to know what goes into running a business even if I’m not in charge of it, and I also have the information for a time in the future when I may want to set up my own business.