CV Writing

In professional practice the last two weeks, Es George, the CSAD careers advisor, talked to us about creative CV writing, and helped us to identify skills which will be useful on our CVs.

Last week we Es showed us a presentation, talking about possible careers, how different CVs suit these different roles, and shared with us lots of websites to look for graduate jobs and internships.

This week, we split into groups according to what career we want to go into, and discussed what would be good skills to list on our CVs etc. I think that I want to be either a buyer or visual merchandiser, so my CV would be more business minded, but with a creative flair. However, I think I will also create a designer CV because I am also considering working in design, either as my career or as a small sideline to my main career, for example perhaps running a small business or taking commissions.


The Next Black – A film about the Future of Clothing

On Wednesday we watched a film, which talked about various people who are working to create the future of clothes.

There were two people in the film that caught my attention, the first being Suzanne Lee, of Biocouture, who ‘brew’ sustainable fabrics. After speaking to a biologist, Suzanne started to grow fabrics, and now creates clothing using these fabrics. I think this came to my attention because I had come across fabric growing before, in a Ted Talk. I think it’s really interesting that something can be grown that is able to be sewn, dyed and manipulated, and it’s also fascinating that someone has come across this and it’s coming to the market in the future – I’m excited to see where it takes clothing!

The other person who caught my attention was Sophie Mather, an industry expert in sustainable textiles, working with the Yeh Group, who has come across a new dying method called ‘dry dying’, which doesn’t use any water at all, using a gas instead. The amount of water wasted from traditional water dying is equivalent to half the Mediterranean Sea every year, and 200,000 tonnes of toxic chemicals are produced by water dying, which end up in waterways. I think this new method of dying is incredible, and so clean, and so much harm to the environment could be avoided if this method was used widely.

The film was very informative and made me think about what I can do in my practice to be better towards the environment. I think if I’d seen this before beginning my project, I may have thought about my materials, and used recycled or unwanted papers for my cutting.

New Mood Boards

Below are two of the mood boards, which are now different to those I uploaded a few weeks ago.

colour board redone
Colour Board

I changed my colours, meaning that I needed to change my colour board! I changed the colours because on the interim day with Design Group UK, Sarah said that my natural colours were very brownish and wouldn’t be interesting to customers, and that they didn’t need to be realistic, in fact non realistic colours would make the designs more unique. I kept some of the images from my original colour board, but also added some new ones to match my colours. In the printed version, the colour chips will be 3D, so where the cream isn’t really visible on screen, it will be in real life.

competitor board redone
Competitor Board

I also changed my competitor boards, as my previous one no longer showed completely relevant competitors to my project, as the techniques that I’m using have changed. I found out the artist who created the blue tit, Matt Sewell, and discovered that he’s done a whole range of bird illustrations in this style! I changed the Cath Kidston images to more relevant ones, and all of the competitors on my board now use a similar style to what I hope my designs to look like, using blocks of colour and quite simple shapes.

I’m also thinking about changing my theme board, but for now I think it represents my them well enough, and I want to focus on the designs for my collection, but I will do it for the deadline at the end of term if I have time, and if not, for the summative assessment!

Ethics and Postgraduate Study

In Professional Practice this week, Dr Steve Thompson came to talk to us about ethical practices during our studies and post graduate study opportunities.


Steve told us some historical horror stories of experiments that caused the laws currently in place to come about, as well as some things that previous students have tried to get through the ethics protocol or times when they haven’t asked when they really should have! Basically – if in doubt, check with the ethics team! It’s better to be extra cautious than not ask at all.

Postgraduate Study

He then talked to us about Masters opportunities, and the pros and cons of staying at Cardiff Met or going elsewhere for an MA. However, I don’t think that a Masters is for me.

More paper cutting

Here are some more papercuts, with more detail than the hedgehog, which I am very pleased with. I think they have the perfect amount of details and create a sort of characterised version of the animal, although this needs a little more work. I also like the use of fineliner to add small details like the eyes, and the claws on the owl.

The one thing that was said at the interim was to change my colours, to brighter, unnatural colours, as my current ones are quite dark and lots of browns, which could be boring and unattractive to buyers.

From watercolour to paper cutting

Below is an photo of a sample I created using digital stitch and watercolours, stitching first and painting second – after a failed first attempt of doing it the other way around (which can be seen in the second image while still on the machine). Painting first equals hours of attempting to line the machine up with the painted design! I was very pleased with the outcome of this sample compared to my first attempt, and I like how the water colour creates a fur-like pattern on the body.However, I have found that I haven’t really been enjoying using watercolours with simple lines over the top to add detail,even though that is what I was inspired by in the first instance. I decided to try another method, paper cutting, which I have enjoyed much more, and after our interim meeting with Design Group UK, it was clear that these designs were much preferred to the watercolours.

This hedgehog is the first paper cutting design I did, and I am pleased with it, especially since I painted the papers myself. However, future designs need to include more detail so they don’t seem so childlike.