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Fashion – PAUSEstudio Fashion Film

Since I only just managed to get around to sharing some images of my collection I thought now would be a pretty apt time to also share a Fashion Film created by PAUSEstudio to showcase my graduate collection.

While we were shooting the images for my lookbook the lovely Hazel did some behind the scenes filming to catch a little bit more garments that couldn’t necessarily be seen from a still image. I’m in love with the way this video has turned out and can’t wait to hopefully work with Hazel more in the future. Below is the final piece which was completely directed, filmed and edited by Hazel.

I really love Fashion Films, I think they’re a lot more fun than just images and so I want to experiment a lot more with them. I want to do a location shoot with my collection in the near future so I think I might also try and organise another film to be shot at the same time.

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Travel 2014 – Madrid

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I’m a little bit behind with this post but back in June I jetted off from Milan to Madrid.

One of my close friends Jenny was spending her Erasmus year studying over there so I thought it would be pretty rude not to visit!

Madrid was absolutely amazing! The week that I decided to go was incredibly hot so we spent a lot of time next to the pool with plenty of sangria to keep us going. When not lounging and soaking up the sun I actually got to explore quite a lot of Madrid seeing pretty much everything with my perfect tour guide!

Getting about, going out for meals, drinks, etc in the city were super cheap so that was an added bonus. On a couple of my nights there we went to rooftop bars which in Milan would be exclusive and come at a premium, but in Madrid were pretty cheap compared!

I really loved Madrid, not only because it was cheap but the lifestyle there seemed so free and easy. One of the nights I was there Jenny and I went to a Flamenco show it was just so much fun to watch, the audience really get involved cheering and clapping along.

Looking back on it, we managed to fit so much in to the tiny 5 days I was there! We had 2 pool days, one day long bike ride along the river, visited all of the site seeing attractions,  visited two rooftop bars, lots of Tapas, fought the crowds at the Sunday El Rasto market and so much more.

I think I started planning my return trip as soon as I left. It’s definitely a must see city, I think that what made it so special was having someone who knew their way around almost off of the back of their hand, knowing the easiest ways getting from A to B, and also living 30 seconds away from Gran Via!

Below I’ve posted a few of my ‘holiday snaps’ I’ve not made this a ‘Top 5 Places’ post because I think there are just so many more things that are really special in Madrid.

Temple of Debod

Temple of Debod

El Oso Y El Madrono

  El Oso Y El Madrono

Buen Retiro Park

Buen Retiro Park

Ayuntamiento de Madrid

Ayuntamiento de Madrid

Plaza de Espana

Plaza de Espana

To conclude, I think if I had to pick my favourite place in Madrid it would probably have been the Buen Retiro Park. It really was like something in a film! Unfortunately we didn’t go on one of the rowing boats simply because of the heat! Instead we just walked around the whole park chatting and found some pretty places to sit and watch the world go by (in the shade!) The more I think back to my trip I just remember how hot it actually was and on all of the days begging for stops for water!

I think that this was probably one of my favourite places of 2014. Thank you Jenny for having me!

A Sweet Affair

At the weekend Jenny, Paige and I decided to explore a little bit more of Coventry and visit FarGo Village which is just off of Far Gosford Street in Coventry.

It was a little bit of a surprise to see such an inspiring and creative space in dull old Coventry. I’d heard of it before, obviously as I’ve been connected with Coventry for the last few years of being at University here, but I wasn’t expecting such a contrast in what it’s like. The only way I can describe it would be like a luxury creative space with unique and contemporary outlets.

On the FarGo Village website (Click here) they say they’re ‘bringing a piece of the Camden and Brick Lane independent shopping vibe to Coventry’ which I think is exactly how it feels. It’s really nice to see someone trying to bring something new to Coventry and hopefully get rid of its reputation for being so dull and boring!

FarGo Village has spaces for niche and unique retailers, artists studios, crafts, cafés, markets and areas for entertainment. Businesses are able to set up here because the rent is so cheap, which is so amazing because they’ve made the site so creative and interesting as well.

When we visited we had a little look around, and Jenny also wanted to take a few photos of us as a little practice as shes studying photography!

You can see her blog here! 

This was literally the perfect backdrop for a couple of photos, although I’m far from the perfect model it was really fun to mess around and take a couple of snaps that I could possibly put on here to show my outfit!

I literally just threw this outfit together as it was a Saturday, and I didn’t have anywhere else to go, I just wanted to feel comfortable and warm!

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Coat – Primark (Paige’s Wardrobe)
Top – Brandy Melville
Skirt – Topshop
Bag – Cambridge Satchel Company

I’ve wanted to try and push myself to put better outfits together for a while now, and I see no better way than forcing myself to do so by posting them on the internet.

Working in the fashion industry I feel like there’s no time to be lazy when getting dressed in the morning, and each outfit really needs to represent myself and my own style, rather than what everyone else is either wearing, or telling me to wear!

2nd Semester – NABA Milano

In March the 2nd semester at NABA began. In the first week, as an Erasmus student I was told to go along to all of the classes to get a feel for the work and also to understand what we wanted to gain from our experience. I thought that this was a really good idea as then if I decided I didn’t like something that I thought I would love I wouldn’t be stuck studying it for 3 months.

I found that all of the classes were really interesting and found it really hard to choose what I thought I’d like to do. I chose the subjects in accordance to what I’d never studied before and also what I thought I’d gain the most from for my final year at Coventry University which starts in September.

 

Photography 

Firstly on my list of subjects there’s photography. There’s a lot to tell about this subject so I think it will need it’s own post!

I really wanted to study photography as it’s something I’ve wanted to develop my skills in for a long time (you can refer to pretty much all of my previous posts!!) Really this was the most ideal choice for me. It will give me the freedom next year with potential shoots, I will be able understand what I want from my photographs and also take them myself if needs be.  It will also help me to diversify my skills into not only design but something a little bit different.

It was a tough decision picking photography as it was either this or illustration and the class for this was equally as amazing.

The tutor for illustration saw the best in everyone’s work and understood that everyone has a different drawing ability. He was able to give you guidance on how you can develop your own skills – which made the class very personal and worthwhile. The course was due to be pretty expensive, where we’d have to supply all of our own arts equipment, most of which I already had back in England – and buying everything would also mean not being able to bring everything back as I only have space for things in my two small suitcases!

The idea of illustration really drew me in as not only would our tutor be able to develop my skills, I’d also be keeping up with my ‘One drawing a week’ challenge. This is one of my challenges for the year which unfortunately I’ve really not stuck to!

The thing that made me pick photography over illustration was the idea that I think a drawing style is something you can develop yourself with a lot of experimentation. I studied art at GCSE and A-Level, but photography is something completely new to me so it would give me one extra skill, if nothing else.

 

Accessory Design

Secondly on my list of subjects there’s accessory design. This is actually a group project where we’ve been set one designer and one artist to take inspiration from.

So far, I’ve not found this project as interesting as I initially thought I would. The designer that my group was given is Céline, and the artist is Claude Cahun.

Claude Cahun’s work focused on the idea of gender roles which makes her work androgynous – the complete opposite to my personal style! I’ve found it pretty difficult to take inspiration from her work and find things I like – although, this hasn’t been impossible. I believe it’s necessary to be able to work to any kind of brief as a designer so obviously this is a challenge I’ve accepted. Hopefully this project will help me to discover a new style to my work and diversify my own portfolio.
I’ve put a few images together on Pinterest so far – so you can see my inspiration here: http://www.pinterest.com/abagailemily/celine-vs-claude-cahun/

 

Pattern Cutting

Lastly there’s pattern cutting. This class carries on from the first semester, it’s my favourite one, and the one that I’m most excited about.

There’s a lot of work involved though, and considering there are only 6 lesson left of the semester with only 4 hours in each lesson I’m going to need to knuckle down. We have to make 2 outfits from our collections that we designed in our 1st semester (which I’m still owing a blog post for!) I’ve adapted my designs slightly though, in terms of colours. I wanted to make my colour choice a little lighter and brighter – which would perhaps transform my collection into a S/S collection, opposed to A/W. I need to go fabric swatch shopping later in the week to decide my new colour and fabric board for this collection.

I’m also hoping to do a photo shoot of these garments in the summer for my portfolio, which really excites me! This will be my own little project, not something that is required by NABA.

This course entails a lot of work so I’m going to have to plan my days around the free periods in the studios to make sure I finish on time!