Laser Cutter

Laser cutting opens doors to a variety of designs on all sorts of materials which I can use when working with textiles or craft and at only 5 pounds for an hour and half when you’re working on non college related projects it’s definitely worth while learning about.

When I got to the induction I suddenly got nervous about the amount of information I would need to take in considering how much you could achieve with it I assumed it would be really complicated but it turned out to be fairly straight forward.

She began to talk us through the health and safety so we could sign the form needed to be able to use it ourselves.

After this we discussed the materials that can and cannot be used, for example metal and PVC cannot be used. Here is the full list we were given.

The machine has two settings, one is cutting the other engraving.

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Crysalis Skills Tour

To help enhance my work at college and to better prepare me for when I move onto the Fashion BA course I have applied for the Crysalis Skills Tour Program run in conjunction with PCA. When I saw this opportunity I knew it was something I would want to do, learning about screen printing, sustainability as well as more traditional surface pattern techniques. Here is my supporting statement and examples of work that I included for my application.

Supporting Statement

I am currently running a small upcycled crafts business alongside studying level 0 fashion and textiles at PCA, progressing to the BA course next year. I am particularly passionate about sustainability and hope to breathe new life into old clothing and fabric. I intend to do this through skilled pattern cutting techniques as well as creative surface design, resulting in diverse collections to accompany my existing products. I see the Crysalis program as an invaluable opportunity to explore practices and develop skills that will enrich my studies as well as my help me to realise my professional goals. If I am given the chance to be a part of it I will take full advantage of everything it has to offer.

Here is an example of screen printing with the theme of language and culture. I chose this direction as I was intrigued by the shapes and patterns created by text finding the intricacy to be very decorative. This was my initial piece which was produced more to understand the process of screen printing. Through this I discovered that to achieve the best results I should have a clear contrast between the image and background whereas in my first attempt here there were shadows left from the photocopier which then transferred to the screen.

Experimentation with screen printing.

This was a tie dye piece which was a follow on from my induction to textiles. In the induction we had used food in order to dye our fabric which gave some varied results. I then went on to try the technique at home but with man made dye to try and achieve a more vibrant colour, which was successful. I used a selection of circular objects to create Bauhaus inspired shapes.

Experimentation with tie dye

This was an experimentation with hand printing where I used a combination of fabric paints, bubble wrap and leaves to create interesting and original patterns. I particularly like the bubble wrap as it has picked up the texture of each bubble, showing the lines and creases in the plastic, making each bubbles different. The leaves remind me of a surfer style print which is already commonly used within the fashion industry. I was impressed with the detail that the print picked up and like how this method makes each piece unique.

Experimentation with hand printing.

These are optical bottles which I have upcycled into lamps to sell as part of my brand Rough Designs. I originally got the idea when working in a bar and had to constantly throw away the bottles which I thought were very decorative. Some have detailing in the glass, some have attractive labels and others have an interesting shape to them. So after doing some research I discovered that I could make them into lamps. The lampshades I have acquired from everywhere from skips to back lanes to charity shops and then used a range of materials to decorate them. Shown above are ones decorated with lace, tissue paper and an old book.

Upcycled bottle lamps.