I experienced the megabus to europe, the white cliffs of dover from an airplane, ate crepes every night, had the best ice cream I've ever tasted, braved an actual swimming cossie, wore my favourite summer hat, sunbathed in perfect warm sun, ran away from thundery storms and newly christened hot 'notre dame rain', saw perfectly blue waters, raved about windows with shutters and narrow streets, colourful houses and market stalls, loved every minute and landed with a bump back into what seemed like the most horrible wet and dark british night in london there ever was (seriously, you weren't there).
Following moving to Winchester, finding myself two jobs and coming back from the second of my celebrated holiday experiences I turned my full attention to the summer project for my new course, Textiles Design: Knitwear at Winchester School of Art. The project had two parts, one based on heightening your social and cultural knowledge and the second on a skill you aimed to improve. Naturally in my post-holiday blues I reminisced about the sunny skies of Nice and mused on the topic of heightening my social and cultural awareness through travel. I wanted to highlight the expansion of awareness I experienced through travelling, coming into contact with members of all different social circles and cultures, including nomadic perennial gap year types, to the jet-setting-four-story-yacht-owning upper class in Monaco to the romance holiday makers in gay Par-ee, to the bustling inhabiters of the native culture. This was a perfect opportunity for me to explore some of my favourite topics of nostalgia, sentimentality and memorabilia.
In the last image here you can see some origami map boxes I made full of memorabilia from the trips, everything from plastic spoons to bus tickets and receipts, I've kept it all, and better still can justify my hoarding by saying it is now my work. The images above this one are of sketchbook pages and research imagery work I did in order to develop my chosen skill of graphic imaging and visual presentation skills. Along with this I also made a series of mood boards in answer to some questions on the brief about why I am studying textiles, these are made up of imagery todo with sustainability, skilled crafts people and my current inspirational imagery that I was drawn to following research into different cultures and textiles within them, a way of showing the way in which what inspires me in life I communicate about through my study and work in textiles and the way in which textiles is a form of communication and a platform for me.
These last two pages are documentation of my supposedly 'increasing' skills in machine knitting... and that concludes the summer! (as well as this very long post...) Soon I will be posting about alot of stuff since moving to winchester and the start of my new project and course, and following up on my meagre attempts at machine knitting during the summer into the blossoming young knitwear designer that I am apparently going to become.... Wish me luck. (any tutorials welcome, unfortunately these holey pockets will not do.)