London E1Post Code Dress Codes

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Dress Codes Post Codes E1

This area of London around Old Spitalfields and Brick Lane markets is fascinating to explore. Fourniere Street in particular is a very beautiful old road. Very fashionable and expensive now, it was once a slum area where prostitutes plied their trade. My research was more about texture and architecture rather than fashion. There were weavers in Spitalfields, found Shuttle Street, but Weavers Street had been demolished. There were silk weavers in Fournier Street, Huguenots escaping religious persecution.


I have two friends, who have  stalls at the market on a Thursday, selling second hand goods, junk. Father and daughter, Richard and Jo Waterhouse.

My fashion shoot was inspired by the stall holders. I set up a market stall in the kitchen using junk shop finds. My family and friends modelled for me.


Stall holders at Spitalfilds. The gentleman in the top hat is Colin Rosie, he is beautifully dressed, with his hat, matching jacket, trousers and waistcoat. Once homeless, Colin is now a successful stall holder at Spitalfields selling his multi coloured top hats.



Visual Communication : Systems ; Weaving

My initial system was Theology but I didn’t have many visual images to use for this idea. So I changed the word to Weaving. Using scissors and glue, collage, enlarging on the photocopier, I managed to make 2 x A3  images for my portfolio. It was quite a learning curve, but I was pleases with the result. Helpful advice from the tutor diverted me from something which looked like a mood board to a far more interesting outcome. imageimage

Fashion & Textiles

My thoughts are based on the idea of Global Warming, so the future could be hot and tropical. The natural fashion of the tribal people in the Omer Valley in Africa are based on the pigments from the earth, plant material, animal skins, horn, bone and feathers.

One photograph in particular caught my attention, I used this as a basis for a painting then made felt beans and place them on her head.I thought perhaps the vegetation on her head, some kind of bean could be made into a phone, light, satnav in the jungle, music. I made some “beans out of felt”, and arranged them on the painting making it 3D as well as 2D.

People living in a communal group in circular huts, hunter gathers with the ability to use some modern technology. image

Mixed Media




I concentrated on drawing to begin with. I like the autumnal colours of the squashes, they remind me of harvest festivals.

It was suggested that I make a rubbing by putting the drawing over a raised object. I chose a large leaf. The pattern fills the negative space around the vegetables. Which I think makes the space more interesting than the squash. The drawing could be the basis of an embroidery. Felt over stitched with French Knots and beads.

i then made rubbings of the leaf on its own which could be developed into a printed textile.imageimage

Moving Image and photographs


Yesterday was the start of Moving Image and Photography which I was looking forward to.We were supposed to take 12 photos between us of a process. We thought of hair being blown about, a journey, I thought of making a sandwich. They thought about stalking, and dating. The dating idea took over so we set of for the town centre with our list of shots. The camera was hijacked by three of the others and I took not one picture. I did get to photograph the lion and the lamb as my object at the end. I really thought the idea was completely stupid and none of it is my work at all. So today I thought about the word process and came up with my own idea. Which was the process of finishing a rug, sewing in the loose ends. So… I have taken some photos of the rug as I gradually worked at this, sewing and snipping and making a little pile of cut threads.

I hope this will redeem my work this week, to some extent, at least it makes me feel better about the failure of the process of working in a group..

Cot in a Crisis 3DDesign

Diagram for cotI wrote a blog for this imageimage  last week but didn’t save it, I can’t find it, imageso…..I had better start again.

The brief for this one week project was to design something for a crisis. As my eldest daughter was pregnant my mind was on babies. I remembered an old design in a book I have called ‘What Country Women Use’, published in 1939, by Allen & Unwin. There are lots of high end folding cots made by Mothercare and other manufacturers. But this cot was designed with financial restraints in mind.

I like the S.O.O.N. Something out of nothing idea promoted by the Crisis Shop in Milan 2009. Especially the work by the young Polish designer Krystian Kowalski. His use of heavy industrial felt to make the toy animals such as the elephant, are simple and sympathetic to the materials used. Which allows children to use their imagination in their play.

I have been making little Japanese folded patchwork squares for the new baby’s cot quilt. These are basically a sandwich of felted wool in between two pieces of material.

i had a lightbulb moment when I thought of lining the cot with felt.

We had recently bought some thick industrial wool carpet underlay, which I thought would be suitable to line the sides, ends and floor of the cot. This makes it more rigid, so I could dispense with the dowel rod at the sides.

It worked but it makes it very heavy, it would be more portable if it was lighter. I wanted to use natural materials, cotton, wool or linen. Preferably no plastic or man made fibres. Coconut fibre is used to make cot mattresses and might be an option.

The sides and ends are not stitched together in my design. I left them open, so it would fold up more easily. It could be fastened on the outside with Velcro, lacing or ties.

My design could be developed for use by people on a low income, or in developing countries, with a mosquito net added for protection against biting insects. Or it could be an incubator with a thermal survival quilt. It could also be aimed at people who like ‘camping with with soul’, in Bell tents, Yurts or Tepees.