Online portfolio – week 8

The online portfolio needs to include an ‘About me’ section. We have to include our picture and have all the text spell checked.

information we have to include:

  • a general section about my background – who am I
  • any competitions I took part in or won, any awards, any information about us in the magazines or blogs
  • any collaborations or clients that I worked with
  • contact list – name, email, subject, message.
  • we can also include Q&A
  • It is recommended to get our own URL and if we do, we should use the same name as on all social media so it’s easy to find us online.

Websites where we can set up our own page:

  • bluehost
  • squarespace

There are also private pages which are only accessible with the login. What we need to think about is copyrights and just putting a watermark on our designs.

Websites where we can set our portfolio on:

paid portfolio site builders

  • squarespace
  • format

It is important to reseach our competitors to see how do we want out portfolio to look like.

Adobespark – press ” + ” to create a page.  Search in popular templates


Interim critique feedback

Key comments :

  • move away from rigid, structured patterns, make it more fluent
  • start combining samples together, rather than doing them all separately.
  • the natural dyes with the ground textures are working well and I should stick to them
  • the colour palette is positive
  • the laser-cut samples are too ‘perfect’ where us the burned fabrics works well. I should try to laser cut the holes but in irregular shapes.
  • try layout the motifs more randomly
  • show off the drawings more, and scale them up rather than scaling them down.

Helen and Keireine gave me really valuable feedback, and comments that made me rethink my actions. They showed me how I can mix the samples together to create little collections to see which ones will work with which.

Here’s some photographs I took after my presentation, trying to match the samples together.

Self promotion-professional practice week 7

41.3 % of people in our industry are self-employed.

  • Make ur own opportunities – which is your locus and control? internal locus of control or external locus of control?

are we in control of the opportunities? or is it up to fate?

Activity – Find a person who you would like to work on your next project. The person must be someone you don’t know yet and write down why they built your trust that you want to work with them. Also, write down all the steps you have undertaken.

30% of us started with Google, 70% of us started with Instagram. 40% of us already had someone in our mind.

How do the brands build our trust?

  • being regular on Instagram, showing their recent work – it is visual and easily accessible.

Online platforms:  Instagram, Etsy, Linkin, Google, personal websites, facebook, Spoonflower.

Activity – Work in a pairs, an image that u collaborate with a person next to u, what can you find out about the other person based on their name and knowing that they are textile designers.

Discussion point :

  • could you find them easily?
  • how did you search for them, use the employer/collaborator use the same method?
  • did u find their blog?
  • was it a good or bad thing?

Best practice:

  • what you use already?
  • personal or professional?
  • blog-what’s important

– contact details, being regular, link the blog to other of your websites,

  • LinkedIn-what’s important?
  • instagram
  • twitter

It is important to have 2 separate accounts – professional and personal. Having your own website indicates that you are in control of your own brand. The photo on ur profile should be professional, showing only you – not a group shot. Have a valid and strong description on ur profile.


by the end of the day I will… (3 things u can do quickly)

  • write a blog post about this session
  • do some laser cutting samples
  • label all my samples

by the Easter I will  (3 things that may take a little longer)

  • have most of my designs done
  • have most of my designs digitally printed
  • complete my sketchbook

before I leave uni  (3 things u challenge yourself on)

  • sign up to Linkedin
  • find an Intership
  • create a portfolio

The theory behind Flying Saucer by Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake 

Issey Miyake is a Japanese fashioner born in 1938 in Hiroshima, Japan. (Bénaim,1997) His designs arise from the interest between culture and modernity. His featherweight garments became worldwide famous owing to his innovativeness.  ‘ His distinctive combination of aesthetic and technological skills has resulted in a major commercial success; he has enabled fashion to go beyond mere questions of colour, trends and seasons, to become a phenomenon, something not just ready to wear, but ready to take off into a different world (Bénaim,1997)

From the first sight, the dress looks like a dress, simple piece of garment that women wear, but then there is something else about this dress that is not obvious and people cannot see it without examining it closely. The designer didn’t create this piece only to admire the appearance, but in addition, he thought of the influence that the dress has on human’s actions and he hid a story of the tradition to it, which is Japanese aesthetic -Wabi-sabi. An object that Issey Miyake created doesn’t pretend to be perfect, as a Japanese artist, Issey strongly bases his designs on Wabi-sabi aesthetic which is about finding beauty in imperfections, he brought up the irregular shapes to the foreground to show the beauty of deformity. While moving, the fabric stretches into various shapes creating irregularity what also represents the pace of breathing while jumping.  Furthermore, the dress isn’t shaped to fit women’s waist, what according to social norms and perfectionism, the dress should be designed to highlight women’s attitudes not to cover them, while Miyake did the opposite basing on Wabi-sabi art. The garment is formed to be modified under the impact of human’s movement, so it’s free to be personalized by the person wearing it, making it unique at the same time as each person’s moves and pace of the motion are very different. As (Miller, 1987, p108) perfectly summarizes: ‘ these two characteristics of artefact – its extreme visibility and its extreme invisibility- may also, through their relationship, in large measure account for our difficulty in appreciating the importance of material culture for social relations.’ So, basically humanity stopped paying attention to the objects that surround them every day, in this case a piece of garment, as an example ‘Flying Saucer’ dress that people would perceive only from the outside, forgetting about the ideology behind it, hidden history of Wabi-sabi and designer’s intention to give it a meaning.

I found the connection between this fashion piece and my collection because they both refer to Wabi Sabi ideology, which is not seen from the first glance. There is a hidden meaning behind the Issey’s design and mine. I guess that seeing my collection, people will question why is my colour palette so dull or why the designs are asymmetrical or whatever will appear in the collection that looks odd, but I’m hoping people to look closely and think openly to find out 🙂



Bénaim, L. (1997) Issey Miyake. London: Thames and Hudson.                                                 Miller, D. (1987) Material Culture and Mass Consumption. Oxford: Blackwell.

Surgery tutorial

things that went wrong:

  • there is was not enough variation to pull the collection together
  • each background has the same dark tone and I should try using different colour background
  • collection is missing much simpler designs – the texture could be presented more obviously
  • there is no distinction between flat wrap and roll – to improve it I could make 2 double-sized flat wraps with texture on the back and 3 rolls only one sided
  • typography needs a bit focus – I could use 2 different fonts to convey the stronger message. I could design my own font
  • foil could be used more sparingly
  • cards and envelope need to be better quality
  • ribbon could be done better.
  • bow – flowers need to be pressed neater
  • reprint the fabric  sample


Angela Giddon – week 6

Angela Giddon – a creative entrepreneur

‘ Romance and risk ‘

Today we had a really inspiring lecture from Angela, she motivated us by saying ‘if you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be’.

She worked really hard to get where she is now, she stated that when she was in our age she would never think that she will be an award-winning successful designer and be an owner of 3 brands/businesses. She made a lot of mistakes on the way to getting where she is now, but she definitely has learnt on her own mistakes.

Angela stated that she has a dreamy, imaginative habit of mind. Since she was little she was always inspired by three main people: her mom who was a ballerina, Georgie-her favourite footballer and her dad – dental technician who was always questioning everything and making her think if she really wants to do what she does. He was asking her : ‘ do you really want to be a designer? ‘. And what she deduced from it with the past years is that you have to focus on yourself, because, people who inspire you will always question why do you want to be designer because it is not easy to get a job as such, and they might put you off, and make you think that this is not what you want but if you really passionate about what you do, you should aim for it, no matter who and what they say.

‘ Practice, even if you think your good at something, you can always be better. ‘

What do we need to be a successful designer? – passion, self-belief and luck. But luck doesn’t appear itself. The luck comes in the form of opportunities around us, like competitions, collaborations etc. We have to grab the opportunity when we can.

Angela confessed that she’s a risk taker. The industry she works in is very male-dominated, and women often are being underestimated. But she never gave up on trying to get where she wants to be and she keeps achieving more and more. What is important for her is passion and conviction to be damn good not just comfortably good.

Before she set us her own business, she went to Barclays bank to see if she can get start-up money. The man who she was presenting the business plan to said that the idea is brilliant but she got rejected because she’s a woman in a male’s world.  Despite the disappointment, she didn’t give up on her dreams and she managed to borrow money from her parents to start up the business.

In her first studio, she was designing for manufacturing and high street retail stores. She worked for many popular brands like Habitat, Laura Ashley, House of Fraser, Next, Liberty, Ikea, Debenhams, Heal’s and The Conran shop.

At some point in her career, she worked as a consultant director. She designed a sofa for a certain company and for every sold sofa she got £1.35. Sounds like nothing but over a few years, she got a rediculous amount of money as the sofas were selling at a fast pace.

What is also important for her is exposure and reputation. As well as designing for future so with the thought of environmental and economic impact.

Angela worked in many different areas. She worked for Nomad wear and she redefined the sit for a wheelchair. She also worked for Camira –  textile company.

Key value – make a life better by design.

Angela stated that she has never designed for herself. Only for the customers.

Few things to think about:

  • be original
  • does it have a competitive edge
  • is there a gap in the market
  • is there real commercial potential
  • can it make money
  • will it make a profit
  • can you maximise contacts
  • do you have a vision
  • are  you a risk taker
  • do you have a passion

The client is for life! We should always keep a good relationship with the customer and take care of our reputation because we never know if we will work for them again or the customer might recommend to further. We should always exceed clients expectations, or at least don’t disappoint them.


Akira Inumaru – exhibition in Cracow

The most inspirational exhibition I’ve ever seen!

When I was back to my motherland, I’ve visited one of the galleries where this exhibition was placed. ‘ The language of flowers’ by Akira Inumaru, a Japanese artist born in 1984.

Akira Inumaru has developed what is at the same time a technique and a principle of reflection: the Solar Distillations. After drawing and painting masterfully, he continues his drawing using the energy of the sun. Using a magnifying glass, he burns the first layers of paper to reveal what the light of the sun created with its power.

For Akira, nature is both inspiration and material. The artist uses flowers and dyes obtained from plants and subjects them to the impact of the sun. As he declares, the main agent of his works is light, because – in a physical sense – it creates clour, destroys matter and simultaneously feeds plants. The artist is also interested in its philosophical sense, related to cognition and its mystical, spiritual meaning.

In this exhibition, Akira presents three series. Two of them – Iki-utsushi and Ignis fatyys  – are connected by a process of creation in which those in the first of the series are the matrix for the prints that form the second series. Their juxtaposition reveals dual creative approaches – the juxtaposition of randomness with gesture control. To produce his works, the artist used cosmos, flowers from the Asteraceae family =, which he exposed to the impact of sunlight. The third cycle, L’arc-en- ciel des plantes ( Rainbow of plants ) consists of the representation of seven plants, which are a natural source of dyes. The colours that can be obtained from them correspond to the individual colours of a rainbow.

my say:

I came across this exhibition when I already came up with Wabi Sabi idea for my exhibition, so having this concept in my head and seeing this exhibition was a perfect fulfilment to the general image of my own project. I found it highly inspirational, as I thought that the idea that the artist came up with is original and innovative. These days it is hard to create something that hasn’t been seen before, as we live in a century when technology has accelerated and people’s ingenuity reaches higher and higher. But this exhibition captivated me particularly because the artist has used an unusual technique and he presented it in a beautiful way. He used sun which is a source of aliment for plants but he used an excessive dose of it so it burned them. However, it seems like he’s destroying his gorgeous artwork naturally painted with flowers, and it is to argue why is he burning it and making holes in the artwork on purpose, but I guess this is the original part of this masterpiece. For me, this is a clear representation of Wabi Sabi concept. As an artist, I’ve visited many exhibitions so far. Nevertheless, this is one of those that will remain in my head forever.