A long silence….

Half a year later, a new location and a new job, a lot has changed….

Now living back on mainland Scotland, I miss home a lot I am also loving the new adventures which are widening my learning experiences as well as  broadening my design skills.
More to follow soon, but for now, here are some pictures of my photo shoot from before Christmas with my lovely friend, Ella. Ella is this years patron for Shetland Wool Week, which is very exciting and I hope to get home to support her through the exciting week!

While I was home before Christmas, I did a bit of an experiment with my own label, which I hope is just the beginning for it, hope you like them 🙂 Special thanks to Liam Henderson, for his fabulous photography skills too…

Amy x

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Northern Edge Collection Photoshoot

I managed to do a photo shoot in the Reid Building at Glasgow School of Art before our final submission and fashion show. It was really good to see the collection all together and see how things worked together.

My collection, consisted of six looks, all made from my handwoven fabrics and used a combination of 100% Shetland wool from Jamieson and Smith in Lerwick, Cashmere, Merino and Lambswool.

It was really important for my collection to be made from wool, and I was especially keen to use my local Shetland wool. Since my collection was for Autumn/Winter you can see in the pictures below that Shetland wool works perfectly for the heavier weight garments.

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Special thanks to Storm McMurrich from Model Team for Modeling and Jamie A.M the photographer.

Amy

The Final Collection

This past year at Glasgow School of Art has gone so fast, it is hard to believe that this time last year I was just about to begin the course. As our Masters show was a couple of weeks ago now, and I am back home in Shetland I thought it would show the ‘before’ work before I put up the photos from the photo shoot which took place before the Promenade and the degree show.

The first stage from September till January consisted of initial research and creating a concept.
I wanted to carry forward some themes from my undergraduate collection which formed around the idea of creating fabrics which had a northern identity and crossed themes from simple Scandinavian design and traditional scottish woven cloth qualties, but also introduce some new ideas.

My initial concept and research ideas formed two different sections. Fabric ideas and Silhouette and Shape:

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This year I also had to design the shape of the garment as well as the fabric. As I was weaving my own fabrics I thought that it would be best to keep these quite simple. The images above shows the initial concept ideas of how I could translate my artworks and fabric ideas on to the garments which I would go on to create.
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The second stage which started in February and went through to the end of May was a busy time. Sampling and producing Toiles for review, and thinking thoroughly about what I wanted my collection to look like. As I had previously only produced samples for collections it was so exciting to see these ideas developing on into garments. As stage two still had a lot of experimentation in it, I think it was the most exciting part of the year.

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Stage three, the last stage, was a very busy time, but also a great achievement. From June until mid August we had the manufacture and create our collections. I planned out that I would have about two weeks for each look, to weave the fabric and then put together the garment. By weaving each look at a time, meant that I could change my ideas and add new discoveries as I went.
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I am back home in Shetland for a couple of months having a break and also working for Jamieson and Smith, the Shetland Wool Brokers in Lerwick. I have a few things up my sleeve for the next few months so keep an eye out for updates!

Amy

Update Part two…..

As promised, here is the next update of what I’ve been up to lately:

After I wove a couple of different heavy weight warps for my jacket ideas which I showed in my last blog, (Weaving and more weaving…) I thought that it would be good to do some lighter weight fabrics which could be used for the shirt shape which I have developed.
I have 2 different jacket shapes, and my shirt will hopefully sit lovely underneath them. I am really interested in layering, especially if I am thinking about the Shetland climate, layering is key to keeping warm. Here are some shots of the jacket Toiles I have created:

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-My Jacket Toiles: Think big slightly oversized shapes, different sleeve lengths revealing layers.-

Before I go on to show you some of the light weight fabric ideas, this course has opened up a completely new way of working for me. In the past I have just created samples as part of a fabric collection which only needed to be fabric samples. This can be tricky enough, trying to get colours, patterns and different design ideas to be cohesive and create an overall aesthetic. So knowing that my fabrics need to work as ideas for fashion has been a learning curve. I have found that separating the two different areas into sections, Textiles and Shape and Silhouette, has been really helpful as in Stage One I decided what each area would be focused on, and now in Stage Two, I have started to notice that the two different areas are beginning to cross over.
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 Lightweight fabric sampling: Keeping lines and gradients in mind –

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-Quick Sketches: exploring ideas for shirt patterns.-

By trying not to reveal too much, I hope this gives an insight in to the process of which I am working, and where things might be going next….

Amy.x

Weaving and more weaving…..

The last time I blogged I had started to create artworks for taking ideas into sampling….which was back in November. This year in Glasgow has gone so quickly and its somehow it’s May already! I have just handed in my work for the stage two assessment….which means the third and final stage of my masters is approaching so thought I’d take the chance to write a few blogs over the next week to show you whats been happening here!

Weaving and the production of our toiles is in full swing now as we come up to the end of stage two of our masters course in Fashion and Textiles at Glasgow School of Art. I have decided that all my garments are going to be handwoven by myself (I might later regret deciding this…..) but I am sure it will be worth it when I see the end products.

At the moment I am still sampling and trying out lots of different ideas. I have been using some Shetland wool from Jamieson and Smith, for a heavy weight jacket fabric, which has turned out so lovely. Imagine this on a large oversized jacket in Grey.

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While I was home at Christmas I started some initial weaving of the heavier weight samples which I am using for my jacket shapes. These are using the Shetland wool from Jamieson and Smith. I’ve used Shetland wool for the past few years while weaving for different projects and it is a lovely yarn to work with because it is so durable. As well as this when woven, washed and pressed I really like the quality of the fabric.  (You can read more about my other projects using Shetland wool here: Farlin ProjectASF – Contemporary Shetland Tweed and Industrial North Collection)

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More recently I have been sampling for a shirt shape that I have developed so I have been weaving a lighter weight fabric which could work with this idea, I will update you with this in the next few days!

Amy.x

Back to lines….

Been in Glasgow for a couple of months now and so far, so good!

I’ve found myself being drawn back to my usual ways and have continued to create ideas revolving around this idea of line…I think it is something to do with my weaver mind and the grid system that weaving works in…..so anything checked, with lines or grids automatically gets my vote!

I have planned to carry on the theme of Shetland and its Northern Identity,  from my Heriot Watt, except this time, instead of just making a collection of  woven samples, I will be creating a collection of garments and hope to use these as the start of my own textile design label next year.
I have already learnt so much for being here for a few months, being less focused on just textiles has opened up my mind to thinking of a collection as a whole, and not just the fabric. And it’s really exciting.

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As I said already, I have found myself looking at line again and have tried to combine influences from Shetland and Glasgow.

The architecture here has been quite a big influence on my work as well as keeping 2in mind the Shetland influence I have previously explored.

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3A couple of weeks ago, my Mam was down from Shetland, so I went up to Inverness to see her and my grandparents.
Getting away from the city for a few days and being near the sea again was so lovely.
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My Mam spent some time putting my Grannys old photographs and slides 5onto the computer so that there are digital copies of them.
I love looking back to the past and seeing how they used to live.

These photos have a lovely colour quality to them and I am hoping to use these to find yarns for my collection.

Findhorn Beach, Stones, My Grandparents, Midwifery, My Mam and the dog Sandy.

As we are about half way through stage one now, the next few weeks will be quite exciting with initial garment construction and weaving taking place. I think this is the longest I haven’t woven for in a long time!

The Weave Shed:

The Weave Shed is a great blog/website focused on all things weaving. Sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Weavers and Central Saint Martins, the site has pages full of designer profiles, textile information, jobs and competitions.
As a follower of the site for a few years now, on Tuesday I was lucky enough to have a post about my prize at New Designers posted!

The Weave Shed The Weave Shed 2To have a read and to visit the site click here: The Weave Shed

This week I also set up a facebook page for my work, if you’d like to join me on facebook, head over to www.facebook.com/brownsroadtextiles and give it a like!

Amy x