Today I visited the Betty Smithers Design Collection in Staffordshire University’s library. The collection is made up of everything from telephones to textiles. Students are allowed to not only view the collection, but also handle the items to really get a feel for the product. You are even allowed to take items out on loan if you wanted to use it for a fashion shoot or a film.
Here is Betty’s daughter being interviewed about the collection. I have also found this interview by Betty herself in The Guardian from 2006. Betty taught fashion at Canterbury college and Stoke-on-Trent college for 20 years and collected vintage clothes that were donated to Staffordshire University.
As I am in the process of launching a childrenswear business I was very interested to see the children’s clothing in the collection, and I wasn’t disappointed. Below are a few of the images I took of some the wonderful items:
Cream Layered Dress (Silk, Edwardian).
Green Dungarees, utilitywear from WWII. Label “British Healthwear”.
Gold Pyjama Top, age 8 (fabric and date unknown).
Nylon Christening Dress (date unknown).
The hand in date for our first module is in a couple of days. I have been printing at home today to finish my prints ready to hand in.
The printing isn’t going as well as I hoped, I have lots of images all on the same screen and this has made it very difficult for me to print. I have been making lots of mistakes, as seen in the photos below, because my images are to close on the screen and when I put masking tape on them to block out the images I’m not using some of them still come through. In hindsight, it would have been better to have smaller screens and have individual images on each screen, so there is no risk of contaminating my prints.
At the end of this month I get the next instalment of my student loan. Once I get this I will contact the person who I brought my initial large screen from and place an order for four or five smaller screens.
The Creativity and Enterprise module is due in very soon, so now that Christmas and New Year is done and dusted it is time to crack on with my university work.
I have mostly been working on my CAD boards this past week. I want to get my layout sorted, and then I can add my images to make my boards.
I am planning to create:
- A mood board (to portray my inspirations and colour palette).
- A print board (showing my final print designs).
- A design board (showing a fashion illustration of the prints applied to garments).
The image above is a draft of my layout, which I am continuing to develop, but it gives you an idea of what I am working towards.
Anyways……best be off and get back to it!