So this week has been Christmas, and I can’t lie……doing uni work and having Christmas with a four-year-old it has been hard to get things done.
What I have been doing this past week it lots of printing:
I have also experimented with fabric crayons:
I also made myself and my son some hand printed leggings:
I have also been trying to finalise my project proposal, but I am really struggling with this. I am not great at writing essays and I find it really difficult with my dyslexic brain; I feel like I have all of the information to go into my proposal, but I just don’t know how to put it all together. So I am going to be working on this all of next week.
This week I have been continuing to print at home, my other pigments have arrived so I am now able to mix numerous colours. This week I have also brought some fabric crayons, I have never used these before but I am currently experimenting with them as I feel they will lend themselves nicely to my childlike designs.
I have also been thinking about different streams of income, and I have been thinking about the talk we had from Caroline about passive incomes. I think further down the line I would like to generate some kind of income from my blog, although I am not quite sure yet how this will be done. But it has made me realise I needed to redesign my blog and have my blog look more professional.
My blog before the re-design:
My blog after the re-design:
I have chosen the above theme because I wanted my blog to look very clear and easy to navigate. I also wanted my social media icons at the top of the page.
I have been looking at SEO and I am currently watching videos on Lynda.com about understanding SEO and how to utilise it with my blog. My aim is that I will have a blog that will become a place that people will come for information about fashion, trends, and childrenswear. Along with the following details of my progression through my masters and launching my business idea.
I have been continuing to practice my silk screen printing technique at home. I purchased some plain cotton T-shirts from the Internet to practice my printing onto (I plan to make my own T-shirts in the future). I really like the image that I have printed onto the T-shirts and I have practiced on a baby grow to. However, the image is too big for a baby grow so if I was to pursue this avenue in the future I would need to have different sized images so that the placement would be better on the baby grow. Although I like the below image on the T-shirts I felt they looked a little bit basic and needed a little bit extra done to them.
I wanted to introduce some colour. I currently only have black pigment and a blue pigment so I used the blue pigment to print an image in the background of one of the T-shirts as you can see in the below photo. I really like the look of this and I am going to continue to experiment with different ways of printing. I have ordered additional pigments so that I can experiment with more colours too.
I now have a screen that has been exposed at University and I have taken it home. I have ordered some pigments online which is from the same supplier that the University uses and I have been trying out a few prints.
I have brought some cheap white cotton leggings from the Internet that I wanted to practice printing onto. I brought these because I was planning to have my own leggings manufactured and then printed on them to meet demand. However, from my test as shown in the photo below, printing onto a pair of leggings after they have been made does not work very well. I need to print onto flat fabric and then turn them into a pair of leggings afterwards.
This week I had a tutorial where we discussed my project proposal. I also had further feedback about my presentation from last week, as I’d mentioned in my previous post about my presentation, I had not gone into enough detail in my literature review section. It was suggested to me that as I have done lots of research but didn’t show this in my presentation, that I could have displayed it in a table format which would have shown my different research sources. During the tutorial I was giving advice on how to put together my project proposal. It is now just a case of actually reading through the rest of my research, processing it, and writing it up.
I have been feeling unwell this week and missed the evening session on Tuesday. We also had a high house meeting planned but unfortunately due to being ill I missed this too. The high house meeting was to continue to plan the upcoming Kickstarter campaign. I have been working on high house Pinterest account and have created lots of new boards, and because I love social media and actively use it I have asked if I can help with the high house Instagram account too, which I have been given the log on detail and have just started to post on.
This week I have also been organising setting up a small studio space at home so that I can print at home. I have brought a silkscreen which I will get my image exposed on to university and will then take it home and have the freedom to print at home. Which will give me a lot of flexibility with no restrictions of timetables or free spaces.