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).
WEEK 16: This week I have mostly been working on my project proposal. I really need to focus on getting my project proposal completed by the end of this week so that next week I can concentrate on finalising my CAD boards and getting everything printed ready for the hand in date.
I am going into the Staffordshire University library this weekend (there is a secret bit that I recently discovered that has lovely old chesterfield sofas and not many people know it’s there, so I’m going to sit there with my laptop and finish my proposal).
This week I have continued to help out with High House. I now do most of the social media channels; I run the Instagram account, the Pinterest account, and now the Facebook account. We are currently in the process of getting ready to run a competition to win three rolls of wallpaper. So I am helping to build the social media presence currently.
A continuous thought on the back of my head is how my going to generate some income whilst on my masters, that is creative and ideally fits in with my masters. I have been thinking a lot about this blog and about how I could potentially generate some income from the blog in the future. I have also signed up two people per hour this week and I have been looking at what types of creative services other people offer. Which has made me realise that I could offer similar services such as creating logos.
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.