Duffle Coat Project

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014

Duffle Coat Project

Earlier this year I did a ‘Strong Voices’ project with Priory School and The National Museum of the Royal Navy. Strong Voices is a 2-year funded project by Artswork working with disadvantaged young people aged 13-19, local cultural partners and artists. You can read more on the idea and all the individual project successes here. Our project focussed on the duffle coat and the its origins in the the Royal Navy. The 14 young people I worked with all visited the museum with me for inspiration then got the chance to customise a plain duffle coat with their own designs. The project was supported by Gloverall who are the original Duffle Coat supplier, A couple of the group even got the chance to model the brand new, yet to be released ‘Dazzle Coats’ from their A/W 14 collection. The project ended in March this year with a celebration event at Portsmouth Guildhall and after that we had the opportunity to do a photoshoot aboard The Victory and the M33. The project was such a fun experience and I am honoured to have been asked back again to deliver another project this year with The Woodlands Edcucation Centre and The Royal Marines Museum (more on that later). Below are a few photos that were taken … Images courtesy of Artswork Ltd. Photographer: Murray Freestone...

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Summer Fashion School 6/6

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014

Summer Fashion School 6/6

Well I’m finally getting round to posting the last in the series of my 6-wk Fashion School with Summer. In the last session we headed to Canoe lake in Southsea to have a little Photoshoot Then choose our favourites, added them to the project sheet we created last week! I am so proud of Summer and myself, Summer did incredibly well and I really enjoyed doing this new style of one on one teaching. I’m happy that Summer and her mum are keen to do some more sessions together, we’re thinking maybe an illustration project as Summer is really into Manga art. So, keeping with this project for now, here are some shots from our last session and some of the final photoshoot! What do you think of the dress? I think it’s very Summer! If you have any questions about my freelance teaching please comment below or send me an...

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Summer Fashion School 5/6

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014

Summer Fashion School 5/6

Finally getting round to doing the last 2 instalments of Summer Fashion School. In week 5 of 6 we were finishing up things ready for the final session and photoshoot on the last week. Summer had cut out lots of circles of the dress fabric as was going to adorn the neckline with these so the resembled flowers. We also used this session to put together Summer’s final project sheet. On this sheet we included the original mood-boards, the design ideas, summers bird sketch, the illustrated collection, pattern pieces, sewing trials and fabric swatch board. The we left a little space for the final photoshoot photos that we’ll take next week! I’ll let you take a look...

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