27/01/2014

Upcycling!

Upcycling is basically recycling waste objects and turning them into products that have a much higher value and quality, it’s pretty much high-end recycling! There are designers like Zoe Murphy who prints onto recycled furniture to give unwanted items a new life and to encourage people to “consume more carefully”. The company LEFTOVERS have a collection of chairs upholstered entirely from reused fabrics and clothes. And the designer Lucy Norman uses found objects and waste materials to create beautiful products such as jewelery. 
My outcome for this final project is to upcycle old dining chairs and form a collection based around my theme of beach huts and british seaside towns. I have sourced one chair so far which I bought for £3 at a boot fair! 
I’ve always been interested in recycling and giving furniture a new life. I think it is something everyone should do. Not only is it good for the environment and your bank account, it’s always nice to have something in your home that you have made and that you are proud of. 

THREAD exhibition

Back in October I was selected to be part of the THREAD exhibition at the Farnham Maltings along with 7 of my coursemates.

The pieces I exhibited were from my 2nd year and they were inspired by the train journey from Eastbourne to London.


Recently the University wrote about the exhibition on their website where I was featured.

Ideas from Exploratory Project

The last project was all about laying the foundations for the final major, so I thought it would be useful for me to post the key ideas from that project to help with inspiration.

I started off taking photographs of the beach huts on Hove seafront.


From these images, I did some paintings and collages to get some idea of what I wanted my warp to look like and what coloured weft I wanted... basically figure out the whole design of the cloth.

From these pages of my sketchbook, I developed a series of exploratory samples. I used a mercerised cotton warp and linen weft. 

I used a block draft to mimic the contrast between the architecture in the images. I wanted to incorporate the diamond motif in the designs. 

I think the main points I am going to take forward in the final major project is the incorporation of the diamond motif, the colour blocks and the use of block draft. 

Final Major Project

For my final major project, I am designing fabric to be upholstered onto refurbished dining chairs. I will be sourcing 4 chairs from boot sales, second hand shops etc. I am researching into the trend of upcycling and will be refurbishing the chairs myself (with the help of an actual upholsterer.)

For the designs of my fabric, I am using the seaside towns around where I live in East Sussex as inspiration. I want to incorporate the different aspects of a seaside holiday in each of the chairs I am creating; arcades, beach huts, deck chairs, sweets and gifts and amusements.