Saturday, 12 April 2014

久しぶり !

Hiya hey hi, hello there! I went to London like 4 weeks ago with my favourite human Tozer! It was her first time in London and because we went to do "college work" (lols) we planned out where and what we wanted to see! It was such a fun trip, during the day we hung in china town went to candy café, ate in this cute little food place and visited galleries! We ended up going to my favourite Japanese restaurant and I was so happy because the cute Japanese laydee remembered meeee! And we spoke in Japanese to the (extremely hot) waiters and they understood us lol, go Tay and Toz!!! ^.^





 




 
Jacket American Apparel Top Missoni Cheap and Chic, Ebay Skirt Warehoue Cat Tights Asos Backpack Thrifted Docs Ebay
 
 
Once again it has been so long "久しぶり" (Hisashiburi)!!! As always college rules my life so I don't really have the time to blog (sorry...). I have even had to stop learning Japanese (for the time being) so I can focus on art. I finish soon anyways & I can't wait yo!!


I bought my jacket last year and it's like my life that jacket, good for day & night, goes with pretty much my whole wardrobe and that's why you see it all the time when I post haha! I l-o-v-e my new Missoni top! Ebay, once again has blessed me with its ever so loverlee bargains woooo! £11 guys, it was only £11!! Its sucha cute yin yang inspired top and it goes well with my yin yang necklace that I also bought for £1 on Ebay!!! My skirt was bought on my uniform allowance at work last year (I think it's on sale now). My kawaii tights were only £3 on asos and although they're those really thin annoying tights that ladder so very easily, with care, I have managed to keep them in tact!
I hope to post again very soon, I really miss talking to myself (and the occasional commenter lol) so I hope its not too long till I post again!
Have a loverlee day!
Taya xo

Ps. I have a new Japanese band I like to listen to, meet Babymetal! They're so little and I can't get over how cool they are!! I think you should check 'em out! ^.^
Enjoy!


Thursday, 13 February 2014

Manchester Digital Portfolio - MMU ID 14042519

Cuffs and Collars
This is a board showing the samples that I made from the textured paper (on the lest hand side) put into context on some models. I also cut out the models original clothing and placed knitting samples I also made on the knitting machines.


Cuffs and Collars
Again, this board shows how my samples could be placed on the body. These samples are more exaggerated, adventurous and again are inspired by the textured paper shown underneath.  


Cuffs and Collars
This is a sketch book page exploring how I could group certain samples together, initial ideas of my collar.
Artist/Designer: Comme Des Garcons


Cuffs and Collars
This is a more developed ideas page, here I have sampled a lot more and have a better understanding of my work. On the facing page explores one idea of making garments to accompany my project. 
Artist/Designer: Comme Des Garcons


Cuffs and Collars
Final Piece: my final piece consists of a lot of knit. the collars have been French knitted and placed in fabric stiffener. Then using balloons, placed them inside the knit and left them to dry. The suspended balls have been placed in the French knit. I made a structure for the second collar out of chopsticks and again used stiffened French knit around it. The cuffs have also been made out of French knitting. I made the garments on the knitting machines, I wanted to create a softer knit, something that wasn't too loud and didn't take the attention away from my cuffs and collars. 


Cuffs and Collars
Final piece.


Cuffs and Collars
Final piece.
Landscapes
On a college trip we went to Derbyshire for a few nights and had many drawing and painting activities to complete. These are examples of my paintings in strips in the background. I made a collagraph print from the landscapes using materials like foil, string and tape. I also made a landscapes inspired collection.


Landscapes
From my landscape paintings I made origami koi fish.


Landscapes
Landscape design made out of paper and photographed back in a landscape.


Landscapes
Close up of paper garment.
Landscapes
In the ceramics studio we all made chickens out of clay but weren't given any help in how we should go about it. I rolled my clay out and cut it into shapes and attached them together like a garment pattern. In groups we took out chickens out of the studio and photographed them on location. I also photographed mine in the studio and put it into context, looking at how I could make my chicken wearable.
 

Extreme styling
Using found everyday household items, in groups we created these nonsense characters and gave them all nonsense names. 

Repeat, 100 items
Our brief was: "Bring in 100 items of the same thing and work in repeat in different ways. Make either something wearable or a household product". I used zip cable ties and experimented with the different ways that they could but put together and then made what could be described as a body chain.
 
Revamp project & Paper Kettle project
For this project I bought in a dress to remake into something new. I wanted to make it into something completely different so I made it into a crop top and shorts.
The Kettle project was something that we were set over the summer holidays before starting foundation, I was given the task of making a 1950s kettle out of paper. I have joined the two projects because the dress that I remade reminded me of  1950s day dress.

Revamp project
For this shoot as I wanted two models, so I quickly made a another dress into a crop top and skirt. As all of my shoots are serious, I wanted a fun, light hearted smiley shoot.

Visionary Architecture & Pinhole projects
We had a workshop on visionary architecture and as a group we made a minimum of 3 and photographed them all together. I then thought about how this could be made relevant to fashion and made large versions of my pieces.
From learning how to make and use a pinhole camera, I thought about how I could bring it into my work. I decided to shoot my visionary architecture where I took a photo with my pinhole camera.


Visionary Architecture & Pinhole projects
Final piece photos and visionary illustrations.

Up cycling project (current)
For my project I'm up cycling a old chair and making it wearable. For inspiration I've been looking at tsunami's and the after effect of the floating homes, cars ect.

Up cycling project (current)
As well as looking at a chair I also want to explore up cycling plastic bags due to the high waste of them. I made a sample of trapping donated fabric in plastic bags, sewing into it and melting it with a heat gun.  
 

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

London Callin'

Hey nowwww! Thought it was about time I'd get this post up! So I have a online portfolio hand in for Manchester this Friday and my first interview for University is next Wednesday at UCA, so my work is finally coming together and I am quite please with it actually, all the hard work is paying off I guess/ hope!



 
 






Coat Henry Holland ~ Debenhams Jacket American Apparel Dress Topshop Tights Primark Bag Charity Store Boots Dr Martens~ Ebay

So This was my London outfit on the second day, I was also going to take ootd pictures on the first day but after the Isabella Blow exhibition (that we spend ages looking around!) it was super dark and it was raining so it just didn't happen!! We went to Shoreditch on the second day and these pictures were taken outside a vintage shop so creatively called "Vintage Shop" hahahaha!!

My loverlee friend Irma did my henna whilst I was asleep in the hostel we were staying at, when she finished I crawled into bed and woke up the next day with brown dots all over my bed covers/pjs/face! Anyhoww as I already said before I didn't get to take my friends to China Town HOWEVERR I went like last weekend and I stocked up on coffee bubble tea and took some sweet photos of the new year lanterns that luckily were still up !!

I've still got some illustrations to doo and a few other bits and bobs to get done this fine evening before bed, speak soooon!
Taya xo

PS YO! Hyolyn (From Sistar and Sistar 19) is my current Korean Obsession, like I listen to her album pretty much every day. She's so so so soooo good, I canny express this enough! You should check her out! (o^ . ^o)


Monday, 3 February 2014

Thoughts at 2:28am & Happy (Chinese) New Year! ^.^

Hello there! I'm currently giving myself a little break, I find myself starring at the floor or my blank sketch book page for a good 10 minutes before realising I'm spacing out. I guess I'm just at that stage of tiredness so forgive any spelling/ grammar mistakes. Life as an art student isn't an easy one!

 
 
 
 

London was pretty good however I didn't get to go to China Town... Yeah, I don't want to talk about it - Just wanted to give a heads up because I don't have any cool Chinese New Year lantern pictures ^ ~ ^ SO INSTEAD I have some sweet street style pictures!^^ But here's a few snaps from le phone until I have the detailed London post and accompanying outfit post up!
Speak sooooon
Tay xo
(((((Hope you're enjoying sleeping whilst I'm sorting out my portfolio!))))

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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Tadaima!

Hello there! So I'm going to London tomorrow with college for two days which should be fun! I plan to go to AT LEAST 6 museums and art galleries as well as chilling in China Town (Obviously!) and taking my friends to this cute Japanese café that I always find excuses to go to! ^^






 Crop Top Asos Skirt Warehouse Tights 1 Primark 2 Hand me downs Jacket Vintage Coat H&M Docs Ebay
 
If you follow me on instagram you can probably tell these photos were taken a while ago because I don't have braids at the minute! However if you didn't know I think you need to follow me..... (KIDDING... Maybe).
I probably do not dress practically for college since I am in the 3D room, but until I find pastel pink overalls I guess I'll just have to wear what I have! I bought my Docs (brand new) off Ebay around November and they were only £43 inc p&p! I didn't want to get the classic black so I went for purple since they didn't have any pink ones (o~.~o) and I haven't stopped wearing them since!!!
**PS if anyone was thinking about getting docs but have been told they're a killer to break in, mine weren't hard or that painful at all!**

I'll take loads of pictures and doo a post on this lil London trip with college! Since it's Chinese new year in a few days, China Town will be Liiiiivee!

For those wondering Tadaima/ ただいま , is what you say when returning to somewhere e.g home, office at work ect ect in Japanese culture, so since I'm returning to blogger it's my title!
Speak soon!
Tay x





Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Explainations

Hey there. Words can not describe how crazy busy I have been these past few months (hence the lack of posts for the past couple months). I love art, like it's the only thing I feel I want to do for the rest of my life and I honestly can't express than enough. With college and work at the weekends, blogging has become a distant hobby that I've accidentally put right at the back of my weekly "to doo list", I know :(
This is just a post to say I AM BACK (... kind of). I really want to get back into the swing of things and be a regular blogger again. I have so much I want to talk about and share on here, I finally have found a little bit of time to quickly write this (so I apologise if grammar is a little off, feel free to correct me haha).
I applied to university last week and the stress is seriously on! Making a portfolio is so hard and takes a lot of time and effort. I'll talk about what I've actually applied for and my plans for le future another time!
Currently I'm reading a book called "Japanese Fashion Designers: The Work and Influence of Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo" and I am hooked! It is such a good read and is really helping me to have a better understanding of Japanese Fashion. I won't go into too much detail right now but to not be super boring and have nothing to show; here's Issey Miyake's 1995 SS ready to wear collection. I absolutely love it and can NOT stop watching it, truly inspirational.

 

Have a loverlee day,
Tay x
 
 
 
 

 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Selfie project: Art Foundation



 
 
 
 



 
 
                                                      

                                 
 
 

Hey there! I haven't really showed much of my work on here to doo with college so I thought why not? We were given two days off to take a self-portrait that could either represent ourselves (what I went for) a character or anything you wanted to do really. So here are my final 6 shots.

I chose mine to "represent me" in a way to show what inspires me pretty much through everything I doo, Eastern Asian cultures (more specifically Japanese... Obviously). I didn't want to shoot outside of "obvious" places that people in my class would recognise and in class feedback someone said if they didn't know me theyd think that this was just an image of a girl in her natural environment & that's what I wanted to portray! Not to say that I wish I were Asian because I don't, the culture just really inspires me.
Taya xo