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It feels like it is taking a wee while to really get back into the swing of things, however we now have two project briefs to be working on.

Textile Accessory

One is the development of a textile accessory linked to the Textile Institute Tangail in Bangladesh. The project theme is on Identity and we started by mind mapping a range of different ideas around identity.

The mood-board for this project is taking the form of a still life ‘box’ which will be used to inspire our designs for a Textile banner. Inspiration includes looking at artists such as Joseph Cornell:

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The banners we have to design could be draped, fastened, hooded or hung around the body, and should incorporate text as part of the design.

The market for these is Ethical Fashion, for unisex banner wraps for the Spring/Summer 2012/12 Olympic and Commonwealth Games with an emphasis on diversity, biodegradability, organic and sustainable production methods. The colour palette is White on White with metallic ‘medal’ highlights.

I have started off with my box which looks at religious and ‘spiritual’ identity, combined with childhood images looking at the potential we all come into the world with.


 I also included a favourite piece of text from Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Fashion Project

Our fashion project this term will result in a gallery installation at the Inverleith House Gallery at the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh. We don’t have the full brief so far, but have been asked to look into Ferns. We have started our primary and secondary research including spending time at the glasshouses at the Botanical Gardens and making sketches:

We will be collaborating with Rosita McKenzie, an artist and arts consultant, who is blind. The project is likely to focus on texture and surface designs, and I have ordered some braille books and art equipment from the RNIB to start gathering further inspiration.


We started off the week with the usual induction followed by a series of trips to some of the exhibitions currently running in Edinburgh. This included:

Tracey Emin’s Retrospective

Andrew Grassie’s Painting as Document at the Talbot Rice Gallery showing photo real paintings of art gallery spaces, installations and exhibitions.

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And the Fruitmarket Gallery Exhibition by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller:

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Thursday, we were then sent off in groups to a walking tour of Edinburgh going past shops, suppliers and galleries. This trip then had to be documented in a 20p exercise jotter for the following Monday. Places of interest included:

Joey D’s

Concrete Wardrobe


Mandors Fabric Store

Edinburgh Printmakers

Harvey Nichols

Edinburgh College of Art – E-cyclorama

Hermon Brown