Friday, 20 January 2017

GCSE Design and Technology 2017 specification

AQA have just released and finalised the specification for design and technology. Obviously us teachers are aware of the changes for the subject, me at the minute am training so will be teaching this from September hopefully in my NQT year. 

I understand the fast paced industry of design and the ever changing technologies in 2017 which is amazing, however are the teachers prepared enough for this change.... if teachers have been in their profession for many years are they really that aware of the change in times, the advanced technologies out there and what the industry is even like. 

I've had a look over the specification and the exam paper, should we really now just call design and technology,  STEM instead? It seems to be heading that way? 

Would love to know your thoughts. 

Natural patterns

I'm always inspired by what is around me, taking photographs on my walks with the dog is pretty normal. I especially love natural forms and patterns like this one today. Behind a shed, stacked wood creating its own pattern and has lovely tones with highlights of green. 

Monday, 16 January 2017

Textiles clutch bag

These textiles techniques combined together created a handmade clutch bag made from a recycled clasp, screen printed silk fabric lining which has been embroidered, flocked and embellished.

The textile technique of hand dying fabrics, creating a textured effect by using multiple tones of brown. The powders were scattered across the fabric and I let the water bleed this out. The silk was dyed using a more precise technique using cold water and soaking it for an hour, once this was complete it was rinsed and steamed.

The clasp was taken from another bag which was in fact once silver. I used a low grade sand paper to remove this coating which created a worn look.

The flocking speaks for itself really, using a design I created on Adobe Photoshop I exposed the silk screen to print. This was new technique for me but I love the outcome and brings texture to the design.

Hand embellished using multiple types of beads sourced from various stores, what I had found was The Works had packs of beads in different colours but the same tone.

This bag was part of a collection I created of fashion accessories including a belt, neckpiece and a necklace.