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April

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Bloomin’ heck – if someone could tell me where April went, that would be lovely, I seemed to blink and it vanished!

As promised, here’s my monthly catch up with you all, so you can see what I’ve been up to at University, and with the rest of my life!

Starting from where I left you last time…

Those of you who haven’t seen my recently won’t know that I’ve had a change of hair colour. I got fed up with blonde – so as a result, I’m now orange/red!

 

 

I’ve dyed it again since this photo, so it’s actually gone a darker orange now, but I LOVE it.

It also means I stand out in a crowd – which is particularly helpful at work I must say. I had a company manager coming to find me this weekend to discuss selling programmes, and he’d been told “look for the short girl with orange hair.”

There’s not many of those around, especially in Winchester!

A few days after I dyed my hair, me and my friend Sally from Uni went on a little excursion to Oxford. Sally knows Oxford really well, so it was great to explore the city without getting completely lost!

She took me to this amazing little shop

 

 

Where I obviously couldn’t help but treat myself to some yarn – I’m a knitwear student, it was research!

 

@pittriversmuseum #pittrivers #oxford #pittriversmuseum #dayout #museum

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We also visited the Pitt Rivers Museum, which I’ll definitely be going back to, as it’s like one of those Victorian curiosity cabinets, there’s just SO much to see.

I then spent the next week drooling over the yarn I bought in Oxford, I’m about 3/4 of my way through what I’m knitting, but I’ve run out of wool, *queue dramatic music* so I’m going to have to take a trip back there, but I’m going to wait until my deadlines are out of the way on the 11th of May, and then I’ll be FREE!

 

 

Something else I’ve been doing a lot of this month is exploring Winchester.

 

Yesterday's market #winchester #market #bluesky #highstreet

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Not only has the weather been perfect for a spot of exploring, but I’ve been working on a really exciting project as part of the Winchester Hat Fair this year, which, all I can share at the moment, has had me wandering around the city looking at trees!

Watch this space.

 

Pretty Winchester #winchester #beautifulday #bluesky

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Hello sunshine! #sunshine #winchester #cathedral #winchestercathedral #beautifulday

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#tree #paint #inspiration #university #artstudent #blue #pink

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One of the main reasons that I seemed to lose the end of April, was that I had an essay deadline on the 30th, which took up an awful lot of my time to say the least.

I only had to write one essay this semester, so I obviously wanted to make it the best that it could be, even if that meant staying up until 4am on the day of the deadline!

 

#essay #ugh #help #artstudent #feminism #knitwear #feminist

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I won’t go into massive detail and bore you all, but I chose to examine the correlation between the popularity of knitwear in conjunction with the popularity of feminism. It was a pretty exciting and interesting essay to write, you never know, I may share some of it with you when it’s been marked. (providing it’s not a complete failure that is!)

Now up to the present day…

 

Theatre love #theatre #auditorium #curtains #red

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I’ve spent this weekend working at the theatre, which I absolutely love. It’s such a gorgeous venue, and I’m flattered that I can be a part of running it!

As previously mentioned, my final deadline for EVERYTHING is the 11th of May, so currently, I’m lying in bed, making the most of the bank holiday, and working on one of my many sketchbooks.

I’ve had a few ideas for a couple of extra blogs this month, so don’t be surprised if there’s a few more heading your way. Likewise, don’t hold me to anything, because my life seems to currently revolve around uni, work, food and naps!

It’s pretty hectic, but I wouldn’t change it for the world!

 

 

Until next time

 

Bex

xxx

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February

Good evening my lovelies, how are we all?

I know that we’re only midway through February, but I’ve got some very exciting things happening in the next few weeks (which you’ll find out about if you read on) so I thought I’d take this opportunity to fill you all in!

 

#studio #knitstudio #knittingmachine #yarn #knitting #crochet #knitwear

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Firstly, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio.

When I came back from Christmas, I got to specialise in my chosen pathway, which funnily enough is knit! Which means that I’ve been doing rather a lot of knitting over the last few weeks whilst I work on my new project.

I’m still finalising designs etc so I haven’t put anything on social media to share with you yet, but no doubt as soon as I do, I’ll make sure you’re aware!

 

#wannabehipster #macbook #coffee #knitwear #coffeeshop

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The other thing I’ve been doing, is spending a lot of time sitting working in coffee shops.

I’ve found that I can’t really be bothered to walk back to halls in the middle of the day if I’ve got free time, or sometimes I just don’t want to sit in my shoebox of a room on my own, so I’ve been trying out all of the coffee shops in Winchester – I don’t think I’ve found a bad one yet!

 

 

One exciting piece of news that I received the other week, was that an interview I did with a lovely lady called Melanie Dimmitt (http://melaniedimmitt.com.au) for a fairly new international magazine called ‘Renegade Collective’ was published last November!

It was all about the “Blood Doesn’t Grow On Trees” yarn bombing campaign that I was a part of last year, as well as other yarn bombing artists etc.

I have to admit that it boosted my ego somewhat! haha

 

Missed this little one #cat #fizz #beauty

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I popped home last weekend for a grand total of 48 hours. Which leads me onto why I’m not going to be able to publish a blog at the end of February.

I had to go home in order to pick up some bits and pieces, including my passport and adaptor, because have you guessed it? I’m off to foreign lands! Specifically, New York City!

I go on the 23rd – so next Monday, and I’m back on the 1st of March. It’s a trip with the University, but we’ve been given pretty much free reign to go wherever we want – and boy are there a lot of museums that I want to visit! Aren’t I exciting?

 

Work work work #crochet #stock #knitting #grannywillis #yarn #knitwear #knittingmachine

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I’ve tried to restrain myself when it comes to wool recently. As I’ve previously mentioned, living in a shoebox of a room has its benefits, but it also has its downfalls – such as storage!

I’ve been working on stock to sell for Easter, as well as just general things for interiors such as cushions etc, which means that my room is currently overflowing with a vast quantity of knitwear and crochet…

Hence I’ve been acquiring rather a lot of patterns recently – I can’t help it, they were a bargain!

 

 

Finally, Happy Valentines Day for yesterday everyone! I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend.

I’ve been celebrating getting a rather exciting new job which I don’t want to say too much about at the moment, but it’s a massive promotion for me, so I think I’m actually still in shock.

But this means that yesterday (slightly hungover from Friday night) I decided to be my own Valentine, and cook myself a full English, buy myself a bunch of flowers – because who doesn’t love flowers? and sit consuming a massive amount of ice-cream whilst watching 80s feminist films – it was heaven!

 

 

Got a little bit of a New York theme going on, I can’t deny it!

 

 

There we go, that’s just about caught you up from last time.

I’m sure I’ll have lots of adventures to fill you in on when I get back from the Big Apple, but until then – be good, and I’ll see you in March!

Bex

xxx

Christmas Catch-Up

Evening all!

I thought it was about time I caught you all up with what’s been going on in my life recently (if you’re interested of course)

If you’re not, here’s a video of a cat and a printer*

*Disclaimer – does contain naughty words rhyming with duck…

So, where shall I start?

I got home from university on the 12th of December. That’s a story in itself…

my amazing friend Rachael very kindly offered to pick me up and drive me back, because I had so much stuff to bring home, what with me studying an arty subject, and it also gave me the opportunity to be her personal tour guide around Winchester because she’s never been.

Although don’t listen to her when she says apparently I only know my way around by the pubs…it’s only slightly true!

After having to call the RAC because of a flat battery incident, I finally got home late in the evening, crashed into bed and then went to work at my old job all of Saturday, so it wasn’t particularly exciting!

I do think I was missed by the cat though…

 

#crazycatlady

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However, on Sunday something rather exciting did happen.

I’ve been so unorganised this Christmas, I decided that instead of presents, I’d take people out for the day etc, and it was Mum’s turn on the 14th when I took her to Bruges!

We went on a coach trip for the day, and it was glorious! We didn’t really go for the shopping, unlike some, who came back laden with enough duty free to feed (or certainly quench the thirst of) the 5,000.

But it was lovely to spend the day wandering around city, the architecture is beautiful – Random fact – A lot of BBC dramas are filmed there, such as the ‘White Queen’ for those of you who watched it…

 

Lovely day in Bruges yesterday #bruges #christmas #coffee #shopping

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Oh and of course there was coffee…and an awful lot of chocolate….

Next up on my ‘to do’ list, was visit my old school.

I was very kindly given the opportunity by the Head of Textiles, to go back and talk to year 11, 12 and 13 students about University.

It was rather strange standing there saying something along the lines of…”study hard, aim high and you could end up like me!” as I was stood there in my jeans, wearing a vast quantity of knitwear, and clutching a cup of tea as if my life depended on it.

But hey, maybe I’ve inspired a generation? We’ll see won’t we…

I do kid, but overall it was really great, although slightly strange, to go back and see people, gosh some of the girls have grown up – made me feel SO old…

Speaking of which *tangent alert*

I was standing outside University the other day, and listened to a conversation between a mother and her young son…

Boy: “mum what’s that big building?”
Mum: “that’s an art school for grown ups”

Oh how very wrong she was – as my friend Ed rightly commented – “There are no grown ups here!!”

Anyway, continuing with my week…

I was then lucky enough to spend two consecutive evenings at different theatres in London.

 

My own personal musical! #womenontheverge #musical #amazing

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On the Wednesday I went with my friend Sam to see “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” which I felt had actually been written with me as inspiration!

It was the first night of the previews, so obviously it’s going to have changed dramatically by the time it opens ‘properly’, but it has all the makings of a really hilarious show. Some of the musical numbers really did have me in hysterics, and not in a negative way for once which makes a change.

Thursday was another Christmas surprise. You may have heard me mention Tegan before, well, I bought her tickets to see ‘Cats’ at the London Palladium for her Christmas present.

 

 

Although I was quite sceptical about the fact Nicole Scherzinger was playing Grizabella, I will be the first to admit when I’m wrong, and boy was I wrong.

Her rendition of ‘Memory’ gave me goosebumps, she really did the role justice – you go girl!

I’m sorry this has been a long ramble, but I just wanted to show you all that I’m ok, and I’m sorry the last couple of posts have been slightly less cheerful, but it’s been a really hard couple of months, and I’m grateful to all of you for baring with me!

Finally, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and I have every intention of talking to you all again before the New Year (where did the last one go?!)

Ho Ho Ho

Bex

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Novelty Value

Goodness, it’s been a while hasn’t it?

I’m having such an amazing experience at university, the time has just flown by!

It feels like yesterday that I was travelling down here with my parents in a car that looked like it was about to explode from the amount I’d packed, but at the same time it feels like I’ve lived here forever.

Late night tea drinking #tea #mug #plant #ikea #student #artstudentproblems #artstudent #university

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Winchester is such a lovely area, and although to begin with it was really strange not having my car with me, I’m beginning to appreciate having everything on my doorstep.

My first semester consists of trying out the basics within the different pathways we can choose to specialise in after christmas. These include fashion, weave, knit and print.

At the moment I’m in the middle of 2 weeks of weave, which has definitely opened my eyes to a new way of looking a fibres, but have no fear, I’m pretty sure I still know where my heart lies! (For those of you who wonder what this could be, I shake my head in disappointment)

Studio day #university #work #student #sketchbooks #research

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I popped home last weekend, and spent Saturday having a wander around some of the current exhibitions in London – I thought I’d do a separate post on this though, because oh good gracious did the new exhibition at the Fashion and Textiles Museum make me happy?! Knitwear…so much knitwear!

Put the kettle on! #londonvictoria #london #station #home #nofilter

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I haven’t really got anything else to say at the moment, other than I’ve been at Uni all day today, I’m absolutely exhausted and think I’ll probably take a nap after posting this!

Oh aren’t I such a hardcore student?

Take care

Bex xxx

Fashion!

Turn to the left…

Turn to the right…

Please tell me you understood that song reference? Otherwise I’ve just made myself look a little bit silly haven’t I? Oh well!

For those of you wondering, the photograph above was taken at my end of year fashion show at school…sadly I was actually in Malta on the evening, but I’ve seen lots of great photographs that I’m sure will work their way onto here at some point in time!

Now my work has been moderated, I don’t think I have to fear sharing the pieces that I’ve literally put blood sweat and tears into over the last year…

Lets start at the beginning…

My first A2 piece, which I named ‘Annus Mirabilis‘ – translated from Latin as ‘Year of Miracles’ –  is the name of a poem by Philip Larkin, which I was studying in English Literature at the time.

Basically, my project was based around the 1960s, and I’ll now share with you the poem which in theory, should cause it all to make sense…

 

Philip Larkin (1922-1985)

Annus Mirabilis

Sexual intercourse began
In nineteen sixty-three
(which was rather late for me) –
Between the end of the “Chatterley” ban
And the Beatles’ first LP.

Up to then there’d only been
A sort of bargaining,
A wrangle for the ring,
A shame that started at sixteen
And spread to everything.

Then all at once the quarrel sank:
Everyone felt the same,
And every life became
A brilliant breaking of the bank,
A quite unlosable game.

So life was never better than
In nineteen sixty-three
(Though just too late for me) –
Between the end of the “Chatterley” ban
And the Beatles’ first LP.

So following on from that, this is what I created!

This is the back of the dress – the front can be seen in the photo above – it’s inspired by Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe (in case you hadn’t guessed)…

My second A2 piece, was based around the theme of ‘Issues’.

I started by keeping a sketchbook of various newspaper cuttings that I found inspiring/interesting/bizarre, and then progressed to experimenting by combining different types of yarns (such as cottons and acrylics) with different types of printing techniques.

#knittingmachine #knitwear #knitting #printing #green #issues #student #yarn

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This was the result…

I was really really REALLY pleased with this piece. It’s made up of different printed layers, and is entirely machine knitted. Proud is an understatement.

The final title I decided on (which I think aptly summed up how I felt by the end of the year) was…

‘I don’t know where I’m going from here, But I can promise you it wont be boring.’

– David Bowie

Which may seem pretty long winded, but hey! I’m an artist OK 🙂

Well there we go. What more can I say? These are the main reasons why I’ve been rather absent over the last few months, and I’m sure you all appreciate the work that I’ve had to put in, and the pressure I’ve been under!

I’m getting back into the swing of this blogging now – I’ve found it rather beneficial being able to combine my photographs from instagram into wordpress – but I always appreciate feedback, so what do you guys think?? Do you like my most recent blog posts?

Well, until next time!

Bex
xxxx

Fair Isle Cardigan

Good evening,

Funnily enough, my blog post this week is actually completely about knitting!

This is a project that I started a little while ago (Slight understatement, but what’s a couple of months eh?)

I fancied trying my hand at a little bit of fair isle, and when I came across this pattern for a cardigan with ‘just’ a fair isle yoke, I couldn’t resist…

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I used acrylic DK yarn, because I find (please don’t kill me yarn purists…) wool too itchy personally – although I’m completely in love with alpaca, but being on a student budget, it’s not the easiest of yarns to afford…

This is it finished, I’ve just got to find 8 nice buttons which match the colour scheme, and then it’s ready to wear – I just pinned it on my mannequin for the purpose of this photograph.

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What do you think!? I’m not going to lie that I’m quite proud of it, especially as it’s my first attempt at the technique. I know that if you look closely enough ( Please don’t – I beg of you) there are no doubt a couple of mistakes in the fair isle pattern, but generally, the way I carried the yarn behind the work etc was rather successful – even if I do say so myself 🙂

Until next week, Keep knitting
Bex xx

Portfolio building…

Good afternoon dearest ones!

This afternoon I thought I’d share a little bit of what I’ve been doing since we last spoke…

Mostly, it’s been a balance of school work, actual work, and portfolio building!

For those of you who are unaware what portfolio building is (I was rather oblivious until suddenly I had to find out very quickly…) It’s the process of putting together a representation of your work in the space of about 25 pages…

Oh, and the reason I’ve got to do all this is because I’m beginning to prepare for university interviews!

Now firstly, I thought ‘oooh 25 pages is loads! I’ll be absolutely fiiiiine’ – and now, 3 weeks later, I’m regularly having ‘Oh for goodness sake, why can’t I have more than 25 pages?!?’ moments. Such fun!

I was under the impression that possibly, you might all like to have a little look at the A-level work I’ve done in the last year?

(If you don’t then…well just get out now? Save yourself!)

Because all I seem to share with you is commission and personal work. But in my defence, I wasn’t actually allowed to share it all with you until it had been marked and moderated, hence the wait.

Because these pieces are rather large, I’m still debating what/if any I take with me to interviews, but I’ll decide that later, my main priority was to photograph them so that I could have them printed on A4, and then there would be an accurate representation of them in portfolio, that would at least do them justice if I was unable to take them with me.

Oh, and it is here that I’d like to thank my stunning friend Toni, who very kindly modelled all of my work!

Firstly…

Oceanography

This piece was worked around the initial brief of ‘tactile’, which I then expanded upon to examine braille, which lead me to sea urchins, the list goes on…

It is made using a combination of free form crochet, both 2D, and around curtain rings…

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Secondly…

Lepidoptera

This piece is once again made up of free-form crochet, but combined with machine knitting with which I used the ‘cut and sew’ technique to back the piece.

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It was inspired by the butterfly family, but initially was worked around the exam title relating to illuminated manuscripts, because funnily enough, I went off on a tangent again!

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There we go, what do you think??

These 2 pieces made up my AS coursework & exams from last year, and overall I achieved a high A grade (you can’t get an A* at AS) So I was really chuffed!

Right, I’d better dash (I’m definitely not still sitting on the sofa in my dressing gown watching the Sunday Morning Politics…)

Keep Knitting!

Bex xxx