SYNONYMS

COCOON(ED)

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Image of Silkworm cocoons, reminiscent of the bandages used in the mummification process. Protection, brittle, envelop, encase, cocoon, pupa, chrysalis are all words that strike me as having a symbiotic relationship with the word MUMMIFIED. I could imagine all these beautiful silk cocoons being naturally dyed with rust to describe the ageing of mummified bandages and then offset with indigo to contrast the lapis lazuli stones used in ancient Egyptian jewellery. The surface pattern of these cocoons could be replicated with etchings or rubbings.

DESICCATED

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Desiccation is the removal process of moisture from something, usually in order for preservation. The overarching theme of all of these synonyms is creating the most incredible earthy pallet. However, I really do also want to incorporate blue and purple into the mix too. Dry, parched, dehydrated, and preserved are all wonderfully descriptive synonyms of MUMMIFIED.

CHRYSALIS

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Even the word CHRYSALIS evokes a sense of wonder and the alien. The correlation between words and synonyms allows cohesion of ideas. The idea of death and rebirth, which only happens to be one of the most sacred held beliefs within ancient Egyptian culture, will play a huge role within my research, drawing, and explorative studies. I would also like to look at the symbolism of specific colours within this topic.

This idea of death and rebirth, especially looking at the chrysalis, has given me the idea of combining the strength and independence of the ‘goddess’ with my inner strength too; a fusion of femininity and masculinity. Could I look at Moths rather than butterflies?

FOLLOW ME NOW…….

EXPLORING THE SYNONYMS ‘MUMMIFIED’

I decided to push the envelope even further whilst looking at descriptive synonyms of the word MUMMIFIED and began to unravel a network of the most incredible and exciting avenues to explore.

I wanted to put images to some of the words that had begun to reveal themselves through my research:

PRESERVE(D)

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Getty Images. (2013) The Glass Menagerie: Berlin’s Natural History Museum. Available at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2347100/The-glass-menagerie-More-million-zoological-species-preserved-alcohol-display-Berlins-Natural-History-Museum.html (Accessed: 1 September 2018)

This image of the preserved ‘one million specimens’ from the Berlin Natural History Museum shows an uncanny similarity to the ancient processes and symbolism of Bastet and her ointment jars; protector and deity. The colours also share a striking resemblance to the rich and royal colours demonstrated in ancient Egyptian culture.

SHRIVEL(LED)

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Bee, M W. (2012) Shrivelled Rose Head. Available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/60622074@N04/7223119010 (Accessed: 1 September 2018)

The once strikingly vivid colours of a rose have now been replaced with the most magnificent earthy and harmonious tones, simulating the interplay between death and rebirth. The season of Autumn really strikes a chord when I think about the process of life through death, and has never felt so important within my research.

DECOMPOSITION

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Washington, R. (2012) Tree-watching in Winter: Decomposing Leaves. Available at: https://rosemarywashington.wordpress.com/tag/decomposition/ (Accessed: 1 September 2018)

This word evokes the memory of something that once was but does not necessarily mean that it is less beautiful, rather it has evolved. Again, I keep coming back to the same palette of colours, namely golds, browns, blacks, blues, and green; colours traditional in ancient Egyptian culture.

TO BE CONTINUED……..

 

LIDEWWIJ EDELKOORT & TREND UNION

I have only recently come across LI EDELKOORT but have come to find how important her influence is throughout the creative industry. I have always understood the importance of living within the present but this lady straddles the present and future concurrently; she is a trend forecaster, educator, curator, and publisher. A pioneer at looking forward, she is instrumental in working with the worlds leading brands to provide a lifestyle aspirational for us all. Publications such as VIEW IN COLOUR, IN VIEW, & BLOOM have been creative bibles within the industry.

Designers, marketers, and strategists are privy to her trend publications, which are nearly always released a couple of years in advance through her company TREND UNION. Her wealth of knowledge can be used to create a stronger identity for a client and can predict new customer archetypes to increase diversity and sales.

I will highlight some of the more poignant elements and ideas of this upcoming and forward thinking trend. One of the most interesting things I have encountered throughout my research so far would have to be my acceptance and empowerment of women through the medium of design whether it be via textiles, fashion or sculpture. As a man, I can take guidance and inspiration from all these strong and independent female archetypes without affecting my masculinity. As Edelkoort says within the article ‘Men are not completely excluded from this trend, as men will have the chance to identify with their own inner goddesses and nurture them as well while admiring the strong female archetypes emerging in the world around them’

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Feteleberg, R. (2017) Gaia. Trend Union’s Li Edelkoort: Goddesses are Emerging Female Archetypes in Fashion. Available at: https://fashionunited.uk/news/fashion/lidewij-edelkoort-goddesses-will-be-the-female-archetypes-in-fashion/2017120827200 (Accessed: 22 August 2018)

GODDESS INSPIRED TRENDS FOR S/S 19′

  1. PLEATING, DRAPING & FOLDING – Freedom of movement rather than restriction.
  2. GOLDEN EMBROIDERY & EMBELLISHMENTS – Linked to the Feline archetype of Bastet/Egyptian colours.

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Westwood, V. (2018) Vivienne Westwood SS’18. Available at: https://fashionunited.uk/news/fashion/lidewij-edelkoort-goddesses-will-be-the-female-archetypes-in-fashion/2017120827200 (Accessed: 22 August 2018)

I think it will vital for me to explore the colour palettes of ancient Egyptian culture and society. This will feed into my own research, ideas, explorative studies, and eventual practical work. Edelkoort has been extremely vocal over the increasing importance of regal colours and majestic fibres. She also highlighted a shift toward the importance of designers and not the influencers.

WHY BASTET?

 

She was the goddess of ancient Egyptian religion, worshipped as early as 3000 BCE. Initially, the goddess of warfare before the unification of cultures in ancient Egypt. c.945-715 BCE, Bast transformed into the major protector and deity represented as a cat. The name of Bastet has been suggested as ‘she of the ointment jar’, which seems apt considering how her name is written in hieroglyphs. It is depicted as an ointment jar, associated with protective ointments etc. I also found it fascinating how her name became associated with the lavish jars storing ointment to be used as perfume; ultimately depicted as the goddess of protection against contagion and evil spirits.

N, Spencer. (2007) The Gayer-Anderson Cat (Objects in Focus). Available at: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=153429&partId=1 (Accessed: 17 August 2018)

Why did I choose BASTET over the other 7 goddesses? I ultimately wanted to challenge myself and knew that the majority of my fellow peers would choose the obvious MOTHER EARTH. To grow as a designer means I will always endeavour to put myself out of my comfort zone. I was also tempted to choose the familiar route but something about these 4 ‘starter’ words, which had been suggested to research within the pre-arrival task, really piqued my interest. The 4 words were:

MUMMIFIED

SYNONYMS: Embalm, Preserve, Wrapped, Shrivel, Dried Up, Desiccated

MUMMIES

Cox, D. (2009) The Mummies of Guanajuato, Mexico. Available at: http://www.pinsdaddy.com/museo-de-las-momias-de-guanajuato_U5oHJBwWoXfz%7CcPJAfY8JbLPo7kaYObSdlwOLtxkoPCARduMVHQSWkVkfnfqmjxh%7CF5BSWRz6cRrHwgMlHg17A/ (Accessed: 17 August 2018)

PLIABLE

SYNONYMS: Flexible, Elastic, Malleable, Yielding

FIBRE

Lyddon, D. (2013) Debbie Lyddon: Felt. Available at: https:/debbielyddon.wordpress.com/2013/02/05/felt/ Accessed: 17 August 2018)

ROYAL

SYNONYMS: Kingly, Queenly, Majestic, Splendid, Stately

CROWN

Collection, The Royal. (2012) The Imperial State Crown. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/famous_monarchs/ (Accessed: 17 August 2018)

PROTECTOR

SYNONYMS: Defender, Guard, Watchdog, Patron

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Gajus/Getty Images. (2015) Christianity Works. Available at: https:/christianityworks.com/fresh/jesus-will-protect/ (Accessed: 17 August 2018)

After much deliberation, I have decided to concentrate my initial research and idea bank primarily within one of the specific four words pulled from the Bastet ‘umbrella’. I have chosen to immerse myself within the world of the synonyms and connotations of the word MUMMIFIED. That’s not to say I will close myself off to the possibilities of the other 3 words and their synonyms but rather borrow as and when I need.

What is a Synonym? A synonym is a word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or a phrase.

What is a connotation? An idea or feeling which a word invokes for a person in addition to its literal or primary meaning.

One of my passions in life has always been language and the power it can wield. Knowledge is power. Power is knowledge.

I will now explore the synonyms of Embalm, Preserve, Wrapped, Shrivel, Dried Up, Desiccated

 

 

 

AND SO IT BEGINS……..PRE-ARRIVAL ACTIVITIES FOR NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY: TEXTILE DESIGN 2018/19

Today I received an e-mail, informing of what was expected of me to undertake over the Summer in preparation for the new term fast approaching. This small task is designed to hone the selection process enabling the initiation of ideas and research skills, which will then feed into my work during the first term. I will also need to collect objects and materials from which to draw, develop and become inspired by.

ACTIVITY

Task 1: Select and Explore one Theme (Individual Concept)

  1. MOTHER EARTH – Voluptuous, Primal, Fertility, Nourishing
  2. BASTET – Mummified, Pliable, Royal, Protector
  3. PERSEPHONE – Underworld, Rebellious, Innocence, Loss
  4. ARTEMIS – Protests, Survival, Wild, Athletic
  5. MAMA OCLLO – Symbiotic, Sibling, Land, Blood
  6. OSHUN or OXUM – Sweetness, Abundance, Animistic, Liquid
  7. SARASWATI – Dazzling, Purify, Flamboyant, Liquid
  8. OLD GODDESS – Rituals, Weathered, Creased, Wisdom

These are from TREND UNION: Spring/Summer 19′.  TRENDTABLET & EDELKROOT can be sourced for trend information and inspiration.

I have been tasked to find out what these words mean to me and to research their wider meanings, both together and separately. I am to research via mind mapping and idea development.

All 8 themes are superbly unusual!!! I have decided to reduce the 8 down to 3 and will eventually reduce the 3 down to my 1 chosen theme. The initial 3 that I am gravitating towards are: BASTET, PERSEPHONE & SARASWATI 

 

Why these 3? All will be revealed………WATCH THIS SPACE

 

 

MY TIME AT CARDIFF METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY: WHAT WENT WELL AND WHAT DIDN’T

To finalise not only the module but my time at Cardiff Met I decided to describe the pros and cons of the Academic Year 2017/18.

WHAT WENT WELL?

  1. Met some wonderful friends and saw great potential in their creative practice.
  2. Discovered a mentorship skill within me and loved helping a lot of my friends deconstruct ideas to reconstruct concepts.
  3. My self-confidence/belief is the best it has ever been, thanks to my drive and passion to constantly better myself.
  4. Discovered the manner in how I want to learn.
  5. Through independent research and some suggested online resources, I learn how to transform my ideas into cohesive hand-drawn and digital designs.
  6. Being exposed to the sublime resources of Cardiff Met Library’s Databases, Journals, Books and online trend companies such as WGSN expanded my knowledge bank to allow me to grow as a designer/individual.
  7. The opportunity to work as part of a team and to find how important interweaving different skills and strengths can be in preparation for a final product.
  8. Discovering the importance of Colour theory and how it can affect my practice in a positive way.
  9. Unearthing my hidden potential and what that means to be able to compete as a designer at a professional/commercial level.
  10. A positive outlook for my next challenge at Nottingham Trent University.

WHAT DIDN’T GO WELL

  1. Not enough core creative skills such as drawing, painting and observational studies.
  2. Staff shortages.
  3. Not enough time to discuss personal ongoing growth and concerns with Tutors.
  4. Poor equipment and old material, not conducive to creative progression.
  5. Hardly any time spent with Programme Leader, which is a shame considering that a wealth of knowledge could have been passed down.
  6. The Print aspect of the course was poor, with little creative input/output.
  7. The Stitch aspect, although technically very good, lacked creative detail. No hand stitch techniques were learnt.
  8. Technical support within Digital Matters module was extremely poor and most workshops were missed due to illness or memory. However, support was eventually undertaken by Matt Leighfield who was an incredible help on finalising my module. Without him, I would not have been able to finish the year.
  9. Constant requests for support for my disability were not satisfactorily met.
  10. The feedback that was given to tutors/management was not carried through to improve the course and alleviate student concern.

I am extremely glad I chose to finish the Academic Year as I am not the type of person to leave something unfinished. Yes, there have been both positive and negative factors within my 1st year at Cardiff Metropolitan University but I will take fond memories of my friends and what I have achieved independently.

I look forward to continuing my studies at Nottingham Trent University and relish the challenge to be professionally and creatively pushed. WATCH THIS SPACE…………………..

 

PRODUCT MOCKUPS

All designs are my own but I have chosen specific high-quality images from https://unsplash.com as a way to demonstrate how my products would look as wallpaper and fabric.

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Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash <a style=”background-color:black;color:white;text-decoration:none;padding:4px 6px;font-family:-apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;San Francisco&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Ubuntu, Roboto, Noto, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-weight:bold;line-height:1.2;display:inline-block;border-radius:3px” href=”https://unsplash.com/@element5digital?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=photographer-credit&amp;utm_content=creditBadge” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” title=”Download free do whatever you want high-resolution photos from Element5 Digital”><span style=”display:inline-block;padding:2px 3px”><svg xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/2000/svg” style=”height:12px;width:auto;position:relative;vertical-align:middle;top:-1px;fill:white” viewBox=”0 0 32 32″><title>unsplash-logo</title><path d=”M20.8 18.1c0 2.7-2.2 4.8-4.8 4.8s-4.8-2.1-4.8-4.8c0-2.7 2.2-4.8 4.8-4.8 2.7.1 4.8 2.2 4.8 4.8zm11.2-7.4v14.9c0 2.3-1.9 4.3-4.3 4.3h-23.4c-2.4 0-4.3-1.9-4.3-4.3v-15c0-2.3 1.9-4.3 4.3-4.3h3.7l.8-2.3c.4-1.1 1.7-2 2.9-2h8.6c1.2 0 2.5.9 2.9 2l.8 2.4h3.7c2.4 0 4.3 1.9 4.3 4.3zm-8.6 7.5c0-4.1-3.3-7.5-7.5-7.5-4.1 0-7.5 3.4-7.5 7.5s3.3 7.5 7.5 7.5c4.2-.1 7.5-3.4 7.5-7.5z”></path></svg></span><span style=”display:inline-block;padding:2px 3px”>Element5 Digital</span></a>

FinalCushion Mockup

Photo by Julie Kwak on Unsplash <a style=”background-color:black;color:white;text-decoration:none;padding:4px 6px;font-family:-apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;San Francisco&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Ubuntu, Roboto, Noto, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-weight:bold;line-height:1.2;display:inline-block;border-radius:3px” href=”https://unsplash.com/@juleskwak?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=photographer-credit&amp;utm_content=creditBadge” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” title=”Download free do whatever you want high-resolution photos from Julie Kwak”><span style=”display:inline-block;padding:2px 3px”><svg xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/2000/svg” style=”height:12px;width:auto;position:relative;vertical-align:middle;top:-1px;fill:white” viewBox=”0 0 32 32″><title>unsplash-logo</title><path d=”M20.8 18.1c0 2.7-2.2 4.8-4.8 4.8s-4.8-2.1-4.8-4.8c0-2.7 2.2-4.8 4.8-4.8 2.7.1 4.8 2.2 4.8 4.8zm11.2-7.4v14.9c0 2.3-1.9 4.3-4.3 4.3h-23.4c-2.4 0-4.3-1.9-4.3-4.3v-15c0-2.3 1.9-4.3 4.3-4.3h3.7l.8-2.3c.4-1.1 1.7-2 2.9-2h8.6c1.2 0 2.5.9 2.9 2l.8 2.4h3.7c2.4 0 4.3 1.9 4.3 4.3zm-8.6 7.5c0-4.1-3.3-7.5-7.5-7.5-4.1 0-7.5 3.4-7.5 7.5s3.3 7.5 7.5 7.5c4.2-.1 7.5-3.4 7.5-7.5z”></path></svg></span><span style=”display:inline-block;padding:2px 3px”>Julie Kwak</span></a>

duvetmockup

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash<a style=”background-color:black;color:white;text-decoration:none;padding:4px 6px;font-family:-apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;San Francisco&quot;, &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Ubuntu, Roboto, Noto, &quot;Segoe UI&quot;, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:12px;font-weight:bold;line-height:1.2;display:inline-block;border-radius:3px” href=”https://unsplash.com/@heftiba?utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=photographer-credit&amp;utm_content=creditBadge” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” title=”Download free do whatever you want high-resolution photos from Toa Heftiba”><span style=”display:inline-block;padding:2px 3px”><svg xmlns=”http://www.w3.org/2000/svg” style=”height:12px;width:auto;position:relative;vertical-align:middle;top:-1px;fill:white” viewBox=”0 0 32 32″><title>unsplash-logo</title><path d=”M20.8 18.1c0 2.7-2.2 4.8-4.8 4.8s-4.8-2.1-4.8-4.8c0-2.7 2.2-4.8 4.8-4.8 2.7.1 4.8 2.2 4.8 4.8zm11.2-7.4v14.9c0 2.3-1.9 4.3-4.3 4.3h-23.4c-2.4 0-4.3-1.9-4.3-4.3v-15c0-2.3 1.9-4.3 4.3-4.3h3.7l.8-2.3c.4-1.1 1.7-2 2.9-2h8.6c1.2 0 2.5.9 2.9 2l.8 2.4h3.7c2.4 0 4.3 1.9 4.3 4.3zm-8.6 7.5c0-4.1-3.3-7.5-7.5-7.5-4.1 0-7.5 3.4-7.5 7.5s3.3 7.5 7.5 7.5c4.2-.1 7.5-3.4 7.5-7.5z”></path></svg></span><span style=”display:inline-block;padding:2px 3px”>Toa Heftiba</span></a>

My product mocks took 9hours to create!!!! I eventually used a template by Denise Anne and fused elements I had learnt within the INTENSIVE DIGITAL WORKSHOP with Matt and Charlie.

https://www.deniseanne.com/blog/2017/3/14/creating-product-mockups-making-the-mockup

I have also managed to embed links to the original images used for the Product Mockups as a way to say THANK YOU to the artists.