Thursday, 26 September 2013

Exhibition Review: Club to Catwalk

Club to Catwalk is an exhibition currently on at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London until 16th February 2014. I saw this exhibition the same day as the David Bowie Is... exhibition. We needed to kill some time before our time slot. I am glad I went through this exhibition first as I felt it was partly connected to David Bowie in a way but through fashion.

Club to Catwalk 

The exhibition explores London fashion from the 1980's, showing more than 85 different outfits. The fashion during this decade was very experimental with terms of style, colour and design, which was inspired by the catwalk and the rise of nightclubs. Specialist 'club' nights encouraged people to dress up, this then started to form a relationship between music, club and catwalk.

The most experimental designers during this decade are Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy and John Galliano. The 1980s was also about reinventing fashion to the extreme, people started to customized their own clothes making them unique.

I found this exhibition very interesting especially how each style influenced the next style, which still occurs in fashion today. Although, the 1980s explored so many different styles in such a short space of time and not forgetting quite extreme. I think today music still inspires fashion in certain ways. Following trends is a lot more important today, people like to keep up with the fashion to stay on track with everyone else. Where as in the 1980s there was more of a chance to have your own style especially as customizing your own clothes was a big thing.

If you are interested in fashion, I would definitely advise visiting the V&A to see this exhibition.

Note:- No photography was allowed during this exhibition.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Liebster Nomination

I am pleased to share that I have been nominated for a Liebster Award by the lovely Lauren Cherice. The Liebster Award is for upcoming bloggers who have less that 200 followers. It's great to learn, get to know and meet other bloggers. 

The idea is to answer 10 questions given by your nominee and then ask some of your very own favourite bloggers.

1. Who is your biggest inspiration?

I don't have anyone in particular. Many people inspire me to be honest. I love reading about their life stories on how they've got to where they are today and it makes me think that I can do it too.  

2. What is your favourite food?

I think Pizza is my favourite, particularly a dominoes mighty meaty pizza.

3. Reading or blogging?

I love a good book espeically if I can't put it down. It steers me away from reality.

4. Countryside or the beach?

I do love nature but the beach is my preferred option. 

5. Have you got anything exciting planned for the rest of 2013?

Not particularly just building up on my portfolio. I am trying to find a good routine for things at the moment, so we will see. 

6. What is your biggest achievement?
 
Becoming a professional designer for a Studio. 

7. Icecream or chocolate? 

Hmmmmm this is a hard one. I think I will say chocolate.

8. The one thing you can't live without?

My iPhone. It's with me wherever I go. 

9. What is your design starting point?

Either I take photographs, look through already taken photographs or search for images on the web, depending which the theme I am working on. Then I draw from these inspirational images through a variety of different medias.

10. What is your favourite memory?

Seeing my favourite band 'Green Day' live for the second time which was at Wembley Stadium in London. 


My nominees are:-



Here are ten questions I have for you:-
  1. What motivates you to do what you do?
  2. What is your favourite high-street store?
  3. What is your favourite music genre?
  4. Sweet or Savory?
  5. What is your favourite time of year?
  6. Which favourite designer of yours would you love to meet in person? 
  7. What is your favourite travel destination?
  8. What is your main ambition in life?
  9. What is your ultimate favourite film?
  10. Why do you blog?

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Back to University?

A friend of mine traveled to Plymouth over the weekend as she starts University there. It's going to be strange as I won't see see her now until during the Xmas period. Although it's only about 11/12 weeks away, it seems a very long time. Many other people I know are going back very soon too. Sometimes I wish I was still at University.

Friday, 6 September 2013

From A Daughter Designs

It's Follow Friday!

Leslie Jenkins, a graphic designer and blogger behind the creation of 'From A Daughter Designs,' creates custom blog designs, selected phone cases and custom logos.

You can find Leslie on Facebook and follow her on twitter @DesignsFAD.



Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Exhibition Review: A Universal Archive

I recently went to an exhibition at QUAD Derby called 'A Universal Archive: William Kentridge as Printmaker.' Unfortunately the exhibition was only in place for one month at this venue.

In a nutshell William Kentridge is a South African based artist who is very well known for his prints, drawings and animated films. Over the past 25 years he has created over 400 prints including etching, engravings, silk-screen, lino cuts etc and often combining the different techniques.

This major exhibition includes 100 prints in all media, from 1988 to the present, focusing on experimental and serial works.  His distinctive use of light and shadow and silhouettes, his concern with memory and perspective, and his absorption in literary texts, are all strongly in evidence. - See more at: http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/exhibition/universal-archive-william-kentridge-printmaker-0#sthash.je8FcmFO.dpuf
This major exhibition includes 100 prints in all media, from 1988 to the present, focusing on experimental and serial works.  His distinctive use of light and shadow and silhouettes, his concern with memory and perspective, and his absorption in literary texts, are all strongly in evidence. - See more at: http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/exhibition/universal-archive-william-kentridge-printmaker-0#sthash.je8FcmFO.dpuf
This major exhibition includes 100 prints in all media, from 1988 to the present, focusing on experimental and serial works.  His distinctive use of light and shadow and silhouettes, his concern with memory and perspective, and his absorption in literary texts, are all strongly in evidence. - See more at: http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/exhibition/universal-archive-william-kentridge-printmaker-0#sthash.je8FcmFO.dpuf
"This major exhibition includes 100 prints in all media, from 1988 to the present, focusing on experimental and serial works.  His distinctive use of light and shadow and silhouettes, his concern with memory and perspective, and his absorption in literary texts, are all strongly in evidence."

*Quoted from QUAD Derby website. 


I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibition. There was such a variety of work shown from this single artist alone, every single print was unique in it's own way.



Monday, 2 September 2013

NEW Chapter..

Today I start a new chapter in my life...

I will be turning the page to leave some people, worries and negative thoughts behind. 

I have started a new contract within my retail job giving me more hours, more money and a much better routine. I will be working Mon-Fri with some overtime and I will be able to pay my own way.

I have a wonderful new studio to work in, more space and a door to this room which I can close so I can switch off at night & when need be. Also a chance to perhaps think more, create and develop 'Hannah Byatt Designs.'

I've had some positive complements lately, so everything really is looking up. Something I need to remind myself everyday to help me boost my confidence in the talent I have for what I love to do!



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