New Designers 2014.

So, long time since I’ve posted on this blog, many things have changed since i last posted. No longer am I a student at Cardiff Metropolitan University, am I now a Graduate, leaving there with a very happy 2:1 in my degree. I am thoroughly thrilled that I have finished my full 3 years there, not because I didn’t like the lecturers or because I thought it was rubbish, but i feel like i needed to move on to the next chapter in my life. I crave to live somewhere other than where I do, and I want an exciting new job where I feel that i can put my creative input into new products.

Now, onto the actual blog post. Just yesterday I came back from exhibiting my work at New Designers with 11 other people from Cardiff Metropolitan. It was fantastic. I love London so much, the tube, the city the food, everything! I have never wanted so much to live there and become a Londoner, but obviously without  a job this isnt possible. But with the challenges of New Designers, many positives did come from it and i am definitely glad that I went.Our University will not fund Cardiff Metropolitan Textiles, so this was entierly self-funded by ourselves and I am actually more glad that we did, it felt more rewarding and it definetly gave me practice for future exhibitions.

Anyway, New Designers this year ran from the 25th – 28th June in the Business Design Centre in Islington. A fantastic building, it features 3 floors of beautiful well, New Designers work from all creative based degrees from around the United Kingdom. Our stand T63 was based on the top floor, on a balcony, which in hindsight was probably the better option for out stand because we had to much diversity within our work, the squares space we were given definitely worked to our advantage much better than other stands there did, we needed much more wall space than floor space, and I felt that we were given it. Anyway, here is a picture of our stand:

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Our stand I feel was definitely one of the best, obviously I am biased, but we had a mixture of fashion, home wares and paper-based products, a real diversity throughout. Also, the person that had the suit, was short-listed for New Designer of the year, which I feel was definitely deserved, her work of digital stitch was fantastic, definitely the best person in Cardiff Metropolitan that deserved it, well done! We had a lot of interest from company’s and the general public in our stand, many people wanted to talk, have a look at our work and take business cards, which I feel was great, it was a busy filled 4 days which got a lot of attention.

I learnt a lot, I got a LOT of new contacts, I got offers and job experience from it, so I can say that all around it was definitely worth the price that I paid to go there. So heres to future job interviews, freelance work and meeting new people.

Thanks for reading! Cerys xo

Carmen Mok.

I studied her pieces while I was doing my Digital Textiles module. I love her designs so much, its  breath of fresh air to see such a bright and vibrant artist emerge onto the designer scene.I took elements of her work and applied to try and give mine an edgy, modern feel to it. Her pieces are under the category of ‘geometric’ which is exactly what it is, but the feel of floral within it is just lovely, it looks like a more feminine piece with that slight touch too it.

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Geometric Designs.

Cath Kidston.

I love Cath Kidston, I suppose every Textile Design student would say that, but nevertheless, she’s a fantastic designer. As an avid fan of her work, I want everything (Mainly the blackberry phone cover, so cute!) Most people would know of her work, as a few years ago she designed a range of shopping bags for Tesco,to try and raise money for Marie Curie, a stunning bag of her design for a fraction of the price, what more could you want?Her work to me is inspiring, because she has modernised the vintage floral design, into everyday wear. She started from nothing, and now everyone is wearing something of hers. Her designs are functional and not ridiculously priced.



Well there we go, a littl peek into the world of Cath Kidston. Most of us knew her for her homeware designs and floral patterns, but oh no! Designs include an umbrella, wellies, and even children’s designs featuring cowboys! Now theres no excuse not to have a little bit of Cath in your life!

Cerys xo