YOUR POSSESSIONS - textile design

Naomi Kobayashi


Naomi Kobayashi, Untitled, Kayori thread and paper, 2006

Kobayashi uses materials like Japanese paper, cotton, paper thread and shredded texts/paper to weave and create these textile artworks. Her works play with the ideas of the ongoing cycles of life.

In this piece above I like her use of working within a space, playing with scale and height . The simplicity of the colour and shape create a calmness but the details of pattern in them add interest. The fragile material also adds to the ethereal atmosphere the piece gives to the space it's in. In these pieces of hers that have holes and use delicate materials, when making these she has said she values the cycles and rhythm's of nature and that she strives for spaces that incorporate air and wind within them.  

"I am drawn to the relationship of uchi (inside) and soto (outside), to light and darkness, and to the progression of time, all of which are felt so strongly here in Japan." - Naomi Kobayashi


Naomi Kobayashi, 'Pagoda P & B', cotton and aluminium cast

These pieces which I think are older than the one above have a much less delicate feel to them but I like the way they appear to have created their own space within them, you can almost imagine that they are a little room that you could go into. Contrast is something I really like within textiles that adds a lot of excitement, and in these the use of metal and boldly coloured cotton create a create contrast.

From looking at her work, I might pick a space and see how I can give it a peaceful airy atmosphere by using delicate materials and work with the scale of the space and think about placement within it, like Kobayashi I may also experiment with the use of paper and thread.


Dan Stockholm



Dan Stockholm, By Hand, 2016

I came across this artist on Instagram and was attracted to this piece in particular, I like the contrasting aesthetics of the typically strong, rough red bricks in comparison to the more delicate and intimate crevices of the hands.

"The positions of the cupped hands mimic gestures Stockholm made during a 2013 performance in which he touched every inch of his father’s house after his death. The intimate moments now embody their own structure, the abstract shape of his father’s home reincarnated through gesture." -

This piece is a representation of the different forms things can take, he has recreated his father's house through the shape of his hands, giving them a new purpose.

I also really like the use of material, I would like to experiment with moulds and clay to see what kind of textures I can create.


YOUR SURROUNDINGS - fashion design

Issey Miyake


Issey Miyake, spring 2020

I find this collection by Miyake really exciting. These net, fringe looks are particularly interesting to me as Miyake's use of cutting/structure gives the garments a lot of movement and bounce creating a great interaction between the wearer and clothing. Many of the designs in this collection have a great fluidity, although some of them are quite simple looking, this movement adds a fun element to them.

I would like to see how I can also create playfulness and interaction between clothing and the wearer, maybe through interesting fabric manipulation, I know Miyake has influence from origami techniques in his designs. I may also see how to create movement with the fabric.


WEAR IT- jewellery + fshion accessories

Bernhard Schobinger

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Shobinger's rebellious way of working can be seen in his innovative jewellery creations. He skilfully transforms disregarded found objects into intricate woks of art within themselves. This ring in particular consists of half a pair of scissors with a stone placed on the tip, he has changed the purpose of the object altogether by simply distorting it's form a bit and giving it a new value by adding the stone.

I am inspired by Shobinger's ability to change the whole perspective and value of something by playing with the shape and purpose of the object. From looking at his work I might keep objects that I find or disregard as important in my daily life, looking at their form and how I can work with this to create a new purpose for it. Jewellery wise  could look at how I could join these objects to other things and if their shape could work well with the body, like this scissor ring, does it have a circular shape that could fit around a finger or on a necklace? can I add value to something by adding colour or pattern?



John Baldessari

Baldessari's work attracted me for his ability to reconceptualise an image by adding to it, taking away from it or rearranging it. His use of adding bold colour to the usually monochrome or dull photographs gives it more of a fun and sometimes humorous quality.


John Baldessari, 'Two figures: one leaping (orange); one reacting (with blue and green), 2005


John Baldessari, 'profile with nose and ear', 2006

From his work I'm going to think about how I can make images more exciting, I might find some old photographs that are quite boring and see how I can rearrange them to create a new scene and atmosphere.

LOST LETTERS - illustration

Tottenham Court Road Station - Eduardo Paolozzi


Eduardo Paolozzi's mosaic's at Tottenham Court Road Station

When walking through Tottenham Court road underground the other day I noticed the bold mosaics along all the walls that I haven't properly acknowledged before. I've found out that it's Paolozzi's work, I've researched some of his art before but didn't know about this work. These bold and busy mosaics add a vibrancy to the whole station which is a change to most of the unexciting, dull underground stations in London.

This work was completed in 1986 and the mosaics reflect Paolozzi's interpretation of the local area and include imagery from his influence from mechanisation, urbanisation and pop culture. From This work by Paolozzi it has influenced me to think about how I could improve a location by adding vibrancy and interest to it through colour and shapes. I might find a spot in my local area or in my house that is boring or neglected and see how I can give it more excitement, maybe by weaving coloured string in the area, or drawing patterned artworks onto parts of it.


YOUR INTERPRETATION - fashion illustration

Antonio Lopez

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Antonio Lopez, 'for fashion's of the times', 1966

I really like the attitude of Lopez's illustrations, not only do they represent the clothes he is illustrating but he created a an atmosphere and attitude to the drawings through colour, pattern and placement. I really like the message that this one above gives off, with the monochrome colour palette and girls on motorcycles this illustration has a bold powerful feeling to it.

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Antonio Lopez, 'for vanity', 1983

 “one of fashion’s most colourful characters.” - Vogue

This description of Lopez after an interview with him proves itself by looking at his illustrations. This illustration has a vibrant energy that I too would like to be able to communicate through my drawings. The placement of the models in this illustration also adds excitement and abstract the piece, it's not just a representative illustration.

DO UNDO REDO - fashion communication

'Tomorrow is calling, are you brave enough to answer?' - ID




Photography - Daniel Jackson  

Fashion direction - Alastair McKimm

ID magazine, winter 2016, the big issue no.346

I came across these photographs when reading one of my old copies of ID magazine at home and they really stood out to me for the use of colour and contrast. McKimm's choices for styling add a vibrancy to these photos that really draw you in and from the makeup and jewellery to the clothes and shoes, this exudes excitement and drama from the models. There is great choice of texture and pattern in these pieces which I really like to focus on in my own work so these photographs really attracted to me.

Jackson's photography works well in collaboration with McKimm's art direction because his choice of location contrasts greatly with the models aesthetic. the mundane, cold environment of the subway makes the models stand out even more in the photographs as they look out of place, in a good way.

Photography is not one of my strong points as I find it hard to think of how to make an exciting photo, but from looking at McKimm and Jackson's collaboration it will help me when photographing/ styling because I will consider more greatly the location of the model and how this could contrast their look, putting together the dull and colourful, or the smooth and the textured. How can I make pattern stand out even more in my photography.