Design as Research

I cannot lie, this concept baffles me a little. I think I am just used to thinking as design as something that decorates a surface. Can you tell that I am a textile designer? The print methods that we use in our practice are usually superficial, adding a layer of design onto pre-made fabric. From…

My Illustrated Case Study

I haven’t had much time to do this case study but it was enlightening nevertheless. Recently, I have been trying to stay off my phone and social media. It was really for productivity and mental health reasons that I decided to do so as I am addicted to my phone. I finally admit it! But…

Visualisations within Service Design

Service Design can be used as a general term to describe the planning and organisation of people, infrastructure, communication and material components. It was only in my lecture this morning that I actually learnt this term for the first time and it got me thinking about where I could find examples of this. Usually, service…

Business Model Canvas

Within our lecture two PowerPoint, I discovered the business model canvas. This table shows the values held by organisations and businesses too. I decided to fill out both forms. One for a major business, for this I chose John Lewis and the other was a personal model for my old Etsy shop. This process was…

Symbolism of Moorish Colours

The next port of call for this project was to decide on a colour palette. This is were I usually start my creative journeys as they provide the best inspiration at the beginning. Moorish culture, like most, has symbolism associated with certain colours. These colours provided the foundation to my colour palette but also provided…

Research Methods

I never knew that I could learn so many new definitions within one lecture! I do have to admit I had to look back over this one because content was just not going in at 9am in the morning unfortunately. This lecture was primarily about research methods and the many types of case study you…

Introduction to IDOT

I have got to say, I was not looking forward to the start of this project. However, as time has gone on, I have discovered that I am now very fond of designing wallpaper. We had three briefs to chose from: Beyond the Wall A Sense of Abstraction Animal Astratti I started exploring each one…

An Introduction

Hi, my name is Layla and I am a third year textile student at ECA. I originally choose this course because it seemed like the better option out of two. We weren’t given many options this year for this part of the course, especially when there were so many exciting courses that we could have…

Knitting my Feelings

This is the longest project I have done to date. Actually, it will probably be even longer as I still haven’t finished it and probably won’t until I’m old and grey. Since I learnt how to knit with my lovely neighbour Jennie (hello Jennie if you are reading!), I have always wanted to make a…

Moorish Architecture and Symbolism

A trip to Spain provided me with all of the inspiration images for this project. In particular, I looked at the Alhambra in Granada, the Alzcázar in Seville and the Mequita in Cordoba. This subject matter was great because it has provided a little bit of escapism in the dark Scottish winter and of course…

Burnt Out

*Written two weeks before the Christmas break.* In all honesty, I am writing this from the comforts of my bed and in my pyjamas . I think that shows you what kind of state I am in at the moment. Have you ever been given a task and just thought “I just can’t be bothered”?…

Final Scarf Designs

It seems like an age since I have actually written for this blog, but here we are. I realised that I didn’t show you guys my final designs! The feedback from Strathberry was to mute the colours down from the quite primary colours I initially chose. That was a key lesson in this project, working…