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I’ve very happy to let you all know that I have been awarded the Made in Aberdeen bursary award. The project launches this week and will run until September. Want to have a look at the brief I wrote for it? Then read on…
Paper_Houses will develop our first fashion collection for winter 2014. All designs will incorporate my surface pattern designs that will be specially created for the collection and inspired by Aberdeen’s manmade structures. The project will be broken down in to 3 stages and will include opportunities for participation.
#BehindtheStudioDoor /// The Workshop - A very beginner’s contemporary screen printing workshop. It will give participants an introduction to screen printing using a very basic method and supplies that they can easily pick up at their local art store. They will leave with a tote bag with their design printed on it as well as having learned not only a new skill but also an insight to the creative process. I will also give them information as to where they can go for more in depth classes on screen printing, as this is more of a taster session. I am hoping to aim this workshop towards people that live in Aberdeen who have not had any formal textile design training but who wish to know more about how the creative process works. This will also be a great workshop for anyone who has a love for architecture. The workshop participants will help with the overall project as I will gain another view of what spots in Aberdeen hold points of interest. I will also ask all participants to agree to images, videos or examples from the workshop to be documented and shown in the exhibition.
#BehindtheStudioDoor /// The Exhibition - This will be a peek in to what is usually kept under wraps in a designer’s sketchbook & desk. Influences, inspiration, research, surface pattern designs & fashion sketches. Showing how a collection develops, involving the public on how a creative studio works. So lots of sketches, moodboards, photographs & samples.
#BehindtheStudioDoor /// Final Outcome - There will be a collection of 4 - 5 fashion items. The whole project is about celebrating being a creative in Aberdeen. I am also proposing to have a fashion exhibition to show the final outcome products.
With this proposal I want to open the textile industry up to a wider audience and to show how inspiring the surroundings in Aberdeen are. For my own development I will push myself to exhibit more of my work, showing stages that would usually stay behind the studio door. Through workshops I will be developing my teaching skills and share textile techniques. Moving in to fashion form from textile design will also need me to develop my garment construction skills which will push my business, Paper_Houses in to a more fruitful future.
Being outside of London always makes it difficult to get noticed. Also with Aberdeen being so north it can be difficult for bloggers etc from around Scotland to make events. We need to pull the attention further north.
Through marketing, via social media and traditional paper based marketing, exhibitions and workshop I want to help do this. As having more than one event for a project will give the public and media multiple opportunities to interact with it. Through interaction will come blog posts, facebook statuses, tweets etc. This will increase my profile as an Aberdeen based artist.
Hayley Scanlan recently had a fashion show in Dundee for her collection “Love Me Tender”. By using social media a great buzz was created for her. From this more Dundee creatives have been recognised. See below examples.
Therefore I feel that Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire creative can do the same for the North East.
For all the updates follow us on twitter and Instagram @Paper_Houses. Also use the #’s #BehindtheStudioDoor #MadeinAberdeen.
Let’s see what happens!