Santiago Del Teide

As you all know, I am currently in Tenerife, Spain and today I ventured up to the top of the volcano! After a 3 hour coach trip, a bumpy cable car journey and a spout of altitude sickness, I got to the top of the volcano and I must say, it was offing awesome. Me and my boyfriend took a 40 minute walk up a random path round the volcano and saw sulphur fields (which, I’ll be honest, smelt bloody bad), a sea of clouds and a never-ending sight of the rest of the volcano. I would thoroughly recommend this adventure, and make sure you take comfy shoes to walk over rocks in!

Dolphin & Whale Excursion in the Atlantic Ocean…

A 3 hour boat ride into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Puerto Santiago, Tenerife. On the voyage we saw the Pilot Whale and the (…) Dolphin. We even saw a Pilot Whale Mama and Baby, who wasn’t too happy we were having a nosy at her tiny baby. These animals are so majestic and loyal to their pods/families they live in. Once we had seen the whales and dolphins, we ventured to the edge of the volcano where we saw a rock bombarded in crabs, and had a snorkel in a little cove where the water was so clear and had so many fish! One of the best days of the holiday I must say๐Ÿ™‚

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Knutsford May Day

Comes round once a year; you can guarantee I’ll be there!

A brilliant day to spend with my boyfriend and friends in the pubs and bars of Knutsford and to have a go on the fairground ๐Ÿ’ฅ

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Summer begins…

So, my first year at university is finished and I must say, it has been such an amazing year๐Ÿ’ฅ

The life of a fashion and textiles student is a challenging one- having to keep the motivation and rhythm going when creating and designing, balancing a job, trying to stay fit, sitting in the studio for 8 hours and having to eat rice and veg for dinner because you’ve just spent ยฃ160 on fabrics is a lot to take in when you’ve not lived away from home before (especially 225 miles away). But this experience could possibly be one of the best things that happened to me; I have learnt so much about myself, who I am and what I love (particularly in the fashion and textiles world). 

This summer I will be posting everything I do, everything that inspires me, and also my personal work. I have been set a summer project which will be connected to this blog and I will keep you guys updated with it also. 

I am looking to start selling my own work, whether that be one off pieces, paintings, fabrics, fashion pieces etc. and will soon be posting a site that these will be available from๐ŸŽจ

My second and third project at uni I will post up here so you guys can see how far I’ve come and how much I still have yet to achieve. 

If you are interested in my work or even want to have a chat, email me at mgtprints@gmail.com ๐Ÿ˜Š 

From Dover to Calais โ›ด

Me and my boyfriend had an amazing adventure from Dover to Calais ๐Ÿ’‘ We had only been to Dover to explore two weeks before when we decided to come back and venture to France. 

When we arrived we ventured up the White Cliffs for a stroll and checked in to our hostel at about 9pm. The hostel was bloody awful but it was a bed to sleep in before we got up at 6am(!!!) the following morning. We then got on our ferry and headed for Calais. Here’s some pictures of our trip: 

The dreaded hostel room.

 


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First university project: an exploration of Chatham’s Historic Dockyard ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย 

 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

The first project began with a series of drawings completed on location (Chatham Dockyards). Drawings were to be developed and manipulated to go towards designing our first print compositions. For this, we created our own screens and exposed our designs onto them. We also had to look at recent shirt designs and templates and also trending colours of the season. Once we printed onto cotton which we could dye and manipulate as we pleased, we then had to create a ‘shirt template’ from our printed fabric, which was to be our final outcome.

During the project, we were also introduced to pattern cutting techniques, dart manipulation, seam allowances, and bias cutting. Through this process we completed a shirt toile, adding hems, various types of seams, buttonholes, darts and a collar.

A smooth achievement after a bumpy road…

After 3 (tough) months at university, I have finally settled in and begun loving living 224 miles away from home. The past three months have really helped me to discover my passions and my identity; I’m so excited to see how I’m feeling after the next following 5 months.

The one thing I can tell someone who is about to study a fashion/textiles degree or is about to live miles away from home (from my own experience): keep your head screwed on and approach every day with a positive outlook. It is hard, but achievable.

The first project was the toughest for myself. Especially as I have not completed a foundation degree; I went straight into higher education. So, finding my artistic ‘penmanship’ was a struggle at first, however much confidence I had in myself beforehand. This has taught me that no matter how far you know you have come, there is still so much more to learn and discover- which is only thrilling. (I will be posting some images of my first project to illustrate the movements within a textile project).

My second project, ‘Pattern & Repeat’, is possibly the best project I have ever begun in my four years of doing textiles. I will post further on in the project to show my development, however, the outcome will consist of a roll of my own fabric, with my own printed repeat pattern.

To be successful at a textiles project, your eyes have to constantly be wandering, looking for the latest shape, pattern, colour, style, and even the not-so extravagant things but that can still be amazingly inspirational.

And so the new chapter begins…

Rochester, Kent is officially my new home for the next 3 years, university begins! Rochester and the town next door (Chatham) are such beautiful places, both being old-fashioned towns containing tiny churches built in 1038 etc. etc.

At university (UCA) I am studying Fashion Textiles: Print. I received my first project at university yesterday- Getting Into Print. Go follow my new Pinterest board which I will be adding to daily! https://uk.pinterest.com/micagtodd/getting-into-print/

I will also be blogging on here at least a couple of times a week now as my life is truly beginning and I’m not just working all summer #livingthedream

Toodaloooooooo

SATURDAY POST #1

So, I apologize for not updating, but I have been working silly hours since the beginning of summer to save up some dollar for my car, my holiday, myself and university. 

However, as it has been my week off work I have been keeping myself busy and had a nice quiet night in on the sewing machine last night! Also, started the embellishment on a handmade poncho I bought in Mexico from a market seller. 

I am in love with pom-poms currently and want them on ALL my clothes. I stitched some on a navy blue slip dress I own, just to add a bit of summer flair (even though half the time there is no such thing as summer in England) but I have decided to take the piece on my holiday. 

I have also weirdly become a fan of chopping the arms off of shirts and the occasional jacket to create longline sleeveless vests, or cute tailored vests.

I will be posting some more pictures of the vests soon enough and will be posting again later today with some inspo! However, cannot post tomorrow as I am traveling tonight to spend the weekend away with my boyfriend (excited!๐Ÿ‘ซ).