Monday, 29 October 2012

Stunning Dundee

Just can't believe that a wee city like Dundee could be surrounded by such beauty

Half way through

Hello everyone,

Just updating you on how I have been getting on with my textile accessories advanced project.

Right well last time I had just started to draw from my research, I have now decided fully that I am going to do church arches.

After these drawings I then decided to change colour:

So here are some more drawings.

This went quite well but I decided to stick with the yellow, purple, black and gold.

After this came choosing one or two paper that I would like to further developers into fabric samples I chose these

And that is all for now until I starts to make fabric samples and draw designs for accessories

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Vintage Wedding Fair

Hello everyone! I am at a vintage wedding fair in Dundee! At Chambers east.

If you fancy coming along then we are here till 4pm

I am representing ivory whites bridal boutique.

Here are a few picture

Sunday, 30 September 2012

New Term

Hello Everyone,

Sorry that it has been such a long time since I last posted.

Well let me catch you up on what ha been happening. I have started my HND year at Dundee college and I have to say that i am loving it!

I have quite a few projects and I am going to share some of them with you. Going from my research through to the final design.

This first project is called Textile Accessories Advanced. The theme that I have chosen is grids and lines.
By then end of this project I have to produce a collection of 3 accessories.

For me a project nearly always starts with me making a mind map.

Yeah I know right this minuet you are almost certainly thinking; wow, that is a little crazy!
well at the beginning of any project you are right, crazy kind of covers it due to the overwhelming ideas that you get.

But from this beautiful mess I decided to go with buildings. 

My Research come next:

These pages of my sketchbook are a mixture of original source photographs and secondary sources. the other page is a stencil inspire by these photos and the middle piece is an ideas card.

On the left hand of this page is a photo of parts of New York being built, in the centre is a piece by Stephan Annened, and below it there is a picture of Dundee's high rise flats. finally to the right of the page there is some of my own mark making.

As I continued to look at buildings and the type of lines that they have and that I like to make I found a plethora of other artists that are inspiring to me.

The left page consists of my own photo of a most wonderful Chateaux in France in the Loire Valley, Where many a happy memory has been formed. Also on this page there are two pictures of stunning architecture. My inspirational designer on this page is called Harold Riley, and his use of wonderful colours and lines are the reason why he is on this page. 

The right hand page see inspiration from Harold Riley, Bridget Collins and Moy Mackay, with a small triangle of my own playing. 

This page is quite an influential one as I think it is going to be the main ideas for my accessories. Again images from Bridget Collins, Harold Riley and Snap Dragon. I also have my own picture of when i went to prague and saw this amazing cathedral. (centre) 

After I completed my research on lines and grids. we had a workshop with our lecturer, on mark making. I created this page by using an A3 piece of watercolour paper used three different colour of paints some textured and I scraped it across the page. let it dry then cut it up and places it into my sketchbook. 

After the work shop I finally got down to making some marks of my own. these are a mixture of media including stitch and graphite. 

This page is made with acrylic paints and charcoal. It represent the cathedral arches in my research.

Well that is all for now, I will keep you updated every week on the progress of this subject.
If you have ay questions please feel free to contact me. 

Till next time

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Exciting New Blog

Hello Everyone,

Just letting you know about an exciting new blog, all about the delicious food in Dundee and Tayside!

Good Food Tayside

I hope you all enjoy and take advantage of what Dundee and Tayside has to offer!

Friday, 27 July 2012

On TV!

Hello Everyone,

Just blogging to let everyone know that Dundee was on TV!!!!
BBC2 have a programme called Restoration Home and Sandford House was on! It is just outside Dundee near Tayport but during the programme they went into Dundee and got some lovely shots of our fair city.

Please go and Watch the Programme it was great :)
Here is the link:


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Peel Farm

Hello Everyone,

Just letting you know that there is a craft fair at Peel Fair near Aylth this Sunday coming 10-4. Here are some items that I will be selling or if you would like one I also do commissions

Just drop me a line at:

Tuesday, 10 July 2012



just writing to let you know that i have produced felt scarfs and will be producing more and that they can be seen and bought at the craft fair in Blairgowrie Town Hall on the 20th of July 2012.

I will post more pictures as they are made. If you would like one but can't make the craft fair please contact me at and I will be more than happy to make one for you.

Here are two scarfs that I have made so far;

Wednesday, 4 July 2012




Well today I have to say that I had the most fantastic experience.

After meeting up with my friends, we then ambled along to a most wonderful Cafe.

On the outside T.Ann.Cake is simple and fun but the minuet that you step into this lovely cafe you feel excited and at home.

This is there lovely and simple business cards and on the back is a wonderful speech to entice you in and I must say when I read it I just wanted to go straight back inside!
This is how my tea arrived!! I couldn't have been happier! 
The only ting that topped it off was the cutest teapot with a tea cozy, filled to the brim with Earl Grey Tea from a Tea Pigs bag!

Don't they just look Devine!

So to round off t I would just love to tell you that this is a must for anyone! The Staff are delightful and it was a please to be served by them. 
The Cakes  are mouth watering and I promise that you won't just have one. 
The lunch menu offers a wide and varied selection for everyone including vegan, vegetarian, and even gluten free. 

And as for Ann who runs this gem, I would like to thank her for being another of Dundee's Heroes as she helps make the city a better more delicious place!

All i have left to say now is, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Info about T-Ann-Cakes:

27 Exchange St, Dundee