Diaries of a Textile Student: Take Two

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We’ve successfully made it to week 4 of second year, and we’ve had the first set of stress tears too, I mean I’m pretty impressed I made it to week 4 without crying, go me! Anyway my idea to make these a weekly thing has already gone to pot seeing as I’ve had so much work to do I haven’t even had time to chat about it!

However the past couple of weeks have been fairly similar, I’ve been very stressed, lots of work, sketchbook illustrations for days, and enough samples to make a full outfit. I’ll admit, despite being very stressed I’m still loving every second – I had a realisation the other day that I’m more or less halfway through my degree soon, and that scared me a bit. I think I’ve taken the experience so far for granted a bit – this realisation has made me think that I do need to be making the most of my time. Because after this, it’s 9-5 until I’m 65…cry…

I’ve spent a lot of these past 2 weeks doing a hell of a lot of sketchbook work, this is part and parcel of a creative course, any spare moment I get, I’ll be improving my sketchbook work, creating new artworks, ideas and pushing my project even more. Alongside this, I’ve been undertaking a lot of fashion illustration, something that I never thought I would enjoy doing. Through all of college, I would do anything to have to not illustrate my designs, but long and behold, a year and a half into my degree and I love doing it. I’ve really started to find my drawing style and how I enjoy working – I think this has really helped my illustration skills develop as I’ve now found a way of working where I produce results I’m happy with!

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Alongside the sketchbook and design aspect, of course specialising in knitwear, a lot of my time is also spent in the knit room. I’ve had a fairly good run in the knit room this year, that was until last Friday, when nothing was going right for me, and I mean nothing. Knits falling of the machines, patterns not working out – the whole hog. I spent 6 hours in there, and left with 3 samples, it’s safe to say I felt fairly deflated after that session. I wasn’t going to let it stop me though, come Monday morning I was raring to go again and had an absolutely awesome day in the knit room bashing out experimental samples. I have attached some pictures below – bare in mind they still need to be steamed and tidied, once done so they will look a lot more professional, but you get the idea.

I briefly touched upon placement year in my previous textiles diaries post; when I last updated you all, I was in the midst of writing my CV and cover letter, the absolute torture that was, you’ll all be pleased to know I finally finished them both, well done to me!! Honestly writing a CV when you lack self confidence is such a struggle, but after plenty of drafts I got there in the end! I’ve got very mixed feelings about placement year, I really want to do one as I know it will benefit me so well in the long run, having said this, I’m really struggling to find placements that appeal to me. After all it is a year of my life I’m going to be spending doing it, so of course I want to pick something that I’m going to love doing. I’m trying to stay optimistic, and if placement doesn’t work out, I still have other plans, so we’ll see how it goes!

The past couple of weeks have been a bit of a blur in all honesty, I have no idea where the time is going and all the weeks are just merging into one, but I’m starting to think that thats just how the next few years are going to be! I hope you are all enjoying these little snippets into my course and what I get up to when I’m not airing my problems on twitter or posting over posed pictures on Instagram!

See you for next weeks instalment,

All my love,

Han xx

4 thoughts on “Diaries of a Textile Student: Take Two

  1. I find these posts really interesting to read, I was never good at textiles but hearing someones experience and journey is really lovely! We can all get deflated, especially when we do lots of work but feel like we are getting nowhere, but I am sure that all of your hard work is making you progress, even if you dont realise it! Thanks for sharing x

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