Final Major Project

‘Tropical Safari’ – DEVELOPMENT/catch up

Happy Humpday!

I thought that I would catch you up on how the developmental process of my FMP, how I was inspired, what I experimented with, created, and ultimately, what lead to my final surface design collection: ‘Tropical Safari’.

Sidenote: If you are unsure, unaware of or interested in my ‘Tropical Safari’ concept and would like to know more about it/how it came to be, check out my previous blog post here.

Final Major Project was truly a whirlwind for me; the entire process was exciting, rather nerve-wracking but honestly my favourite ever degree module. I am still not used to not having to work on it! But, don’t get me wrong, my mind is enjoying the vacay. 

So, let me catch you up on what went down during my design development…

Colour, textures and composition was a major focus in my developmental process! From the get go, I wanted my designs to captivate and impact my audience. Echoing my ‘Tropical Safari’ concept: my design work holds a vibrant, contrasting, and tropical aesthetic – yet, with a more “gritty” motif included. Although I struggled to create the correct balance of these visual factors initially, it is something that I explored and improved throughout this module.

I wanted my surface designs to communicate the vibrant, “pretty” aesthetics of my ‘Tropical Safari’ concept, capture the beauty and diversity of animal life and nature – yet, also highlight the more “gritty”, destructive, damaging, the contradicting nature and the consequences of natural disasters, on animals and the natural world.  Impact. The Earth harming the Earth. Whilst conveying these ideologies, ultimately I wanted my designs to represent and reveal the imperfections, altered beauty and intruiging chaos that such events leave behind.

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In order to represent such consequences, impact and the force and momentum of natural disasters onto animals/nature, I explored ‘Action’ mark-making development. Working onto both fabric and paper, as well as transparent surfaces – incorporating variety of wet media, tools, application methods, approaches, embroidery techniques and surface manipulation – I have explored echoing/representing natural disasters’ impact through marks, textures and design.

I created a youtube playlist of natural disaster-related videos: CCTV footage, documentaries, news reports, film scenes, factual videos etc – which I listened to whilst creating my developmental samples, compositions, experiments and designs. Inspired/influenced by the sounds, emotions, events and the force, impact, destruction, disastrous devastation of these videos, I determined the application, direction, force and power of my marks and textures. I also attempted to replicate the actionbehind and within natural disasters, for example: violently shaking surfaces, allowing wet media to move unpredictably, rapidly blowing my media, distorting the marks/composition, forcefully and aggressively applying my media, creating impacting marks etc. Such developmental marks, textures and ‘Action’ outcomes I then developed further and incorporated within my layouts/designs.

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The developmental stage of my FMP was so in depth and such a long, dedicated process, I could type and type and type to explain every step along the way. But I am aware that it would be far to wordy ~ and potentially boring(!) ~ for you. Yet, I wanted to briefly provide an insight into my development for ‘Tropical Safari’ and I hope that you have been interested and inspired by my creative, conceptual and visual journey.

See below for some photos ~ taken by myself Alice Rose Toth Designs ©️ ~ of my ‘Action’ mark-making, textures and developmental samples!!

Also, check out my Design Instagram page!! 

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Thank you so much for checking out my blog!

Feel free to have a look around, follow me or comment below! I’d love to answer any questions you have or let me know of any exciting projects that you’re working on!!

Stay tuned for a sneak peak of my final collection, ‘Tropical Safari’, and some exciting info!

 

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Adventures, inspiration

Thinking..

Today I have been flicking through – well, scrolling through my camera roll – photographs that I have taken at South Lakes Safari Zoo a couple of months back..

Now that I have handed in in my final degree assignment (my FMP ‘Tropical Safari’ ), I have even more freedom to explore my ideas and visual inspirations in surface design. For the meantime, I am taking a little break from design to give my mind a breather and focus on the degree show, but today, these primary images of mine have began to spark inspiration.

I love visiting zoos, I find seeing the Safari animals so grounding and calming. Which is somewhat ironic, as they are wild and potential danger. The giraffes in particular I am drawn to. I also love to incorporate animals, their distinct qualities, characteristics and aesthetics: pattern, print, textures, etc. within my designs.

These are initial thoughts that I am exploring; I am excited to begin new projects as an independent surface designer post-graduation. I’ll make sure to keep you all posted.

Enjoy scrolling through my photographs below! 

Stay tuned!!

Alice

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Final Major Project

Let’s catch up!!

It has been a minute since I have updated my blog! 

Finalising my degree has been my main focus over the past couple of months. It has been a daunting, exciting and busy time and, unfortunately, I have neglected my blog in my process.. but, fear not! Let me fill you in on what you’ve missed out!

First things first, here are some snapshots – taken by me – of some of my design development work that I have created during my FMP

enjoy! 

Alice

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Adventures, Travel

London / Harry Potter Studio Tour

This week I had a mini getaway down south – and I thought I would share with you some snapshots/details of my trip. Whilst away, I had an afternoon exploring London.

Well, that was the plan, what we were not expecting was being delayed due to our coach breaking down. Next time, I think I’ll take the train…

So instead, we had a couple of hours to roam around Covent Garden. We dropped by Paul’s for a caramel cappuccino fix, had a cheeky Snog Fro-Yo, and browsed through the beautiful shops – and I’ll be honest, it was mainly window shopping *sigh*. However, I did get to treat myself to some gorgeous stationary from Kikki K. (Gorgeous stationary is my WEAKNESS) …

Then on the following day we had booked to visit The Making Of Harry Potter, the Warner Bros Studio Tour (!!!) It was my second visit, and I enjoyed it just as much – if not more – as the first. My favourite part was seeing the Hogwarts Express for the first time … yes, I am a self-confessed Harry Potter lover. On this tour, you really get an insight to the making of the films and the time, effort and detail that was incorporated to create these masterpieces. They even created hundreds of real hand-written labels, posters, newspapers, books and articles to feature within the films, word for word! But, that’s enough chatting from me … enjoy my photos!

I would highly recommend visiting this studio tour,

to see the magic for yourself!

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Thank you for checking out my blog post! See you soon

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Adventures, Friday Favourites

Budapest flashback

Today’s Friday favourite blog post is a little throwback, to one of my all-time favourite European trips. Budapest!

Being 1/4 Hungarian – to be exact – I was very excited to explore the city of Budapest. I haven’t really been on very many “touristy” city breaks and actually, I’d like to change that. Note to self: visit more of Europe. 

Budapest is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. From the Danube riverside, the breathtaking view from the top of Jubileumi Park, to simply the architechtural beauty throughout city’s streets. We explored, took a City Bus Tour in the brisk Spring weather, visited the local Zoo, walked, and walked … and walked … ate delicious food, drank cocktails and laughed. It was such an amazing week.

I would recommend visiting Budapest with all my heart.

Please enjoy some snapshots of my trip …

 

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View of Budapest Castle from the Danube riverside – Budapest March 2016

 

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Giraffes – Budapest March 2016

 

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My favourite animal in the world (apart from my Puppy, Harvey) – Budapest March 2016

 

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I love looking around Zoos, they’re one of my most favourite places to visit – Budapest March 2016

 

I hope you enjoyed this Friday favourite post – Happy Weekend!!!

Alice

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Coffee break / inspiration

Coffee break / inspiration

This coffee break is a shout out to a previous Fashion collaboration that I am finding visually inspiring and aaa-ma-zing at the moment..

the 2016 KENZO X H&M Collection.

In relation to my Tropical Safari FMP – the out there vibes, vibrancy and striking animal print that this collection features are super inspiring. And the colour palette! *sigh*

I understand that this collaboration may not be everybody’s cup of tea but for me, I love it. Would I wear/replicate the outfits directly from the look book?, probably not. However, from a design point of view, the featured surface patterns are so energetic, captivating and visually-successful, I cannot help but feel excited and inspired by the KENZO X H&M designs. To be honest, I have always admired KENZO’s designs regardless.

As I have been creating and developing abstract textures, mark-making and animal print within my Final Major Project, the contrasts and juxtapositions of print, colour and composition within the KENZO X H&M collection intrigues me.

Recently, whilst collating market research, I discovered this quick clip, advertising the 2016 KENZO X H&M collaboration.

The visuals and vibrancy of this capmaign are incredible. Check it out:

KENZO Official Youtube channel

So, have you never seen or heard about this collection before?

Well then, grab your coffee,

and feast your eyes on this – the KENZO X H&M New York fashion show:

When I first watched this show, I was instantly drawn in and, quite frankly, a bit taken back by it. I could not stop watching it. Featuring quirky dance and movement, upbeat music, dynamic contrasts and a lot of things going on at once, I have never seen a fashion show quite like this one (and let’s not forget the designs). I was entranced; I will not forget this collaboration in a looong time.

I hope you have enjoyed this coffee break / inspiration, and that you are having a fab week.

Happy Humpday!!

Alice

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Featured image source: http://www.wildaboutmagazine.com/kenzo-x-hm-everything-need-know/ 
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inspiration

Evie Ward designs

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Check out Evie Ward’s beautiful – and “punny” – Valentine’s Day and greetings cards!!

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Evie is a Textiles and Surface Design graduate from the North East of England, who creates unique illustrations, prints, cards and personalised commissions..

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Evie has created some gorgeous prints and cards – perfect for Valentine’s Day or perhaps for a gift, “just because”. Check out Evie’s designs on her social media..

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http://www.evie-ward.blogspot.co.uk

Instagram: eviewarddesigns

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