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RELAUNCH OF THE SITE.
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First, I would like to start with a little apology. I haven't been active on the blog for a while. Life goes on and it goes quick, and my main priority has been on my health and my mind these past couples of months. Oh and also on university work. 

What I wanted to share with you is the new launch of the website. I now have a portfolio that I am proud to show, so I have decided to showcase them on the site, and then have my blog as a part of this. And also share the printed portfolio with you! 

The site stays the same. I have used the wordplay on my name to create my company name. SIS.L as people find it hard to pronounce my name. The logo is made to be read from all directions which makes it easy to place on products and furniture as well. 

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I hope you like the new look of the site and please do look around the whole site to see my products. 

 

UNIVERSITY PROJECTS.
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It can be really hard for me to show people my work. I have this unhealthy perfectionist mind that doesn't allow me to be satisfied with anything unless it is exactly what I have imagined. I am also a bit scared about showing unfinished projects as it is easy to change my mind and therefore I am scared to get other peoples opinions.

What I mean is that I want to apologise for not having shown any projects from my first term of uni. I have, firstly, been super busy and also I am not yet satisfied with the products I have produced and the ones I haven’t quite yet finished. We are starting a new project on Tuesday. It is a ceramics project where we will be mass producing our product by doing slipcasting.

These are the things we will be doing: 

Task one: You must observe and record your own use of ceramic products at various times during your daily routines. This could be the morning, lunchtime and the evening. Consider whether there are any ‘rituals’ that you employ, perhaps when cracking an egg in an eggcup at breakfast, squeezing a teabag on the side of your cup at lunchtime or turning on a bedside lamp to read in the evening. You must present a selection of at least 10 observational studies of these domestic rituals. These could be sketches or photographs and they should be presented for assessment in your Design Process Notebook.

You will need to choose one product type from this list:
Lighting, Kitchen Storage, Tableware, Kitchen Accessories, Bathroom Accessories, Stationary Storage, Vases.  

INDIVIDUAL DELIVERABLES: 
• A Full-Size Master Model: Made with care and accuracy, this model represents your design intent features and details.
• Plaster Mould and final Slip Cast Product: Your final manufactured design complete with secondary materials and mould.
• Record of the Process.To capture the research, development of ideas, design & manufacturing “process” you are required to submit your design notebook or sketches and images that capture the process, the final product in context and in a neutral background once the object is fire & Glazed.
• Printed picture of the final product in context. Your final manufactured design in a specific context.

ACTIVITIES:
1- One week for slip casting and mould making demo’s research and idea generation
2- One week for experimental model making demo and concept development.
3- One week for design and model making.
4- One week for moulding Making and drying.
5- One week for slip casting & Assessment

 

This is the first project we do individually which I am very excited about. I am sure I will be somewhat satisfied with this! 

UNIVERSITY COURSEWORK.
 
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I have already received summer coursework before uni starts. So I thought I would share this coursework with you probably first and last time since I won’t have time to show every project and coursework with you when I start. I expect a lot of these in the future 3 years. 

I received an email from my professors saying this: 

 

The Design School – BA Product & Furniture / Summer 2017

Young designers! You are going to be joining a vibrant creative and eager group of fellow students ready to embark on a life-changing journey into the real design world. To get you started we want you to absorb and experiencing “design” in all its forms around you! 
The following are a list of activities we would like you Do, Experience and Capture before you start at Kingston.

Exhibitions
Go to a range of exhibitions, events, shows- 
Get a sketchbook and start sketching! Draw what you find exciting start capturing insight and ideas! 

Build Something
Make something useful for a specific friend or family member! 
Use any materials at hand to build models & prototypes, take pictures of it, bring it along if not too big! 

Materials
Start to collect materials that inspire you and your work! 
Natural materials? Emotional connections, sensations, new interesting opportunities? 

Design
Select 2 examples of what you perceive as “good” design? 
Maybe something you saw in the street or shop or found in a book, or something you own? 

Create
A business card for your own company! 
Make a handful of cards and invent your own company name. 

You will be sharing and discussing these personal activities when we meet at Welcome Week. Please prepare a: 2min presentation/ sum up of the summer activities above. 

 

I have already done most of it but need to build some things. I am very excited to be building, making and creating soon! 

ANOTHER BAG STRAP DIY.

I thought it was time to make another strap for my beloved Mulberry bag. The more straps I think of making the more I love the bag. It is just super classic in it self and depending on which strap there is on, it changes its look completely. 

I have made this strap from a belt with studs this which is a cheap and easy way to do it. With this belt, I only cut off two rings from the end with the rounded tip and the belt buckle and then added the rings. I, of course, had bought the wrong rings that didn't have an "opening" so I had to saw in the rings to be able to open them and add the clasp and then attach them to the belt studs.

 

All of the straps I have are quite short so I think the next strap to make it an adjustable wide nylon strap, otherwise I am still dreaming about a strap that is smaller in the ends and really wide in the middle, a fur strap, a green leather strap and one with another chain.

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I now have 4 straps and I have used them all very regularly, none more than the other really. 
Have a look at the other straps I have made here.

MY PORTFOLIO FOR UNIVERSITY.

This is the portfolio I have shown the different universities in the UK - a folder of projects and products I have made from 2014 to 2017.  

I am looking forward to seeing whether these things will be embarrassing to look back to in some years when I have made a thousand more! Right now I am proud of them and I really want to be putting some of these into production. Either way this portfolio has made me get offers from universities what so ever, so I must have done something right huh?