Friday, 10 November 2017

CREATIVE FUSE: Cake 13 Future Fashion

For those of you that follow me on instagram may have seen I was at the Northern Design Centre in Gateshead yesterday. I was there for the Creative Fuse Cake 13 Event. Every month, Creative Fuse host a Cake event (which of course includes coffee & cake), which covers a different topic each time. This time, the focus of the event and the speakers brought together was the future on the fashion and creative industry.

As you can see from our content and designs, we are inspired a lot by science and so this was right up our street! The guest speakers were Jen Barrett from This Is Creative Enterprice (TICE), Sally Smallwood founder of clothing brand Wreckreation and Raymond Oliver who is a chemical engineer and Professor of Interactive Materials at Northumbria University. 

Before the talk, there was an exhibition of a few North east creatives which we got to speak to. These included Trendlistr - a vintage online marketplace, Moth Studios - a taxidermy accessories & gift company who also run workshops, work by fashion students at Teeside University and Valeriia Savina - a fashion student at Newcastle College.

Jen from TICE spoke about how education can be evolved from the industries we now have to educating the youth as to what jobs may exist in the future when they are ready to into the working world. She was highlighting the important of ambient marketing and the fact that 70% of millennials would rather spend their money on an experience rather than a product. She also mentioned that with every trend the industries show, there is counter trends which are in turn a side effect of the original trend. With the tech fuelled lives we live lead now, we may try to resist and begin to lean to more heritage brands and things that encapsulate more tactile techniques and processes. 

Jen also highlighted the importance of cross collaboration for the future of the creative industry. Bringing events and experiences together and brands collaborating more is something we can be educating today's youngsters about. 

Sally was next up and she introduced her brand Wreckreation. Her brand creates custom built clothing for self proclaimed warriors. She strives to empower people through her designs and is inspired a lot by motor cross which can be seen through her colour ways, but she's also inspired hugely by philosophy and the way humans think. Her early sketches show the the muscle build up of the human form which was then translated into trouser panels. 

She has created the 'Super Charger' jeans which are panelled jeans that are lined with LED strips. The light reflects electrical impulses that we all carry inside our brains. She then explained that we all have this, so we have to power to shine outwardly and the Super Charger jeans were born. She collaborated with CPI to help make this design a reality! 

The last speaker, Raymond Oliver is a very inspiring man and mind. His background in chemical engineering is now fuelling his position at Northumbria University with a focus group of students he is working with. He spoke about fashion through the ages and in his opinion, fashion has no past or future but is relative to the present time. Neither is more advanced, as again, its relative to the time it was designed and produced. Interesting concept, right?! Raymond also thinks there shouldn't be a difference between the arts and science and instead should be working and collaborating more. We couldn't agree more!

He then went on to explain how, with the research in chemical engineering, it will be possible to create fabrics which react similarly to mad made fibres like elastic but with natural molecules from the sea etc. And apparently, sugar will also play a big role in this sustainability journey. This will allow the industry to create fabrics which can be reused and recycled. With today's culture of throw away fashion (playstation generation of tinder and fast food), we think this is much needed and so beneficial to the environment! 

After the talk, it was on to the cake part of the cake event. Of course, we obliged in this part (rude not to, right.) This gave us a chance to have a really good look around at the exhibition and network with some lovely people. 

We have known about Moth Studios for some time now and always see their workshop events on facebook, but never had the pleasure of seeing Sharene's work up close. But yesterday that changed! Gorgeous mix of colours, textures and attention to detail. 

It's great to see local designers doing their own thing and setting the path for others to follow! Moth Studio's is very unique and offers classes which I haven't seen anywhere else in the north east. 

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Feature on the F6.Studio Blog

So a few weeks ago I was featured on the F6.Studios blog along with other students from my course. It was such a great feeling to wake up to tweets and messages about the blog post that I didn't even know had been published online.
Check it out here:
Thanks to the guys at F6.Studios for this feature! 

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Newcastle Fashion Week 2013

So I have neglected this blog a bit since the crazyness that was of my final deadline at Cleveland College of Art & Design, then New York for the Surtex Trade Show and then organising the degree show, then visiting New Designers in London after that.
So I'm going to show you some snaps from Newcastle Fashion Week firstly to update everyone!

Backstage passes
My models were absolute dolls and killed it on the catwalk! NFW was a huge success and was great to see all the other local talent. I had this music as my catwalk track and the girls stomped it out....
Credit to Newcastle Fashion Week. Do not use these images without expressed permission.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Perspex Crazy

I realise I have majorly neglected this blog but as you guys know I am working on my Final Major Project. A while back I uploaded some images of my drawing. Now I have some images of Perspex samples I have been experimenting with...  Hope you like them!










All Perspex shown in these images is sourced from Bay Plastics Ltd.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Interview with Visual Artist, Kirst Ohh

1. Please introduce yourself. Include age, hometown and details of where you studied? 
Hi rad and wonderful humans! I'm Kirst Ohh a kiwi born, Sydney based visual artist.  I grew up in Auckland, New Zealand but have been based in Sydney for the last 5 years where I completed my Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2010.

2. When did you realise you were creative and knew you could take it to the next level?
Always!  I never had an ah ha moment, I was always a crazy creative child!  I decided to study visual arts as I have a broad passion for the arts but didn't want to be stuck studying theory everyday so Visual Arts had a great practical to theory ratio which really appealed.  I loved it instantly but to be honest dreaded the theory once I realised what it entailed.  I am definitely a practical artist who draws influence from everyday life rather than art history.

3 What is your favourite project to date?
Oooh I have a few now but probably the Mr Peacock skateboard deck I painted for the 360 Project Charity Exhibition back in 2011.  It was a break through piece for me as I always thought I couldn't draw (I never gave myself enough credit) and it was the first time under pressure that I cranked out this wicked drawing which I then filled in with acrylic Posca Pens and acrylic paint with a brush.  I turned it around in 12 hours and was so happy with the end result. I filmed the process and it is one of my highest watched videos on youtube.  Artists go through a lot of work that they don't end up loving when completed but to others it might look great. We are our harshest critics, but this time I was beyond happy and I genuinely loved the piece I created (phew).  Iv'e learnt not to dwell on a piece or not to over think it. My best work comes out of nowhere most of the time, the pieces that I spend the least amount of time on but am completely focused on at the time of doing them.

4. If you could meet any artist (dead or alive. Contemporary or historical) who would it be and what would you ask them? 

Andy Warhol!  I'd ask him to make a stupid harlem shake dancing video with me.and I'd ask him if I could dipdye his hair haha!  He had a good mane.

5. I know you are part of rah collective but could you explain to readers what it is and how it came about. Also I'd love to hear about your exhibitions... 
Rah Collective is a group of rad visual artists who all met at Art School.  We all have a love of and passion for art, print media and illustration among other things so it was decided there should be a collective made to motivate one another, create group exhibitions and have general fun times immersed in art.  Qwux, Luke Burcher, Jess Cally, Thom Brandson + Jess ME and I are all still going strong today, all with our own careers booming in very different ways.


We are all hugely supportive of one another (I would jump in front of a paint-gun for any of them they are that awesome) and we pull together to motivate and keep each other going. We often meet up for Ramen at the local Japanese restaurant and each bring along ideas and take meeting minutes - although most of that is just for us to pretend like we are really special.  Art is a bloody fickle beast of a thing and a lot of the time we all struggle.  Society make artists out to be these fluffy away with the fairies type people that float through life on a magical carpet of sparkles, but the real side of us is that we live from pay check to pay check and we eat a lot of canned food but we LOVE WHAT WE DO.  And if you love what you do then you cant help but love your life.

6. What are your plans for the future? 
Right now I own 2 business.  My art career as Kirst Ohh, and my videography business FOREVERvideography. I also have a part time job at this stella outdoor cafe by the water right outside my house.  I am lucky and right now I live an awesome life but it took 7 years of incredibly hard work and a lot of struggling financially, and emotionally. 
I have now discovered who I really am and exactly what I want to do, which is amazing but it didn't just happen over night. The great thing is it was an amazing ride getting to this point, I have had so much fun since leaving high school and I don't regret a single moment as it has all lead to this present day.  I am getting married at the end of this year in Thailand, I am planning a trip to Europe next summer and after that I hope to contract out staff members to do some of the filming work so I can have some kiddies and edit and create art at home and enjoy that part of my life for a bit.  I will always be an artist, I just can't help but be one and I hope to pass on my passions to my kids if my soon to be husband Zane doesn't get in there first and corrupt their minds with sports, sports and more sports.  
Thanks Kirst Ohh for this awesome interview. Check her out at -

Friday, 29 March 2013


Here's some images of my drawing for my final major project. I will show you my process from inspiration and drawing to development moving onto my final products and collection. My drawing consists of mannequins, memory cards, screws, nuts, bolts. Basically an eclectic mix of everything my concept represents!



Monday, 18 March 2013

Product Shots

Here are some more detailed images of my last collection. These are better product shots to see the surface design detail:
Laser cut bib necklace




Circuit board surface design

 Credit to photographer, Paul Spillit.
Do not use images without permission. All images copyright © to Kayleigh Falcus 2013.