This afternoon designer Joanna Vanderpuije came into to the studio to show and talk about her current and previous collections. She has become a great inspiration to me. Graduating from Central Saint Martins with a BA Hons and MA, she has gone on to successfully launch her own label. She gave us an insight into her life from graduating to making it as a designer as well as what it is like to work in the industry. I was left feeling motivated and deeply inspired by her determination and high quality of work. Like me Joanna has an interest for both textiles and fashion and seeing how she expresses the two was extremely influencing. Her quality of work was amazing. She advised us that when designing a print, designing to the correct size instantly can be more beneficial in the end result as no detail is lost when enlarging to the desired size. When printing to enhance her designs further she works back into the piece's using embellishment. I was particularly inspired by how she did not use everyday things found in a craft shop such as beads to embellish her work, instead using hand made buttons with her print on and specially laser cut pieces which had elements of her printed design. It has inspired me to start thinking more out side of the box and not rely on just what's in the shops to embellish and enhance my designs further.
For further information on this talented designer check out her blog