Visiting students from Nottingham Trent, it was lovely to have you here!

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The girls with Paul Smith

We were graced with the presence of four young ladies from Nottingham Trent Univeristy, who were the recipients of the annual award given out by British Fashion Designer, Paul Smith (who is Big in Japan). They were invited to come to Japan and stay for 6 weeks, hosted by Bunka Gakuen. They were put up the the lovely student house in Honancho (sorry about the hissing cockroaches, girls. I really, realllllly am sorry!). After spending a few days in the school, attending classes, seeing fashion shows, etc. they embarked on their own adventure down to Kyoto and Osaka, and wandered around the streets of Tokyo. I took a couple of them to Nippori, to shop for fabric, and the others? Adventure.

It was suddenly decided that they would sit in on my class, so I decided to give them a bit of a challenge- I presented them with numerous bolts of summery Yukata fabric, and asked them to make whatever they liked out of it. None of them had actually much experience with sewing garments before, but I forced them (lovingly) to try it anyways.  I was excited to see how their textile background would come into their final designs.

Claire Bradshaw – MA Textile Design Innovation

Emilia (Milly) Pancheri – MA Fashion Knitwear Design

Cassie Anne Worman – MA Textile Design Innovation

Louise Coleman – MA Textile Design Innovation

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A necklace in process….

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They dove right in!

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Samurai pleats….???

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Any shape can become clothing if you put it on your body.

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Pure. Joy.

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By Louise Coleman. A cute piece with a lovely peek-a-boo bust. I wish I had taken a snap of her beautiful accompanying illustration.

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Necklaces by Claire Bradshow. Her efforts and experiments with the textiles ended up taking the shape of necklaces.

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Necklaces by Claire Bradshow. Her efforts and experiments with the textiles ended up taking the shape of necklaces.

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Emilia (Milly) Pancheri. There she is! She chose a very time-consuming treatment of the fabric, which I really enjoyed. The structure and composition of the dress was well thought out and very successful.IMG_2420_2

Emilia (Milly) Pancheri. There she is! She chose a very time-consuming treatment of the fabric, which I really enjoyed. The structure and composition of the dress was well thought out and very successful.
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Cassie Anne Worman’d dress started with one circle, and slowly evolved into a dress. I’d like to see Cassie experiment more with these crocheting techniques, and mixing of materials. This was the first dress that she had ever made~~

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At G-Process, the laser cutter and glassmaker.

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laser cut sakura blossoms

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the lens for the laser cutter

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hand cut glass

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choosing the right color

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Slumping part 1: make a flat glass grid.

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Slumping part 2: Make a shape out of something that won’t melt

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Slumping part 3: Melt glass over said shape. Make cool thing.

Weaving class with Yoneyama Sensei and Yumoto Sensei

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The girls learn some weavin’

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yes, it took forever.

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It was really easy for Claire and I, mainly because Claire only threaded half the number that she was meant to! OOPS!

You know that my students are eligible for a scholarship to go to England and study at Nottingham…..right? I’ll give you more info next year.