Uni diary – Monday 13 October 2014

Two Mondays ago I wanted to quit (my first day an’ all), last Monday I declared Monday a no-likey day. Today I am in love.

I love the morning workshop, we’re learning to use photoshop, a lot of which I know through teaching myself, but I am enjoying it so much I now have photoshop on my laptop and have treated myself to a wacom pen to draw with.

Well, this afternoon, so far a class I’ve not really enjoyed, feels like we’ve left the starting blocks and I’m moving forward.

Fashion is not just the clothes made by underpaid workers in badly built factories. Yesterday I was walking through Leeds when I passed Evans and popped in. Yep, I bought two items and neither of them was a t-shirt or jeans. Well, ok, one was kind of a t-shirt, but at least it wasn’t a mans one. Slowly does it, I don’t want to take on the fashion world too quickly.

Fashion, as was pointed out this afternoon includes exciting things like accessories, hosiery (well, yes, someone has to design those funky tights), and the funky blue no-fuss stuff they wear in A&E. And as it was also pointed out, we all wear clothing, we’d freeze otherwise.

What I don’t like is being told what to wear, I don’t like the idea that someone somewhere has already decided what colours we’ll have next year… How do they know?

Add to that a childhood spent either in a school or salvation army uniform and you get one traumatised child. I know, I think I need a therapist.

But then, I grow up, and suddenly I can wear what the hell I want and what do I do? I live in jeans and t-shirts.

It’s not good folks.

I’ve got so much Uni stuff to do, plus I’ve got to spin a bag of camel hair and a bag of mohair for one of my knitting buddies, I’ve got to finish off the spaceman outfit pattern, and put the next LED tutorial on the web. But after all that, when I get a break, I’m going to learn to sew.

Fascinating fact of the day:

Tesco employs more people than the British army.

Tomorrow is the second future materials class, we’re learning how to put an LED into fabric… I’ve just bought a lilypad MP3 player that I’m hoping to sew into my hoodie, so am a little bit past that class, but will sit back and enjoy watching it being taught.

If you’re stuck, here’s a tutorial on it.


Published by bettyvirago

Betty Virago is an award winning textile designer. Based in Yorkshire, England, and known for her Northern Folk dolls and the Quilts of Hope project.

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