The Tarot Experiment: September

Tarot has always been a hobby of mine. Although I’m not thoroughly invested in its fortune telling abilities, I find it a really fun way to get my thoughts in order. So on that note, I thought a fun way to document my year on placement would be to throw out an annual tarot spread and see how each card compares to the actual events each month brings.

September’s card turned out to be Three of Swords. This card represents heartache and even more so when the card is reversed. The quote in my tarot guide reads: “Confusion and worry, a great upheaval that causes stress. The healing process has begun, even though you have a long way to go.”

This couldn’t have been more accurate if it tried. Unfortunately, my placement is located a considerable distance away from my previous city, which has cost me a 2 and a half year long relationship. As inappropriate as it may seem to document this detail, I want this blog to be a raw and honest recount of my year – and that includes acknowledging events and memories which might not all be rainbows and unicorn poop.

Regardless of whether tarot readings have any truth to them or not, I strongly believe that the healing process really has begun. Although there may be a long way to go and I’m inevitably feeling a bit sore, I can see through the tunnel to the end of this year and it still has a warm and encouraging fire burning slowly on the other side.

This is a time to get to grips with what I love doing again. Lots of handcrafting is definitely a priority for next month and I’m going to be learning from two lovely entrepreneurial ladies how to build a business from scratch. It’s time to put my best foot forward and step confidently into a new academic year.


Sheffield Hallam Graduate Fashion Show 2015

GFW 2015

Last night Sheffield Hallam University hosted their graduate fashion show, showcasing all of their Fashion Design BA (Hons) and Fashions Design MDes students’ completed look books, portfolios and ¬†garments. The event was accommodated by Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery and was broadcasted on a live stream via Sheffield Hallam’s website for the first time ever – I watched the live stream and I was kept intrigued from start to finish. The footage is available if you want to sample Hallam’s talent for yourself (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0quTkZBwaWw)¬†or you can follow what everybody had to say about the event via twitter #IamSIA

Jess Eccleston's MDes collection

Jess Eccleston’s MDes collection

It was evident that all of the students had invested time and expertise into their work, treating the audience to a shower of diverse materials, fabric manipulation, cuts, colour palettes and embellishments. Each collection was accompanied by a unique soundtrack and accessories that perfectly portrayed the individual themes and stories. MDes student Suzie Whall captured the essence of flora, seeds and pollen with the creative use of garment shapes, print, a fresh spring colour palette and floral, cased accessories.

Suzie Whall's MDes collection

Suzie Whall’s MDes collection

Fashion course leader David Morrish brought the show to a close and ‘Made In Chelsea’ star Oliver Proudlock chose and announced this year’s winner and runner-up. I won’t give away the results, for anybody who still has yet to watch the video!

The show was a great success, with a lot of effort put into making it happen. First year Fashion Design students, models, photographers, makeup artists and stylists all worked together with the graduates to make sure the show was the best it could possibly be – and I have to say all of their hard work definitely paid off.