I cannot even begin to explain how its feels after finishing my final garments of the year.. since the term was cut short we had to cram all deadlines like crazy so all homework and assignments were basically due RIGHT before our final marking day for our designs!
So back to what I've been working on this term - The Dylon company (that do fabric dyes) sponsors the college and gives about 15 dyes + fabric markers to each student to create garments that has to be solely dyed by Dylon dyes (screen printing is allowed). It's a competition and the winner gets something like $3000. Everyone starts with white fabric and has to create the fabric from scratch - layering textures, colours, inks, etc. It was a lot more challenging than the last brief, just because we basically had to MAKE fabric on top of patternmaking and sewing. The also wanted to see dye techniques in our garments to make them more dimensional.
The brief: DENIM EXPLOSION! To create an outfit that is inspired by 60s flower power, and include pop art, op art, neon, print, flower power, texture and feature an obvious pocket to store the iPhone (a second competition with prize money also).
I took the concept of Andy Warhol's pop art banana and made that the recurring theme of my whole look. It's meant to be playful, fun and a bit athletic!
Gorgeous model (Mona) and I just before walking into marking
The jacket is hand embroidered with teeny bananas (that killed me) while the cuffs and the center front panel of my zip up top is hand beaded with neon green plastic beads. Those were surprisingly fun to do.
Dye technique 1: Ice dyeing
This involves placing ice over the fabric and then sprinkling the dye powder over the top of the ice
so as it melts, the dye particles create an uneven and ambiguous effect
This is the result!
Dye technique 2: Bleach sprayed, then dye splattered
My op art. (screen printed optical illusion)
Is it giving you a headache because thats what it's meant to do. ha.
As promised, here's a small food post! (once i have time to make videos or cook more in the holidays I'll put more up I promise!)
Baked salmon with a side salad
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees c.
- Cut salmon in smaller portions like so
- Marinate in soy sauce for 10-15 mins (turn occasionally)
- Bake for 7-8 minutes (depending on portion size and how you like your fish cooked)
- Season with pepper
- Salad is just iceberg lettuce, cucumber, corn, tomatoes, avo and capsicum with a bean dressing
(alternative: olive oil/fresh lemon dressing)
Morning summer smoothie
- Chop up 4-5 strawberries, 1/4 of a large mango and eyeball the amount of milk you'd like
- Add manuka honey or agave syrup if the taste test fails a little (otherwise choose super sweet fruits!)
- Mix in about a tbsp of organic chia seeds
Quinoa and lentil 'fried rice' (serves 2)
- Cook 1/4 cup quinoa
- Cook 1/4 cup organic green lentils
- Make a plain omelette with one large egg (and cut into squares)
- Chop up broccoli, red onions, baby asparagus
- Let quinoa and lentils sit aside
- In a frying pan, drizzle olive oil and fry the onions for about 3-5 minutes over low-med heat
- Add broccoli and asparagus, stirring frequently and adding about 1-2 tsp of water to the pan every few minutes (this softens the veggies slightly, preventing them to burn too)
- (Broccoli/asparagus should only be cooked for a few minutes as longer than this they lose some of the nutrients)
- Drizzle soy sauce and stir
- Add omelette, quinoa and lentils and immediately lower heat
- Mix everything together and add more soy sauce
- Turn heat off
- Keep tossing/mixing
- Let it sit for a few minutes before serving with cracked pepper!
Recipe is not my own, find it here: http://www.foodfash.com/2012/06/06/a-foodfash-best/
Smoked salmon on sourdough
- Baby capers
- Cream cheese
- Optional: Avocado/olives
- Toast sourdough
- Spread cream cheese over the bread
- Add salmon, capers and dill
- For extra yumminess, add sliced avo and garnish with olives
Hopefully that gave you some ideas! Don't know if you can tell but salmon is basically my favourite food of all time... All these recipes are just me winging it to see what might taste good together hahaha (besides the aforementioned)
How I spent my Sunday (yesterday) Yoga by the pool, cooling off and rescuing ladybugs from the deep abyss
Breakfast in bed with Adventure Time
Just to finish up; today was the model fittings for the end of year show for my college!
Here are a few sneak peek snaps. I'll be taking photos on the night so stay tuned gals!