Blues_On_Film

   Photographic Investigation/Maltese Deep Blues/
         Mediterranean Island/Historic Environment/
Colour Drenched Imagery/
                                              /Diana F+/120 Film/Analogue Camera/

 

 

 

I’ve always been interested in experimenting with film photography and since gaining my Diana F+ my interest has only grown. It’s been challenging switching from a digital SLR camera and sometimes I can’t quite believe that in one small ‘click’ the image has been captured. However, I love the depth of colour in these prints and the unpredictable quirks you gain from analogue cameras.

As a beginner, I’m still learning the different techniques and getting the right exposure when shooting indoors is a challenge. These images were shot on Lomography Colour Negative 400 ISO 120 Film, which is a great film for new starters as it works well in different lighting conditions, brings out the boldness of the colours and captures the sharpness of your image.

The only downfall to 120 film is the cost. I’ve struggled to find film developing services and therefore, not only have to pay for my prints, yet also the cost of postage. I’m currently looking into buying a negative film scanner, however, again this is made difficult by the fact I’m utilising 120 film and not the more common 35mm.

The Diana F+ does have an exclusive 35mm back accessory which could be a great alternative,  meaning I could shoot on my Diana F+ with the convenience of 35mm film.

Historical_Greens

                                                                  Unearthing the rich nature of Rome/
         Historical Landscape/Urban Environment/
                                                                                                /Canon 700D18-55MM/

 

 

 

Activist_Upcycle

Raising awareness on current environmental issues through fashion/
                                                                 Activism/Textiles/Embroidery/ClimateChange/
                                /CANON700D18-55MM/

 

 

 

This project entwines two of my passions: fashion and the environment. As I continue to investigate textiles and nature, I’m aways searching for ways to interlace the two. Recently, I’ve carried out a series of upcycling projects and I thought why not apply this to my other interest and use the environment as inspiration within my work. I’ve wanted to complete a fashion activist project for a while and upcycling provides the perfect opportunity to recreate and transform a piece, whilst also raising awareness on an important environmental issue.

I find the concept of utilising fashion as a means of social change inspiring and would like to explore this idea further in the future.

Round_The_Wrekin

                      Exploring late winter/Early Spring/
The Wrekin/East Shropshire/
                                                                      Nature/Growth/
                                                          /CANON700D18-55MM/

 

Orange_Whiteroom

        Whiteroom Agency Merchandise/
                                                                       Photoshoot/
                                                          /CANON700D18-55MM/

 

 

Routes_Of_Roots

                                                    Repotting Chlorophytum comosum/Spider Plant/
                   Growth/
  /CANON700D18-55MM/

 

Community_Landscape

Hedge laying at the Wrens Nest/Dudley/
                                                                          Nature Reserve/Geological Site/
                          Community Engagement
              /Canon 700D18-55MM/

 

 

 

The Wren's Nest is a nature reserve just outside of Dudley Town Centre in the West Midlands. It was declared a National Nature Reserve in 1956 on the basis of its exceptional geological and paleontological features dating to approximately 420 million years ago.

Many members of the local community spend their time volunteering at the site and supporting this local treasure of international significance. Recently, I had the opportunity to volunteer and learn about a traditional skill to aid the nature reserve; Hedge laying.

Hedge laying is a country craft which has been practiced for hundreds of years. There are different styles across the UK and each has been developed to cope with the climate of the area, different farming practices and the type of trees and shrubs that grow there.

It is a seasonal job carried out between October and March when plants are dormant and birds have finished nesting in the hedges. It is also the time of the year when many of the materials you’ll need for hedge-laying, such as the hazel for binding and ash for the stakes, that add strength and stability to the hedge, can be easily sourced.

Hedges are important for our wildlife, environmental, heritage and scenic value. By laying the hedge you not only create a living fence, yet, you also encourage new growth, promoting regrowth from ground level and ensuring the health and longevity of the hedgerow. Hedgerows have a massive visual and aesthetic effect on the landscape, however, they are also great conservation features providing green corridors, shelter and food for all sorts of birds and small mammals.

Volcanic_Earth

                                    Exploring Lanzarote/
Volcanic Landscape/Environment/
                                                                            /Canon 700D18-55MM/

 

Piante_Di_Friuli

Nature taking over/
                                                 Friuli/Northern Italy/
                                                  /CANON700D18-55MM/

 

Frayed_Hems_In_Blue

                                                              Upcycle project/
           /Blue Mom Jeans/Frayed HEM/
                                                    /CANON700D18-55MM/

 

 

This is a quick and easy way to modify jeans and add new a style.

/Materials/

  • Jeans
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Needle

/Instructions/

  1. Using the chalk, mark on the jeans where you'd like frayed hem of the jeans to reach. I went for a cropped style as I like the shorter cut.
  2. Using a pair of scissors cut the jeans to your desired length.
  3. Then, using a needle, start to pull the threads loose from the newly cut edge of the jeans.
  4. I decided to create quite a thick frayed hem going further up with the needle and pulling the threads loose.

Faux_Fur_Revived

                  Upcycle project/Photography/
                                                       /Faux Fur/Colour Dye/
/Wolverhampton/
                                           /CANON700D18-55MM/

 

Modern_Nature

EMERGING NATURE/                 Museu Serralves/
                 PORTO/
                                                                                                 Modern/
                                                                                                Natural/ Art
       Minimalist Gallery/
                                     /CANON700D18-55MM/

 

Faux_Fur_Revival

          Exploration into the dying of faux fur synthetic material/
                                                                79.5%ACRYL/20.5%POLYESTER/

 

 

I’ve experimented with natural dyes before, however, this was a new investigation. Since the faux fur jacket is made of a blend of acryl and polyester, I had to utilise a specialised dye for synthetic materials. I researched different methods and discovered Rit DyeMore/ ritdye.com /.

This product will dye washable fabrics made of synthetic fibres, such as polyester, polyester cotton blends, nylon, acrylic or acetate. As an initial investigation, I ordered one bottle of the Rit DyeMore Apricot Orange. However, if you want a more intense colour the general rule is half a bottle of liquid dye will dye 1 pound of fabric and if you’re dying polyester, you’ll need to double the dye quality for a bold finish.

The Stove Top method - dyeing the items in a pot on the stove—is recommended when dyeing polyester and acrylic, because a very high temperature is needed to dye these fabrics. However, due to the size of the jacket, I had to utilise the dye bath technique.

/Materials/

  • Faux Fur Jacket
  • Rit DyeMore Apricot Orange
  • Large Bucket
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Dowel Rod

/Instructions/

  1. Start by washing your synthetic material, in order to remove any finishes that could interfere with dye absorption. Wring out the excess water and set your fabric to one side.
  2. Boil the kettle and pour 3 gallons of hot water into the bucket and add a full bottle of synthetic fabric dye.
  3. Stir the dye bath thoroughly with a dowel rod.
  4. Lower the fabric into the dye bath, making sure that the item is fully submerged.
  5. Keep the fabric fully submerged in the dye bath for 60-90 minutes and stir the material every ten minutes to ensure the dye has an even finish.
  6. Remove the synthetic material from the dye bath and wring out the remaining water. I then left the jacket to partially dry and heat set in the dryer.

 

 

 

Portuguese_Urban_Environment

                              Exploring Portugal's Urban Environment/
                /LISBON/PORTO
                                                  /CANON700D18-55MM/

 

Portuguese_Pastels

Investigation into Portuguese Plants/
                                  /Lisbon/Porto
         /Canon700D18-55mm/