Beautiful Bones

November 24, 2010

Jessica Soon "Beautiful Bones"

Beautiful Bones is a digitally printed textile collection designed by Jessica Soon.

Capturing the celebration of the richness of life, this textile collection is inspired by the vibrancy of Mexican Dia de los Muertos (Day of the dead) festivities and the whimsical folk-art of Alfonso Castillo Orta.

As an amalgamation of digital printing and freehand machine embroidery, Beautiful bones pays homage to artisanal tradition and embraces the balance between machine vs. hand-made.

Creative processes involve hand-drawing repeat patterns, digital manipulation through Photoshop, fabric printing with internet-based company Spoonflower, then re-working designs using machine embroidery to add the final heightened level of detail.

Jessica Soon "Beautiful Bones" - Sirenas gold

Jessica Soon "Beautiful Bones" - Cenotes Azure

Jessica Soon "Beautiful Bones" - Flor de Muertos

Jessica Soon "Beautiful Bones" - Fiesta Gold

Jessica Soon "Beautiful Bones" - Cenotes Cerulean

Jessica Soon "Beautiful Bones" - Viva la Vida

Jessica Soon "Beautiful Bones" - Sirenas Lilac

Jessica Soon "Beautiful Bones"

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Deadline looming…

June 21, 2010

Tomorrow I hand in my major project, on which I’ve been diligently working on for the past three and a half months. It is the reason this blog is so bereft of posts and malnourished (for lack of a better word). We have a presentation tomorrow at 1pm and I’m not too nervous. Reasons being: a) I’m confident in my preparation of my speech and powerpoint and b) We are only presenting to two or three tutors plus some textile students (first and second year, will be a good chance for them to score a few tips and see what we’re doing) and possibly a few third year fashion namely knitwear students whom we share a studio space with.

Here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to:

Freehand machine embroidery: a work-in-progress

Freehand machine embroidery: a work-in-progress

Digitally printed xray fabric with laser cut flowers being stitched on

Digitally printed xray fabric with laser cut flowers being stitched on

Gold foiled and laser cut flowers in purple chiffon and oatmeal cotton

Gold foiled and laser cut flowers in purple chiffon and oatmeal cotton

Lining up the textile collection

Lining up the textile collection

Laser cutting in action

Laser cutting in action

Close up of flor de muerto fabric

Close up of flor de muerto fabric

Oh, and here’s one from a few weeks ago:

Studio space

Studio space

Alright, I’ll be catching up with some exciting news AFTER deadline!

Ciao for now,

Jess xx

You are..

June 4, 2010

…the bane of my existence. This is what happens when you aren’t paying attention.

Failed embroidery

Failed embroidery

Lately I’ve been doing many a 12hour working day (i.e. 60 hour week) in the hopes of getting everything done and executed to the highest standards I’m capable of.  I think it’s taking a toll on me so last night I finally watched Changeling and had a good sleep in this morning. I thought it was pretty average to be honest – a bit too many loose ends and no real sense of satisfaction garnered from the ending. So the rest of today I managed to get a bit of digital design work done and $10 worth of standard 3mm clear acrylic off-cuts from this place called Modern Plastics on Victoria St West. It will be laser cut into hangers for the textile collection.

Anyway, here are a couple of my research images for you to enjoy (images courtesy of clipart).

I’m a 3rd year textiles student at Auckland University of Technology.

I’ve always wanted to create a blog and to share things with people outside of my personal sphere. I’ve never really gotten around to it, mainly because of my worries with personal privacy and the whole intellectual property issue. Anyway, I thought now was a good time.

Embroidered flower  - Jessica Soon

Embroidered flower by Jessica Soon

Welcome to my world.

Jess xx