Emma Guilfoyle

A 2012 graduate from the University of Central Lancashire (with First Class Honours!), freelance fashion designer Emma Guilfoyle is one to watch.  During her time at University, the fashion industry was so impressed with her designs that she was shortlisted to the finals of George’s childrenswear competition 2012, and the Karen Millen award 2012; in addition to the prestigious honour of showcasing her collection at London Graduate Fashion Week 2012.  The collection – titled ‘Power, Parliament and Picasso’, was inspired by a combination of Cubism and British Prime Ministers.  Iconic faces and infamous quotes are emblazoned on key pieces, such as ‘We will fight the on the beaches’; with appliqued patches of tweed and sequin embellishment giving the collection a more youthful feel.  So successful was Emma’s collection, it received a six page feature in Total Politics magazine, and was worn by both Lady Gaga and rapper Eve.

More recently, Emma designed costumes for the Northern Ballet school’s latest production, entitled ‘Luminous Junc.ture’; testing Emma’s versatility, with each costume strong, yet tying in as a collection, and in no way inhibiting the dancers’ movement.

Emma is currently residing in Manchester, working as a freelance fashion designer; and I for one am looking forward to seeing what exciting creations she comes up with next.

To find out more from Emma and her collections, head over to her website.

 

 

Susan Campbell. Print Designer.

Central Saint Martins is known for churning out it’s one-of-a-kinds, geniuses and go-getters. Take a quick peek at the alumni and you find the likes of Luella Bartley, Peter Blake and M.I.A to name a few. Well, this little lady is no exception.

Meet Susan Campbell, a Textile Design graduate and print designing enthusiast. The Congleton-born, bob-flaunting individual quite frankly has the patience of a saint with her intricate, neoprene print design but boy, does it pay off.

Susan’s heroic creative process involves drawing her initial designs onto Adobe Illustrator as vector lines, then printing out these designs and deciphering where she will place her colours followed by breaking the design up into various pieces, again on Illustrator. After this, she laser cuts the designs onto coloured neoprene, leaving her with a thousand tiny jigsaw pieces. From here on she pieces those neoprene nuggets back together on a glue coated lycra base and voila! To see the agonising journey itself from drawing to dream, head over to her tumblr.

Currently working at Ted Baker taking on the role of Womenswear Print Assistant and spending her London days like any young print designer should; picnicking, partying and printing. I caught up with the Campbell herself and asked her the all important question of which One Direction member she would kidnap and keep..

 

One Direction then.. who would be the member of choice?

– Zayn, without a doubt.

So then, onto print I suppose. What tickles your fancy in the way of inspiration for your prints?

– I love going to exhibitions, looking at blogs and magazines and genuinely, just walking a lot gives me inspiration from the things I see along the way.

Who is the ‘Susan Campbell’ consumer you have in mind when designing your prints?

– Someone who is playful yet sophisticated. Someone that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. 

If you could pluck out a celeb of choice to be donning your designs, who would it be?

– Robyn. 

How would you describe your own personal style?

– Colourful and sporty with lots of leopard print.

Fashion icons?

Eva Fontanelli and The Queen. 

New York, Paris, London or Milan?

– London.

What do you love about where you live right now?

– Everything you could ever want is on Bethnal Green Road. Literally, anything from David Beckham pencil cases to giant bubble machines! I also love that you can never become bored because there is always something fun going on.

Share a charming anecdote (no pressure.)

– I broke my collarbone aged 10 whilst dressed as a prostitute. I had to go straight to hospital unchanged..

And what does the future hold for Miss Campbell?

– Good question! A lot of enjoyment hopefully. I’m also working to push my ideas and concepts in a way I’m really excited about.

You heard it here first ladies and gents! Want even more from Miss C? Well, isn’t that what good ol’ social media is all about? Have a peep at her wonderfully artistic Bethnal Green life via her instragram or maybe even pop over to her official website.

 

Samantha Chong

When I received my student loan, I decided to treat myself through dangerously scrolling through the ASOS marketplace for some summer ‘must-haves’. Thank God I did, because I came across one great Liverpudlian designer Samantha Chong, and her versatile range of women’s clothing, jewellery and accessories.

Samantha Chong began her clothing line in 2009, and ever since she has watched her fashion career grow and grow. Currently working as a freelance wardrobe stylist for MTV, Samantha began her career trading vintage clothing and modernising vintage clothing. This experience in fashion and trading led Samantha to create her very own trendy fashion line. Through Samantha’s collections you can see that she has a fantastic knowledge of vintage clothing and of the fashion industry. Samantha has naturally received acclaimed recognition due to her alternative take on current fashion and jewellery trends. Although Samantha’s boutique does have everything from swimwear to nightwear, I personally think that Samantha’s line excels with her individual and versatile jewellery. You can clearly see that Samantha’s jewellery has not come from a huge factory in the middle of nowhere, and has been handmade and British-made. Samantha is not afraid to use bold colours, chunky jewels and call upon vintage and Aztec inspiration.  Samantha’s is defiantly one young designer to watch, and I’m sure in no time we will see her clothes and jewels on Hollywood red carpets.

To check out and to buy Samantha’s great clothes, head to;

The ASOS market place,

https://marketplace.asos.com/boutique/samantha-chong

Or to the Samantha Chong official website,

http://www.samanthachong.co.uk

Or check out Samantha Chong’s Facebook,

https://www.facebook.com/samanthachongfashion

James Bruce Textile Designer

Over 6 ft 8 tall, size 15 feet and always happy. James – ‘the friendly giant’ (don’t worry he is a close friend of mine) is a recent textile design graduate from Edinburgh College of Art where he gained a 1st class degree last year. His degree collection ‘Holocene Extinction’ is a definite reflection of James’s character. It is a vibrant wardrobe commenting on the evolution of man and the destruction of natural habitats in clashing colours contrasting patterns with hand drawn intricate imagery. He juxtaposed harsh structural forms of factories and urban buildings with delicately drawn animals exploring their pattern, texture and skeletal forms.He devoted hours to not only screenprinting his collection but also producing digital prints alongside spending hours embellishing the prints with stitching and beading (albeit while watching a good film!) His fur embroidered sample is definitely one that has to be seen and it went down a storm at New Designers! His degree collection is a massive fresh take on menswear and was nominated for the David Band award at Graduate Fashion Week.

 As other screenprinters will know it can be hard, manual graft but James’s height and strength make it look like a breeze (annoyingly!) as he produces prints in minutes and carts screens around the printroom as if they are as light as a feather! With strong drawing skills and a experimental approach James find inspiration in the bizarrest things(!) from the TV screen when it has no signal to graffiti and geometric patterns found on the street. With past work experience at Timorous Beasties and at George at Asda, for which he was the runner up in their Graduate Fashion Week National Competition 2011 for his childrenswear collection (some of his designs went into production and were beautiful girls dresses!), he seems to be working in his way into the textile field with ease.

In the past year James has worked on his own range of hand screenprinted scarves and t-shirts while broadening his portfolio with some interior design. He is currently an Artist in Residence at Edinburgh College of Art and is always there to help lend a hand or give his unique view.

Check out James’ creations on his tumblr http://jamesbruce786.tumblr.com/

 

Jerome Thomas

I first heard Jerome Thomas one rainy night in New Cross.

Rushing to try and make it on time for some arrangement I was inevitably late for, I passed the dingy New Cross Inn on the corner – haunt to many Goldsmiths students looking for a cheap night out, and some other rather interesting characters besides.

The smooth and soulful sounds I could hear emanating out the door were enough to catch my attention, and pique my curiousity. I had to go in to check it out, no matter how late it might make me, and how sticky the floor was going to be. What I ended up seeing was one of the strongest performances I’ve witnessed since starting at uni, and I’ve been keeping tabs on Jerome’s work since.

I recently caught up with the Dalston-based singer and designer to talk influences, plans, and creativity:

Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

Alright well, I’m Jerome Thomas, Singer/Songwriter from East London. I’ve been singing since i was a little’un, but started taking music seriously about 5/6 years ago.

The Soulnotes are a band i formed a few years back when i was at university and they are my band, so you’ll see em at most, if not all of my gigs. We write and record together sometimes too.

Describe your sound in three words (for all those people out there with short attention-spans!):

Fusion of everything – FOE.

How did you first get involved with music?

I’ve always been around music and creativity. I was writing songs, poems and stories as a kid all the time. In terms of just music, I think i was about 12 or 13 maybe and I performed at a open mic for young’ens and I remember – as cliche as it sounds – feeling really good doing after doing it; the reaction was positive, so from there i just carried on writing and singing.

Where do you take your inspiration from as an artist?

I try not to let others influence me as an artist and I feel that if you’re looking at someone else, you become less focused on you. I forever want to be original and create my own guidelines. 

There are obviously people I admire and would like to follow in the footsteps of in terms of success and musicality;  people like D’angelo, Marvin Gaye and Amy Winehouse. Regardless of their personal matters, their music is flawless to me and speaks for itself. With that said, I love all types of music.  

But most, I’m inspired by freedom: no limits or boundaries, being able to do what you want if and when it suits you.

You also design and sell t -shirts under your boutique brand ‘Foe’ – Can you give us an insight into your work in fashion?

Yeah, I’d been customising a lot of my clothes, getting clothes for cheap in charity shops and markets, and just trying stuff out with studs and bleach and dyes. Then one day, i was chilling making a t-shirt for myself and it clicked – just start selling them. It’s still in the baby stages now though, I’m concentrating more on my music, so the fashion side is sort of like my side job.

What other plans does  Jerome Thomas have for the near future?

Well i got a song looking to drop soonish, so thats coming up. I’ve also been collaborating with other producers and their projects are due for release soon too, so you should be seeing me pop up a bit more ‘fingers crossed’.

Finally, are there any other young musicians out there inspiring you?

Shakka, Etta Bond, Mark Asari, Joel Culpepper – they’re all doing their thing right now. Couldn’t really sit here and list everyone, but those are the standouts for me. 

 

Jacob Birge

Anyone familiar with the Edinburgh fashion scene will have come across the name Jacob Birge before. This young man is a creative force to be reckoned with; working in the fields of fashion, music, and design, Birge constantly pushes the boundaries of mixed media.

Having graduated from the Edinburgh College of Fashion in 2012, Birge’s graduate collection was shown in Vogue, Trendland, Slang Magazine, I Heart, and Not Just a Label. The collection ‘Symmetric Strategy’ showed clear references to architectural forms and geometricity, and their relationship with the female form in a Pughian fashion. There were also nods to the natural world – the final look, composed of tectonic membranes, was quite groundbreaking in it’s exceptional construction and conception.

Most important to Birge’s creative outlook has been his mixed education. Prior to the move to Edinburgh, the designer studied at TEKO Design College in Denmark. But interestingly, this was only a secondary degree following an MA in Chemistry for the University of Science and Technology Cracow in 2008. Such a comprehensive knowledge base imbues the designer’s work with intellectual facets that are so often lacking in most graduate collections.

Despite having interests that are far-reaching, encompassing science, maths, and music, fashion became Birge’s passion from an early age. In September 2012, he received funding to establish the fashion label Jacob Birge Vision. Plans for the brand include establishing it as a household name, as well as showing regular collections at London Fashion Week, the first of which will be shown this February for A/W 2013/14.

Musically speaking, Birge released his first album ‘Variations’ in November 2011. His sound is ethereal and arresting, a curious combination of natural harmony and discordance. He cites music as the overwhelming influence for all of his creative work, and includes Autechre, Venetian Snares, SND, and Aphex Twin as some of his favorite artists.

Jacob Birge is by far and away one of the most talented and hard working artists I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with. His focus on modernity and drive to discover will inevitably lead him to dizzying heights.

For the full body of work visit www.jacobbirge.eu.