About Me

I am a textiles surface designer with a great understanding of its function and application. I specialise in hand embroidery, embellishment and in prints for fashion. I am a passionate, experimental, and am unafraid to take risks or to push boundaries with my work. Because of this, I am the kind of person suited to the fashion industry which has ever changing rules, challenges and expectations. All images and text are copyright to Stacie Charlton.

11 May 2011

Final Pics

These are some of the pictures of the denim jacket on a mannequin, I think it looks really good professional, I am really happy with the final outcome.

After finishing the neon bone and adding washers and clock parts, I decided to add a scatter of these under the bone shape on the fabric. I decided not to add more stitches or large sequin shapes on to the fabric as i didnt want to distract too much from the amount of work that had gone on to the bone.

I did still want to make my own sequins using splashes of colour. I used Photoshop to select and layer splashes of dye or paint that had been scanned in along with my drawing sheets and then photocopied this on to acetate. I experimented attaching the sequins together and found the best way would be to pierce each sequin with a  needle and use a tiny little split ring which would still allow the sequins to move. I only wanted the top sequin to be attached to the garment and the rest to hang freely. I also decided to push some of the clock parts through the sequins to tie in all of the different areas of this design. I felt that this brought it all together more as well as still being mix matched.
This is the final finished garment! After playing around with length and composition of the hanging sequins I think the finished design is really strong, works really well and I think this is my favourite design out of them all.

10 May 2011

Denim Jacket - Finally Complete!!!

After going back to the jacket in between other garments, I finally finished it. I added more embroidery and embellishments along the side of the garment and around to the back, more cluster to the neckline and creating separate feather sequins to overlay the denim wings. I was finally happy and satisfied that the jacket was complete.
 After cutting the pocket off the left side of the garment I decided to sew it back on to the collar. I really like this idea and feel that it works really well because it is quite unusual.
I ordered sequin roll from Josy Rose and punched my needle through it to create a hammered effect and the couched down the discs on to the jacket. I feel it gives a metal plate effect.

I started adding raised satin stitch, safety pins and hanging chain from them.

Final Few Days

I can not believe how much embroidery I managed to do in the last few days of my final major project, I even managed to do some dresses in just one day, but staying up till 4am! So I have not really had much time to update my blog and get the rest of my designs up, so I am going to start doing that now!

I mentioned before about struggling with embellishments on my digital fabrics, I felt a bit like that with this design too. The original design was created from mirror imaging one of my detailed drawings of flowers. I then changed the hue and saturation around on Photoshop till I was happy with the colours. I extended one part of the image to look like an abstract spine, so it would fit in more with my bone and fossil theme.

This was the drawing I manipulated on Photoshop.

After testing and sampling different colours I decided to go for a lime/neon green colour with hints of pinks and oranges as the colours worked really well together and fit the design. To pick out detail in the print I sampled sewing turquoise embroidery floss over lines in the petals. It worked quite nicely in the sample but when I came to do it on the final piece it did not work well and I found it too distracting.

What did work well with stitch was picking out the more luminous tones on the darker areas of the design.

 I felt quite lost on what to do with my fabric, but remembered seeing at Indigo trade show in Paris a fashion digital print length that had just been covered in clear sequins and it worked really well from a distance and looked like the sequins were printed or coloured. I started to layer over clear sequins keeping it symmetrical and decided to pick out the middle of the design. I also added tiny holographic purple sequins to bring out the purple dye splats and green crystals around the neckline of where the design would sit.

The design now has over 1000 clear sequins on it!

7 May 2011

One Week Left!

Finished another final today! Which means so far I have 5 totally finished and another 4 that are nearly finished, a few of them just need a few sequins stringing on so hopefully I can get everything done! Out of all my designs, this was my least favourite... until I pinned on to this mannequin, having it pinned around the shape has totally transformed the look of the design as the shapes on it really fit the body well I am really happy with this design even though I struggled with it at first. With it being digital print, adding embroidery to it made me feel like I was just filling in parts and not really adding anything to the design. I ordered more sequins from Josy Rose (http://www.josyrose.com/) picking amazon green and metallic reds as I knew that they would really stand out on the design with out making it look to halloweeny.

Sequin close ups,

5 May 2011

Whale Bones

I used a sketch of a whale skull from the Natural History Museum and made it more abstract after being inspired by Manish Arora, I painted and filled in the inside shapes using block, clashing pigment colours contrasting nudes with neons. I really like the idea of 'treasure and trash' as I like to mix sequins and crystals with nails, nuts and washers. Again I painted the hardware using nail varnish and spray paints. I think the colours are a lot brighter than the other bone shape and the chain is a nice finishing touch to the design. I feel that this works really well with my mix match brief and used a symmetrical design so I could break the rules with unsymmetrical colours and embellishments.