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The Menstrual Cycle Exhibited

Carina Ubeda, from Chile collected blood from her menstrual cycle for 5 years, then using embroidery hoops, she displayed 90 pieces of soiled cloth, embroidered the words ‘Production’, ‘Discard’ and ‘Destroyed beneath each stain, and set up and exhibition at the Center of Culture and Health in Quillota, the cloths, which Ms Ubeda used instead of tampons or pads, are presented as ‘an abstract image’, her work represented the menstrual cycle.

Like Casey Jenkins, Carina’s reasons for dong this work is similar to my own, her thought on this closely relates to what I spoke about in my Dissertation regarding female body empowerment, our reasons for decoration, exploiting, exploring our bits being an example of women showing who is in control of our bodies.

In an article featured in the daily mail about her exhibition she says;

‘We can create life,’ she said. ‘[These comments] are a little expected of men, however, some of the female comments fill me with sadness.’

And Silvana Sáez added: ‘Male blood is celebrated for being brave while ours is a shame.

‘This won’t change until we release our body as the first stage of political struggle, repression and male power of centuries.’

Her comments are in response to some of the comments left about her work, some calling it ‘Disgusting’, ‘Why would anybody want to see this?’, people have gona as far as to say ‘Oh my….that is disgusting! I do not have a degree in art, but I’m still sure it’s not art!!’ and commenting that Carina is ‘one sandwich short of a picnic’.

I do see the controversies in art such as this, having your period is as natural as breathing air, it may not be beautiful to look at but who said art has to be beautiful! It;s the meaning behind the work that people aren’t seeing because society has forced a feeling of shame an embarrassment on things as natural as our human form!


Confronting and abstract? Placed in embroidery hoops, 90 pieces of the soiled cloths hang next to dangling apples, which are meant to represent ovulation

Marks of women: Miss Ubeda then stitched words like 'Production', 'Discard', and 'Destroyed' below each of the stains



Feedback analasys

Design collection were of a small, busy scale with intricate patterns, does this represent flower power? 

It may not represent the classic idea of flower power, but my designs were all inspired by flowers. I am not one to look at an intricate flower drawing, or photograph of  a flower and be overcome with inspiration, so i used ‘Flower Power’ as a way to get inspiration that was attractive to me. I think the mistake i have made is using the titles ‘Flower Power’ as it instantly sets the scene of of a classic 70s image, and my work wasn’t to me taken so literally.

If I took my designs to a public audience would they connect with my theme without supporting information from me?

While im using the words Psychedelic Flower Power in my title, an audience may not connect my designs to my theme, as said previously the flower power was for inspiration, i never intended to create vintage 60/70s style designs, i just wanted to use elements of this era for inspiration, such as the use of flowers and colours. I disagree that something can only be considered psychedelic with the use of bright florescent colours, I wanted my designs to be visually ‘trippy’ and to include flowers, which i believe i have done well. My work represents the actual use and effects of psychedelics rather than the classic image created by the words psychedelic or flower power.

Does it matter or do my designs stand alone?

This is a hard one, yes it matters because i want my inspiration and research to be correctly link to my work, but at the same time each design and collection (not just my own) will be viewed differently, this is one of the joys of being a designer or artist. Yes my work can have a meaning and have been created from a particular direction, but ultimately its up to the audience to decide what they want to get out your work. For my i believe my designs stand alone, and i’ve always know that my work may never be suited for the high street, I take pride in designing for a particular audience an can only hope that the type people i design for will discover and enjoy my work, not just this collection but all work i produce.



Repeating designs – How To!!

   This is the hand out I was given to create a repeat design! it was really helpful and the outcome was awesome!

Repeating Structures Workshop

  • Method A: working in repeat from the beginning
  • Method B: working in repeat from a croquis design
  • Exercise: Using Motifs in Different Repeating Formats
  • Repeat Sizes and Measurements




Materials required:

  • 1 sheet graph paper, A1 size or 2xA2 size
  • Several sheets tracing paper, A3 size
  • 2B pencils
  • eraser
  • long ruler
  • set squareFULL DROP REPEAT:
  1. Tape graph paper down onto table. Place a sheet of tracing over. Rule up a 18 cm square. Mark the Top.
  2. Fill in the left side and most of the top edge of the design, using images from your resource material (drawn or photocopied). Do not worry if some shapes extend over the lines or the crosses of the drawn square.
  3. Make two tracings of what you have done; include the crosses, images and ‘Top’ on each. Line up the crosses with the original, placing one to the right and one directly below. Tape down. Check that everything is aligned to graph paper. Now you can see how well the images repeat so far.
  4. Fill in between with similar images to create an even flow.
  5. Trace what you have just added onto the other two tracings and stick them back in place. Check the overall flow of the images across all the units and adjust as necessary, remember to alter on all copies. Unexpected lines and gaps must be dealt with now.
  6. Finally trace out the design onto cartridge paper, showing at least four units of design. You are now ready to paint up.From ‘Design & Practice for Printed Textiles’ A McNamara & P Snelling.             RptsMthdA
  7. HW Staff 03.15

Materials required:

  • 1 sheet graph paper, A1 size or 2xA2 size
  • Several sheets tracing paper, A3 size
  • 2B pencils, eraser, long ruler, set square FULL DROP REPEAT:
  1. Measure the croquis to work out the repeat size, i.e. measure from a point on one motif to where that point would reappear on the same horizontal line and vertical line, e.g. 30cm.
  2. Draw the crosses to the repeat size on three pieces of tracing paper and place one over the croquis, lining it up to be as square as you can with the design. Mark the Top. Trace the whole croquis, but make sure you do not include motifs that recur. You might have used the same image over again within the unit of repeat – include these, but leave out the motifs you have added to the croquis to indicate repeat.
  3. Trace two more copies onto the other two sheets.
  4. Join up the three copies, matching the crosses and keeping everything aligned on graph paper. You will be able to see where motifs crash into each other, or where gaps have been left. Make adjustments, remembering to alter all copies.
  5. When satisfied that all elements flow and balance, trace out the whole design over four units. You are now ready to paint up. From ‘Design & Practice for Printed Textiles’    By A McNamara & P Snelling.                       RptsMthdB 
  7. HW Staff 03.15

Explore the possibilities of using motifs in a variety of formats.

Using one of your own motifs, which must remain recognisably the same throughout the series, show the use of:

  • Three different repeat systems: to include a ‘full drop’ and a ‘half drop’ format, plus one other.
  • Positive and negative space
  • A change of scale

1          Choose one motif from your resource material; it should be fairly simple with a direction. Avoid essentially circular, square or rectangular shapes. You can adapt your motif by bending, elongating or shrinking if you wish as long as it remains recognisable.

2          Look at the various repeat layout formats posted in the studio. Choose three different ones that you can use with your motif to generate a series of one colour designs.

3          Work in an 18cm X 18cm format over graph paper so you keep everything square, and trace the connecting edges.

Do not force your motif into a repeat system that it does not suit. Successful textile designs are produced by getting the right combination of motif and repeat system.

4          As well as creating three different repeat formats, one of these designs should show the use of positive and negative shapes for generating pattern.

5          Another design should show the use of a change of scale.

Aim for maximum variation within the set of three. Draw all three designs out neatly as simple outlines. Present the three designs as a series, considering also if they work well as coordinates.                                          HW Staff 03.15      RptExs



Furnishing fabrics:

                                    METRIC                                                                                    IMPERIAL

Width of cloth:            120cm; 137cm                                                            48”; 54”

Side repeat:                 complete width or exact subdivision

Vertical repeat:           Roller – 40.6cm; 45.7cm; 61.0cm                  16”; 18”; 24”

Larger sizes are possible with some manufacturers:            

64cm; 76cm                                                    251/4”; 30”

Wall coverings:

Width of paper:           52cm                                                               201/2

Side repeat:                 complete width or exact subdivision

Vertical repeat:           Roller – 38cm; 45cm; 53cm; 60cm                15”; 18”; 21”; 24”

Continental Duvets:

  • Single:                         200cm x 135cm                                  78” x 54”
  • Double:                        200cm x 200cm                                  78” x 78”
  • King:                            200cm x 230cm                                  78” x 90”

Side to side repeat:     91.50cm; 64.16cm

Height of repeat:                    Any size up to 200cm


  • Single Bed:                  280cm x 180cm                                  108” x 70”
  • Double Bed                 280cm x 230cm                                  108” x 90”
  • King Size                      280cm x 300cm                                  108” x 117”


  • British                          75cm x 50cm                                      30” x 20”
  • Continental                 60cm x 60cm                                      24” x 24”


  • Face Cloth                   30cm x 30cm                                      12” x 12”
  • Guest                           70cm x 40cm                                      28” x 16”
  • Hand                            112cm x 56cm                                    44” x 22”
  • Bath                             138cm x 76cm                                    54” x 30”
  • Bath Sheet                   178cm x 100cm                                  70” x 40”


  • Square:                        90cm; 115cm; 130cm                         36”; 45”; 52”
  • Rectangular:               180cm x 130cm                                  70” x 52”

230cm x 140cm                                  90” x 54”

275cm x 160cm                                  108” x 64”

  • Circular:                      180cm                                                 72”

230cm                                                             90”

Allow for hem and edge


  • Square:                        40cm or 45cm                                     16” or 18”
  • Circular                       30cm                                                   12”
  • Oval                             40cm x 30cm                                      16” x 12”

Tea Towels:                        

Rectangular:                           80cm x 54cm                                      31” x 21”


  • Ladies Square:             30cm                                                   12”
  • Mens Square:              45cm                                                   18”


Width of cloth:                        90cm; 115cm                                      36”; 45”

Side repeat:                             Any suitable size for the scale and proportion of the                                                            design. The width of the cloth can be ignored.

Vertical repeat                        Roller is 40.5cm                                  16”

Screen is up 61cm                               24”

Transfer Print Roller is 51cm             20”


Square:                                    70cm; 80cm; 90cm;                            27”; 31”; 36”

Rectangular                            Various widths and lengths



Size:     Check at shops the size used by manufacturers you wish to sell to. Generally accepted: 7” x 5” plus up to 1” to bleed off. It is easier to design this size and then company can photographically reduce it.

Gift Wrap and Stationery:

Product:                       length x width                                                 length x width

69cm x 48cm                                                  27” x 19”

Standard repeat:         19cm x 19cm, but show more as this is very small



General note:

There are a series of preferred design sizes which can be used for both croquis and designs in repeat, and are the most versatile for a wide range of products:


Dress:                                    length x width-METRIC                                             length x width- IMPERIAL

15cm x 15cm                                      6” x 6”

30cm x 15cm                                      12” x 6”

32cm x 32cm                                      12” x 12”

45cm x 30cm                                      18” x 12”

45cm x 45cm                                      18” x 18”

Furnishing:              length x widthMETRIC                                length x width- IMPERIAL

32cm x 32cm                                      12” x 12”

64cm x 60cm                                      251/4” x 24”

64cm x 117cm                                    251/4” x 46”

64cm x 137cm                                    251/4” x 52”


CAD Visuals… the devils work

So, one thing on my list of deliverables is one of my designs shown as a CAD (computer aided design, for those who no nothing about this stuff like me). This is done in photoshop which instantly scares me, and after a brief introduction to it in Uni i still have no idea. so one of my lovely classmates offered to give e a crash course to get me started. It looks painfully easy when watching someone who knows what they are doing, but in all honesty the process seems pretty simple. I am yet to give it a go myself as i don’t have photoshop on my personal laptop, but i will be give it a good ol’ go tomorrow!

Repeat Patterns

For part two of my current subject we have been looking at how to successfully create repeat patterns using crouqis. As my theme is 90s Brights and Clash i have been looking to existing prints an fabrics for inspiration, mailny taking pictures of interesting garments in charity shops and using images found online. I won’t let you see my final designs yet as they are all still yet to be made perfect, but here are some of the images i have been using to create my masterpieces!

Enjoy 🙂

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Photoshop wizard

Okay, so I’m no Photoshop wizard really, but I have been giving it a go. Part of my digital brief is to create a series of floral designs, here is a little sneak at what I’ve been doing…. Designs to follow ❤