We are going to London tomorrow! I am very exited as I like London specially how research as it is filled with great museums, galleries and shops. Tomorrow I will be researching around the stationery shops. I will be focusing on high end market stationery shop as I would like to research in to all parts in the market and I think it might be easier for me to research other parts of the market in Cardiff or online.
The top 4 places I would like to go to are Harrords, Paperchase, Scribbler and Liberty’s in that order. I think it might be tight schedule because I sometimes get side tracked and get distracted by all the inspiration and loose track of time. I would also like to pop in to the V&A and have to look at the paintings of people as I might use postures in this project.
Although my tan has faded my memories never will. This was a summer of a life time with many amazing opportunities. Spending 11 weeks in sunny Malta was a dream, I love the sun and the people I met out there. The whole island was an inspiration it self starting from sandy and rocky beaches I would relax on everyday after work to quirky streets of Valletta with magnificent architecture. Even in the streets of Mosta where I lived I would find inspiration or something creative everyday. The 3 highlights I want to talk about are the beaches, the architecture and of course my internship.
As a person who loves to travel I always try to pick destinations with high temperatures. I love the sun and beaches so Malta was a perfect destination for me. The island of Malta has it all, from rocky Saint Peter’s pool where I jumped out the cliffs to warm and soft sand on Golden Bay.
Maltese architecture has been influenced by many different Mediterranean cultures and also by British culture. Even on the plane I have notices that all the buildings are build from the same creamy-brownie stone. Most of the buildings, specially the churches and cathedrals were build around the same time – the 17th century. I really like the all the special care for the details and carvings which are usually inspired by trees, animals and spirals. There is 365 churches in Malta which is quite shocking if you realise how small the island actually is. Even on my way to work everyday I was passing at least 10 churches. Some of them are quite small but still very important for the culture and locals.
I went to Malta with the intention to explore the industry and learn dress making during my 10 week internship with Alamango. Sadly, Alamango Bridal did not meet my expectations. Before my arrival I was sent an itinerary of all the amazing tasts I would be doing with them and I was very exited for all the things I would learn. After a couple of weeks I was told that I won’t be doing any of the tasks on the list because they simply don’t do that, for example I was supposed to do pattern cutting and dress making but Alamango doesn’t even design and make their own dresses they only make alterations so already make dresses. I was really nice to meet with the clients, the brides and their families but I feel like I could of spend those 10 weeks learning so much.
After all those 11 weeks were amazing even if my internship didn’t really work out. I still think it’s the whole experience that counts and I do want to do it again but many in a different country where it’s more structured. As I mentioned before this was a summer of a life time and I hope I will visit Malta again. Those are my favourite places and snaps of my self.
So I don’t think it’s hard to notice that I love social media. I am not as good at it as I would want to be but I am trying my best and just putting my self out there. Of course I will have tons of photos from Malta for both my personal account and work account on Instagram so I just wanted to quickly show you how I edit my photos.
On my work account I simply edit the photo so the colours are brighter and the contrast is greater to really show of the colours. This photo is showing a beautiful crystal clean blue water on the Comino Island. Honestly it is like a paradise. I decided to use this photograph as an example because it is the last one I added, during one hour I got 10 likes, hopefully I will get a bit more. Check out more about my hoop photos here!
For my personal account I usually do the same, I just make the colours more vibrant but for this one I had to do a bit more. When I visited Mdina – the Silent City of Malta I took a lot of photos but I specially liked this because of the texture and colour of the wall and how it works with the colour of my dress. Sadly, the Silent City wasn’t so silent and was filled with tourists so it was hard to take a good photo.
I wanted to remove the people in the background which I have never done before so I decided to go on Youtube. There was a lot of different videos was ways to do this but this one worked the best for me.
Malta is a very beautiful country full of amazing and vibrant colours which is really inspiring. For me colours are very important in my work so I wanted to capture them as the are in real life. I am using Pantone colour post cards to capture the exact colours of my surroundings.
Each beach or bay is very unique and has it’s own colours. Here are photographs of Bugibba and Mellieha bay which aren’t that far from each other but already have different colour tones of the water and specially the sand.
I also wanted to try a new different approach when I don’t hold the cards but just put them in sand. I am not sure if I like the example on the left with the feet but it might as well be because the sand isn’t the best colour. I love the photograph on the right with the light catching the tints and tones of the golden sand.
I have created my own hashtag on Instagram called #remazingpantone if you would like to see my other photographs with the Pantone cards.
My trip to Malta so far has been amazing. It is not over yet but I thought I would share my favourite places which immediately became perfect scenery for my hoop photography.
I have mostly photographed beaches and bays as I love the water and I feel like every bay in Malta is very unique. I also wanted to try out a different approach so I have also tried out photographing closeups of colourful boats and seaweeds directly on to sand. I think both look really good and I am happy to be adding to my collection. If you would like to see some more hoop photos click here!
So I have completed 3 weeks at Alamango Bridal, it’s crazy how time flies when you’re having fun. This internships is definitely not what I expected. Before I came out here I was told I will be helping designing and making dresses with a skilled team. So far I have done alterations to already made dresses and met with clients and the ‘team’ includes me and one free-lancing lady who is not a dress maker. I am really enjoying the time I have already spend in the Bridal workshop but I feel like I am not learning a lot. I have completed 3 weeks which means I have 7 left and I already feel like I can’t reach my full potential but I finally settled in properly and I am falling in love with Malta more and more everyday.
This is some of the alterations I have done so far. On a bride to be I have measured how much lace she wants on the back and front and gathered up the fabric to attach the comb. The gathering and putting lace around was simple but when it got to the comb it was a bit fiddly. I tried my best but I had to redo the lace around and comb as the stitches weren’t straight and nice. After doing it again it came out perfect. It was straight and nice and you couldn’t see the comb from the other side which is really important in a vale.
This dress had a long, full tail at the back of the skirt. With nearly every dress we make a loop in a middle of the skirt at the back and a button on lower back so the bride can have a beautiful long tail for the ceremony but can also feel more comfortable after with the tail up. We usually do one loop and one button but because this dress had such a full skirt I had to stitch 5 loops and buttons.
After measuring where the loops and buttons go on the bride the actual making was easy and the final effect was stunning. The 5 loops still give the skirt so much fullness but it also so much more comfortable for the bride.
The third alteration that I usually do are shoulder cover-ups. To get married in Malta the bride’s shoulders must be covered both in church and city hall, the bride can show her shoulders after the ceremony. The shoulder cover-up are very popular in Malta, they come of with snaps in seconds. I stitch the snaps in to the edge of the dress and end of the cover-up which allows the bride to take it off at the time she wants.
Another alterations that I usually do is fixing and adding beads or changing lengths of the skirts. So far I have mostly worked by hand but I have used the industrial machine and it is so much faster then the domestic one! It looks intimating to use and no one trained me how to use it but I would like to practise on it more.
So after all I have enjoyed the 3 weeks I have spend in Alamango Bridal & Textiles but I would love to learn more techniques such as pattern making, cutting and dress making.
Malta is just 121 square miles big. There is 365 churches in Malta. Malta will also be my home for the next 11 weeks! This summer I am doing an internships in Alamango Bridal & Textiles shop specialising in stitch and dress making. I have been here for some time now and I am amazed by this beautiful island all the time.
I have had rough couple of first days and trouble with settling in but after a week I am finally starting to fall in love with this small but magnificent country.
I live in Mosta which is filled with life and coffee shop, in a middle of town square there is a stunning big church, Rotunda of Mosta. I love how symmetrical the ceiling is and how it creates geometric patterns within.
I have also picked up a new hobby, I am taking photos with Pantone colour cards. This was the first time I have done this and didn’t realise how hard it is to match the colours exactly and how much planning and thinking goes in to the photo. The lighting is the key thing as the sun and shadows change the colour of the buildings or things I am photographing but also the colours of the colour cards.
Every door in Malta is different in colour and curvings. Also the door are very unique and quirky. This is the only successful colour card photo from that day which I really like and am happy with.
Overall my first trip to Mosta centre was very successful and cultural and got me wanting more!