I work by myself in my studio, of course I have our wonderful dog Porter for company!  In the spring I took a course at City College San Francisco. I studied surface pattern design for fashion, even though I am a textile designer it was a pleasure to be with other creative minds.

I wasn't quite sure how to approach the class, after a couple of weeks I decided to reverse my working method. I usually create something by hand, photograph it, digitally print on fabric, manipulate fabric and photograph again, this is a continuous and  sometimes endless cycle. I took a motif from one of my digital prints and used it to create blocks, stencils and screens, using the hand as my end point.

The mid-term- length of cloth

 Block print with hand painted line.

Block print with hand painted line.

We had to create something with the fabric. Naturally I started smocking but it ended up somewhere unexpected.

 smocked waist 

smocked waist 

 Bustle skirt 

Bustle skirt 

 City College Fashion show at Ruby Skye 2014 modeled by Quinci Brantley

City College Fashion show at Ruby Skye 2014 modeled by Quinci Brantley

To be in the fashion show I required two garments. For my second look I created a digital print from a batik I had made using my chosen motif.

 Halter dress

Halter dress

Backstage at Ruby Skye.

 Christina and Quinci

Christina and Quinci