where we are just now…

So the jacket is actually finished, Bela my lovely model will be getting her picture taken properly on Tuesday for my ‘hero’ image poster. but here are a few pics about the design and the tech….

dsc_1507 paper pattern.

img_20170225_102259_717 the tech….

dsc_1544_1 not finished yet….

 

Sample work for Dementia Jacket

Since I try and only use recycled/reused materials etc some of my samples are odd colours or materials. I thought that I would have an attempt at making a homemade dye from beetroot, the results were ok but I definitely want to experiment more.

2017-02-14-15-52-23 Organic Beetroot and Salt

dsc_1511Chopped stalks and all and bring to the boil.

dsc_1517Soak the cloth in hot salt water before submerging in the dye. I left it to soak for 12hrs.

 

Dementia in Dogs

I always like to turn my Uni briefs into something personal so when we got a live brief from the RSA about wearable intelligence and wellbeing I knew I wanted to do something close to home.

My classmate Ieva mentioned that the brief did not mention a person or human, I thought about working with my dogs.

Cooper has had lots of help problems and I started to look at designing an early warning system. I thought it would run off of his heart beat, however, it would be tricky to decipher what elevated heart rate was from exercise or stress.

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He started having acupuncture around the time of this brief and that got me thinking about alternative treatments.

My old dog Rosie had had dementia and we had to put her to sleep when her symptoms became too bad. She would cry all night and she was so confused it was horrible to watch. This made me look at what we as pet parents could do to ease the suffering of our beloved animals.

Dogs with Dementia can get lost in their own home, cry at nothing, have trouble sleeping, trouble with incontinence and they lose a sense of their own body mass.

I started looking into dog dementia, there is not a lot of information out there, no real treatments. But then there is no real treatment for humans either.

Part of the brief was to design with modern technology, most of the app and health trackers I looked at are for people to keep tabs on their dogs from a distance.

I wanted to design something that made pet parent and animal connect. If your dog is confused you comfort it, no?

belaharnesslooking at harness shapes.

dsc_1497My beautiful girl Bela modelling samples.

 

 

Final Design

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This is my baby Cooper modeling my final sample, he is very sleepy as it is 6am.

I thought placing the medal in this way gives a very strong message.

Hitting home that the meat on your plate had a life and character, it felt pain and fear. It might have been a mother, it was definitely a son or daughter.

10,000 dogs are killed for a celebration. The world goes mad.

8 Billion Cows, Sheep, Hens, Ducks and Pigs are killed. That is just life.

 

Even though I am Vegan…

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I  was horrified at the stats I found out.

8 Billion Animals are Killed for Food Every Year in the UK!

I decided to narrow down my thoughts to just one act of violence against one specific animal. I also decided there was no point in trying to portray a positive side, there is no positive side to killing animals.

The Yulin Dog Meat Festival

This  celebrating of the summer solstice goes on every year, but this year there seemed to be more of an outcry than before.

There were petitions to ban it, calls for rescuing the dogs and generally people losing their minds because some poor wee dogs were being killed and eaten. In the west dogs are seen as pets or ‘man’s best friend’, we  are horrified that someone would kill our pets and have them for dinner. But we do it to pigs, cows and sheep without a moments thought.

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Chinchilla

Today while out with the dogs I came across a shallow burial site which had been disturbed.

I am pretty certain I found a chinchilla lying nearby, It hadn’t been buried long but had been wrapped in plastic and had lost all his fur, (he was definitely a boy). I don’t know if another dog had dug him up or some other wildlife but he hadn’t been damaged in any way.

Now I  didn’t have anything with me to re-bury or move the wee guy, so after returning home and feeding my dogs, I made a shroud and set off to bury the wee guy again.

It is such a shame that he was probably a beloved pet but the person didn’t take the time to bury him correctly. I really didn’t want the person going back and discovering their dead pet as bird food or worse, ripped apart by dogs.

On this occasion, I didn’t take any pictures. I just wanted the wee guy back in the ground.

Squirrel roadkill

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I came across this squirrel while out running the other night, looks to me like it got hit going across the road and died trying to get back to a tree.

We make life so treacherous for these animals.

This squirrel had obviously been lying there for a while, now I know it must seem weird to people that I pick these things up but I think it is worse that people allow a beautiful animal to rot on the ground.

I took him home and wrapped him up in  a mesh bag, I dug a hole and buried him. He will now take up to a year to decompose, feeding the ground and small insects around him.

I don’t have much space to bury my finds, but I always try and dispose of them properly. If I can I bag them or move them to a safer area where they won’t be pummeled into the ground.

On the opposite end of the scale.

Tonight  I passed a dismembered deer on the side of the motorway. Someone has obviously stopped and removed the head of a roadkill deer. Showing no respect for the animal.This is just trophy hunting.

 

 

lack of blogging

With everything that has been going on lately blogging has not been a high priority, so this will be a catch-up/highlights of the past few weeks.

Pecha Kucha night.

Mr touchy was up first and to be far, as good as everyone else was, how can you top a man with a camera for a head?

The other speakers who stood out for me where the Dr who managed to make cancer funny, the one-bit computer guy (here for the NEON festival) and Donna who spoke about horror films.

It really was a great night, there was cake (not vegan though) and beer so not a bad shout for a rainy Tuesday in Dundee.

NEON

I went along to the workshop to build a one-bit computer while it was fun, it was way over my head. I got my little light to come on but no idea how I managed it.

Tomorrow was a montage @ the Cooper gallery

Very eerie big boxes with films and some amazing poster art. I wanted to go to the talk happening tonight (19thNov), but sick dog prevents that.

 

What I have learned this week..

After a very stressful week it is nice to chill out on a saturday with my dogs, they have had a crazy half hour and are now sleeping.

This week I learned;

do not cycle across wet tram lines!

Believe in yourself,

Follow your heart,

Try not to give yourself such a hard time and,

How to build a box from wood. WP_20151009_16_43_38_Pro

After going to the http://scotlandredesigned.com/events/dundee-interiors talk on Thursday 8th Oct, I felt I learned a lot but also, it was a lot of information and advice I had heard before. All good advice. And nice to hear it from people I respect, I suppose it is the same in any creative industry, the fear never quite does away.

Our worse critics are in our own heads.