Saturday, 7 October 2017


I am FINALLY back at university! After having a year out in industry, it feels so strange going back to university properly, particularly when all but 4 of my original year group have graduated - I am literally a fourth-year fresher! My first week of final year has certainly been intense, and its only going to get more insane as the term progresses, as my timetable indicates!
I've decided it might be a fun series on here to blog, week-by-week, my final year progress in my Fashion degree. I do feel as though this series may sometimes have longer gaps than a week as my work gets busier, and I have less time to stop and blog about it, however, I would  really like to have this log of my final year to look back on in future, purely to feed my nostalgic needs! Plus, I have been asked by a few people to write more about my degree, and show what I do and how the course is laid out. So, without further ado! 

THIS WEEK consisted of finishing off my Summer project & presenting it to my fourth year tutor and fellow classmates. [Side note: I hate presenting so much; my mouth gets so dry, my face heats up and I constantly feel like I'm bright red because of that, however, after presenting on Tuesday, my friend paid me THE BIGGEST compliment ever and said 'you are so good at presenting, you make it look really easy' - it's made me so happy!] Anyway, after Summer project presentations, we were given the full brief for our Pre-Collection. This is the first of our final two projects of our degree and is set-up so that the concept is chosen by each individual student, and enables us to develop our own style as a designer before our Final Major Project next semester.  

The start point of my chosen concept is the Gothic tales written by Angela Carter in 'The Bloody Chamber' - for those who have not read or heard of her work, Carter's 'the Bloody Chamber' is a series of tales drawing inspiration and taking elements from classic fairy-tales, like those written by the Grimm Brothers, but have been twisted into dark Gothic stories, exploring themes of entrapment, metamorphosis, nature, and sexuality. These tales are also well known as feminist writings, subverting traditional female roles in fairy-tales, making the protagonists' strong heroins as opposed to damsel's in distress.  I originally studied this book at A-Level for English Literature, along with many other Gothic novels and plays, and subsequently fell totally in love with Gothic literature! 
Using this book as my Pre-Collection's beginning, I then spent Wednesday/Thursday researching further into Gothic literature/film/fashion/art and was reminded of the film 'Crimson Peak', starring Mia Wasikowska, which has a similar premise to 'The Bloody Chamber' story in Carter's book.  So, after a discussion with my tutors Thursday morning, I am now beginning my sketchbook, whilst refining my researched inspirations to a few key pieces, and exploring the idea of using Mia's character Edith as a muse for my project, linking in the stunningly Gothic 19th century clothing she wears in the film. I am truly very excited about this project - I love Gothic and early 19th century Gothic/Romanticism, so I am just loving researching this concept and learning more about it! 

It wasn't all practical project work this week though, as I did have my first final year Marketing & Branding lecture and seminar on Monday.  The lecture wasn't particularly thrilling, just the generic ease back into another module on the subject, going over some key terms, and introducing some new pieces of information. I think this coming Monday's lecture and seminar will be much more riveting! 

Other than that it was just a week of settling back into uni-life, and trying to remember where everything is on campus after being absent from the place for well over a year!  I can't quite believe how quickly this week has gone and at the same time how much longer than a week it's felt - moving into my flat last Saturday feels ages ago now!  I think that is just testament to how content I am to be back and how happy I am with my wonderful housemates and friends who have returned from their placement year alongside myself! It is certainly set to be a crazy,  exciting, and intense year ahead!

I hope you enjoyed this first post of my new weekly [???] series! Please feel free to chat to me and ask any questions in the comments below! 

-- AshCam 


Thursday, 28 September 2017


This is a bit of a different post today -- I've seen a few Autumnal 'Bucket List' type of posts, which both made me excited for the new season, and inspired me to do something similar on my little internet corner! Except I'm going to make it less of a bucket list and more of my goals for Autumn time.  Essentially, I hope that writing this will inspire me to actually make the goals a reality!

1. Pumpkin Carving
Let's start with arguably one of THE most Autumnal activities there is! Last year I was totally useless and unorganised regarding Halloween celebrations, which I do not wish to repeat this year. I love spooky, creepy Gothic things, so Halloween is so exciting to me, so I MUST at least do some pumpkin carving this year to get into the proper spooky spirit!

2. Photography
Autumn is possibly my favourite season [or Winter, I'm still undecided] and I just love the was places completely transform into a rusty red, orange and brown, leafy paradise. Plus I love those cold days, where the Sun's warmth is still trying to creep through the sky, and you get such a beautiful light. It is these wonderful things I want to capture and treasure the only way I know how, photography. I've also so enjoyed really getting to know my camera this Summer & want to continue pushing my technique and editing skills.

3. Work Hard 
I want to totally throw myself into my university work. I'm going into my final year as of 2nd October, and I want to completely absorb myself in my final projects of my course, and put my absolute all into them. That way, no matter the outcome, I can be proud I put my all into it. Something about the Summer - Autumn transition always gives me a new lease of energy and a drive to work hard -- probably due to the academic year being the layout to pretty much my whole life so far??!

4. Explore
Despite having lived there for a long time, Winchester still feels like a stranger to me.  I know the places I know, and that is all, but there is so much more to it, so many areas I haven't been to.  So, in between all the work, I want to take time to walk around and explore the lovely city I've been lucky enough to call home for a few years. Also, I love walks, and think they could make my brain a little happier and a little less stressed during the final year fashion degree madness!

Thanks for reading,

-- AshCam


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Friday, 10 March 2017

February's Book | We Need To Talk About Kevin

I have been meaning to read 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' for years. My Mum was the one who initially gave it to me, after reading it herself, and I immediately gave it a go, but found I couldn't get into it. About 5/6 years later I finally have picked it up again, and could not put it down! In fact I even took it to work with me to read during my lunch break, something I have never done before. Saying all this, it is not necessarily an enjoyable book, as the story is pretty harrowing and had me thinking about it for a long time. 

'We Need To Talk About Kevin' is a fictional book by Lionel Shriver, telling the story of a school massacre. Written in first person from the perspective of Eva Khatchadourian, the mother of the killer, Kevin, the book is told as a series of letters to Eva's presumed ex-husband Franklin. The letters begin November 1st 2000, nearly 2 years after the crime, and through these letters Eva retells her life before and after Kevin, with continual glimpses into the events of the crime & her present day situation. From early on in the book it is apparent that she was on trial for parental negligence, and in some way these letters to Franklin are her way of showing that whilst she was not the perfect parent, she was also not, in my opinion, responsible for parental negligence. As the story develops we also learn more about Kevin's odd character, and how difficult he was even as a small child. I also find it really interesting hearing about Franklin as a father, and through her retelling how the years unfolded in these letters we see how Franklin also has a lot to answer for as father to Kevin. 

This book is such an interesting and thought provoking read, and I love the complexity of each character in the story. A strong theme in the book is the argument of nature vs nurture, a topic that I continued to debate whilst reading this book. If any of you have read the book, I would love to hear your opinion on whether you felt the parents were responsible for how Kevin turned out.
If you have not read it, then I would really recommend it, it's by no means a happy book, but it is such an interesting story, and one that will stick with me for a long time. 

Thanks for reading

-- AshCam

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