Friday, 23 December 2011

An Abacus In The Making

I'm now at my final year at university and I'm taking more of a contemporary crafts approach to my current textiles project.

Having been inspired by the function and concept of an abacus, I have chosen to make larger objects to be affixed to a frame via dowelling to create a larger abacus, for the everday man.

Here are the blocks in question made out of jesmonite:

Fashion Link: Shape manipulation

On the 16th December I gave a talk and small workshop at Adam Smith College in Kirkaldy, Scotland about my work. Below are links on Hazel Terry's blog (Curriculum Leader) about the day's events:

Fashion Link: Shape manipulation: Intense work investigating shape manipulation and design possibilities with Sabrina Shirazi

Fashion Link: Play and experiment: Some of the intriguing solutions and explorations into materials from yesterday's workshop . Keep playing it is how you learn, it is how you...

Here is a photostream of the day's events:

Fashion Link: Sabrina Shirazi

Fashion Link: Sabrina Shirazi: Hand and Lock embroidery prize winner Sabrina Shirazi came to Adam Smith College to give a Master Class yesterday, and certainly gave the N...

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Hand and Lock prize-giving 2011

Here are some pictures from the prize giving at Hand and Lock's office on Margaret Street (london) with my teacher Hannah Maughan and the Director of H&H Alistair McCloud. In some of the photos it looks as though I can't see whilst I'm smiling. 

Stall at Lulubee's Fair at the Poly

Hello hello,

Here are pictures of the stall I had at Lulubee's Fair at the Poly during the month of September where i sold my brooches and truffles (lavender/orange/plain/hazelnut)...

brooches now for sale at Tyto


My brooches are now for sale at Tyto Boutique in Falmouth, Events Square.

Be there or be square...

Follow the link:

Monday, 26 September 2011

Article from the Adam Smith College Blog


Sabrina Shirazi is just starting her final year in BA(Hons) Textile design at Falmouth College and has had a great start as she has just been awarded 2ND prize in the prestigious Hand and Lock's student embroidery competition 2011. Sabrina's piece I thought was very suitable as inspiration for the NC 'Fun and Humour Brief' and Sabrina's story, I hoped might inspire some of you to enter next year's Hand and Lock prize . The 2012 Hand and Lock competition opens on October 1st 2011 and works have to be submitted March 31st 2012 . . . go on take the challenge!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Article on Falmouth Intranet

'Ha Ha': Winning Fun Embroidery for Textile Design Student
Friday, 16 September 2011
   Sabrina Shirazi, due to start her final year in BA(Hons) Textile Design, has been awarded the prestigious Hand and Lock 2011 second prize for embroidery. Hand and Lock in London is a traditional embroidery establishment, which originated in the 18th Century. It remains a leader in the embroidery world, renowned for being commissioned by a number of Royals to make distinctive embroidered gowns as well as working for fashion industry leaders such as Christian Dior.
The aim of the annual prize, open to students Worldwide, is to promote the use of hand embroidery within the fashion and costume industries. Applicants had to choose from four categories with an overriding rule of ‘waste not want not',  by recycling old and refused items into the final garment. ‘For Fun' was the category chosen by Sabrina and she concentrated on laughter and the emotional reaction of ‘fun' as the key element of her work. Sabrina explained, "I designed sequins from ‘Ha' lettering so that people could 'hear' the sound of laughter when they see the piece".
The teaching and facilities at UCF allowed her to incorporate techniques such as: vac-forming recycled plastics to make her own sequins; the freedom to consider piping as an unconventional alternative material for beading alongside traditional embroidery techniques; and manual print to create a contemporary expression of embellishment. Sabrina's prize winning garment was her first embroidery piece.
Textile Design tutor, Hannah Maughan, stated, "I believe the competition is of value because it focuses on hand embroidery, encouraging students to engage in and maintain this traditional skill whilst at the same time challenging them to reinvent, contemporise, and make it relevant to a modern audience. Sabrina's work does just that; I am delighted that her talent has been recognised by the industry."
The Textile Design programme at UCF has for many years been supporting the Hand and Lock Prize for Embroidery and with great and regular success. Past winners of the top prizes include Laura Shambrook, Alice Richardson, Victoria Geary and Sara Lowes.
Sabrina's work can be viewed on her blog and on the Hand and Lock 2011 website

Monday, 12 September 2011

Winner, Second Prize for Hand and Lock 2011

2nd Student Prize – Sabrina Shirazi

Sabrina Shirazi