Hello, I'm Tanya Ventress a current student from Cleveland College of Art and Design in Hartlepool (originally from York). I'm studying BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface Design and I'm currently in the Madness of third year. I have ambitions of a teaching career but at the moment I'm hoping to persue my career of Surface Design.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Its been a while...

I know it’s been a while but since I left university things seem to have taken a more zigzag course than expected so I'll let you know how a few of my little projects are going.

Firstly since I finished at university I attended New Designers which was great fun and very exciting.

Then I completed an Internship at Timorous Beasties in Glasgow where I worked as a print assistant and a general design assistant getting the pictures ready for the new website. I really enjoyed my experience there and a Big Thanks to the Timorous Beasties studio people for making me feel so welcome and for giving me such a great opportunity.
Glasgow School of Art
I also managed to have a great time around Glasgow and got to go round the Glasgow School of Art on an open day. It was amazing!!

I created a doorstop in the shape of a vintage teapot from my very own patterns…


And then made some gifts for Christmas–due to what I felt like was a lack of any decent soft toys of the minions from Despicable Me, I created my own from scratch:

(The Minions are copyright of the artists/makers of the Movie 'Despicable Me')
I also sent cards that were also scented lavender cushions:

And made a notebook cover for the Secret Santa at my Guide group…

 So all in all a busy 2011... So onto 2012!!

Friday, 24 June 2011


Should you want to see any more of my work, please visit the following link for my online portfolio: http://www.artsthread.com/p/tanyaventress

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Dissertation Prize

I am also very happy and proud to say I am the winner of the
Cleveland College of Art and Design,
Principles Dissertation Prize
For my dissertation
'The True Nature of a Gift'

In brief my dissertation was on the True Nature of a Gift and investigated a brief history and current values in society about the meaning of gifts.

I really enjoyed researching and writing the dissertation and feel that despite tackling a difficult topic that what I have learned has enlightened me, though unfortunately I can never look at gift giving the same way ever again!

Again I'd like to thank everyone who helped with ideas and stories and proof reading skills, and for anyone who would like to read it, I believe a copy is being kept by the LRC and is available to look at.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Degree Show Display

So all is well, with the degree show night now gone the gallery is open for all to see,
I’m really happy with my display, and it’s much better to see it firsthand!
If you still haven't been to see the show its open for its final few days this week
Tuesday the 14th - 18th of June, in Hartlepool Art Gallery, 10-5pm

Monday, 30 May 2011

Still Buzzing

So I have lots of good news...
I've been selected to go to New Designers and I am so excited for the opportunities I might gain and the fact I’m going to London for a week!!

I'm also entered for the dissertation prize so fingers crossed for that, which I’ll find out about at the Degree Show night on the 9th of June.

My Professional Studies marks are back and (provided the external examiner is happy with the way it has been graded) I’m really happy with my marks.

And my hand in is over- which means I can have a little relief before the Degree Show.

As for design I've been getting on with a lot of the little projects I have started over the past few years, I am continuing with my quilting project, i.e. teaching myself how to create a quilt and creating one suitable for a double bed, and have been working on designs for a stained glass window for my house, researching glass and coming up with appropriate designs suitable for the space. I’ve also started researching for my next self set project, looking at recent trends while I can still use the college facilities.

I've been really struggling to get on with printing my business cards out as the college computers are not suitable for uploading to the website I wanted to use, so despite having created some interesting and innovative designs in professional studies, I've not been able to do the same designs for the degree show cards :( But I have come up with some new designs I like.

I've got lots of good things going on at the moment, so I've got exciting things still to come in my life and its all go with my own little projects. I’ll just have to wait and see what opportunities come along! How exciting!!

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Just an observation...

How pretty are fine lines on screens, looks like fretwork!

The Final Length!

So finally I've done my last length.
This print on wallpaper is 3 meters long and took about 4 hours to print, not bad in the fact I'm definitely getting quicker! I'm really glad with the result and can't wait till the degree show when I can display it and do it some justice!

Views down the table- part-way printed. 
Views of my final print fully completed

My screen part way through printing the last layer.

Thank you to Heather for helping me move those ginormous screens about.