Friday, 28 February 2014

FMP Post 4 Fashion illustration

I'm not much used to fashion illustration but lately i have found it incredibly useful for creating visualizations of how i could see my work being created. Plus it's simply the quickest way of producing an elegant figure with your own strong directed ideas.




From these designs i felt it would be ideal to get to grips with the actual scale of the kind of garment i want to produce, which lead me to think about structure. Paper has always been a friend of mind and so now i'm going embrace it by helping me mimic sculptures on the body. Using a simple manikin even at first was quite tricky as paper doesn't exactly give you easy control over creating shape, but eventually i was able to assemble a composition that best fitted to shape for a fashion piece:


As a development, I then had some of the compositions I had previously designed printed onto large scale paper to then test if the proportions were as expected or if any alterations needed to be added. This structure was slightly different simply because I have been testing out various positions which the pattern would sit in...


Friday, 21 February 2014

FMP Post 3 Sketchbook designs

Sketches and designs are coming along... Not all as fast as i need them to but as my dad always says "you can't rush a craftsman". I felt that i had to simply move on almost completely from the previous project as it felt like it just carried on for far too long considering i was already preparing for it during my placement way back in April. How i know that i do need to stick to some aspects of the previous project and so staying with the idea of collage and mark making was a good base to start with.

Some sketchbook work:


Leading into quick print ideas and compositions:


From these i can now develop them further into small fashion illustrations. 

Thursday, 13 February 2014

FMP Post 2 Research and inspiration

Since the main idea for this project is still based around the idea of structures relating back to the derelict school, I have had to research various design which can also inspire me for my contextual designs...
I have found Pinterest to be extremely helpful for finding designs in this particular category. Stephane Roland's work especially has been incredibly inspiring in the way the fashion sculptures are so well created...



I have been inspired to create designs for fabric which build their own structure and can take on many different forms. And So I have found two other textile designers who think about a similar aspect of adding on arranged structure to them be applied to new ones...


Mika Barr is the designer of this wonderful piece of textiles. She has found an innovative way of using a simple triangle shape which is applied to the fabric using a strong puff binder paste which hardens to then allow the relaxed fabric to be able to move freely but only in the structured spaces available, allowing the fabric again to take on different forms when moved in different directions. Noticeably all the triangles are exactly the same shape and size which perhaps she signs of creating control to these forms.

Much similarly with the "Wooden Carpet" created by Elisa Strozyk, she uses a pattern created up of many wood pieces which are of the same size and shape in a repeated pattern to produce again a sense of controlled manipulation to the fabric...


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Final Major Project Post 1

I've been so caught up in the final major project i simply haven't even thought about blogging about it! However, dissertation is now complete which has taken a massive weight off my shoulders as i simply am not the best person for writing about something i'm not hugely passionate about.
The reality is that the main priority in my life is my practice however a textiles degree does unfortunately come with its down sides, but in the end i found something fairly comfortable to write about... colour and 21st century fashion. The focus of my dissertation was to research the work of Josef Albers and to connect his work with fashion designers such as Roksanda Illincic, explaining how many fashion designers are beginning to be inspired by fine art of the late 90th and early 20th century. I found the designs quite boring and in terms of print design they were pretty dull in connection to my own designs, although for colour, these relationships are really inspiring...

An so after finally handing that in i could then move on and focus on my FMP (Final Major Project) which was to be a follow up of the previous research project...

So far my plan is to continue with sketchbook work which, this time round involves "destruction" rather than looking at "construction". I have kept in mind the theme of structure and manipulation combined with imagery, therefore have decided to use the photographs taken from the derelict school in Ronce for inspiration. There i found a lot of really interesting piles of rubble, broken glass, graffiti, and simply general destruction...




Soon these photographs should hopefully turn into some interesting collage and drawings.