Monday, 29 December 2008
When I got stuck for inspiration for this compact project I knew where to look. These are 2 of the best books in the world! My uni get them in new every year for the students to use because they are so expensive to buy. They are fashion forecasts for the years ahead and inside are all the best bits from every fashion house. Including runway snaps and fashion illustration displaying the upcoming cuts, lines and shapes for next years fashions. I can literally spend hours at a time scanning through all the pages because it just gets better and better as you flick through it. As I've come to the fashion illustration stage of the 'Compact Project' I've struggled to define my own style of drawing, so to help me along my way i've stolen a few hints and tips from 'Fashion trends, styling'.To get a general idea of what my newly designed prints (inspired by the compacts) will look like i've snipped away the designs and replaced them with my own. A bit lazy and a bit naughty but for now I only need to portray a general mise-en-scene for the collection I'm creating. These 2 crazy coloured dresses are snippets from these prints which I made with a combination of painting, collage and stitch. I took swirls and patterns from different compacts and forged them all together to create something new. In the exploration stage of the project I had to experiment with all kinds of media. I took loads of pics of the compacts and found that stitching into the photos was quite a fun, quirky way to manipulate an image. I used brightly coloured threads that matched the colour palette I am working with. I hope everyone had a brilliant christmas and want to know what goodies you all got???
Thursday, 4 December 2008
I found these pics from a past project in my art foundation year, we had to get an old blazer, take it apart and put it back together as something new. I pinned it against a wall in a human like position and took loads of pics. Then we had to come up with as many different ways possible to wear the blazer. Here's some pics of my friends giving it a go. I think that you can create new ideas by looking at your old ones, I've learned something new in every project I've done so it always helps to look through the archives to remember an old technique. This project was called undo redo and that is essentially what i'm doing with The White Project.Then eventually we did have to literally rip the blazers apart and investigate how they were made. I hated this part! but we could put it back together however we wanted so I made a scarf.
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
One of my new projects at uni. I am in my first year of the course 'Textile Design for Fashion' at Manchester School of Art.
The title of this unit is called 'Collections' so we had to pick something that we had lots of and could easily draw from so what better to choose then . . . . . . . . . . . . . Compacts! I've collected compacts for years, vintage or new. Here are a few snippets of my work so far. First up, research:
Inspiration: matthew williamson packaging
Catwalk print design inspiration: