Effects of a great fashion illustration workshop

How can I be so indecisive…? A few weeks ago I changed my current live project towards a fashion garment instead of a textiles art installation…I tend to change my mind about my projects a lot, but I definitely cannot be changing everything so late into a project next year! My theme changed after we had a guess tutor coming in to teach us fashion illustrations for 2 days. As I was still intrigued by fashion I decided to join the rest of my class in the workshop to see if it could help in the future. Passionate about both drawing and fashion I got myself stuck into it and ended up creating a range of fashion illustrations using my current designs and family portraits. Turns out, I absolutely loved it and I ended up sketching up lots of ideas of how my current project could fit into fashion! I panicked a little at the increasing thought of changing my whole context but decided that if I want to experiment, now is the time to do it! It’s 2 weeks down the line now and I realize it was a bit of a sporadic and impulsive decision but I’ve managed to […]

Celebrating technology through embroidery!

For the research and Experimentation 2 section of our degree, we have been given the brief of ‘Celebration’ from the Hand and Lock competition. I decided to look into ‘Technology’ , celebrating it’s incredibly fast growth over the last decade. I have chosen to base my designs on circuit boards taking inspiration from the intricate lines and circles they have. With circuit boards as my design theme, I have decided to look elsewhere for my materials and colours. From the start,I knew I wanted to work with bright and cheerful colours and experiment with unconventional materials. I found that the 2015 Trend Union, ‘Labor of love’ colour research of the Household Ingredients was perfect for what I had in mind. Here Lidewij Edelkoort talk’s about how humble activities, such as household chores are resurfacing and becoming part of a bigger cultural picture. Bringing along with it a new wave of designs and art of household products such as bottles, gloves, and sponges. This has made me question our expectation that high end goods can only be made from luxurious and expensive materials; and that mundane cheaper materials can only ever be considered for the low end market. In a world […]

Floral motifs with surface decoration designs

My fashion project is nearly over! I am currently making my final sample pieces. I decided to make a bunch of floral motifs with abstract surface decoration that I experimented with a few weeks ago. So far they are just painted, but the next step is to decorate them with fabric and gold embroidery. I am then going to appliqué them, hopefully 3 dimensionally, onto a vintage garment or a skirt panel.  

Mixed media surface decoration

What really struck me with Chihuly’s work is his surface decorations and paintings. So at the end of last week, I concentrated on painting my own designs inspired by his. I then went on to develop the idea by creating the same effect the paint has but with fabric. I decided in the end to mix both medias together. Here’s a few of my surface decorations.    

Paper Project

Last term, one of my favourite projects was  the “Cut, fold, Bend and Construct with Paper” project. This project that started as a struggle on the first day, soon developed like wild fire as I became hooked on it through out the weekend.  I realised how much I liked creating 3D pieces and how paper, particularly tracing paper, is a great material to construct with! I really enjoyed making this piece so I will definitely look into using this construction method more often!  

My Alter Ego Shoe

After visiting the Pleasure and Pain exhibition at the V&A back in October, we were set the task to create our own shoe based on our alter ego. I decided to base my shoe around Martial arts, one of my all time favourite hobbies. My Karate masters are based in Japan and perfectly enough I fell in love with a beautiful Japanese fabric a few days before I even knew about the task, so I went back and bought it straight away! To accentuate the Japanese influence I designed the heels based on the traditional Japanese platform shoes which were supported by planks of wood on the front and the back.  The rest of my shoe is based on the more outgoing and arty side of me, with bright orange and pink sequins that stand out of the crowd. Of course, for a final delicate touch to show my softer side, I added the roses around the heels and the strap. Finally, I named the shoe, Kawaii Kiken, Japanese for cute but dangerous.