FASHION & TEXTILES
10 november 2014
This project provided further experience of the design process through the improvised restructuring of a complex garment – a tailored jacket. The whole process was very interesting and exiting because we had to create absolutely new shape from the simple mould. It means that we couldn't develop our jacket or think out a new variation of it, only extraordinary ideas, silhouettes and shapes.
We started to work in a couples, trying to consist our jackets together. Those experiments were very helpful, because during the process i got a lot of drafts ideas and understood what i want to create with my piece and what silhouette i can zap. I was trying to take as much pictures as possible for my future research in a sketchbook, wherethough it's always helpful to organize your ideas in a simple way. Clear pictures is always a good variant to work with.
After lunch we got enough time to work separately with our pieces. I bought my jacket in second hand market. It was a man's exemplar Xl size made of dark purple velvet with a black laces on the breast. That interesting facture, choosing materials, color and silhouette reminded me a gothic style, that is why i bought it very easily, because anyway i can wearing it in a future.
I am delighting with gothic for a long time, because of womanly image, elegant lines, delicacy of silhouette and a soft, beautiful fabrics. It's a good chose for everyone who likes black color as well. From the beginning i enjoyed playing with facture and shapes, but everything what i have done was beautiful, wearable and ordinary, so teacher told me to play more and find a new ways of working with jacket, because she wanted to see crazy ideas and absolutely new images!
It was my first time of constructing so i felt clueless about process. Anyway it's a new reason to have a huge research at home. I need to stop to be afraid about being crazy in my experiments and start to do something extraordinary.
11 november 2014
The second day of the fashion project was quiet harder because we had a new tutor who gave absolutely different task about our jackets. If at the first day we could create a skirt, dress or any likable silhouettes but the jacket, so todays plan was to create absolutely new shape which wouldn't remind you of any different clothes.
Today we didn't have enough mannequins, in that case i was working in my sketchbook during the whole lesson. I was trying to understand and develop my observation drawings and fashion illustrations. I made an attempt to draw with the colors and specific technique which i had never tried before. Firstly it was hard and obscuredly, but when i saw other sketchbooks with a really strong examples i started practice very carefully and had a good outcome in the end of the lesson.
Afterwards, when everybody finished their works and went home, i found a free manikin and started work with my jacket. Teacher told us today to use a second material, which could be fabric, object and everything we want, so i picked a lot of tights and toy filling to made something extraordinary and strange. I was inspired by human bejesus, when i suddenly saw them in a medical book. The shape was so flexible and interesting, so i started to draw it in my sketchbook. At the same time i liked the color and a soft structure of it.
My work started with a tamp process. I stowed toy filling of 7 pair of tights and then continue work with the final shape. I had a lot of experiments with my jacket before so now it was important to mix a new material and another outcome. After 2 hours of brain storming with chosen materials i got enough drafts to work with. So i began sewing all pieces i had already done. And then paling with them again and again.
It was a very hard day. I went home at 22:00, and decided to work tomorrow and sewing everything with my outcome.
12 november 2014
Today we didn't have an official lessons, so i came early to university, found a manikin and continue my work with materials. Everything was completely ready but i didn't know how to sewing all the staff correctly in case if i'd like to wearing it in a future, because i had a really beautiful shape which reminded me a part of dress, but there was no shoulder loop to sewing with, so i started to work with a sport skirt which can be a beautiful neck accessorize. It was gray color made of cotton, and i liked the material which was very flexible and useable.
It tooks me about 2 hours to find a final shape and sewing everything together, but when i finished my "shoulder loops" i decided to start from the top, because that gray neck accessorize was looking much better separately and it looked very differently with my outcome, like absolutely opposite styles and materials on one piece. So i played again with the silhouette of my future dress.
That black parts which looks like a black sausages was useless for me yesterday and i couldn't mix it with the dress, but today with a fresh view i got minimum 4 ideas how to use them. Teacher told me that everything what i've done is beautiful, accurate and symmetrical, and i need to move away from it. That is why the whole day i was trying to understand and to find an asymmetrical form.
13 november 2014
Final day of our project. I had already finished my piece, which was on time, because we didn't have any possibility to change something or develop. Teacher gave us a new task, to create a fabric samples. We had about 3 hours for this process, i thought it's enough time to understand what you want to make, but for me everything was at the first time, so during 1 hour i was very slowly and after 4 samples understood that it's more interesting to create a collage, because it was something i knew and not as difficult as fabric samples. Anyway we could play with techniques and created any image we want, by using collage, photo, sewing or something ells.
That is why i started to work with magazines. Cut the most interesting pictures with strange photos of fabric and people, and during the whole lesson mixing them together in different ways. I chose only photos, because for me it always looks better when you trying to create a collage with quality images, not the small pieces of advertising.
If i have more time i will organize a photo shooting of my final outcome. Find a model, do the make-up, find a style and create a new visualization of my project. Because it's always look more expansive if you are doing the whole project with everything included.