Behind The Scenes

Just some behind the scenes photos from the photoshoot –

 


It’s Not a Fashion Statement, It’s a Deathwish

I took some time today to put together my artist statement, and to really think about what I wanted to write in it. I wanted it to be succinct and to the point, while at the same time displaying the same passion that I have for my collection. Here’s what I came up with.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I have a heart for the homeless, one that makes me strive to fight for them, and to be heard for them. I created this collection as a way to break through the cloud of negativity and misconception that surrounds homelessness, so that no one gets treated as less than human because of a difference in living situation. I wanted my designs to reflect what homeless people see on a daily bases so I chose to focus patterns and markings found on the ground. This collection has a fashion outcome, for which I chose to create men’s outerwear. I chose outwear because of its protective nature, which I thought reflected really well with the idea that I’m trying to get across, that those who are vulnerable, such as the homeless, should be protected.


Book of Revelation

Maybe not quite, but I did make a look book to go in my press pack. I wanted something that was a bit different but still showed all the work that I’ve out into this collection, and I’ve had the idea of a look book floating around in my head for a few months now (probably because Irene said it and it just lodged itself in my brain). so why the heck not right?

It’s only a tiny little thing, a5 with only 6 pages, but its a cool little addition to my press pack, and as its so small it didn’t take too long to design the pages, leaving plenty of time for me to procrastinate with something else.


Turn The Page – Updated

With the deadline looming nearer (I say that like I’m stressed or dreading it, I’m really not), I decided to go back to my portfolio, like i did my mood boards, and just make them better. Update them so they fit better with the collection i have created, and well, this is the result.


Labeled With Love

They arrived on the day of the photoshoot so I wasn’t able to add them in, not that you’d be able to see them while the model was wearing the garments. But while I was getting to the end of making my garments I decided that they needed labels.

It’s strange, or maybe I am, but I was super excited to have designed an printed labels for my jackets. It’s made them seem so much more professional. Anyway, here a picture of what they look like now I’ve sewing them into my jackets.


Days Of The Week

This week was a a bit of mad dash. Although now that I think about it it was a very relaxed mad dash, more of a frantic stroll, but enough of that, let me tell you why. I came in on Monday, knowing that I need to have both of garments completed by the end of Wednesday because the photoshoot (in which the models are suppose to be wearing OUR GARMENTS!) was on Thursday, and it just so happened that I was first in the list to have my garments photographs.

With the weight of that hanging over my head, I laser-cut the two section for my one garment, and then created the hood outer with the laser-cut section trapped in. I know, sometimes I amazes even myself.

Tuesday, Beth fixed in the lining, and we pinned the larger laser-cut section to the jacket, and that when I got scissor happy and made that laser-cutting look extra fine. It was then time to trap that into the colour and attached the hood. Oh and at some point before the lining went in, I died some fabric bright yellow (yayayya!) for the pockets – which means Beth also put in the zips. Its all a bit of blur what happened that day but you know what? The jacket got completed!

Alternatively the lining could have gone in on Wednesday morning, I’m not sure anymore.

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Thursday dawned bright and early, like really early! I don’t think I’ve seen that hour of the morning for a long time, just saying. It was quite a strange experience, not something I ever thought I would be doing. I felt a little out of place, everyone else was very professional while I was still be my normal self and watering what the flip id gotten myself into, however when my garments started getting photographed it got better. I was so cool to see the model wearing my clothes! and they looked so good, not that I’m blowing my own horn, but heck yes I am cause they were flipping awesome!

Thankfully my fellow amigo Paige was there on Friday to get my photographs so I’d be able to make my lookbook over the weekend, which I did! Bo-yah! It’s not a big book, only two sheets of paper but I thought I twas something nice to add into my press packs and have chilling in my display space. We’ll soon see if that was the right decision.

 


Beautiful Monster

I had a great ambition: to create a men’s jacket. But when those sleeves first got sewed in, I realised, I’ve made a monster. A monster I desperately wish to flee from. How could I have been so reckless, so naive as to think my creation would be accepted by the world; would be beautiful.

It’s purple skin has been marred by these strange white marks. I don’t know where they came from. I don’t know how to fix what I’ve put so desperately wrong.

Ok, ok, I’ll stop now.

Last week was super productive for me, I gathered all the pieces for my second jacket (Simon), and then went about putting them together. After putting four sleeves in, two for the outer and two for the lining, I was feeling pretty confident in my abilities. As well as super chuffed because I’d successfully created almost most of my jacket!

Joining the outer and the lining proved to be a beast of a different nature however, and after how long it took to figure out how to get them matches up correctly, Beth (thankfully!) took over and zipped the pieces together in super quickly.

I thought I was going to have much more difficulty with sewing together the pattern pieces, and while I didn’t create the whole jacket, I’m very proud of what I did create. I’m not a sewer. I can sew, but I’m not confident that I can create really fiddly things, but with this jacket I have! Yay me.