On Friday I went into the print studio with some new designs and just wanted to experiment. One slight draw back, all the foils has been used, there was none left, so it looked like I was just printing in back, white and grey.
I had four new designs, one of which had two layers, which looks really cool (modesty at its best), so I was quite eager to get printing.
From there I started to think about what I was going to be making from these designs, instead of just printing for funsies. That’s when I got the idea for a gift bag. One of the new designs would go on the back, I had a previous design that I/G and Irene liked which could go on the front, I just needed to grab my material for the gussets and make some handles, easy right?
Mostly it was easy. I used a A3 acetate sheet, for the structure of my bag, through which my designs could be seen, and they wouldn’t start peeling off the front because I’d planned to affixed them to the inside. Just the handles, the inside template and the actual construction to do.
I went in today in the hopes of making my gift bag handles, I’d brought my white organdie fabric, my hot pink foil and myself, all with the view that today I would have my handles complete, and then I’d make my gift bag when I got in.
I haven’t decided on how I want the foil on my handles yet, whether I want just a continuos foiled handle, or handles with surface patterns on them – I’m leaning towards the latter – so I selected three of my designs to print onto my strips of organdie and a blank screen so I could cover the fourth strip completely in glue. Looking good!
Now was the time to actually transfer my foil onto the fabric except …
I’d run out of foil. What looked like a roll that still had plenty actually didn’t have enough foil for even one strip, let alone four. So there went my plan for the day, no foil, no overlocking, no pretty handles. Muh.
I did however, make a sample gift bag. I also drew up a template for a little foldable box which I fixed to the back of the front designs on the bag, so that when the bags use is up, it can be transformed into a handy little supply box.
Now my gift bags not perfect, a tad messy but that could just be me being finicky, but I think its a really good attempt; it just doesn’t have any handles yet.
I don’t know what I was imagining in my head, well I was imaging pretty much the bag I made, but there’s just something missing (and I don’t think its just then handles). I like the gift bag, I think the shiny surface of the acetate is really cool and fits in well with my theme, as does the colour scheme I’ve used for the bag and then one colour pop, soon to be two. I think, somewhere in my mind, I still wanted to be able to feel the samples, even though I’d decided to cover them with the acetate to have a clean finish. I love the back of the bag, I think the velum, white ink and the acetate make a really cool combination, but on the front, I feel like the acetate had dulled the foil a bit? I don’t know, I could be insane but I don’t think I’m quite there yet. I think it will however, look better once it has handles!
I also happened to make a little mini version of the gift bag, just incase I need it for my trend board.
Kelcey Towel is one of the inspiring designer I found thanks to Irene. Her mention of look on Art Thread earlier today was pretty much the most useful website I’ve been told about next to WGSN.
I found Kelcey by accident, even now, and its only been about an hour, I don’t know how I found her, but I do know that thanks to seeing her work and noticing the links that she had on her profile, I was Abel to find other designers that have influenced my mind to think of different approaches to designs.
I found one of Kelcey’s designs to be really interesting. It was a book that has blocks of colour, some font, and then some little drawings on a acetate page between the two. The minimal colour and the use of substrates interested me to look closer, and reaffirmed the idea of layering in my own collection.
I also like that Kelcey is a typographer; she creates her won fonts and designs which I again find really interesting. I’m thinking of how I would go about creating a font for my collection, one that complements my designs but is also different enough to stand out.
Having prepped a screen yesterday, today I used Sarah’s Indian pattern design to create samples for our banner and for our mood board. For these examples I used two different coloured cotton fabrics; yellow and brown, as well as calico fabric. Yesterday we had talked out the kind of colour scheme we wanted to work with, and after discussing we decided to use earth tones, because they feature heavily in most Indian fabrics. So using brown, yellow, and red printing inks, I mixed these on the screens to print with multiple colours, as well as printing the singularly. Mix and matching the different coloured fabrics with the different coloured inks.
Once I had created quite a few sample I took a break and then managed to hoodwink Elliot into helping me print. Once he was set up on the screen, Elliot also started mixing colours with fabrics and we ended up with an even wider range of samples. Using not only earth tines but experimented with a few colours that are outside our planned colour scheme just for further reference.
Once I got home and all the prints were dry, I set up my sewing machine so that I could hem the edges of some of the samples so that they would be neat and not fraying, and ready to our on our mood board. While I was sorting the edges of these samples, I kept thinking about what Helen said during our tutorial, about how a lot of Indian fabrics are embellished, so I started to experiment with some free-machine embroidery, again using gold thread to match with the colour scheme.
I plan to look at the different types of Indian embellishment and see how I can work with this.
This week and last week we have been taking part in a project called Mothers in Africa; our task is to design and create a square of fabric, that will then be brought together and made into a quilt to help raise awareness for the charity. Last week we had a talk about the Mothers of Africa, and textiles that have been created and influenced by Africa and African art. During this talk I was particularly interested in the Mud Cloths. After the talk we went over to the library to gather images and research, I started looking into Bogolanfini Mud Cloths, how they were made and what they’re symbols meant. I then started to make my own designs, using the symbols of the Bogolan Mud Cloths.
Last week during our dye session, I chose to dye one of the fabrics, so that I could then sew one of my designs ontop, and for my other square, I chose to do a procion screen-print, where I hand painted the design onto the screen and then transferred the design onto the fabric. I then hand embroidered onto my design. I used all earth tones for this work, keeping in line with the fact that the original Mud Cloths are painted using fermented mud.