I Want To Know What Mood Is

I’ve started to revisit my subject collection, and going back through the feedback to see what changes I can make to try and bump my grade up a bit. First things first, last week I finally made my orange ribbon! I managed to corner Steve and get seem of that beautiful orange foil before all the second/first years used it all up again. I did make two pieces, but the foil hardly came out on the one of them, so I don’t have a smaller piece to fit on my mini product board, but I’m sure I can figure something out.

The next step was to push my mood boards up a notch. My field project has really helped me develop my skills in making mood boards. I used to slap a few images together and think it looked brill, thankfully Irene has really pushed me to research mood boards and see how creative and well laid out they can be.  I know play with different effects in my mood boards, use of layering and text, etc.

I’m much happier with how my new mood boards look, I think they’re so much more professional.

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Simon 2.0 

I wasn’t happy with Simon. I really liked the original idea about having massive pleats as a way to convey ones of my original images, but I just waste happy. I really didn’t like the lining (probably because it was digital printed) and I didn’t like that the pleat was separate from the jacket, and it would have been in ripstop – not that I don’t like ripstop. I’ve been thinking about it for the last few days and it needs a change, with a little friend therapy I managed to sort out my ideas, culminating in Simon 2.0.

Hand printed grey Ripstop lining and white placement print on the jacket outside, coming up from the bottom of the jacket (where as the print on the other jacket come from top down). I also plan to either print or embroider a patch with the collection name ’No Less Human’ or maybe just the initials, on it. I feel much better about this ideas, which is good because I’ve already printed both fabrics!

 

p.s. printing on Ripstop … Bane of my life! Firstly, printing large repeats from a smallish design, not fun. Secondly, printing onto ripstop, really not fun! it took all I had to get through the day, and not give up and throw it in the bin. Just saying.

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In My Time of Dying, Part 9 (I’ll stop soon, promise!)

It seems that I have an unending supply of fabric that needs to be dyed. That may have sounded like I was complaining but I’m really not, for some reason – maybe because I get to make the colours that I’ll be using? Or simply because I feel like a witch brewing her cauldron – I really love dying fabrics. And this time, I have denim!

After having made all the components for my jackets, I started to experiment with different materials; it may have seemed a bit late in the game but what the heck not! I’ve got time in which I can explore ideas for the other jackets I designed, but won’t be able to make, and I really love fabric dying, so I’m going to be doing some of that!

Cotton drill sateen, cotton sateen arian, serge wool, poly viscose hazelwood, (not forgetting down proof cotton and moleskin cotton) and now cotton denim! So many different fabrics, some for outers, some for lining, all beautiful!

I don’t know if I’ve gone of my original point of this post? Feels like it. Anyway, I successfully dyed bright and beautiful (and handmade!) colours, except for a mishap with some yellow and purple that made a lovely gross brown! And after all that dying and those beautiful colours, I put the sample on the radiator to dry, except the box radiator was taken so I used the older ones that are point at the top, well didn’t that just pretty much ruin my samples! The dye collected on the line of fabric that was draped over the top of the radiator, result in thick dark limes right across my samples pieces. Yay Courtney! Wait to think that one through.

However, I believe I may be able to salvage them with some amazingly lined up screen printing!


In My Time of Dying, Part 8

I wanted to be more experiential with my fabrics as well as with my designs. It may seem a bit late in the game to start playing around with new fabrics but, since I’ve got almost all of the components for my two garments ready, I’ve decided to start looking at what other materials I could use as other potential jackets (this is a collection after all).

The fabrics that I’ve decided to try out are, wool serge; drill cotton sateen; cotton sateen arian, poly/visc hazelwood and natural denim (which hasn’t arrived yet – the other four I got off Maggie). As with any new fabrics, I started by sampling each fabric in the dye bath before deciding what colour and fabric combinations I wanted to take into samples. Having already done quite a bit of experimenting with times, I was quite confident in my colour and choosing the correct amount of time as as I didn’t have to go through the whole lot of full colour testing.

The colours I made were beautiful. I realise that its my collection and I chose these colours so i should love them, but damn; they are just stunning. I could look at them all day and be happy! (I won’t, promise!


A Design For Life

Both Monday and yesterday were dedicated to garment production; cutting pattern species, attempting to sew seams, more pattern cutting. I made the body and sleeves of my first jacket, but since I don’t have the level of skill to put in sleeves, that’s something that will have to wait for another day.

Yesterday evening however, was dedicated to making a few new designs that I could then take into print and experiment with for the rest of the week. i decided to be a bit experimental with my designs, using a piece of charcoal, I took some of the shapes from my original photographs and turned them into quick marks, along with translating a bit of knit which was on my board, into a a few curved marks, which turned out to be quite interesting. I then spent the night scanning these in and turning them in designs/patterns. I’m looking forward to experimenting with these designs in print, especially using Devore.


Burberry Fashion Design Competition

Today was the day I posted my portfolio for the Burberry Fashion Design Competition. While I was happy with the portfolio I had made, I’ve already started to develop and make changes for when it come time to send it to the British Fashion Council. But thats the point of a portfolio right, that its something that can always been updated.


What Comes Next Part 2

With one colour way completed, I then moved onto the next. I had a brilliant idea of swapping colour palettes with the friend (not so subtly name dropped in the last post) to create a completely different look. The new colour palette was brights! having never worked with brights it took me a while before I would find a combination that didn’t make my eyes bleed, but at long last I got there.

Once my designs were altered, I made up a CAD visual of another sub collection, this one being women sportswear.

I’m really happy with my alternative colours ways. I don’t think I’ve every made alternative colour ways that worked as well as these do!

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