This week was the start of the buddy system. Thankfully I’ve managed to get almost everything done before now. All my samples have been made, overlocked and headed. My garments have been created. My sketchbook and research book are all up to date and bursting at the seams. I even got to university super early on Monday (only because I wanted a lift instead of getting the bus) and had time to fill and sand down the walls in my space. The only thing I needed doing was having my space painted white, which my buddy(ies) did amazingly. Not a drip on the floor, none of the filler could be seen. And it was all done super quickly. I’m pretty sure it took me longer than that when I was a buddy, but I’m not complaining, Daisy and Sonya have made my life juts that much more easier. So much easier intact that yesterday I was able to paint my motif onto the wall ready for putting up my display today. HUZZAH!
Earlier this week the plan for the degree show layout came back, which resulting in some feng shui-ing of my original plan. Mostly just so I have a solid plan to work from and am not winging it on the one day i’ll be able to get reinforcements to help me make my display amazing!
New and improved:
My presentation with Marie and Keireine went really well. From what I can remember (post-presentation mind fog had descended). I spoke clearly about my collection and used up the whole five minutes (though I was glad when it ended). I would have said more, but when that timer goes off, all thoughts of what I was about to say next vanished, its the strangest thing.
My display was set out really well, even if I do say so myself, I made sure that entering I used that was part of my collection, matched well, like the mesh memo board I used to click all my products too.
Keriene has mentioned before that I didn’t experiment enough to begin with, mainly because I kept having a lot of happy accidents, but I’ve tried to think about, and show, different ways I add colour into my wrapping paper, or on my sheet wrap how I could add another layer of designs; all of which are laid out in my sketchbook. I just have to make sure during the next project, I experiment as much as I can (which doesn’t seem like a difficult thought at the moment because I have barley an idea).
One thing that was pretty clear from my feedback was that I still need to work on my gift bow. That blasted thing just doesn’t have the same feeling as the rest of my collection, its too pretty, or as Paige would say ‘its too hipster’.
So how do I make a bow that’s not pretty, or hipster, matches with my collection really well and isn’t something I want to throw at the wall?
At the moment, literally as I’m typing, I’m in the process of making metal bows. I’ve made a few bow ties with metal or out of metal, now I’m doing something thats not a bow tie at all, but is metal and well it’ll stop me from going crazy (which is why I’ve taken a break from the bows to blog).
I have a good feeling about the bow I’m making, maybe because its not actually a bow, just something a bit unusual. And maybe its because I get to play with metal and superglue in the hopes of making mesh. Thats always fun. It also involves a weaving, kind of, which is also fun, and relaxing, but more to come on the bows later.
Back to my feedback; I was really pleased with the overall comments; both Marie and Keireine liked my collection, and where really positive about what I’ve made, which was just really amazing to hear. I’ve really enjoyed this project so it hasn’t really felt like work work (except the bow), its been enjoyable work and I’m glad to see that is not all be for nothing. *happy dance*
Today was the day.
The day where I/G were coming into the studio.
The day of presentations and feedback.
Its safe to say that I was nervous this morning. I came into the studio, got called off into my group, which happened to be the group that was presenting to Sarah, the boss man of I/G.
I got to go first, which I think was a good thing. I didn’t have to watch anyone else present before me, so I didn’t have any epic standard to live up to, ‘cause lets face it, my presentation skills are just plain bad. Not as bad as they were, which was horrific, but still a on the ‘meh’ side of things. Well not today! *fist pump* today I was cool and relaxed, I was a bit ‘oh dear lord what do I say!’ around minute four, but then I took a breath and continued, only for the alarm to sound, praise Jesus!
To be honest, I don’t think I did terribly, I was given good feedback on my presentation skills; I kept eye contact and I spoke slowly and cohesively, which is always a plus. I don’t think anyone likes presentation but I know I really don’t, then only thing that made me calmer, was knowing that what I was speaking about was my work. Even if I said something wrong, they wouldn’t know, because no body knows my work, better than I do; and that was a really calming thought.
Overall, Sarah and Irene were happy with what I had presented them, besides my mood boards.
I picked a great client, and I really thought about that client when designing, and it showed. The age range I chose, was appropriate for my collection, as was my chosen market.
They liked my idea of using black and grey with just bits of colour, and they told me that I could go even further with this, having more black and white and just tiny pops of colour that really made the designs stand out.
I got suggests on different materials to add in, but overall they really loved the materials and process I have chosen to use; albeit with the suggestion of using laser cutting – which I super looking forward to experimenting with! (Once I re-learn how to use it).
I am so pleased with the feedback I got from Sarah and Irene; only a bit daunted by the idea that in the past, Sarah has been really happy with collections at this point, but then they lost there direction. I do not want to lose my direction.
I plan to keep with my ideas and just expand on them. I’ve created new, and professional looking mood boards that will help me keep on track of where I am going. I have really focused on my client, looking into the langue they use and then come of the most popular style trend therein, but I’ve also stuck to some of the idea I love, like having designs that purpose glitched, or made to look wrong. I’m happy to think that the things that I really like about my collection, are things that match with client profile. Not that theres any part of my collection I don’t like!
Now it time to experiment some more while refining my ideas.
Onwards James! and don’t spare the horses.
Thanks to Irene, who mentioned a website named Art Thread, I’ve been able to find not only artist who’s work I find really impressive and inspiring, but I also found some amazing examples of what professional mood boards should look like.
They are pretty much designs in their own right. They’ve been extremely well thought out and represented, they have all the necessary information without being too cluttered, and you can really get a feel for the collection from looking at them; which is exactly what I needed to see. My mood boards were nothing compared to the ones I’ve seen on Art Thread today. These one are professional and contemporary. They elicit the same mood as the collection, and give the narrative of how the collection has grown.
From looking at these samples I can tell that I have a lot of work cut out for mw to make my mood baords this professional looking. I’m looking forward to it!
This morning I was thinking about what surfaces I wanted to print on. Paper is easily available but after the first few samples, it can get a bit boring. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a paper lover! I love a good piece of card on any day, but for my collection, I want to experiment (!) and I want it to be different.
I don’t know what made me think of it but I suddenly had a really interesting idea, why don’t I print on acetate.
I went on a screen printing course last year before Christmas and in order to make sure your paper lined up with the print, they did a test print onto acetate (incidentally, Steve did this on Monday I was just too busy lino cutting to notice!). So already I knew that it was possible to print onto acetate, but why not do it purposefully, as a design rather than a guide? With this little adventure in mind I went to find Steve for reckon.
Not only do I now have acetate to print on, I also have a cloudy acetate material; along with the prospect of printing onto foil sheets, laser cutting glass tiles, black acrylic and wood! Now tell me that doesn’t sound exciting?! I plan to take every aspect of my theme seriously, that includes the mirrored and metallic surfaces, as well as the high contrast monotones and bold bright colours – as well as hand printing.
Hello fellow textile enthusiasts! For this post I’m looking into another ideas that was generated during my groups tutorial on Monday. Having been advised to think about what materials we’re going to use, I started to think about what materials would be sustained in different weathers, if our designs were to be displayed/uses for long durations.
In one of my stitch workshops last month we were given the option of using metal foil on the sewing machine. During the tutorial Helen mentioned an artist how embroidered with metal and this remind me of that workshop and the samples that I would be able to create with this foil that would show what I would plan to do on a larger scale.
Having never used metal before I have having trouble with coming up with ideas of what I could do with it. I didn’t know what techniques would work or what wouldn’t and I didn’t know where to start. I had the idea of using a pattern I had already embroidered onto the metal but again I couldn’t think a way of how. I started to draw the pattern onto the back of the metal so that I would be able to guide it through the sewing machine, but while I was drawing I pressed into the metal to hard and it embossed the pattern onto the other side. I really liked the look of this so I pressed even harder to see the result. I like the sample for the design and the gold colouring but I don’t think that it is colour enough to reflect the cultures that I have been looking into.
With that in mind I started to think on ways in which I could add colour onto metal, I thought about using Bondaweb but I wouldn’t be able to iron onto the metal. I then started to think on other ways that I would be able to get colour and pattern onto the metal; I came to printing. I also decided to experiment with sewing onto the metal and then threading cotton through the holes. I like the use of colour I this experiment and the different textures that have been combined.