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.
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.
Having updated my mood boards for subject, I decide it was a good a time as any to update my mood boards for field. They needed a bit of rearranging now the my collection has developed. Plus I really like making mood boards at the moment, playing with layers and choosing what images to go together.
Jacket one is done. Well almost. Ok not really. But I did make the toile version which I think counts as at least partway there. Cutting the pattern was the easy(ier) bit, it then came to the sewing part, for which I had to use an industrial sewing machine. Took me a while to figure out how to work it, but after that I was ready and raring. Only it was so much more difficult and slightly stress inducing than I thought it would be. I don’t know what possessed me to think I’d be able put a jacket together, but I tried none the less.
It took me three tries to get the shoulder sleeve done. The first time I sewed it on inside out, the second time I had a huge pleat in the front of the jacket and after unpicking those and snapping the needle I was about ready to give up. Most likely. Then Irene swopped in like this black wearing superhero, kicked me off the machine, and showed me how to properly put a shoulder seem in, thank the Lord! I don’t think I would have been able to handle any more.
With my first toile made, I was able to see, kind of, what shape and size my jacket will be. Though it’s pretty hard to imagine anything when looking at the white beast of a thing.
Once I got someone to try it on, I was able to see, or confirm cause I totally already knew, that I didn’t like the hood. So I then went about creating a hood that had two side panels, and a middle panel and it’s so much nicer. It more exaggerated so sits wider instead of taller.
Job well done I think.