After speaking with Irene on Tuesday, she told me to look into using silicone to make the back piece of my jacket from. My idea is to have a sprite grid as an overlay on the back of my first jacket. I had been experimenting with laser-cutting which is a bit flat and very fragile, so the suggestion of using silicone was quite interesting. Plus I was worried that the size of the laser-cutting that I would need wouldn’t have fit into the machine.
I made a trial grid last night out of silicone which was really messy and a bit wobbly, but I twas really cool and it was super easy to imagine it much neater, painted and affixed to my jacket and I really like how all that sounds! I just need to practice.
I was speaking with Irene on Friday about how I was going to get my laser-cutting to on stay on the back of my jacket, and she was suggested creating a plastic layer for the jacket on which the laser-cut would sit, which would strengthen the laser-cutting while making the rest of the jacket waterproof. I like the idea, and I like how the dyed fabric looks once its been covered, almost like its coated. But I’m not in love with the idea. I didn’t really want to use plastic so I’ve started looking into coating fabrics. I’ve already got Scotch-guard which would waterproof my fabrics but it didn’t really change the dyed fabric, there wasn’t a noticeable coating. So I’ve been researching how to wax cotton and I’ve found instructions and it seems pretty easy (I love wax coats!). I’ve ordered some wax which will hopefully get here by Thursday, meaning I’ll be able to experiment with how that effects my fabric samples, and hopefully I’ll have been able to make samples for my second jacket! Exciting times ahead.
I have enjoyed this project, and though it’s duration I have realised that I’m not interested in just one area of textiles, say stationery or fashion, but I’m more interested in surface design, and how that can then be used. For this project, I very much worked with design first, and then thinking about how I could use and manipulate these into the surfaces as needed, and I’ve loved it.
Not only was I able to carry on using and developing my confidence and skills with screen printing throughout this project, but I also experimented with other hand printing techniques, such a woodcut and collagraph, which I haven’t used very often. I like the time it takes, with screen printing and woodcut, to be able to ready and create my designs. The long process of coating and exposing a screen, and the even longer time of carving a woodcut is something that’s unavailable through digital processes, and is one I enjoy. I’m able to work through every step of the creating process with these hand printing techniques, and that’s something that I always want to be able to do.
I’ve been doing something new this year, and I can’t quite pinpoint it, but I’ve enjoyed this whole project. I think it’s a combination of the theme I chose, the client, the colours, the techniques and materials; which have all resulted in a collection that I’ve found easy to be inspired by. Last year I thought that I was inspired by nature, that was nothing compare to how much I enjoyed this very urban and modern collection. I’m a city girl, why I thought I would get more inspiration from nature than the city I don’t know, but I’m just glad that I’ve found what I’m actually inspired by at the beginning of third year. My presentation skills have definitely improved, and I feel that I’m much more confident in speaking about my own work, and I think that this project has helped with that.
This project has prepared me for the degree show, its shown me the style I like to work in, what things I find influential to my designing, and given me the freedom to think in term of surface pattern design which can then be taken into any field. I like the thought of working in whatever discipline your inspired to by a certain brief or idea, and not trying to force an idea onto a certain product, for example I doubt my collection would have been as successful if I’d been making an interior collection.
I have really liked working on a live brief, it’s a sort of introduction into what a designing career would be like, and while this wasn’t a collaborative collection, I still like that I’d been able to speak with others near me, brainstorm and help each other. It makes me think that this is what a team dynamic would be like, helping each other to be better, and to encourage. I’ve also loved seeing what other have created and how different everyone is, it’s inspiring.