Sealed With a Grid

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.

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Im Made of Wax, Simon. What are You Made of?

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’m still standing – Reflective Statement

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.


Don’t Let’s Present

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.


Master of Mood Boards

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!