Final Show

The final show was hung at four on Monday to present the final collection. After spending the weekend printing designs and putting them next to each other to decide on the best collection to show I decided on these five different prints and one CAD visual to present the collection with the final outcome for the prints. I’m really pleased how different my collection looks in comparison to second term. I’ve really pushed my designs to be quirky and interesting, to go with my space age them and customer.

final show

Reflection- Field

My fields project this year have been a fantastic and multi-cultural experience. Firstly, going to China for three months, which counted towards part of my first field project. Secondly, I spent two weeks travelling across India to learn about the culture and different art techniques. I have to say, now looking back, the field project that inspired me the most was my trip to China. Three months really changed the way I think and made me realise how passionate I am about taking my textiles degree down a fashion route. It also weirdly inspired me to look into Japanese fashion designers, even though China and Japan are not connected in anyway. Giving me new interest points to look at, including pleating, inspired by Issey Miyake’s Pleat Please collection, which motivated me to take part in a pleating work placement at Ciment Pleating, this Easter just gone. This time in China also gave me the opportunity to experiment with different fabrics like plastics and PVC, which has moved me in a more futuristic direction in my work, in comparison to before when I was looking at much older sights like abandoned ruins. I think its interesting how much my work has changed since returning.

The overall experience of moving to china to study fashion was an amazing challenge and I’m so glad I was chosen to take part in it, I think this experience will continue to inspire me throughout the rest of my degree and furthermore. After returning and going straight into my second field project, I’d like to say I was more prepared for what I was going to see but nothing really compares to India. Even though I was living in Asia, China and India are worlds apart in terms of their culture. It was a totally different culture shock to China, but during our trip we got to work closely with people who create the most beautiful pieces of handmade art in different ways. I think the overall trip was amazing and well designed for most art students, because we got the chance to see lots of art forms, including, dying, printing, ceramics, jewellery making and painting. However, I don’t think this trip has inspired me yet, if anything it has moved me more into the digital art form because I wanted to show diversity in my work, which India did not have much of at all. Never the less, I’m so pleased I got the chance to travel to India as I believe it has given me a greater sense of awareness in the world. I can only assume that this trip will one day inspire a project of mine, but as of yet I’m still coming down from the fact I was living in China and I can’t thank Cardiff Met more for these wonderful opportunities to travel like I have been able to this year.

Reflection

To finalise my ‘Making Connections’ project, I want to firstly start by saying how pleased I am with the finished collection of samples and CAD visuals created to represent my company Cyber Dog, in creating its first stationery collection. I think the finalised designs express the brand well and are quirky and interesting, which is perfect for my client. After receiving the feedback in April, I wanted to continue this project by creating more imagery because although I thought I had lots, not many went together to make a coordinating set. Since then I have been playing around with collage work, which is new to me, but also creating patterns and shapes on Photoshop. Both of which have turned out really well, by mixing these with some of my older designs to make a coordinating set of designs which are all unique and interesting on their own, but work great at a group. Some of my old designs I have since, completely abandoned as I don’t think they are right for this specific project, however I am still pleased with the amount of illustrations I have created during this whole project, because I am not confident with my drawing skills. I have also been testing out alternative colour ways using mock ups, this could be potentially, for a different customer entirely, or just to make a change, these also came out great and I have had some positive feedback from peers to say that they were good colour combinations, especially for my space theme.

After spending two weeks building the degree show with my buddy, it really motivated me to continue working in all aspects of my project, firstly thinking about scale of samples, materials, colours and professionalism. From this I gained value experience, which I hope to take forward with me into my final year of my degree. At first, I wasn’t too keen on the idea of being someone’s ‘slave’. But as the deadline approached I really enjoyed how helping out and creating the show with my buddy and seeing the final work on display. It made me nervous yet excited for my final year at a textiles student. It also taught me that although I have a new-found interest for fashion, I don’t want to limit myself to just a fashion outcome. I want to show diversity in all my work, which is why I have added some fashion CAD visuals into my work this term. Lastly, I just want to say that I think this term has been a little strange. I am very glad we have done the buddy system, and I am glad I got the chance to continue this work because it’s made me move my collection in a different direction for the better. However, being able to access workshops has been tricky and I understand technical demonstrators have other commitments but it was put in the timetable we had time to go into the workshops, but this wasn’t made clear to the technical demonstrators who didn’t want us in the workshops and it made me feel uncomfortable to ask.

Screen Prints

Here are some screen prints I printed a while ago, during the two weeks of being third year buddies. This was the first time I screen printed onto plastics and I think it went very well considering. I started off looking at colours from my colour palette and because I had brought in this green plastic I thought it would be best to start there. This is now an old print, but you can see it repeats. This pattern has now been replaced with the pattern I have been placing onto mockups which I think looks a lot better, but this is the repeat of a similar pattern. I thought the green came out really well, although the paint has lead a little, I really like the texture of the plastic and think it works really well. If I had the chance I would go back and repeat this on pink plastic, but sadly I don’t think we have anymore time in the print room before our final deadline, and even worse I don’t own any blue plastic.

I then started playing around with some other plastics and a metallic pleather I bought back from china, with new colours not from my colour palette to see what my designs would look like in different ways. I decided I really liked the shine of the metallic pleather, the colour really worked well with the while pattern on top, obviously its hard to show this on photoshop because its such a unique fabric. However, I also really liked the colour palette of the black plastic with the white and red, and since then have created a new colour palette using these colours which I think works nicely, and could work well for my target market. I think it also keeps within the sci-fi theme which is obviously a bonus.

I also created a sample with orange plastic and flourescent pink paint on top, but this didn’t photo well at all, so if you get the chance to ever see my work, keeps your eyes peeled for it, because it does surprisingly look quite pretty.

I think screen printing onto plastic is such a brilliant idea, but I think I want to gain more experience with this during my third year, and try using different scaled shapes to see if the paint will lay differently accordingly. Yet to be tested.

New Mock-ups

I’ve been continuously working hard to create these mock up stationery books, looking at different patterns, colours and alternative colour palettes. Here are just a few of the individual ones, using the second scanned collage and the final one, using the first collage but with an alternative colour palette.

I then started working on coordinating patterns. I realised this worked best when three colours were chosen, and if one of the designs was much simpler so it wouldn’t be to hard to look at. I first used the pink, green and yellow from my colour pallet, and tested it with different patterns, and edited the patterns into different colours. My personal favourite of this selection has to be the second one, just because it is visually interesting and not to hard to look at. Especially with the simplest of designs in the middle. I then moved on to different colours in my colour pallet. I have to say I think the red, purple and pink co-ord’s look fantastic. These appear to be very feminine, but still powerful because of the deep purple and bright red. I think the correct colours were chosen in the correct places making this work very well.

I then eventually did move on to using some of my alternative colour pallets and thought it would be good to go back to some of my older designs to incorporate them, and see if they work. I honestly think this last set of co-ords look great. The colours are quirky and the designs are interesting. I think they go together very well. But obviously it does help they the colours all match.

Collage

These are two collages I created after being inspired by the video on Harpers Baazar webpage, posted a few weeks ago but also I was inspired by the third year degree show to actually try out collaging.

I wanted to start by creating some basic repeating patterns and with a little help from my architecture friend, I came up with this. I think this looks really effective because of the way the lines meet, it looks like a corner, but also looks like an explosion which was the main focus of this piece. I particularly like it in with the white background, as it looks really clean and still edgy.

I then applied these designs to some mock ups, and even tested some old motifs on top to test if they looked good, which I think the spade ship looks cleverly placed onto this notebook, but maybe would work better as a sticker.

I’ve also messed around with this collage using opacity and size tools, to make the pattern more interesting in different ways. I also used old motifs to incorporate different elements into the design. Although I’m not sure the final design looks very good, because it seems very immature and wouldn’t go with my target market.