Laser Cutting

After deciding a title for my project and a font, I decided to get it laser cut into some funky card to maybe put up for my final end of year show. When I went to go buy my card, all they had was this sparkly silver or black. I ended up deciding to go with the black because it was bolder and contrasted with the silver I was using for the headers. I went to the Fab Lab to get it cut out, which was the first time going in there. I was really impressed with how helpful they were, and how quickly they got me onto the machines. Although I have used the machines upstairs before, I feel like the Technical demonstrators gave me no confidence to allow me to do it on my own, which can be really demotivating sometimes. This is why when my friend told me about the Fab Lab I thought it was such a good idea, and they treated me less like a student and more like a client.

 

 

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New Title

After seeing the third years work, Its been really inspiring to me to continue with my project in new and interesting ways. One of which is a title for mu project and perhaps a new font?

I chose the title ‘AND I SURVIVE”. Which I got of the video in my previous post, from the Gigi space Odyssey piece by Harpers Bazaar. The music I found so interesting and deep, not only this, but I thought this collection of words could work very well to my target market because some may think it’s edgy and goes with the space theme which I think it does. Many people have lost there lives attempting to gain more knowledge of outer space, but many like Neil Armstrong have managed to overcome the fear and survived this adventure.

But if I’m thinking about this on a much deeper level, I want to point out that being a young aged girl in education. With lots of pressure on you to look good and do well in your studies, many people (not only girls) suffer with different forms of depression and anxiety. Which I think is like a bigger meaning behind the words, to me anyway. This is something I want to subtly suggest in these words. But to whom ever may be reading this, they can take on there own ideas of what the words can mean.

I started playing around with the idea of using this title, first of all with the font I have been using throughout this project, which is cleverly called transformers. thinking about it now, it just seems slightly boring, its not WOW enough for me, especially with this title. I continued looking anyway and found three others that I liked the look of called: Locus Resistance, Skirmisher and Rapier. The second one to me jumps out the most because the texture on the letters created the impression of a rock or perhaps the moon? Plus because the text is bold I think it creates a lasting effect. The third one, in my head now looks to me as if its a quirky Japanese font, which although some people told me they like best, I don’t think it works for my project. The last one also looks quirky, with emphasis on the A and R which I like but it’s just not as bold as the second one, and when I consider my project, I want it to make a lasting impact on people. Thats why I’ve chosen to change my font and use this second font here in the image called Locus Resistance. I’ve tested them all out in multiple colours, within my colour pallet and think it looks best in blue and the shiny silver I’ve attempted to create.

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With my new title and font chosen I wanted to put it onto my mock ups to see how effective they were. Here’s what I created: Let me know what you think.

Personally I felt like I was struggling to find three designs that collectively worked together, making them all interesting and all visually pleasing each one on it’s own. But I think this collection of three works really well. They all contain similar colours, interesting motifs, and the text stands out and works well I think.

Gigi Hadid’s Space Odyssey

I’ve recently been scrolling through Instagram to find one of my favourite models, modelling for Harpers Bazaar with the space theme, due to NASA’s involvement.

Although not much is said about NASA in the article, she quotes on Instagram: ‘an unforgettable visit to #NASA’. These photo’s taken by Mariano Vivanco are so interesting to me, these give me a lot of inspiration to continue looking at this project. Take a look and see for yourself:

With such beautiful fashion designs, capturing the body in very different ways, all mostly metallic which I love. And all the backgrounds are unique and interesting but also edgy, giving of an alien vibe which is perfect for my recent project.

New Patterns

After receiving my feedback I wanted to continue with my project by creating some new prints and using my plastics in a different way to give me more interesting things to hang for my end of year show. I started looking back at some of my old drawings and I became really confused as to what new motifs I could use. I thought about continuing with this circuit board theme and started messing around with some small patterns on photoshop. Initially as a tester I created the basic pattern, and then separated it into the four sections, moved them around and added more patterns in order to create the repeat. As you can see I started with this one, and made it into a repeat, but I thought there was to much white space, so I left this one and continued with the new pattern.

But before I did this, I started looking at different colour ways for this design. personally I really like the original in white, blue and green because it looks clean and precise. But as you can see I have continued to look at more which also work.

This is the second design I created, starting with the same original piece but this time I added lots more into the design, including new squares and circles to fill the square more, leaving less white space. These three images show how i created the design, adding more to the initial pattern, and then taking it into four squares, moving them to the opposite corner and adding more pattern to fill the space. Doing this on photoshop instead of paper makes creating repeat patterns easy.

I used this finalised pattern and created a few different colours ways using my original colour scheme. My favourite was is the blue, with the pink and green on top. It looks really futuristic and clean, but the colours are bright and quirky. I want to test this pattern onto plastic but unfortunately I don’t own any blue plastic because thats the only colour I didn’t buy.

These are some CAD visuals I created looking at garments, instead of stationery. After talking with Irene, the fashion teacher a few weeks ago, I decided I’m really interested in incorporating more fashion into my textiles work, and I think this pattern works really nicely onto these clothes as CAD visuals. Although I can’t now go back and complete a fashion course because I’m in second year, I will try my best next year to work along side the fashion teacher more and learn as much as possible in order to gain more skills to try get a job in the fashion industry in the future.

Going back to my stationery, I have created a mock up book with a similar pattern to this one. Take a look: The first one is just the repeating pattern, which looks fine, but just slightly boring. The second one I made took me ages, creating a pattern using all the pieces of the old patterns I had created, but it doesn’t repeat and I also included a title with the font I have been using for this project. I think this looks much more interesting, with less white space and more different shapes.

With this second mock up book, I’ve tested some alternative colour ways, which I think although don’t go so well with the theme. I think the overall style looks great. Especially the pastel colour scheme. Its subtle and cute for my target market, although it could be argued that the orange is funky and also is good for my target market.

Constellation Reflection

During this last term of constellation, I have found it quite challenging to adapt to this idea of actually writing a ten-thousand-word dissertation. After being in China during the first term of this year, on Erasmus and writing an essay about my experiences only and not using academic texts to make an argument it has been some what of a struggle to get back into the rhythm. I decided to use my experience in China as influence for my dissertation, after working on a project that was based on space age fashion and gaining more knowledge of this topic over time I have become more and more infatuated with all aspects of the fashion and trend which occurred in the 60’s because of the space exploration. I started off going to the library and just taking out all the books which had ‘60’ ‘space’ and ‘fashion’ on the cover. With this I just took peoples statements, comments and opinions and wrote them up just to get me started. I was initially confused how to write a lit review, as there wasn’t much information actually written on the template to give details on how it should be written up. With this in mind I just started to collect different statements from different books which linked or made opposing arguments and re write them in paragraphs making different points. It made sense to me to put each paragraph in order according to my plan. I think the most challenging part of this was re writing people’s statements and argument because they were already well written and I’m not the best at words. To be honest I’m not sure if I have done this correctly so I was to speak to someone about this, as I don’t want to plagiarise, but I have re worded it to the best of my ability using a thesaurus and given the name of who said it, so I think this is correct for this proposal. After completing the majority of the section about space age fashion, still not yet with a firm argument, I decided to then compare this with another interest of mine. If I’m honest I’m not sure how I have gained so much knowledge of designers from Japan, after going to China. However, I have become increasingly interested in the work of Japanese designers for many reason. I recently completed a work placement where I learnt the art of Pleating with a company in London called Ciment Pleating. From my point of view, I can see a clear link with futuristic themes in both 60’s space age designers and Japanese designers that I have chosen. In the second part I took out books which gave me information based on these two Japanese designers I chose, which are Issey Miyake and Junya Watanabe. Both have similarities however are very different as one is younger then the other. I thought this would work as a good contrast in linking these futuristic themes threw out fashion history. Again I just found quotes and wrote them up in my own words, to make points about these designers. After competing this I had about one thousand five hundred words In my lit review which I was slightly concerned with. It makes me nervous to this that I cannot create the ten thousand words for my final dissertation. I don’t want to make my choice of designers to random or broad, but I have found a book that talks about future fashions and I want to include information about what they talk about, Idea’s of combining fashion with science for new purposes, which none of the designers I have looked at are using. None the less, I think this gives another argument. Finalising my argument, I have decided to argue what Space age fashion is, and how we are seeing these futuristic themes in fashion throughout fashion history, but I am specialising in looking at Japanese designers for the more modern designers. And I want to argue what futuristic themes are. I think this sounds broad enough to give me the word count I need, but not wide enough to get lost, because I think its easier to word when I have a clear set of instructions which is just me. Now that I have completed the proposal I think I am much more confident with the idea of writing a dissertation because I have done the bulk of the work I think. And I believe I know what the next steps are, but between now and the real hand in I want to focus on how to write quotes in text and how to reference different theorists because I would hate to lose marks on small things like forgetting full stops. I think my tutor has been helpful in terms of not stressing me out. I was concerned my friends were getting more work done then me, after being set it by there tutors. But I have completed the work with little stress and feel confident in my work and am interested in it. Which I think is important, as I will be spending a long time perfecting my dissertation. I don’t believe I will become bored of this topic. The idea of futurism in interesting to me, and will continue to inspire my work in subject and field for hopefully a long time.

Pleating Work Placement

During this week spent at Ciment Pleating, in London, I have learnt so many new and interesting things, which will inspire me for years to come. When I arrived I had very little knowledge of the process of how to pleat, but over time I have learnt all the different methods and processes of many of the pleats they create at Ciment Pleating. This is one of the only pleating company’s left in the UK which makes me very sad because it is a beautiful art form.

The pleating process consists of two patterns made out of card or paper. The fabric is then placed in between the paper and pushed slowly together to create the pattern. It is then either tied up or rolled up depending on the chosen pattern and left in a steamer for approximately 28 minutes. After this has been completed it is then left to cool down. This cooling process is the most important because this will make the fabric stay In the shape of the pattern. Once cooled down completely the paper is then separated from the fabric and the pleat is complete.

The first pleats I learnt about was the straight pleat which is the most basic of pleats, sometimes known as a knife pleat. This consist of one being longer then the other allowing the fabric to sit flat. The next one I looked at was the accordion pleat which means the pleat has 2 sides and both be the same length. This one doesn’t sit flat or face one direction.

The majority of the time spent at Ciment Pleating I have been helping Gary create Sunray pleats which I think is one of my favourite. This is similar to an accordion pleat but is cut in a semi circle. It starts of very small and gets bigger the closer to the hem. This pleat would mostly be used for skirts.

Because I have been very focused on geometrics recently, when it came to pleating some of my own fabric. I wanted to be very creative and try some of these fancy pleats. Firstly, I tested out the chevron pleat using some of my plastics. This is a repeating triangle pattern which is really fun to play with especially using thick fabrics like my plastic. I’ve also had the chance to play around with the star pleat, basket weave pleat, herringbone pleat and tree bark pleat. So I not got lots and lots of samples to take back with me to play around with.

Considerations when thinking about pleating fabrics how big do you need the final piece of fabric because some of my samples are now much smaller then they were originally because some patterns half the size when completed. Also some of my patterns are upside down, like I really liked the back size of the basket weave because it looked really industrial so I turned my fabric around to make it different.

I’m so thankful that I have had the opportunity to complete this work placement and I must thank Irene, head of fashion at CSAD for getting me in contact with Ciment Pleating. I has really inspired me to consider creating my own fabric to pleat and create a garment with, or even just into fashion with these interesting fabrics I have been working with and create fashion garments out of them, because they would be interesting and edgy with these sorts of geometric shapes and textures.

A girl who works at Ciment Pleating called Jo, recently completed a course at De Montford university which is called Contour fashion, which teaches is a fashion course specialising in lingerie, body wear, swimwear, nightwear, corsetry, menswear and sportswear. I think something like this sounds super interesting as a whole. I am really starting to consider weather I would be able to study fashion after my textile degree.

Final Collection

After being inspired by my trip to china, and wanting to continue my research and development project that I initially started while at university in Beijing. I decided to continue with the theme looking at the WGSN trend for Spring/summer 2017 called digital wave, but also taking influences from 60’s space age fashion motifs.

When I was in China I was studying fashion, so I was looking less at patterns and more shapes, in particular looking at the human body. When I returned home to start this new project looking at fabric samples of patterns, I thought it might be harder for me to continue working towards a fashion outcome and moved onto stationary.

For my hypothetical brief for this project, I choose the store Cyber Dog, a futuristic fashion and accessories store based online and in four major cities in the UK, as the company to work for. I choose this store because it is so interesting and elaborate of the futuristic theme, which is what I wanted to portray in my work. The fashion could be called wacky, or out of this world if you wanted to be funny, but its different and I thought it would inspire me to be more creative with motifs and fabrics. It was after I visited the store in Camden, London, when I began to draw more of the fashion illustrations, because all of the different shapes were so inspiring, not to mention the colours and patterns. Cyber Dog have never launched a stationary brand previously, which made it more fun because I have nothing to compare it to, but also it would be a unique selling point if it was to end up in there stores.

I started working with fun and quirky motifs, some of which were inspired by my travels to Shanghai. I picked colours for my collection mostly based on the digital wave collection on WGSN, but I specifically chose bright colours because I wanted the final outcomes to be stand out visually. With my first set of motifs I applied different colours multiple times to see what colours worked together and decided that the green blue and yellow worked best, with some pink. But also the purple, red and pink worked together. I struggled to combine them all because there is a lot of colours in my colour scheme.

From the beginning I was very concentrated working with the spaceship motif, and I played around with lots of different patterns and colours to see what would work best. It was only until I screen printed the design that I realised It was working for a much younger target market then I had originally thought about creating for. Which meant most of my work up until this point was irrelevant to my project. This is then when I started to think about circuit boards and more fashion illustrations because these patterns seemed more mature and slightly raunchy which is where I was heading with the futuristic theme.

I drew out eight different fashion illustrations, with inspiration from many websites, including Cyber Dog. But in the end I choose the best seven and ended up giving them futuristic names like: Venus and Solar-Jexa. It worked out pretty well considering I was looking at stationary and these illustrations could work well for diary’s, so with there being seven, there was one for every day of the week. Which I have shown in my cad visuals.

I am practically proud of how much I have learnt since returning from my Erasmus. I have tested and gained so many valuable skills, including learning how to screen print again but also using multiple screens for one design, and how to digital stich. I think some of my best work was created using the digital stich onto the plastics. Although I am sad that I can’t use it for anything else, I love the textures it brings to my work. Especially with the stitch on top. I think it’s a very interesting idea to use them together because the plastic is so smooth and clean, but the stitch adds an element of hand-made crafted art to it. Giving the samples more character. I want my samples to be interesting to touch because after all you would be holding a notebook and it would be more interesting if the textures were fun.

My final samples came out really well. Showing lots of different skills and I believe to be presented very clean and professionally. I wanted to showcase all my skills on the chosen six samples, However I did mount the theme corresponding designs together and wanted to showcase that as one design rather then three individuals, although the top print is the most important in my eyes. I wanted to show I have looked into lots of techniques during this projects and tested both on paper, fabrics and plastics with many different motifs that work together, correctly for my target market which I think I have managed very well. I have used my time wisely and thought about ways to develop this further by given each of my illustrations names to make this project come to life and slightly more personal. Although I have thought about my market competitors, I have never seen anything quite like this with bold prints and the use of plastics. I think these designs are unique and interesting which is why I think I am so passionate to continue more work with these themes.

 

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If I was to continue this project and develop it further, I would be very inclined to test UV paints and find similar fabrics which I could laser cut into or emboss. I think these ideas create an even more futuristic fantasy impression, which in its self is quite edgy and fun. But I think overall this project has been very successful and I have really enjoyed it. My final collection are all well linked with the theme and produced to a high standard which I am most pleased with.