During my research week I visited Southbank centre, The brunswick centre and IOE to see examples of brutalist architecture. There I did observational drawings and captured photographs of tactile structures on the building. Whlist drawing the architecture I adopted some of the techniques I've learnt from fashion and textiles diagnostic course such as continuous line drawing, silhouette, without looking and negative space. This allowed me to focus on the form and detailed textures I saw.
What have I learnt about brutalist architecture?
By looking at brutalist architecture I've noticed that in contrast to victorian architecture, brutalist architecture contains a lot of dynamic geometric shapes with blocky appearance, which is made out of concrete.
I also attended Stitch workshop where I was given a clear instruction of how to use a sewing machine. However, I didn't find it very useful as I already know how to use a sewing machine and what we did was very basic.
On location drawing research &
Monday 2nd November 2015
First day back from our research week! To start off my first fashion and textiles specialist pathway class I did location drawing research at Barbican centre. I focused on creating visual textures and details by using different marks and media. I also focused on the shapes and structures of buildings.
We were split into small groups and created collages on the floor to work outside of sketchbook. Since we had restricted materials we used a masking tape to create the structure and filled them in with coloured paper to add contrast and depth. By looking back the photographs of our work I feel that it would be more interesting if I place the work on different surface areas.
After going back to the class we created 4 2D collages by extracting marks from the drawings we did at The Barbican centre. I then chose 2 block colours to work with and created 3D surfaces. I chose cream yellow and dark blue as they're contrasting colours and I wanted to create depth in my work
What did I enjoy the most in today's class?
I enjoyed working outside of sketchbook as it allowed me to work more freely and made it easier for me to expand my ideas. I also liked the idea of using restricted colours as it was something I was told to do in my feedback and I would like to use this for my next project as it helps my sketchbook to have a consistency.
What did I struggle the most? How did I overcome?
Having a fine art background I found it difficult to use my imagination when adding colours to my drawings as I used to paint only what I saw.I'll try and overcome this by carrying out lots of illustration exercises where I can explore a wide range of patterns and colours.
To do list before Tuesday's class:
Since I'm not satisfied with 2 block colours I intend to create new textures with different colours again after doing a colour study.
Collage on the ground
Independent research day
Wednesday 4th November 2015
Tuesday 3rd November 2015
Today's class was enjoyable as I discovered a new way of printing!
AM: Mark making exercise
Our aim was to work outside of sketchbook and develop the textures from yesterday. We were told to produce 3 samples by focusing on:
-Continue paper manipulation (pleat, crease, punch and cut)
-Start introducting non traditional materials
And 3 samples by focusing on:
-Introduce hand stitch as mark making
-Use hand stitch in a non traditional way
For this exercise I decided to use restricted amount of materials as I was told to do this in my feedback sheet after the tutorial session. By refining,I feel this turned out to be successful as it allowed my samples to harmonise each other. As I mentioned at the beginning my favorite part of today's lesson was when I discovered a new printing technique.
1, Put tape on printed paper
2, Put it in the water
3, Peel off the printed paper
4, Dry it
Why did I do this?
As I wanted to save money on photocopying my work on acetate I wondered what would happen if I could transfer the ink of the printed sheet onto tape. I first used a masking tape, but as it's not transparent I couldn't see the ink which was transferred. Therefore I used a scotch tape instead and this turned out to be successful!This was extremely satisfying as I wasn't expecting to see this happen and I feel this has a lot of potential to be further developed such as by overlapping them each other. As well this, I was also intrigued by embroidery stitches as they're something that I have a lot of experience and feel confident.
Think about joining, attaching, layering changing scale e.g smaller and larger!
In the afternoon lesson I created colour palette based on the photos of buildings I took; purple, yellow and blue to limit the number of colours I use for my final samples.I then started creating 3 samples by using different amount of the colour with one predominant.
After receiving feedback:
After displaying and discussing about our works I realised that I need investigate heavy and lighter tones and how they contrast against each other. Furthermore, I've realised how colors have a big affect on my work. This allowed me to reconsider colours and patterns of my samples to create more depth in my samples, helping me develop my analytical and refining skills. I then decided to work on specific area so the colors and patterns pop out to create range in colors and not to make the viewer's eyes bored.
Overall, I enjoyed working with restriction of colour and finding colours that has a sense of unity,
Experimentitng with different colours
Experimentitng with different colours: Navy
Experimentitng with different colours: White
Experimentitng with different colours: Sky blue
Experimentitng with different colours: Light purple
Experimentitng with different colours: Gold
Layers: projector+ mark-making
Layers: projector+ mark-making (in rainbow colour)
Development: projecting more images
Development 2: projecting more images, I especially like this part because when I scrolled down the screen it looked like
Thursday 5th November 2015
I spent my morning class completing 10 samples that we were told to produce before going to The Barbican centre. I put all the samples on the wall and stepped back to see them. This was useful in that I was be able to refine and think how each sample can be further developed. This enabled me to create more samples based on the ones I made already. I especially enjoyed the process of weaving as I like the idea of how intertwining of different threads form something new.
After lunch the class went back to The Barbincan centre to place our pieces amongst the building and photograph them. I was slightly disappointed by the fact it started raining as I couldn't take many photographs. It was captivating to see the various approaches to the exact same project as it gave me an insight into how each student developed their ideas.This week's project was useful as I've learnt how to use limited materials and make multiple samples from them.
What did you find most challenging about this project and how did I overcome it? How did your secondary research helped you?
I found choosing 3 colours in my samples most challenging. This is because when I was creating my colour palette it made me realise the importance of considering colours as it could affect the depth and the way people perceive my work. Therefore, I had to carefully consider about the colour choice. However, I overcame this by doing artist research who experimented with colour such as Josef Albers and Mark Rothko. This gave me a deep understanding of how each palette connects and interacts to each other. I think this is also important for illustration as I have to show feelings of a garment through the use of colours and patterns.
What have I learnt this week?
Today's constant process of reviewing and refining developed my analytical skills for me that was more important than the final product. This project also made me realise the importance of considering the colour choice as it helps to add depth in my work.
If you could repeat this project what would you do differently?
If I were to do this again I would use acetate instead of paper so the transparency allows the viewer to see certain shapes of the building.
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Monday 9th November 2015
Discuss research produced over the weekend & the project aims.
Show sketchbooks and examples.
Paper experiments on the body & drawing exercises.
Our first task was to create paper sculptures. I took 3 aspects of 'Angel's Wings'; spiky shape, curved outline and metal texture. Since I wanted to create dynamic wings around shoulders I worked on upper body. I used a technique of pleating to show the repetition of a triangle. By changing its scale, material and using different ways of folding I was able to develop various ideas. I also tried rotating the photographs to decide the silhouette of my garment. This influenced me to create a symmetrical shape garment.
Overall, I feel my garment has millions ways to improve and develop by deconstructing and I am excited for tomorrow's class!
Tuesday 10th November 2015
- Development of ideas, further paper experiments on the body & drawing.
- Introduction of fabric in the afternoon.
Continuing my work from yesterday my aim in today's class was to incorporate symmetrical shape and a technique of pleating in my garment.
After my talk with John I realised I need to start producing illustration. As I've never than illustration before I'm still trying to find my style of drawing and I feel this is something I need to improve through a lot of practices. Although I'm struggling with illustration I still find it captivating as it is a great way of enhancing my observational skills and I like the idea of how adding colours can convey different feelings of a garment. John also mentioned that I could further develop mt symmetrical idea such as by making one of them bigger, but keep its shape to challenge the viewer's eye.
PM: Introducing fabric
I tried to use clear PVC to depict the negative space of the monument. This is because I thought the clear PVC sheet would create an interesting garment as the transparency allows the viewer to see certain shapes of skin. However, as soon as I placed clear PVC onto the mannequin I knew it wasn't suitable as it didn't have metal texture like Angel's wings.
Since I wanted to create my wings dynamic I need a stronger and thicker material than calico.
Self directed study
Wednesday 11th November 2015
I spent my morning at fabric shop, trying to find most suitable fabric. I then went to csm to continue creating a garment and documented each process.I enjoyed going to the fabric shop to get a real feel for each fabric as it gave me a better understanding of how each fabric reacts when draped on the figure.
What did I struggle the most? How did I overcome?
As I don't have a sewing machine at home I had to do hand stitching which was time consuming. Therefore I tried to think of an alternative way of keeping my pleats pleated. I overcame this by using an ion for some of the parts instead of hand stitching
Overall, Although I had to spent too much time sewing my garment today (which could have been spent on developing ideas and illustration) I still enjoyed applying pleating technique and if I had more time I would like to learn more complicated pleating technique.
Thursday 12th November 2015
Group Tutor Session (10.30am-11.30am)
Photo shoot of your final garment.
Critique of the 1 week project.
- Our task was to create
Overall, this week's project allowed me to realise the importance of documenting each process and making evaluate judgement as I was able to explore a various shapes from drawings. Referencing Gareth Pugh helped me to develop my ideas such as his use of angular shape and proportion.
If I had more time I would take photos daylight and night to see if it affects the way my garment is depicted. I would also like to do hair styling and makeup as they're something I personally enjoy.
Overall, I really enjoyed this week's project as I loved the whole idea of applying the shape of the monument onto a garment.I feel that I need to further improve my time management as I had to work very fast pace and generate ideas quickly. This week's class was very inspiring as I loved the energy of the class and was able to see great illustrations and garments created by other students. Looking back on the two projects 'Tactile Structures' and 'Public Art' I feel that I'm more suitable for fashion as I find developing ideas through draping on the body and looking at the silhouette and form more fascinating. I am particularly interested in feminine fashion and creating a garment that follows the shape of the body. I wish the projects I did were other way around so I could spent more time on something I'm more interested in!