Denim Reflection

Denim Project Reflection


Before Monday:

Since I came back to London on Sunday I couldn't go to the library to carry out research. Therefore, I found related images to my 'Denim project" on the internet.

My initial idea was to look at Hippie culture. This is because I was interested in  bell-bottom pants and how they were elevated by Hippie culture to fashion-icon status during the 1960s and 1970s. After researching about bell bottoms I found out that flared leg style actually had been around since the seventeenth century. They were originally a functional design, worn by those who worked on boats. The large legs allowed the pants to be easily rolled up out of the way for such messy jobs as washing the decks.

However, I decided not to focus on just bell bottoms but other aspects of Hippie culture such as flower power, Woodstock festival and love and peace. In order to start Hippie idea I first looked at woodstock festival and I used found images on the internet and created collages with denim. I feel that each collage has a lot of potential to be explored and I am excited to further expand my ideas. 

Useful links I found for reference:


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Monday 11th January 2015

In today's class we started off with a few exercise.

1, What is denim?

2,What can be done with denim?

3, What does denim look like?

We then created 4 paper manipulations inspired by the research we did before the class. Since I was looking at 'flower power' I tried to produce similar shapes and structures of flower. I used different  techniques such as ripping, pinching, folding and cutting. After creating 4 paper manipulation we were told to incorporate 2 different processes and materials. 

We were introduced new techniques: ink press, heat printing and lino printing. I used lino printing by extracting shapes of the samples. I enjoyed creating layers through printing as I like how each colour overlap to create a new colour. If I could do this again I would like to use more colours as we only had yellow, red white and black paint. I also tried ink printing, but it wasnt as successful as the lino print as the colour of the ink didn't transfer onto the fabric well. However, it was still a good experience to learn a new technique. 

Overall, today's class was enjoyable as I was able to learn a range of techniques and learn disadvantages and advantages of each technique. Overall, I feel that the exercise we did in the morning was the most useful part of the class as it reminded me that there are so many things that can be done with denim/ paper.



Tuesday 13th January 2016

we spent the morning class doing mark making on 4 pieces of A5 paper by extracting shapes from my work. after doing mark making for 30 minutes our tutor played 3 different types of music. We did a few exercise such as changing the pressure, width and material depending on the type of music. I found this exercise useful as it allowed me to work freely and not think too much about the marks I was making.  We also swapped one of the materials with the person standing next. This allowed me to use a black think pen which I don't usually use. 

We then started working on larger scale (A1 paper) and told to play with:

scale, repetition and relief.

After doing mark making on A1 sheet I draped it on my frineds' body. From this I learnt the technicality of translating a 2-D shape to 3-D, in preparation of how a pattern fits to the body.



Thursday 14th January 2016

In today's class I stuck all the samples on the wall and asked myself:

What needs involving?

What is missing?

Is there enough variety? 

and also considered the proportion, tone and detail 

in my samples. This allowed me to realise that  I had too many ideas in my sketchbook which have a lot of potential. This helped me to narrow down my ideas. Therefore, I decided to focus on fringes


Monday 18th January 

Today I visited  Natural History Museum to see sea creatures in real life. I did a few observational drawings to look at details of sea urchins, corals and jelly fish. I really liked the transparency of jellyfish and it influenced me to use laminate and transparent fabric in my work.  In addition, I like their slow, but graceful movement which I tried to create though the use of yarn. I also enjoyed observing sea urchins because unlike jelly fish they're spiky, hard, opaque. I think it would be interesting to look at this contrast and combine these 2 elements together. 


Tuesday 19th January 

At the beginning of the class we did colour workshop which got me think about the importance of colour balance and how colour has a lot of function and the amount can affect the way people perceive your work. I also found quite interesting that the colour has different connotation depending on the countries. For example, red represents luck in china whereas it's usually seen as the representation of anger, blood and danger. We were then grouped up into small groups and came up with as many words as possible which represent the colour we were given. 


How does the colour make you feel (e.g angry, )

think about the content 

History of colour (e.g blue used to represents female and red used to represent male)

After the workshop we all worked indivisually. As I signed up for the knitting machine workshop I was able to create fringes, which turned out to be successful as they reminded me of  flabby arms of jellyfish. I found it easy to set up the yarn as I attended work shop on Wednesday. I would like to combine this sample with something spiky to create contrast.

 Overall, the most enjoyable part of today's class was when I used knitting machine. I would like to learn more techniques such as creating holes.  



Thursday 21st January 


We spent the morning class continue making samples. I kept focusing on creating fringes and contrast between sea urchins and jellyfish. We then put our works up on the wall for the crit.  By refining my sketchbook and my samples with my group they told me that I should use more of denim fabric.



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