I recently came across designer Andrew Gn and discovered his beautiful summer/spring collection for 2016. Most of the dressed featured in this collection were made from denim and I found this denim as denim was the theme of our most recent project. What caught my eye were the eccentric sculptural designs like the two below. I liked how he used denim to create designs that you would never see with this material.
I also found the use of print very interesting in his designs. I liked how he used oriental looking prints on top of denim creating a unique style to this collection.
The two below are definitely my favourite from this collection –
FOIL | FLOCK | PUFF
During this weeks print workshop we were introduced to three different printing techniques. All three were new to me so I was very excited to give them a go. I found that using equipment like the heat press and silk screens that we were familiar with and have used in previous workshops, it gave me the confidence to experiment when using these new techniques.
This was the first out of the three techniques we were introduced to today and definitely my favourite. Firstly we applied glue to the fabric we want the foil to be printed on using a silk screen with our prints we exposed last week and then put through the heat press. I used this workshop time to work on my project as I wanted to include different print techniques in my final piece. I am hoping to use this print method again on my denim pieces.
The second was flock. This was a technique using the same method as above, we also used a silk screen to apply glue to the fabric then put through the heatpress but using a velvety fabric, I found it very interesting visually and physically. As I was overlaying my prints, this technique added texture to my prints giving it a unique edge.
The last technique we were shown was puff printing. We were required to mix a colour of our choice using pigment dye and “puff paste” then to print the mix onto our fabric using a silk screen. The fabric needed to be completely dry in order for the technique to have effect. To get the fabric to puff up we gently held the iron above fabric (making sure not to touch) and moving it around covering the whole print. I found this method very cleaver and useful on fabric. – The outcome from all the techniques I learnt today on my fabric pieces. These are going to be the pockets I will sew on to my wall hanging and I am hoping to use these techniques again as well as screen printing on the rest of my final piece.
RECYCLED & RE-IMAGINED
Armour sans Anguish are an american company producing sustainable garments using completely 100% recycled materials. Their little collections are non-seasonal and always changing.
THE HONEYDAWN PILLOW
This pillow is soft and luxurious, made from patchworked linens, vintage fabrics, sheepskin, and a large handwoven panel, made entirely from reclaimed and recycled materials. Zipper at the bottom for easy cleaning, down pillow insert included. 12×18
THE DESERT SANDS DRESS
An entirely handwoven dress made using all reclaimed and recycled materials. Best fits a small or xsmall and measures 39″ at the top and skirt and the waist can be cinched as tight as desired. Fringe at the end and metallic thread detailing throughout.
Etsy page – https://www.etsy.com/shop/AsAvintage?ref=si_shop
- (left) handmade sand and wind – handwoven natural fiber wall hanging.
- (right) handmade sedona – handwoven natural fiber wall hanging.
I really like some of the interiors and wall hanging that are produced from this brand. The colours are gentle and similar to ones I will be using in my project.
also came across their blog page on tumblr, it shows shome beautiful wedding dresses made from up cycled materials – http://armoursansanguish.tumblr.com/
S M E L L S L I K E T E E N S P I R I T
Punk and Gender Identify
In this weeks study group we discussed the punk subculture and their gender identities, mainly focusing on what the subculture meant to females and how it allowed them to express their own identities. Continuing on the method from last weeks lecture by analyzing an entire extract, highlighting statements and quotes in small groups then discussing as a class what we believe the text was suggesting. We also discussed the feminist movement in the 70’s and how the punk subculture played a massive role in this.
Extracts from O’brian, L (1999) The Women Punk Made Me in Sabin (ed) (1999) Punk Rock : So what, Routledge, London.
After reading through the extract it was clear that punk challenged the “Barbie” look, giving women an alternative. The punk look was not necessarily seen as attractive but there was always statement of intent within the style. Anything that was seen as attractive to men, punk women would trash creating a look that was not sexualised, not defined by how they looked.