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.
F U T U R E | G E N E R A T I O N S
Following up to our 2 week up-cycling denim project for our field “future generations” module we were required to develop of denim creations further.
To start I researched other peoples designs on using up-cycled or reworked denim for inspiration. I came across a lot of interesting designs mostly being accessories and containers/storage objects.
I loved these ideas but after researching further I discovered a lot of designers have used denim to create very inventive interior furnishing. As interior is so important to me as a designer I was hoping this project was a chance to incorporate interior products into my work. I would also love to introduce print into my design.
– Below are some examples of interiors used from denim.
The idea of also introducing other materials into my designs to show personal interests is something I want to include.
– I love the idea of using old cards and debit cards to create a imagery collage. I am renown for misplacing personal belongings like this this as well as forgetting to take them out with me. I think by using ideas like this (middle left) not only is it of up-cycling old cards but a reminder for myself whenever I see the photo frame.
– FINAL IDEA –
After speaking to Helen about where I wanted to go with my ideas we spoke about making a wall hanging and incorporating interests into the piece. I like the previous work we did with botanical drawings and some of the leaves I collected and drew from around Bute Park and Llandaf Cathedral. I decided I want to use leave shapes to create pockets sew on to the wall hanging piece, creating a leaf shape hanging instead of a reformed shapes like a square, rectangle.
– Two of my own leaf drawings that inspired my theme.
By using bleach as a resists I want create negative colours behind the pockets and light prints of the leaves to create layered imagery. I am hoping to use the heat press using actual leaves as this is a technique I have already experimented with was really pleased with the outcomes. I also will be using a branch to hang the piece off incorporating the theme into my wall hanging.
S M E L L S L I K E T E E N S P I R I T
During today’s study group session, we looked at the punk subculture and focused on how to read from a full extract recognizing relevant quotes to help us with our upcoming essay, this was useful practice for us as throughout the previous lessons we were given individual quotes in our notes to analyse. I found this very helpful.
The reading was an extract from the book: Barnard, M (Ed) (2007) Fashion Theory: A Reader London: Routledge. Chapter 23: Dick Hebdige STYLE, Pages 256 – 266.
We got the chance to analyse the front cover of the sex pistols album “god save the queen” which I found interesting to find how much just an album cover related to the punk subculture. This was different to the method we normally use of analyzing an image.
I used the techniques “Cath’s columns” again today to analyse the image. The theory I used to back its up was some of the quotes I picked out from the extract, highlighting them at the start of the session.
Here is my example of this technique:
Monday 15th February was the deadline for our group projects. In our groups we presented our pieces we had made, using our independent study days the previous week to work on the project we finished and produced a hanging tapestry piece and spoke about our ideas in front on the class. After seeing everyone else’s presentations and see what they produced we discussed some of the thought and feelings we had about each others work. It was very pleasant to hear some of the lovely comments that were made and review other people work.
Today we were given a short task activity to do as a whole group. We were given four words.
ECONOMICS, CULTURE, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL.
We had to decide on a scale which were most important to make a city in the future and try to use our projects to help us decide.(Highest podium being most important and lowest podium being least important)
We came up with the theory that you need SOCIAL to work together to build an ENVIRONMENT to save CULTURE. We put ECONOMICS at the bottom as we decided money is the least important out of everything, most of our cities didn’t need money to work.
We used the post it notes to write how these linked to our cities in important from highest to lowest. We then used the string to make a link between each others cities, some cities were had similar values where as some were quite the opposite. The string was tidies from one end of a board and tied to the other one that was linked.
Overall I have enjoyed this project and the experience. I came into the project unsure of what it would be like and wasn’t very optimistic as I have been let down by fellow members of group in previous group projects. It was nice to work with a team that were as willing and had the same ideas as me. I was also very happy with the finished piece, I enjoyed playing around with different media and sharing ideas with my peers.
Blog addresses of my fellow group members: