Friday, May 28, 2010

Johanna Green

Simular references to the collection I am working towards;
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Paper exploration

I created this paper garment a few weeks ago but completely forgot to post it because I didnt think the outcome was very strong and led me nowhere.

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The idea of using paper (a natural object) as a way of making garments came from the artist David Brownings who made Nike shoes out of coloured card!

Object Artists

Because I have now narrowed down my theme down to creating objects which can be applied to the body to create different objects (ie garments) I have started to research other artists who use objects to create other forms as well.

Robert Bradford
- recycles toys to make toy sculptures





Patricia Villanueva- photographer


Lego Artists



Junior Fritz Jacquet- MAKES OBJECTS OUT OF TOILET PAPER ROLLS (FOLDING AND PAINTING PLAIN CARDBOARD TO CREATE FACES!)



Mirko Siakkou - creates sculptures out of tyres




Robert McKinnon
"Mckinnon uses Photoshop to enlarge an image so that the image is pixilated and arranges each cube to match all the pixels on the image. Costs a few hundred bucks, and a one strong easel. He created a Mona Lisa that costed $400, took 12 hours, weighed 80 pounds, and stood 4 feet tall"


Gwon Osang- hundreds of photos are put together by Korean sculptor, Gwon Osang, one of the most recognized contemporary artists in Korea due to his non-conventional approach to sculpture.





Food experiments:
gosh!



Monday, May 17, 2010

CEMENT IDEA (the wedding dress)

FINALLY HAVE REACH A PPPPPOINT!

Zhang Jingna- photographic artist


I AM GOING TO INVESTIGATE STRIPS OF FABRIC, THAT ARE OBJECTS. THESE OBJECTS ARE FINISHED OFF PERFECTLY AND HAVE JOINING MECHANISMS THAT MEANS THEY CAN BE PUT TOGETHER BY THE WEARER TO CREATE THEIR IDEAL WEDDING DRESS.

FOR EXAMPLE.

THE PIECES OF 1 DRESS WILL BE IN A BOX, THEY WILL BE LACE, OR BEADED OR WHITE OR OYSTER IN DIFFERENT STRIPS OF SHAPES THAT RELATE TO TRADITIONAL MEASUREMENTS OF WEDDING DRESS DESIGN.

I COULD MAKE A SERIES OF THESE DRESSES

SOME COULD BE MOUNTED ONTO SIMPLE JERSEY NUDE DRESSES AND ANCHORED WITH ROPES OR BRAIDING

SOME COULD BE ATTACHED WITH PRESS STUDS?

I NEED TO RESEARCH OTHER METHODS OF JOINING THEM

SO

MY OBJECT: PIECES OF WEDDING DRESS THAT ARE NOT ACTUAL PATTERN PIECES
THE PROCESS: THE WEARER IS ABLE TO PUT THE GARMENT ON IN THEIR DESIRED WAY IN A PARTICULAR PATTERN THAT APPEALS TO THEM
THE OUTCOME: A GARMENT - QUITE LITERALLY A WEDDING DRESS

OKAY.

THIS IS VERY EXCITING!

YIZZZZZZZZZZ I HAVE A PURPOSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

STREAMER FILM

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Streamer Experimentation - FINAL OUTCOME?

I HAVE USED STREAMERS AS A NATURAL OBJECT (THEY ARE MADE OF PAPER) AND HAVE EXPERIMENTED WITH THEM BEING USED ON THE BODY.

I AM PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN THE PROCESS OF DRESSING WHEN YOU ARE WEARING A STREAMER
IT IS VERY FUN
IT IS ALSO VERY NEW
NEW FUN AND MODERN ALWAYS MAKES FASHIONABLE

EXCELLENT! THIS TOTALLY APPLIES TO MY TOPIC/QUESTION

SO. AFTER I MADE THESE STREAMER OUTFITS AND TOOK PHOTOS I THOUGHT ABOUT WHETHER I COULD CONSIDER THIS 'DRESS', CERTAINLY. THIS FITS INTO MY DEFINITION OF GARMENTS EXCEPT FOR THE WEARING AGAIN/WASHING EASABILITY- WHICH CAN BE WORKED ON.

THE FRAGILITY OF THIS MATERIAL IS A VERY ATTRACTIVE ASPECT BOTH AESTHETICALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY- AFTERALL, WHAT IS MORE FRAGILE THAN FASHION IN THE EYES OF A DESIGNER OR WEARER?

I WAS THINKING THAT THIS COULD BE CONSIDERED A TURNING POINT FOR MY STUDIO.

WOULD IT MAKE SENSE TO TAKE THIS EXPERIMENT FUTHER AND CREATE THIS OUTFIT IN MORE 'GARMENT/CLOTHING' APPROPRIATE MATERIALS?

IF I CREATED THESE SAME LOOKS THEN THE INITIAL EXPERIMENTATION OF WEARING THIS NATURAL OBJECT (STREAMERS) APPLIED TO THE BODY COULD BECOME THE 'SHADOW' OF MY DESIGN.

I COULD FURTHER CLAIM THAT THE SUBSEQUENT DESIGNS ORIGINATED FROM THIS EXPERIMENT WERE GARMENTS ONCE APPLIED TO THE BODY BUT COULD IN FACT REMAIN OBJECTS BEFORE BEING APPLIED TO THE BODY, BECAUSE I COULD CONSTRUCT THIS OUTFIT IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE WEARER GETS TO INTERACT WITH THE OBJECT AND CREATE A METHOD OF DRESS, THIS HAS INTERESTED ME THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE STUDIO.

SO I WOULD CREATE A SERIES OF 'OBJECTS' THAT WHEN JOINED TOGETHER BY THE VIEWER WOULD BECOME GARMENTS THAT ARE INSPIRED BY THE SHADOW OF MY NATURAL EXPERIMENTATIONS. THEN AFTER RESEARCHING A NUMBER OF WAYS IN WHICH THESE GARMENTS COULD COME TOGETHER AND LOOK, I COULD PUT MY IDEAS IN A TRADITIONAL FASHION SCENARIO.

I COULD STAGE A CATWALK SHOW (MOCK CATWALK) THAT HAS LIMITED AMOUNT OF PEOPLE AND PLAYS ON THE CLICHE OF THE FASHION WORLD, ONCE MY OBJECT-GARMENT HAS BEEN SHOWN IN THIS SETTING THEN TECHNICALLY IT WOULD BE ABLE TO MORPH INTO THE TITLE OF FASHION.

SO. IN CONCLUSION
THIS COULD BE MY FINAL DESIGN OUTCOME
I COULD PRODUCE A VIDEO OF THE FASHION SHOW AND GET A MODEL IN FOR THE PRESENTATIONS TO ACTUALLY DEMONSTRATE HOW TO WEAR THE OBJECTS.

ANYWAY, THIS IS WHAT INSPIRED ME. AESTHETICALLY I FEEL THIS WORK IS VERY STRONG. WHAT DO YOU THINK? HELP ME PLEASE :)
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Taffeta experimentation

Using taffeta strips to create a garment was interesting as an object but produced very poor aesthetic results and did not adhere to my garment rules of being washable and cover the body. This could be due to the volume of taffeta used, but I worry that if I experimented with even more it would just look like a Hawaiian hula skirt and that is not the kind of experimentation I am interested in in terms of creating a garment from objects and fashion from garments.
Here are the results:
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it seems as though nothing is working--------wahhdfhas I need art inspiration! Or more intellectual backing!!!!!!!

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Kevin Taylor (fecalface)

Stip/knit experiment

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In order to investigate whether something could go from being simply a mass of material to something that was easily perceived as a garment I created this object. I used both woven and knit fabrics, the woven fabric in the form of strips, which offered greater or more interesting control over coverings and surface area and the knit, which was flexible enough to extend and shape around the body, but doesn't necessarily need to be anchored to a key area of the body i.e. shoulders, waist. In this experiment I also created little circular areas within the object that were lined with strips of woven fabric, and toggles/straps that are able to be attached to a variety of different places i.e. toes, ears, fingers etc.
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Autumn Leaves experiment

Investigating autumn leaves as a random natural object to test its possibilities as a 'garment' if applied to the body.

I decided it didn't according to my rules of what a garment should be.

So then I cut out the shapes of the leaves into calico and stitched them together in a random order, quite like the arrangement of the autumn leaves, and created a piece of cloth that when applied to the body became a garment.

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In terms of taking this experiment to the next level I don't think its really very interesting, both intellectually and aesthetically. There are other experiments of natural objects that I have found more interesting in an aesthetic level which is what I'm interested in following ALTHOUGH I was thinking that if I dyed this experiment a different color it may be perceived as more either autumn leave-y or more like a garment.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Alexander McQueen SS2010

A Nick Knight video for Show Studios featuring Raquelle Zimmerman for Alexander McQueens SS10 show.........

She is wearing snakes as garments, jesus

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fashion designers thoughts on the industry:

Some quotes I have stumbled accross while writing a DAS essay:
they are very intersting to me in relation to this studio.

‘John Galliano claims that “The only way to get forward in fashion is to return to construction,” while Karl Lagerfeld has expressed the opinion that the only thing that can be new about fashion is the material. The twentieth-century French philosopher Jean Baudrillard (b. 1929) takes the view that the body no longer exists and has said, “in this new erotic world every illusionistic element is missing....The body is present, even over-exposed, but only as part of the technical equiptment”.
(Affaticati 2005)

“The future of fashion? It has none. The trend is no fashion. We are getting nakeder and nakeder.” Thierry Mugler
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“Some day we will blow clothes the way we blow glass. Its ridiculous that fabric should be cut up to make a flat thing to go round a round person”. Mary Quant 1967
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‘Designers have long been enamored of the possibilities that technology affords them. Nicole Miller used Scotchguard- the same material used to creat erelfective stripes on road crews’ uniforms- to make her dresses glow in the dark. The designer Miuccia Prada embroidered shirts made of latex and used mirrors, in lieu of sequins and rhinestones, to adorn her dresses. Donne Karan used non-rip paper- best known in the form of Federal Express envelopes- to create cocktail dresses. Yet this experimentation with high-tech fabrics is often little more than a gimmick. After all, who really needs a $1,00 dress that glows in the dark?’ (Affaticati 2005)

Yamamoto often experiments with innovations in technical textiles and new synthetics, he also fondly executes his designs with unconventional natural materials. A vest and skirt ensemble made entirely of hinged wood slats from his fall/winter 1991 collection demonstrates a dedication to communicating the raw visual distinctions of planar form..........
(this totally relates- pity there are no images of it that I can find on the internet....)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

La Chambre Mode[s]

A book produced by Parisian fashion university through works by students from 1986 to 2006.
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(Illustrated) strips of material joined together to make a dress:
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Layers of objects of garment codes on top of each other to create silhouette and volume, codes as objects:
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Dress created through winding rope around the body to create form, objects that create garments through a process of dress:
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Lace as an object of dress:
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This dress is created through lacing panels together to mimic the form of the body:
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