Wedding Photo Research & Illustrations

An idea I had after beginning my Final Major Project was to include an element of the sentimental value attached to weddings and wedding dresses… I previously carried out a survey asking people what words they associated with wedding dresses, which helped me in developing my garment design ideas, but I also wanted to maybe include some sort of imagery or illustration in my work.

I looked at various bridal magazines and collections full of wedding photography, but I decided I wanted to use my own family wedding photographs to add a personal touch to my work. Using these photos, I created some simple line drawings using a pencil, which I would like to develop into samples on fabric/plastic.

The issue I need to think about is what I will use to ‘draw’ on the fabric; paint, pen, stitch? As well as this, I need to make sure the details link to my bridal colours, so it may be a good idea to stick to quite simple line drawings if I am to use the photo inspired images in my work.


University Place Confirmed

I have now made Liverpool John Moores University my firm option for next year after receiving an unconditional offer to study Fashion. In the interview stage I outlined that I want to study on the Design pathway rather than Communication, as I have found that my work is definitely more centred around designing and producing garments, with quite a practical approach. My Final Major Project will be a great opportunity for me to explore my chosen pathway of fashion design and prepare for a public exhibition in preparation for university.


Walker Art Gallery Primary Research

As part of my research process I decided to visit the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, to find some work that I could use as inspiration. I had initially decided to focus on the fashion collections, but whilst in the sculpture display I immediately found a link to my project with the soft, light colours used and the dream-like, romantic scenes within the sculptures.

The pieces below are of Sculptor, Giovanni Fontana’s marble sculptures, I particularly admire the relief modelling and I’d like to explore ways in which I can translate this style into my work, possibly layering fabric or working with puff paint in some of my illustrations. The colours within the pieces link to my idea of working mainly with traditional ‘bridal’ colours, and I’m planning on drawing ideas from the close-up photographs for methods of fabric manipulation/ creating volume or interesting structure.

Upon further research and thinking about my concept of contrasting functional sportswear with decorative bridal designs, I’ve decided that I could involve romantic imagery, similar to the sculptures, within my work, and would like to carry out some more research into weddings in general to allow me to take some references from the overall theme of a wedding that I can involve in my design work.


Library Book Research

Using the college library I came across the magazine; View 2- Denim Casual Sport, which was a great resource to find some potential fabrics and techniques that I could use, that fall into the category of sportswear and functional fabrics. When experimenting with materials and creating samples I would like to involve the taped detail shown below, and perhaps laser or hand cut details. P 128-129:

In Fabric for Fashion, by Clive Hallet & Amanda Johnston, I discovered designers who work primarily with recycled and second hand fabric. In my previous project on Foundation Art & Design I worked with cutting strips of fabric I already had and used these to produce knitted samples, and this is a technique I want to push further in my Final Major Project. As a part of my concept is working with functional fabrics, I’d like to try knitting and weaving with materials such as lycra, and plastic.

From left: Rachael Cassar, Antoine Peters.


Proposal Writing & Feedback

Following my pitch and discussion with tutors I began writing my proposal. I think this draft version will have to be further edited for me to really narrow down my ideas and make sure I have outlined what it is I want to achieve through this project. I felt that writing down my ideas was a useful process that allowed me to reflect on what I have previously learnt on the course and the strengths within my work.

From the discussion after my pitch the issue of cost was mentioned as I had specified that I would like to work with sports- inspired fabrics such as Neoprene and Scuba. As I am intending on creating a garment of some sort I may require a large amount of fabric, and so before I commit to using any materials I will have to research into both the qualities and  the costs of them, and perhaps find alternatives if necessary.