FMP Exhibition Set up/ Presentation

I have now added the final touches to my space for the show, mounting my leaflet holder onto the board alongside the mannequins and presenting my look book. I had initially decided to put some larger prints of my work however I decided on presenting my look book with the work instead as I wanted to have the main focus on the garments and have my booklet next to them to show the range of photos taken in the studio shoot as well as having a small description in the booklet to explain to the viewer what my aims were for this project. I am really pleased with what I have been able to create on this course and during my Final Major Project and feel as though I have been able to start building my own aesthetic and style of work, which is shown in my final exhibition. For the exhibition I will have the space in front of the mannequins cleared as other students also finalise their work and move their belongings so that I am left with a clean, simple space.

To mount the holder to the wall I first measured the distance between where to two nails would go and then placed the holder upright with a spirit level to make sure it was straight before marking on the wall the positions for the nails.

Below are some of my personal favourite pages from the look book, showing the details of prints, structure, knitwear, and weaving, which became strong parts of my FMP and areas I will pursue in the future and on my degree course at university.

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Exhibition Set Up

After preparing the studio space I started setting up my area for the exhibition. I initially planned on showing just one garment however as my project developed and I created more pieces to show in the Festival Of Making fashion show, I decided to present the three different looks.

I tested different arrangements of the mannequins, photographing them from different angles to see how the garments would look in the exhibition. I also used sheets of paper to visualise where I will later mount the A2 prints from my studio shoot. I am yet to decide if I will have 2 or 3 images on the boards behind or next to my garments, and if possible I will have my look book on display for the exhibition to show a number of images from my shoot.

I had to do some touching up of the paint and added another layer of gum strip to the edges of the boards to give a more professional finish.

 

Final Evaluation Draft

Whilst writing my final evaluation I have been thinking about how my work has developed from the starting point to where I am now. I have written a few paragraphs covering things like how I enjoyed working on my FMP and discussed the processes and materials I used. I need to now make sure the different sections are ordered correctly and will read through it a few times to see if I should take anything out or add something to the evaluation.

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Evaluation Drafts

I started writing a small summary paragraph about my work because I was thinking of putting a short piece of text in the look book/ magazine that I am working on to present some of my photos. As we are also required to submit a final evaluation I decided to get some initial notes on paper which I can later develop. I think I’ll refer to my feedback and tutorials from earlier on as well as my proposal when writing my evaluation to see if I have achieved my overall project ideas and show how my work has developed. IMG_5194

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Fashion Illustrations

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Using design sketches in my book I used several sheets of tracing paper to make copies of the drawings that I wanted to develop into illustrative pieces. The piece above was created using two copies of my illustrations with one of them turned onto the other side so that I could create the mirror effect. I used pencil before applying acrylic paint in varying thicknesses before using a fine brush to add some black outline details to areas of the figures and garments. On reflection I think that I may have done this piece better if I flattened the sheets a little more as the paint causes the paper to crinkle. As this was more of an extra experimental piece I am not disappointed with the outcome however I know in the future if I am to create these kinds of illustrations I may use a different base to paint on such as cartridge paper or card.

Photoshoot Outcomes

I am really pleased with the images from my studio photoshoot and I am now working on deciding which images to present with my work in the exhibition or put into a look book. There were over 100 images, so I have saved all of these onto my laptop and printed thumbnails for my sketchbook. I made sure to tell the photographer that I intend to make some large prints of the photos so she also gave me the RAW versions of the images too. I definitely want to present the two photos below in a book/leaflet, possibly with the two pages next to each other as I like the simplicity of the models poses, allowing the focus to be on the clothes.

I now need to edit some of the photos, cropping some of the images where the edge of the background is showing, and straightening some of the shots. Overall I think this was a successful collaboration, and I now have a range of full length shots from different angles, as well as close up details which was what I aimed for.

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