To create my look book I used the software, BookWright which allowed me to preview the layout of the cover and individual pages. I decided on using a majority of photos of my garments from the collaboration with a photography student as well as some close ups of my weave and digital print designs. I need to think about how I will present the booklet if I am to include it in the exhibition, possibly on a small stand or on a shelf on the wall.
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.
I decided to create another illustration board showing the third outfit idea I had when designing my final pieces. I felt like the previous piece using my wire figures as the influence for the body shapes worked well and so I wanted to repeat this method. Using a pencil I created outlines for the two figures I worked into the drawings, adding layers of acrylics to depict the different materials used in the garments. As this was the weave top and skirt design, I used the end of a paintbrush and pen details to create a sort of cross hatching effect. As with the other piece below, I felt like the painting on its own needed a bit more detail on the outline and so I used a fineliner to create lines around some sections. The piece could be presented alongside the other painting of two figures and I photographed the different positions of the boards to see how it would look. I have made sure to photograph these pieces because if I’m to create an online portfolio soon I want to feature this work.
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.
At the college studios I collaborated with photography student, Zahraa to take some photos of my three outfits that I have created as my final pieces for my FMP. I booked the studio a couple of weeks in advance to ensure that I would have the space ready for when I needed it. I’m glad I set a date for my shoot in advance because it gave me a personal deadline for completing the garments, and taught me to work on managing my time.
For the shoot, I decided on a light grey backdrop because I wanted to be sure that the garments stood out against the background, but also wanted to keep the images quite neutral and not too dark. In previous work out of college I used a white background with light coloured garments but this was not that successful as the details were washed out against the backdrop. Using sheets of black paper, I and Zahraa decided to block out the natural lighting as this was creating shadows and interfering with the images.
During the shoot, I asked my models to pose individually as well as together. My aims were to get some full length (front, back, and side) images as well as photos of the details in the garments such as the print, knit, and plastic details, and I discussed this with the photographer before we started so she had a clear idea of what I wanted.
Something I enjoyed using in my previous projects was creating wire figures using the spot welder and covering them with sections of fabrics. I previously made the figures and have been using the figures on their own to create line drawings and illustrations by drawing around them. After completing some painted illustrations based on the wire pieces I decided to cover the faces with skin- coloured fabric using some tights that I cut up, and using magazine cut-outs I added lips. I like the effect created by not giving the faces all of the facial details, however I might add some paint details to create eyebrows.
The materials used were chenille wool, melted polythene bags and polyurethane frills. When presenting these pieces I plan to mount the wire on plain white sheets of card and secure them with small amounts of liquid glue.
Using my wire figures based on some of the designs above, I developed these into some fashion illustrations showing my final pieces. By using the figures as a stencil I was able to create drawings with the unusual, unsymmetrical style which is something I enjoy creating.
I chose to work on boards as I felt that the colour of the background worked well with the predominantly white clothing in the illustrations, as I think with a white background the contrast would have been lower and would not have allowed the figures to stand out as much.
Using layers of paint and the end of a paintbrush I was able to create details in the surface of the paint, and then I finished the pieces using varying thicknesses of black ink pen to add more contrast.