Wire Drawing Development

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.

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Illustrated Gown details

I initially had the idea of adding some hand illustrated details to the neoprene skirt that I made, and tested different pens on fabric to see what kind of effects were created. I liked the idea of creating simple black line drawings on white/off white fabrics, but I have decided to leave the skirt without the drawings, as I think the piece is better off being a simple, minimalistic yet voluptuous gown.

I looked at the dress worn by Angelina Jolie, designed by Donatella Versace. The piece was constructed in white satin but drawn on by Angelina’s children, adding a very personal and cute touch. I like the idea of using my own family wedding photos and incorporating these onto fabric, but I think I will keep my skirt plain and create a sample or another piece that shows my hand drawn work.

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Cynthia Rowley Wetsuit/Print Research

I was previously aware of the designer, Cynthia Rowley but recently found her printed designs on the clothing website Asos.com, which led me to Rowley’s own website. This designer’s work was really useful to come across, as she has a swim collection that specialises in wetsuits and surf accessories. It was interesting to look at the different print designs, a lot of the pieces feature floral patterns, as well as varying sizes of patterns and seam details. From this research I noticed that this particular market is quite high-end and prices for these types of unique products are expensive.

If I had more time for this project I think I would like to develop some accessories such as surfboard bags which could be made from printed fabric or even have hand illustrations on. If I am unable to do this then I’d like to create some smaller samples showing my ideas.

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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 pinterest.com 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.

Digitally Printed Fabric Designs

Using the websites; bagsoflove.co.uk and contrado.co.uk, I was able to produce some print designs using my own photographs as well as order some small samples of the designs. I have used the software on these sites before in my previous projects and I was pleased with the results, so I am planning to return to the site if I am to produce a garment which features an element of print.

I was also able to use the garment shapes on contrado.co.uk which helped to visualise how the designs would look in real life.

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Experimentation of Manmade Materials

Using pieces of ‘tablecloth fabric’ and PVC I began trying to make samples that created interesting shapes and volume. Using a sewing machine and many circular pieces of the materials I folded the plastic and stitched it to create lots of little ruffle pieces, which have then been glued together. I was influenced by Anne Sofie Madsen’s work, a designer I looked at very early on in the project, who works with moulded fabrics and creates intriguing structured garments.

In the photos above I used thick layers of acrylic paint on laminated plastic and left this to dry until the paint became solid and could be peeled off. This first attempt didn’t go as well as I had imagined as the paint only peeled off in the areas which were quite heavily built up with paint, and in thinner areas the paint cracked or the shapes broke. I do like the effect of using motifs on a transparent base and could try to recreate this using different materials, maybe making the shapes from fabric and stitching them to fabric or painting directly onto something.

The next part of my experimentation was not planned, and my initial idea was to create 3D flowers inspired by bridal decorations using white waterproof fabric, but I decided to actually test how waterproof the fabric was. When I saw the water droplets sitting on the fabric it reminds me of beading and I wanted to photograph this effect.

My next idea was that I could use the photos and print these onto fabric- such as scuba, and use this fabric in my garment. I really want to include an element of this in my final design as I think it captures the concept of my project; the water droplets look like delicate glass beads whilst the waterproof fabric ties in with my interest in using sports materials, and if I had this printed onto scuba, I could create a garment or accessories which are functional, yet have a decorative finish.

I’m going to take some more photos next week where I will iron the fabric to remove any creases and photograph the water droplets to achieve the right photos to create a printed textile from.

Sketchbook Work

I like to work with a range of techniques in my sketchbook, using it as a place to note down my thoughts and any ideas that come to mind, as well as putting research and references in it, and developing design sketches using drawing and collage. I aim in the next couple of weeks to produce some larger sketches and illustrations which will be a development of the initial sketches made in my book.