While exploring different techniques throughout our workshop, I decided I liked the look of lace applique with a simple running stitch though it to resemble a flower, and wanted to incorporate it onto my shirt.
I am very pleased with the way they turned out, like a poppy flower and decided that i wanted to also create the same design on the pocket of the shirt.
after completing this I began thinking about how I could further embellish it, without ruining the style as I liked it despite being very simple.
while printing and making stencils I discovered I could add some prints etc, onto the back of the shirt so that I could keep the simplicity and minimalism on the front but create a beautiful pattern on the back.
one of my prints stood out to me more than others.
To finish the shirt off I decided I needed some more embellishments on the front and chose to create the same embroidery pattern, of the poppy like flowers, down the button holes.
The finished product;
for today we got to experiment with making stencils an printing using natural things like fruit and veg.
I used a lemon, apple and pear to create my print making tools, then started cutting out a leaf stencil to correspond with my word choice which is nature.
When I got all my tools and paint ready I began experimenting to see what patterns and shapes I could come up with, and ended up with some quite sweet pieces. One in particular that stood out to me gave me the idea to do a similar print on my shirt for the embellishment challenge.
communication is defined as the imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some other medium.
communication through logo design is extremely important to the prosperity of the company or business. In the fashion industry it is imperative that the logo can be easily identified, as this will help consumers associate it with the product. For example ‘Louis Vuitton’ is a widely known designer brand, which has had such success with their logo; a simple monogram and a flower motif, they have incorporated it into a pattern which is commonly printed on many of their items. The colour used on the logo, is primarily black and the typography is sleek and almost modern despite being created in the 1890s, this is done to give a sense of elegance and innovation, as it can withstand any changing style and still remain timeless.
I decided to try to create a logo for an online second-hand clothing store I run with my sister, its called Nihilistic Clothing, its current logo is a simple block lettering of the name in black and green, however I want a more creative style.
todays task was to create a book in order to lay out different samples of mark making, I decided to make mine from cardboard squares and sew them together with embroidery thread.
I then started making background colours with acrylic paint in my colour scheme to allow for the mark making to stand out more.
I am very pleased with how my book turned out, I enjoyed how experimental and playful it was to make and helped me explore this technique more, which I hope to further incorporate into my work.
from a young age I have always loved fashion, design and making, so the first career I decided to research was fashion designer. While researching, i found that technically there is no formal way of breaking through to the fashion industry, however, a formal education on the skills within the craft and business techniques is a good start. I would then need to both focus on building an impressive portfolio and begin to build a client base, as word of mouth is usually the best form of advertising and publicity. starting to present my work on different social medias will also put me out to be explored by a wider demographic. There are a few companies looking to employ new fashion designers, however they will most likely only consider those with previous experience working for another fashion design company, which again would make it difficult to break into from a semi-amateur stance.
Another career that I came across and was very interested in was a Fashion Illustrator, they work with designers to create conceptual sketches and illustrations of fashion products, for example hats, shoes , clothing. as well as this they illustrate and develop drawings and images for advertising purposes. The most simple way I found to begin this career is to join an internship and climb the ladder to full time employment, it is also imperative that you have good drawing skills both on paper and digitally, also a bachelors degree in fashion or textiles is required for some apprenticeships.
we were asked to try create some textile art pieces using the fabric we had previously dyed and different sewing and fabric manipulation techniques.
I started with the couching technique with tassels taken from a piece of scrap garment, I created branch like effect with this and later added leaves with applique and a running stitch. after this I added some dots with paint for some small detailing, I hope to later use this piece to print on.
I then started an applique piece, where I layered a blue piece of fabric with an orange lace material over the top, then stitched into it to create a flower like effect, I also knotted some thread in the center of the flower and added some paint to give some dimension.
I found this interesting fabric with small holes all over it, I decided to use this to my advantage and embroider a small mushroom and some roses and stars onto it, as well as some applique and some painted details.
My sketchbook and ideas;
This weeks word is innovation.
The action or process of innovating/a new method, idea, product, etc. In product design it is important that companies continue to innovate and think differently to improve the lives of everyday consumers but to also keep the wellbeing of the environment in mind, it is also important to continue innovating so that we make progress and keep moving forward towards an improved future. A good example and a key company which utilizes innovation to its advantage is Tesla, a clean energy company which, most popularly, produces electric cars. The companies purpose according to the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, is to “help expedite the move to sustainable transport and energy, obtained through electric vehicles and solar power.” They have achieved this by eliminating the stigma through addressing all the problems similar, past models of electric cars etc. had exhibited, moving towards a faster more sleek looking design, with smaller, more powerful batteries enabling more storage space. They also improved on the consumer experience by designing the car to handle well and abolishing everything deemed unnecessary through smart technology.
Todays task was to create natural dyes and use them to dye fabric.
I started by cutting up my old, white school shirts, into different sizes and collected some fruits and veg to experiment with.
I was slightly limited with my resources for dyeing, but I still managed to create some interesting colours, as well as achieved my colour palate.
I used lemon, carrots, spinach, red onion, turmeric, coffee and I also used packaged dyson dye to create my teal colour.
I then hung them out to dry so that I could experiment with them further.
pieces after drying: