Today's task was the one-day project workshop. I wanted to have this as well because one day workshop was a good opportunity to get something done instead of always planning to sketch. My outcome was inspired by on the scenes in the dreamers where the girl represented Venus because she wore black gauntlet gloves and the background she was standing at was black as well so she appeared to have no arms. I also noted down quotes that French students were using to riot at the time. I used modroc to cast the front chest of the model and sprayed quotes on the modroc cast, which is * Cours, camarade, le vieux monde est derrière toi! (Run, comrade, the old world is behind you!) I really the effect although I didn't finish the sentences due to the limitation of space.
Next Action Plans:
Drape response to the experiment
Break and deconstruct it then drape it, I want to break it because of the relevance it had with the cultural revolution
Expand it with other fabric and materials
The crusade to change the system in education was pushed towards physical conflict. The students who felt the invisible pressure of the society, the ones who want to push it over and to create a utopia met with their comrades whom they dreamt to push capitalism over only realized then that those “grown ups” who talks so highly about revolting only cared about the acres of land they can get
The plan for today is research and do the pages of May 1968 events in France. To have a correct and deep understanding of the event, I saw an interview discussing the student riot in 1968. Cohn Bendict symbolised the unsatisfaction the youth had against the society, because of him, the students began to change and express their thoughts. After the events, France began a new era of culture. The atmosphere of the 1960s in the big environment of the whole world was desiring for changing with anger, tragedy, and hope. I'm not sure if I should just focus on the 1968 event or the overall atmosphere around the time because I just need to illustrate the youth culture at the time. I can respond to the events happening at the time maybe by doing prints and drapings on the event?
Contextual Studies 01/08
Pecha Kucha 18/07
reflection 18/07 pecha kucha
Today is the official day of presenting Pecha Kucha to the public, which is like a visual essay to introduce our practice, influences, and ambitions and present this in the form of 20 slides, each for only 20 seconds. To be honest, it's a new experience for me and I've learned a lot about explain my own ideas, prepare presentations and also the confidence to speak in public. I was pretty nervous and embarrassed while I speaking at the very beginning but it got more fluid and relaxed later on.
The feedback that I've received of the strengths of my presentation is visually engaging, slides well credited and great explanation of the ambitions. I believe that an organised and pleasing layout could support the power of the whole speech, so I paid lots of effort not only on training my skill of speaking but designing the presentation of imagery. The aspect that I need to improve was that I could talk about my background, where I come from and how did I start my study in fashion, also add more references to the future. To sum up, I've trained and learned a lot of showing the confidence and organising the completed story of myself.
3D draping for Co-creat
experimentation that I did for Co-creat
I've missed the concrete casting induction yesterday because I was absent that day, this resulted in me using only the knowledge I had from a level to mix the plaster. So I have to catch-up harder and faster effectively today in the workshops I haven't experienced, which have metal, wood, and plastic. I went down to the casting workshop to take out the plaster from the mold, and I been told that was a poor mixing by the tutor. Actually, I already noticed that was not been mixed by a right proportion while I was stirring it, and understood that I should mix with exact amount that the mold needs and correct proportion of the plaster and water. However, in order to take the plaster out, I had to cut out the mold without harming the cast. The doubt I had Tuesday became true as there was a line of separation between the cast, but overall it did not affect the appearance of the cast. The thing I was not happy with was the cast was a bit damp because I mixed the wrong proportions. Then I went to the wood workshop to produce the base and background of the plaster, the technician really helped a lot with cutting the wood sheet exactly and taught me how to combine two wood sheets together by needles and wood glue. In the stage of selecting the wood sheet, I particularly chose the wood that has been painted to white as the base for the plaster. Because I thought it really matched with the artisanal style of the white plaster, and that was what I wanted to present for the theme "Handmade".
Moreover, I went to the plastic area and extracted pieces of junk acrylic together and combined the acrylic to achieve the shape I wanted. Which was a circle representing the stereotypical eyeball of men, half of it covered by a blue sheet of acrylic to represent the colour they see women in, the other side was empty which was the world I wanted, a world without coloured lenses.
Lastly, the last and the most difficult workshop I went to was the metal workshop. Metal is really hard to deal with for me because of the sharp edges and weight of the metal. Especially the welding machine proved scary for me because different materials took different settings, which made combining different metals together hard. Also because metal is that of a flexible material so its hard to shape it to what you want to tell. I made underwear out of metal conveying the concept, which is. Underwear is just a piece of garment, not a sexualised piece of garment. I made it out of metal because it is hard and I want my statement to be like metal, hard.
I went down to the wood workshop to create the mould with vacuum form in order to cast with plaster. After the workshop introduction at the last Friday, I had more understanding about each machine and have thought about how can it to be used for my specialisation creatively. I chose from the ready-made objects that were available in the workshop, and arrange different objects to respond to my theme by constructing a mold with the technique vacuum forming. I combined the shape of a butt that was covered by a mask with yarn. The concept of the composition was about sexualised symbols, that is why I thought of using the butt shape, often portrayed as a sexual body part. I used to yarn to hint about body hair and used the mask to cover parts of the hair to trick the thinking of the viewers. I selected the colour red plastic sheet to present boldness and power. After forming out mold, I went to the casting workshop to mix the plaster down into the mold. I had some technical problems while mixing the plaster because the mold was too deep to fill out completely. So it took me three times to mix and fill, I realised that the first pour tried too quickly and the in the result, pouring the second mix might cause a line of difference in between them. That experience taught me that next time I should mix in one time with a big amount of right proportion of plaster and water.
Today I did the draping of the trousers which I added print from yesterday. I used the trousers on my model in different ways, such as telling him to wear it outside of his trousers, hanging it outside his trousers etc. I wanted to recreate my model as one of the students from the protests so I told him to do some acts of vandalism so can use the movement of the silhouette on him. My favorite drapes were the bottom two, where the trousers in the inside which means the new world, where the trousers that i printed on was the old world, being taken out and revolted over. I see the process of the draping experiment as successful because It reassured me that i wanted to display the spirit of the rioters, of breaking the old, rather than something about the physicality of the riot.
Today I made the screen print which was the response to the phrase Sois Jeune Et Tais Toi, which means be young and shut up. First I didn't think about what font to write the words in, so I experimented with markers and wrote variations of the phrase, I was satisfied with one of the fonts I created, where I just cut straight from the paper with no draft, I did that because I wanted to create the effect of rawness. I chose red and blue because I wanted red to show the boldness and red and blue together to represent France. I also did this print on a pair of trousers which was very helpful which can lead to a lot more ideas for development because I can drape the trousers. My favorite print is the second one on the first row, I printed twice first using red and blue, the second time caused the two colors to be mixed together which caused imperfection but I like the imperfection which creates an aura where riots happened. Finally, when i was washing the screen, the prints had dissolved and ruined which i liked because the water reminded me of the water hose used by anti riot police.
unit 7 Proposal
What was your object?
The piece we received was a small print of three characters under a tree entitled 'Shelter from the Rain' for the book 'The Time of Man'.
How was this session different to your usual experience of visiting a museum? What did you find challenging, why?
It was a special chance for us to appreciate the artwork that closed by feeling the textile with hands that we're not allowed to do in the normal museum. After the morning session of group tutorial, we realised our previous t wasn't strong and collaborative enough as we were just doing what each of us usually make. So we've decided to focus on the object and re-thinking the whole concept.
What did you and your partner discuss, and discover?
Me and Natasha were both interested in the narrative between the characters in the scene. Especially into the story between the woman and the walk-away man, look at the outfits and the emotions of the woman. We want to re-create and portray the atmosphere of this print, which makes us feel loneliness, cold, and gloomy.
Reflect on your responses to your object. How does it relate to your discipline? What ideas are you developing and how do they relate to your museum object?
Based on the presentation of black and white, I want to go to the charity shop to gather some black cloths and do some experimental draping with them. I think the design ideas will come up after the experimentation, and Natasha will make some sample of embroidery and try to illustrate with different technique.
We were asked to bring ten items to start our new project – Co-create. The main point of the project is corroborating with the student from a different discipline, excites use to produce the variety of outcomes. I’m very excited about corroborating the different subject area because I want to break through my specialization in a more diverse way and form.
My partner in this project is Natasha who is focus on illustration and character design. Honestly, when I am placed with Natasha, many interesting ideas and thoughts just keep coming into my mind. Because I have appreciated her skill of illustrating classical roles and her own style for the character, and the 17thand 18thcentury is one of the theme that I really want to try and investigate.
In the first stage of the activity, we did the observational drawing on the ten personal items and after that, we have to performed and guess what it means. That communication really helps us to know each other deeper and also launch many interesting topic and ideas. For example, we both are vegetarian but with the different belief, I’m Buddhist and her starting point of being a vegetarian was because of the love of animals. And I think it can be a really interesting topic to create and combine with. We want to find out an interesting story between us and she will illustrate a collection of characters from the story, and I will do the fashion design for them and inspire by their personality and the story.
How does your outcome relate to the museum object you were allocated? Is there a clear, but sophisticated narrative link?
I'm doing womenswear and we're focusing on the woman in the printing piece, so I've done serval 3D draping experimentation with multiple black cloths. After this, I designed a series of design development and Natasha took over the work of textile.
What are the most successful aspects of your collaboration? Why?
We interpreted the museum piece the same way which led to us thinking in the overall same direction as the project developed.
Which aspects of your project could be improved? Why?
I think we can improve on the making of the final outcome. We can concentrate more on the making of the final outcome by giving it more time.
How successfully did you manage your collaboration? Why is teamwork important?
I think our collaboration was alright, we have our strengths and weaknesses, teamwork is important because you get things done quicker and can assign tasks to do within the team which would improve efficiency.
What lessons will you take from working with a practitioner from a different discipline?
I learned that you had to compromise in terms of ideas in order to reach an outcome that was fair to both beside because you can't just dominate the group with your own ideas.
Co-create feedback 12/07
We are doing the drawing exercise today, especially do the styling and drawing in the fashion and textile group. I'm always interested in painting fashion illustration with variety of media, it helps me to express my exciting ideas via the daring drawing. At the same times, I styling, draping and layer different fabric and materials on a model, the 3D draping helps me to develop the variety of ideas of shapes and form. The quite drawing excites me to produce a collection of live fashion drawing and design ideas, because of the limitation of time I’m able to create many unexpected pieces in the challenging condition. Also, I’ve learned that I should choose a more suitable medium for different fabric and materials. For example, I can use watercolour to present the sense of transparent of organza instead of using oil pastel which is better to illustrate hard and heavy material.
reflection of tutorial 27/6
During the small group tutorial with Naomi and several students from a different discipline, I have seen and appreciated a variety of creative outcomes and ideas, that truly gave me some new thoughts on my own specialisation. For example, there was a student from fashion hair styling and makeup who made some beautiful prints, which were inspired by natural elements in the environment. She used water, wood, flower, and sand as the main elements for the printing, that represented the resources that humans need, such as food, drinks, buildings, paper which surround our daily life. The points that I thought interesting were that she really made her concept obvious and also used that printing technique creatively in different colours and materials.
In the stage of the introduction of my project, I not only spoke out the main theme which was feminism but pointed out what I can improve and develop to my own discipline which I think it was inspiring. I think verbally presented my speech was alright, the only lacking bit was the professional vocabulary I lacked on regarding feminism if I research more deeply and thoroughly I can develop a better vocabulary to express my thoughts on feminism. Some ideas I shared with the group was expanding the idea of the steel underwear, which I can use in the future during womenswear, scaling the underwear up and incorporating it into a garment. The topic of feminism also inspires me to think about my future as a womenswear designer, choosing whom I should design for, what I should design for, and why I should design it. Finally, Naomi told me that I should record the process and development down into the sketchbook, which I would do for the next session.
The brief of the new project told us to be inspired by any articles in the newspaper. This week we have to work on the theme of Handmade and do the experiment and practice with multiple materil in different workshops, which are metal, wood, plastic, and casting workshop. To begin with the article in newspaper, I've found out a case is about the anti-porn campaign celebrates as Walmart pulls magazine from checkouts. I'm inspired by this reading in the paper and have decided to investigate deeply more about the right of women in nowadays society and feminism. Because the universality of woman being the main role in the porn industry, people have seen and treated women as sexual object with an unequal view. So I decided to start with the casting workshop to make a sculpture that can express the spirit of the power and freedom of women without any sexualization from the public.