Evaluation: Unit 5/6

The Victoria & Albert brief during unit 5 made me really excited about the direction of the course and where my work could go.   Developing new ideas and concepts chosen from a piece from the V&A museum in London to inspire my work.   Also developing new skills gained from previous units and past briefs.

My work became inspired by the Turkish tiles and ceramics in the museum, as I had visited it a few times and they always seemed to catch my eye.   This lead me to try a few techniques such as first mark making to take into screen printing, similar to the repeat patterns of the tiles.   However this alone seemed like it wasn’t enough? So I decided to incorporate free stitch to make me pieces stand out for a further development and exploring new ideas and concepts.

Although due to the courses I had recently applied for at multiple universities (Fashion marketing/designing etc) I decided to take a different route with my work.   After having tutorials with my pathway tutors and bouncing around more new and exciting ideas.

The idea of combining my work  with a more advertising/visual merchandising route yet keeping to my fashion roots, so I did.

Looking into the history and culture of the tiles became clear this is where I would find what I wanted to base my work around.   Finding new techniques to create similar patterns as the Turks in early eras but developing them to a modern 21st century way.   Ebru art was my niche, and looked very interesting and new to me.   The crazy dreamlike colours, shapes and movements of the art was what I loved.   I created my own Ebru pieces (marbling) and quickly scanned them into photoshoot soon to be turned into a fashion photoshoot.

After being inspired by up and coming french design house Jacquemes and their SS16 collection, a catwalk full of “the dreamlike state of mind” and eye catching uniqueness, was the inspiration for my shoot.   His models draped in cloths and fabrics tied at the waist, my model also draped in fabric to keep the main focus on the projection shoot and my Ebru designs and not the “garment” itself.

The idea of the projection seemed like a unique way to explore this culture and have the idea of slowly bringing it into the 21st century.   My model in the shoot was wearing technology and the trend of wearable technology today such as the apple watch, fitness gear etc made it an opportunity not to pass on.   Almost everybody in this century owns a mobile phone therefore wearing some sort of technology whether it be bluetooth, wifi, social media etc.   Its also a great way to promote my work, with new promoting techniques such as hashtags for social media.   I feel inspired to do this for FMP after seeing CSM graduate Emma Hedlund’s graduate collection.

Overall my work led me to try new development ideas and broaden my skills with photography and camera use and also photo editing, I plan to incorporate more photography into my work during FMP also.   I am now a lot more confident when using photoshop after teaching myself the skills after a tutorial.   During this project brief my work took a turn, drastic but it worked out well.   Focusing more towards the ideas and concepts of where my work has based from instead of the final outcome.   However still having in mind all is equally important.

Jacquemes also inspired my unit 6 work to further explore and develop along with Celine.   In unit 5 I explored dreamlike ideas with a crazy colour schemes, but I decided to do the complete opposite with unit 6.   Keeping my colour scheme minimal with classic features.   I chose neutral hues for this, keeping with recent trends of the past AW15 with mustards and soft grey’s.   Combining different textured fabrics to act as layers during my shoot.   Also keeping my shoot as minimal as possible with a simple crisp white background so again the main focus would be on my “garments”.   Developing work from unit 5 to 6 creating the complete opposite as I wanted to see how I would develop – adapt my skills and new found techniques.

Similar to unit 5 my unit 6 outcome was also a photoshoot, plans for branding and advertising.   My photos then became the final piece.   When mounting all of my current work to be added to my portfolio for university interviews I was happy with everything.   My recent work from FAD definitely made my portfolio stronger and made me more confident.   Continuing to create new work to take to future interview dates.

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