Project 4 – Enveloping the body

Exercise 1 Here, we were asked to select a fashion image and analyse the garment shown in terms of the qualities identified earlier in Project Four. We were further asked to consider a series of questions. I knew right away that I wanted to use this exercise as a pretext for re-examining the work of… Continue reading Project 4 – Enveloping the body

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Project 4 – Enveloping the body

Notes and research Texture When we're thinking about fashion, texture offers a visual and tactile surface quality to garments Examples of textured fabrics include: tweed, velvet, corduroy, seersucker, velvet, different knits, etc. Texture can be determined by several factors: the kinds of fibres used, the design of the yarns in the fabric, the production techniques,… Continue reading Project 4 – Enveloping the body

Project 4 – Enveloping the body

Notes and research How textiles relate to the body Two primary concerns when developing textiles into wearable garments: what are their aesthetic and functional qualities? Cost, production possibilities, and ethical and sustainability concerns also need to be accounted for. Aesthetic considerations = "look and feel" within a specific intended context (for example, evening wear (function… Continue reading Project 4 – Enveloping the body

Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Research point palimpsest: 1. A manuscript or piece of writing material on which later writing has been superimposed on effaced earlier writing. 1.1 Something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form. Source: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/palimpsest [2 May 2018] Also: a parchment or tablet, reused after earlier writing has been erased (Oxford Dictionary).… Continue reading Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Textiles in context - Some examples Zaha Hadid - Serpentine Sackler Gallery extension Art or design Temporary or permanent Large-scale or small-scale Transforming and/or defining and/or forming Immersive and/or distant Pattern and/or colour and/or repetition and/or shape The notion of textiles being used as material for a permanent architectural structure is new to me: if… Continue reading Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Assigned reading: "Room Six: Territories" (pages 146-7; Place, Dean and Millar) Following this short reading on Mette Tronvoll's Project Mongolia-- exploring the lives of nomads who live in mobile textile homes called gers-- we were asked to investigate "gers" and other such textile-based shelters/homes including wigwams, tipis and tents. Gers Source (for facts and images… Continue reading Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Notes: -Project 3 explores the context of different textiles, pointing out that textiles are unique in that they "are rarely the end-product and usually go on to become part of a further making process." -Possible uses/contexts include: fashion, interior, installation, furniture, sculpture, architexture, product, automotive, etc., etc. -Textile uses may be large- or small-scale; may… Continue reading Project 3 – Clouds and Pillars

Project 2 – The revival of craft and the hand-made

Notes: Taking risks -hands-on approach to design allows makers to get a more direct feel for and understanding of the materials they work with; this mastery allows for risk-taking, innovation -Mike Press articulates the differences between a designer/artist/maker's craftsmanship and industrial production, stating that craftsmanship is organized around individual concepts like the "workmanship of risk;… Continue reading Project 2 – The revival of craft and the hand-made

Project 2 – The revival of craft and the hand-made

Exercise 1 I read Justin McGuirk's The art of craft: the rise of the designer-maker prior to responding to the following questions. Do you believe there is a demand for hand-made objects and work? Why do you think that some consumers seek out these qualities in the objects they buy? While I'm not convinced that… Continue reading Project 2 – The revival of craft and the hand-made

Project 2 – The revival of craft and the hand-made

Notes: -Project 2 shifts focus from the materials we consume and industrial manufacturing processes, to the craft, skill and/or workmanship that can go into design, art and making. -To me, the word "craft" means: (a) specific and refined (set of) manual skills used in the making of something (often unique, where slight imperfections may enhance… Continue reading Project 2 – The revival of craft and the hand-made