18 Oct 2011

Grey Gardens #4

Grey Gardens Project, Play (Printed Accessories) and Personal. 4
Currently drowning in research - Grey Gardens, you guys are going to hear loads about that, this project is first going to be handed in on the 28 November! Well honestly is stupid for me to say: first, because it really just around the corner and the weeks are going to fly by. The first week of college is over and it feels good. The first week is always a bit hard, a LOT of talk from the tutors and not so much work from the students. Although I do think that little miss Emma (construction teacher) has been a bit hard on us, perhaps new at the teaching game, slightly shy and us students are a hard nut to crack, bless her! Oh my, that sounds so British! Unfortunately she hasn't been so kind to make us a time-line, that guides us through week by week, so we know exactly what we are doing, because right now I really don't have clue about; when I should be finishing my research and start doing my designing...
Been flicking through some of my ELLE magazines to find some inspiration, in the current October issue, theres Poppy Delevingne in a gorgeous Gucci dress, amazing print! And so in for this A/W season. Should probably have scanned in the images, but I'm so lazy! Sorry! There's also the 'Dolly Mixture', could imagine Little Edie wearing that if she moved to NYC right after her mother died, although all this clothes is from the newest collections; shearling coat and silk-organza shirt both by Prada, plastic cuffs by Marni, baby blue suede gitter and snakeskin boots and wool skirt by Prada, and then there's the boxy clutch bag which is also by Prada. Lots of '60 inspired dresses and shoes for that matter. I've also been looking into fabulous mature women such as Daphne GuinnessDidder RønlundGitte Lee and Iris Apfel.

The other thing that I'm currently drowning in is ... again research, but this time is all about universities! You are going to get so sick and tired of me talking about this, but hey, this is important to me! So originally my idea was to apply for a few English universities, such as London College of Fashion (LCF) and Central Saint Martins (CSM) (a girl is aloud to dream) and few Danish, such as the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts - The School of Design and Kolding School of Design, but as I was speaking to my parents over Skype we came into a longer discussion about universities. I mean free education in Denmark vs £9000 per year in the UK, which one would you jump for? It's clear and with out a doubt that CSM is one of THE best fashion universities that the WORLD could possibly offer, but last year the whole fashion department had 3,500 applicants and the were only 25 available places for Fashion Design - Womenswear! Talking about competition! The short of the long is that should I go global? Meaning should I try and apply for some of the most prestigious fashion uni's in the world? Isn't that a bit insane? I mean we're ONLY talking about BAs and not MAs. Should I really put the effort in to applying to universities like Parsons in NYC or Antwerp in Belgium? Would I be able to survive mentally, when I'm so far away from what I know?!

It all seems a bit crazy to me, do I even have the talent? And financially, I should just be dropping this immediately, there's no way that either my parents or me could afford doing crazing things like this. Yeah, you could always apply to satisfy some curiosity, but filling our various different application forma, personal statements, that probably can't been used for all the different universities, one needs to be in Danish and the other in English, its all a great deal of work, and do I have time for it? Especially with the amount of coursework that I have got to do.

Wise words are appreciated...

Speaking of coursework, got a new project on the Friday, assignment description goes:
PLAY - 12/09/2011 - Part one: 31/10/2011 and Part two: 05/12/2011:
"A silkscreen can be remarkably versatile tool in the hands of an enquiring mind and an attitude of curiosity. Endless possibilities exist in terms of line, shape and texture. Capable of perfect precision and repeat pattering, the screen can also create marvelously organic, fun and spontaneous results" - Leslie Morgan, screen printer.

The use of a silkscreen is a varied and experimental, form posters, t shirts, fashion and scarves, to wall hangings and abstract art.
You will need to learn a range of techniques to ensure you have the skills to be able to do all these. Many of the techniques you will learn can be used for all manner of printed outcomes and it will be up to you to choose the best ones for the job.

To understand the process of screen print and dying fabric, and how it works - you need to get your hands dirty!

You will be given a series of techniques, showing different outcomes, textures and lines but all using a silkscreen, you will need to practice each techniques and document it in your journal.

You should produce a 'technical journal' in a 'book' of your choice, but as always, be creative, use an old school book, a small photo album, anything that is personal to you.

Included in this journal should be small sections of detail on print practitioners who inspire you, can you copy their techniques, can you learn from them, try...!


2 Oct 2011

Grey Gardens #3

Grey Gardens - Back to Basics Part Two

It looks a bit strange, but that is because it is a jumpsuit and it has legs, and this dummie wont fit a jumpsuit. This is a development from the top that you have previously seen in pattern paper, this is a toile made out of calico.

My imperfections: Seams that aren't lining up! I redid this around four times and I still couldn't get it right.

It was really rather annoying since the other side was perfectly lined up!

Things are really going to get crazy now, I haven't really showed you much of Grey Gardens, but don't really feel like boring you to death with lots of research. I would take snap shots of my research pages, but as my camera is nothing to get excited about, I will spare you from that.

I have ready started my designing and I'll be scanning them in during the coming week, so will try and post some of them - got 32 so far and need 50 by Wednesday! Plus a rough collection line up of 18 outfits, as the retailers are coming to see us that day, to get a feel of what we are doing, as they have to promote our collections.


1 Oct 2011

Techniques #2

Nick hand drew this fashion illustration on a screen print (the left hand side). Daisy did the right hand side, she's such an amazing illustrator! Love her drawings, this was done free hand. 

Daisy also did this one on the print screen, here she traced a template - excuse the poor photos. these were taken on my phone. 

I did this one, it was 'free hand' inspired, but partially traced from a painting, but ended up with my own version.

Here's a little update on what we've been doing in Printed Accessories lately. Sorry for the bad updates recently, but there's just hasn't been enough hours in the day!

This is all done to get some basic skills in hand drawn screen printing.
Have you ever done it before? Any thoughts?

Have other posts coming up for you, finished my basic toile on Friday and I'll give you a little update on uni's, went to University of West England today!