Primary Research - Christmas Inspiration Images on Oxford Street
November 26th - Independent Study Day
The festivity of the Christmas spirit is all around on Oxford Street. From the decorations of wire lights hanging over buildings, to the window displays of new and shinny products, I had to photos to inspire my design thoughts to help me create a jewellery piece for my client. The questioner I had with my client, helped me understand their style and life background, therefore I can create a similar jewellery piece to match their personality. The facts included: quirky but elegance style, cozy and comfortable things, extraordinary products and based around the idea of Christmas.
Selfridges showed 23 windows filled with new christmas related products with a theme for each window. This helped me take photos of only christmas theme products more quickly. It was obviously shown that most colour schemes of fashion products included red, green, gold and silver pallets. Various of designers used circular and triangular shapes in there pieces, I think this was inspired by the shapes and forms of Christmas trees and ordainments. The use of materials shown by each individual designer included aspects of jewels, rhinestones, wire, glitter and fur. In conclusion, when gathering inspiration I was so amazed by the different designs displayed, as it was useful to get a first-hand insight on the environment and who buys these products.
Evaluation on Bespoke
My client for the Bespoke project is Olivia. I had to base my product ideas on her simplistic and comfy fashion style with small accents of christmas inspired decorations for her to wear over the christmas holidays.
Primary Research - I gathered my inspiration from Oxford Street windows. I was influenced from the christmas decorations displayed on the streets. The huge fairy light balls hanging from building to building referenced to snow falling from the sky. I took this inspiration and focused on its shape, form and structure.
Secondary Research - In class we had a talk from an artist called Lina Peterson who is a jeweller and also a textiles artist. Most work consist of using embroidery on fabric which can be worn on the body. This was my inspiration for using a embroidery texture in my work. Also Hong Kong based jewellery designer Nora Fok has also given me inspiration on her use of fishing wire material which can be shaped and formed on the body. Both artist gave me an initial idea for starting to create my modelling experimentations.
Initial Ideas - In my sketchbook I have shown a variety of jewellery pieces that can be worn on the hands and fingers using the material of bendable fishing wire. I experimented with the shapes and forms of the christmas decorations of Oxford street and tried to reference this in my ideas.
Modelling - The modelling process went very quickly, as when using the fishing wire material it was easy to shape and form on my hands and how it looks on the body visually. This process showed me what worked and didn't work, however all the pieces that I created in 3D looked already wearable and ready to buy. To further explore my idea I had put some textiles into the jewellery. I used felt pieces shaped as the fishing wire, then I embroidered into the pieces to attach them together then create texture on the outside.
Presentation: I presented my work to the class using my A2 sheets that I created to explain each process on the development of my final product. My A2 Sheets were clearly presented, I used limited colour and tried to use as less images as possible for the audience to focus on the idea only than be distracted by the clutter of images. My visual presentation was successful, however I was confused with what I was saying verbally when presenting my work.
Todays class was helpful in teaching me how to use cross hatching techniques to put together a basic hat, using only paper. This was a fun learning experience as I had to cut out each shape and transformed it into my own by using some textiles on the outside to create a story. I used basic weaving, cross hating, sewing and transforming the top into a dream catcher like design. Over this could help me when making a bag (for example) when designing my product.
To start my research for this project I have answer questions and I have recored my responses to help me with my design concept.
What is my view on sustainability and environmental issues?
In my opinion people have already thought about the topic on using sustainable materials in their products to help the environment and the further to have a better and cleaner life. I few designers that I know who use sustainable materials/methods are Johanna Ho (reusing scraps of vintage clothing) Toms (buy one shoe, that would help a child in need) Stella Mccartny (wool, natural leather materials) and so on. Already so many things are changing such as people buying the latest phone/computer, not caring about environmental issues or impact they have once they dispose of them, or who manufactures them in sweat shops.
2. How can I as a designer, address sustainability and environmental issues in my work?
As a young and upcoming fashion designer it is very important for our generation to use more and more sustainable methods and still maintain profit. I want to focus on using recycled materials or to show in a unique way in my fashion/jewerly pieces of different environmental issues that can help influences buyers, from the design and idea concept behind the product.
3. How do jewellery & fashion accessory designers address sustainability in their work?
Most fashion accessory designers address sustainability in their work by showcasing a idea in there designs or using recycled and sustainable materials in there work, such as natural dyes, natural materials, recycled and up-cycled methods.
ACTION PLAN: WOOL
Wool has been one of my top materials to use in this project as it is a renewable source that dosent kill animals. Wool also reminds me of the texture of the sea and how the foam of the waves dissolve in the sand. I want to experiment with the soft and rough textures on the beach and combine it to make a product, that is environmentally friendly and can express an issue and can sell.
Textile combined with Glass (rough and soft texture)
My second idea contains textiles using wool material, as this is a very sustainable which docent kill the animal when taking of its fur, as sheep grow back their fur. My designs ideas were influenced by Chinese New Year traditional costumes which use bright colours pom-poms. My ideas where based around the idea of woollen balls in bright colours as jewellery pieces.
Feedback from Initial Ideas
Evaluation of Feedback
My tutor Benjamin has given me some important feedback on how I can collect more practitioner that uses recyclable materials and how i can refine my existing products, to better conditions.
Research more artists, primary and secondary methods
Improve existing products
Create other products that use more unique techniques and textures.
Which memories are precious and important to you?
Memories that are important to me our the moments I share with my family when going traveling around the world. As traveling brings us closer together because we are always busy individually with work/life and don't have much family quality time. At a very young age I have been a world traveler and would want to show this in my project and my cultural awareness I have had so far in life, which also is shown throw my personality and work.
2. In which form will this memory exist?
My memories of traveling could be shown in a object that shows my experiences (happy/sad) and culture of each place. I could use a range of textile techniques and colours to show these experiences. This could be shown as a charm bracelet which each place I been too gets added on the the bracelet that I wear and show others.
3. How do you define the concept and context of your design? Idea Development Task
The memory of traveling could be shown as an symbolic object placed on the body (neck), as though its attached to me or apart of who I am, and keeps expanding from each travels I will have in future. The memory could be contained in a circular piece such as a 3-D circle that can add texture. I could work with different texture using mixed media (felt, wool, plastic and paper)
Background Research of the Places I've Been
Experimentation of Textiles of Each Place
My Action Plan:
I must use more mix media in my designs to make each place different from another and to show my awareness of materials.
EVALUATION - MEMORIES CONTAINED
In this project it was crucial for me to gather a wide variety of research from each place I have visited in the world. As being to almost 32 places in the world I helped refresh my mind on each places culture, textiles, art and family photos, to remember the trip and what memories I have experienced. My primary research involved me looking at family photos, brainstorming and drawing out memories. My secondary research involved me looking at other artists online that have used the same idea concept in their work. Artists that I have inspired me in the project are Liz Nillson who had explored memories and time using strings of fabric to represent her family history and Debbie Smyth who also used string to describe memories. For additional research to help me in any project, I’ve explored the culture and the history of textiles from each place Ive been too in the world, to help me have that cultural awareness of traditional textiles in my research.
In the beginning of joining the JFFA class, I was confused into putting my textiles skills in my work. Although in this project I was able to explore freely my own personal style and to represent my life using as many textiles methods as possible. However having to create 27 textile pieces I didn't have enough time to teach myself all the textile methods I wanted to learn. Therefore I have used simple skills to show my creative process. From my creative process I learnt the importance of editing and reflecting to achieve a polished outcome, and to have a large inspiration background to help support my decision-making.
EVALUATION - MEMORIES CONTAINED (PRESENTATION)
Do you think your presentation went well? If so why?
In my opinion my presentation went smoothly because I was less nervous as I understood my design concept better than my other projects. In others opinions I could of made my explanations of each stage in more depth. However presenting today in class was a huge step for me, for not being nervous and to actually being excited to show what I have done to my peers. In the future my next step is explaining my ideas in depth.
What do you think you could have done to make it better?
Research - I could of made my research stronger by looking at practitioners who use the same concept as me (travel). Although I wanted to start from scratch and to become inspired by myself without getting inspiration from other ideas. I wanted this project to be my own original work and to show my interpretations of my own personal experiences.
Concept - I am proud of my concept, this project helped challenge me in so many ways as I was able to show my personality through the concept of travel and textiles. The idea of travel came natural to me as I wanted to show others what things I am proud of in my life and how I can show this in a unique piece.
Design Process - Having to create a piece inspired from 32 places, has made my design process very quick and rushed, as I had to design 64 initial ideas then create the 32 pieces.
Drawing - I could of improved my drawing skills if I had chosen to draw less places i’ve been to, to focus on quality rather than quantity. I tried to create as much techniques as possible using, watercolour, pencil, pen and paint to explore my ideas in depth.
Making skills and finish - Choosing to create 32 pieces was a very hard challenge to finish by one week. I wanted to explore as many textile methods as possible although lots of pieces were starting to look the same as I ran out of unique ideas to make each place individual as possible. To make my methods more of a wider variety, I should of researched techniques that each country is known for. This could lead to other design ideas for my finished product.
Presentation - When presenting today I should of had A2 sheets to present my work more clearly and visually to my peers. Although my sketchbook showed each stages in depth, it is also nice to have bigger/professional copies to back up what I am describing.
Time management - I would of loved to have more time to do this project, as I could make my design and better and have more quality in my work. Having to overall sum my travel experience in one week was not enough time to make it as good as I wanted my final design to be. Yes, I have finished it on time and I am proud of my accomplishments, although It would be nice to use this as my Unit 7 project as I have longer to work on it.
What do you think a good presentation consists of? - Break down the key elements
Clear visual images
underline each segment of development process
A2 sheets to sum up the project in a professional way
The Leighton House Museum
Overview of The Leighton House Museum
Today I had the absolute pleasure of taking in the Victoria Obsession exhibition at the Leighton House Museum as primary research for my Worlds Collide project. The Leighton House itself was exceptional, filled with paintings, sculptures and other pieces Leighton collected in his travels. I was most inspired by this painting ( The Roses of Heliogabalus ) as I already have a obsession of flowers, this piece of art was showcased in a room where the scent of roses were diffused throughout making the experience more realistic. The beauty of the portrayal playing out on the canvas featured people being drowned in rose petals. As something so beautiful and delicate which drowns people is very interesting. During my visit, photography was strictly forbidden, therefore I sketched my favourite aspects of the house. Its tiles, textures and flower paintings.
Extra Information - Video CV
I write my own fashion blog called “Style Blossom”. This is a window on the art, design and fashion world through my eyes and gives me the opportunity to share my work, inspirations, passion and experiences – blogging about visits to art exhibitions, fashion runway shows and store openings and, most importantly, showing my own artwork and clothing and accessories designs and sketches. I am a member of the #HKFashionBloggers group, a Hong Kong based community of 70 active Fashion Bloggers. My blog and my involvement with this community have given me the confidence to develop a style that is a mixture of sassy, fresh, glam and street.
Things that have influenced me the most in my life is my family background of woven textile designers and my Grandmother who made her own wedding dress and designed for Vogue. This just shows me that anything is possible. When I stayed at my Grandma house yearly has directed me in a path I have realised not long ago. She had the most beautiful well kept floral garden, and as a kid being able to play in the garden and smell the flowers. This has made me addicted. Now when I observe flowers or walk by them , all I can think about is how I could transform it onto print.
- Abstracting the floral form into painting and print
- Visiting Floral Gardens in UK
- Johanna Ho
Johanna Ho helped me to appreciate first-hand that an interest in design must be integrated within an overall sales and marketing plan in order to be viable. Johanna graduated in 1997 from studying a Masters in Fashion at Central Saint Martins.
Key Work I am Intrested in Pursuing
Forms & Textures in Nature
I want to design a collection based on abstracting the floral form by painting the vibrant and delicate textures of types of flowers and nature. I want to paint meadow scenes and english gardens then transforming the print onto scarfs and pocket square scarfs. I want to explore the mixture of digital and screen printing. This will enable me for photographs of my flower paintings to be printing onto silk fabric. I want to show this also using small essence of embroidery and lace to show that texture of softness that flowers have. Suitable for a pre spring/summer collection.
I have always been a lover for flower patterns and colour. When visiting my grandmas garden I would help out in her rose garden. This got me inspired when growing up as a kid. Artists and designers that have also inspired me to do this project is Leanne Claxton and her flower prints of scarfs. She was a graduate at CSM textiles and has done a presentation in my High School two years ago, where I got more inspired by how floral patterns could be worn on the body. Also she taught me how to paint the texture of a rose using oil colour, which is now my medium in painting.
Not only do I want to make fashion accessories but also to contribute my art and paintings into something more interactive and wearable, rather than observing my paintings at a distance.
My prints so far!
Experimenting with shape and form
Development of Ideas
November 27th - Archway
In class I sketched my initial ideas then chose my top designs to develop in 3D. I used metal wire that bended easily, making the shapes easy to form and create. I experimented with how the piece transforms when being placed on the human body. I was also focusing on the design aesthetics, such as the inspiration from the Christmas decorations on Oxford Street. I focused my designs to be functional to wear daily, therefore I haven't experimented with crazy designs, although I have tried to create extraordinary objects, that can be worn formal and casually. I learn a lot today with shaping my designs and using the human body, furthermore I like the flexibility of the wire.
Feedback Form on Presentation
Final Piece- The overall finished product I was most pleased about. The way that the development stages went smoothly and the piece itself had a good quality finish look. This may be from the heavy research I used before starting this project to gather inspiration primarily and secondarily. Also having a textiles sewing background, therefore when producing my idea it was easy to sew on each piece individually. I am happy about this project. I enjoyed the research part as investigating what the clients style is and trying to develop a piece that suits their style is challenging but interesting. This project allowed me to explore others styles than my own.
Over the Christmas holidays, I took some time to collect and research a range of objects that could be recycled into jewellery. My first stop was going on the beach collecting sea glass and plastics, as these two are the most popular items found on beaches in Hong Kong said by the Hong Kong Observatory. While on the beach, I noticed lots trash scattered along the beach. I wanted to create my small change project on found items from this beach. I had a bag and put relevant items to work with for the project. This was a good starting point to collect materials.
The broken glass has a life span over thousands of years, therefore recycling glass can create a small change to the environment. I started developing my ideas of using sea glass into jewellery pieces. I made my designs very simple and minimalistic. I used silver wire and natural leather to create rings and necklaces. Iam pleased with the way my glass ring finished. I used round pliers with silver wire to create the ring.
Primary Research - Collecting rubbish from Beach in Hong Kong
Research in Materials/Books Library
In the first half of class our group went to the library to practice different methods of using resources to find relevant information to our sustainability project. The main resources that I learnt: ProQuest, e-libary, FirstView and Cite them right online, which is a useful website that can help organise the citations of a book. These are helpful sites to find information on magazines and books in the UAL: CSM library.
Methods/Materials for Development of Jewellery
Using the pieces of glass and plastic I collected on the beach. I started drilling holes on the materials to enable me to wrap wire around the objects to create wearable jewellery based on my initial sketches. Although the sea glass would break as the friction from the drill bit would overheat and damage the glass. Therefore I went to buy a proper drill bit specially for glass, therefore the finish of the glass will look clean and professional.
4. How is the worth of an object defined, if not through its material value?
This could be throw fashion media, from changing fashion trends and creating different styles for every season. Teenagers and fashion lovers get stuck to much to the idea that “this is not trendy at the moment therefore I am going to throw that away”. Lets be honest here I was that person once and so many other fashion lovers are still this way. I was like this but becoming a designer I have learnt and now use to the idea of using more sustainable methods in my work. I would like to see what would happen if fashion media/bloggers would stop changing fashion trends/ideas and new clothes for a year, I could guess people would less likely buy clothes and be themselves and have a own personal style rather than keeping up or copying fashion trends.
5. What makes an object precious and what makes it worthless?
A object would be precious in so many meanings, this could be the story behind it, someone that means a lot that gives another something can be precious and meaningful, such as a ring, necklace, something thats not expensive. The meaning precious could also be cause of the objects material (gold, silver, diamonds, gemstones) and methods of process, and time it takes to make. An object that is worthless could be from buying it for yourself that has no meaning behind it what so ever, only cause it looks good on someone for a while then discarded when board. This can also be from cheap material and manufacturing processes.
Research of Materials that are Sustainable
I went to a market called Sham Sui Po which mostly sells already used materials and fabrics. This was a good place for me to buy extra materials to help me put together my sea glass pieces. I bough natural woven leather to tie my glass to the hand and fingers. I also bough sliver wire which was costly but better for the environment,
Chinese New Year Influence on PomPoms
I have gotten inspired by the two ideas I had on recycled sea glass and wool, and combined them together to create a contrast of rough and soft texture. Using the wool represents the waves of the beach, and the glass represents the environment and pollution on the beaches. As i want to start creating a theme for my designs and how the link with sea life.
Knitting - Strings of Memories (LOVE)
I taught myself how to knit by watching YouTube videos. This really helped me develop my skills as a textile student. Now I can keep practicing in combining knitting with my work. In this project I want to explore the memories of Love and Warmth, by using every string as a memory or a connection with that theme.
Practicing How to Knit
I have been to over 25 places in the world and want to show this in a textiles piece. I want to create a textiles piece of each place I have been so far and to and show my experiences and memories in each textiles piece.
ACTION PLAN: Collect photos from each place I have been too. Create a brainstorm of what it was like, what I liked about the place and how I felt. I must start drawing initial ideas on how the textiles pieces are going to look like.
Feedback Form - My Evaluation
I have started developing my design by researching, drawing and creating each place that I have been too. Using experimentation of different wool, beads and mix media. Each textile piece represent the memory and the culture of that place. I have started already creating my final ideas.
Methods that I have already been using in my designs are:
- burning wool
- melting plastic to shape around fabric
- dying fabric
- using natural source (grass, dirt)
- ripping plastic bags
- newspaper cutting
- INDIA - henna
- BAIL - elephant ride, observing traditional paper making museum
- PENAG - colourful food/streets/markets
- THAILAND/CHAIGMAI - teaching children the skill of beading
- BANGKOK - staying in a modern white house
- KOH SAMUI - collecting soaps carved into flowers
- SRI LANKA - staying in a old haunted hotel with abandon tunnels underneath
- SINGAPORE - shopping mall, raffles hotel, boring
- BEIJING - colourful pompoms, great wall
- JAPAN - skiji market, wearing kimono, learning tea ceremony
- HONG KONG - home, light show, Chinese New Year, eating mandarins
- NAPA VALLEY - wine tasting, hot air ballon ride
- UTAH - lived for one year, attended an American school, sister surgery from her scoliosis (neck brace, hospital)
- LOS ANGELES - 4th july, beach, sun tan umbrellas, Disneyland everyday, road trip, art schoo
- SAN FRANCISCO - golden gate bridge, science museum
- HAWAII - most summers, walking to beach in morning, swimming with dolphins, hula clas
- MEXICO PUERTO VALLETTA - moon/sun beads neon, hot, spicy food
- NEW MEXICO SANTA FE - Georgia O'Keef painting, visit her house , horse ridding
- BARCELONA SPAIN - multi coloured tiles
- NEW YORK - busy city, time square, toy store, bagels and newspapers, business people, fashion city
MOROCCO MARRAKECH - dusty markets, henna, fabric stalls with string hanging from celling
- TURKEY ISTANBUL - turkish scarfs, devils eye good luck symbol
- SYDNEY - coral reefs
- ITALY - pebble beaches, eating spagetti every day
- PARIS - Effile Tower, Madeleine de cafe, cotton candy, fancy, pastries, macaroons
- SOUTH OF FRANCE - oysters, sun, winding roads, mountains
- LONDON - country side, home, family, farm, petting sheep
- SWEDEN STOCKHOLM - salmon, eating wealthy
- NEW ZELAND - petting zoo (kiwi)
The challenges I faced during this project was me trying to create each piece (place) as different or opposite as possible from one another, by using simple designs and textile techniques to show its individual uniqueness. This project for me was very costly as I have to buy at least 10 different yarns and fabric material to help me with the pieces. As there were many pieces I was running out of ideas and didn't have enough time as each piece took me two hours to complete and only one week for the project.
TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS:
Throughout each project I have pushed myself to experiment with new techniques and different material to develop my contextual knowledge and understanding of textile designs. I have developed my process techniques from last term by using new methods such as shibori a Japanese method of twisting and dying fabric to create different textures and also the process of melting plastic in the workshop (Archway) to form shapes to experiment with water texture.
Reflecting my work has helped me understand my decision making and my develop process in the course. I reflect my work on a daily basis through my sketchbook and workflow. I reflect each decision I make in a design, also describing what inspires my work and the development of my artistic skills.
Think of things you could do to make verbal presentation better. How you could be more prepared to speak publicly about your work
Practice presenting to people/family/dorm mates makes a huge difference in my verbal communication. Also having notes in sketchbook in case you don't want to miss out an important part in your work. Todays presentation, I took the risk of not practicing before hand, as I wanted to see if this made a difference in my speaking. This didn't change the way I presented my work as I was very comfortable with specking about my work as I was very familiar with my design concept. I felt less stressed than having to remember lines and what I am going to say than having to speak naturally.
Are you setting into a comfortable way of working? Do you feel happy with the way you are working? Are you finding a design style/handwriting? Are you conceptual enough? Are your decorative? Are you minimalist? Are you a designer, maker or artist?
Yes, I do feel happy in the way I am working at the moment, as it always helps to have a final goal at the end of each project. From looking at other students work, I have tried to find my own personal style. I noticed that I am a very minimalist artist as my sketchbook is very neat (sometimes). I also love to show my expressive style as well. I need to improve more on my conceptual process to achieve a better outcome on each project.
Have you really managed to capture deep and meaningful memories with the final outcome of your work?
Yes, I loved this project as I captured the most precious moments of my life, which is traveling with my family. In my opinion Ive really shown each memory in each piece I created. Others may not se this but it docent have to be show visual, It could be the story behind shapes, colours and so on.
Did you challenge yourself/forced yourself to explore new making skills in this project? Explain how this was challenging, if it was not then how cold you have made it a bigger challenge
I challenged myself to have a finish fashion accessory of 32 designs, each piece had to be unique and difference. I had to use as much different techniques of knitting and textiles as I possible could to adapt my textile methods and to experiment with new materials. For the first time I melted plastic to achieve that water texture effect in one of my pieces.
In the future you will all become successful designers, are you working hard enough? What can you do to make your work truly exceptional?
At the moment I am trying to work at the best of my abilities. However from being put in a class of JFFA and not textiles it is hard to lean new textiles all by yourself, and using Youtube as a source rather than a teacher. This brings down my work a bit. I try my hardest in class and love to try new things and to show my passion for textiles. Everyone has their own goal in life and evey ones work in unique in their own personal way. My work could be better in terms of layout, colour, mood board e.t.c.
FEEDBACK FORM - WORLDS COLLIDE
Evaluation of Feedback - Worlds Colllide
To improve my designs I should use more of my inspiration from Black and Decker and put it into my floral wire head piece. To make the collaboration both equally as strong. To do this, I will add more electric wire into my piece that will cover the face. I also will make the copper wire appear out of the flowers to represent danger, referencing too the suffocation of roses. Overall I am happy with what I have done so far, I like its simplicity and colour palette, and would make a great piece to wear daily.