I hope you’re all well and happy. Thank you all for reading and following on and for all your comments. Yesterday was the first day of my winter uni holiday and it was a great day. It is so nice being able to make plans with people and plans to actually do things and get things done. My first priority is rest, and then after that organisation. My room has definitely seen better days.
The images above are of my complete Mood board and Range board. I just wanted to show you them completed. I did the range by hand, I did the drawings and then scanned them into the page. I had my design panel interview on Thursday past and I think it went well. There were two teachers and two people from industry. I just showed them my boards, folio, research and my final designs and explained everything.
I usually work in a department store on the weekends. This particular weekend was very quiet, my friends an I thought it was due to the announcement of the new budget . People are keeping their money and not spending until they know what is going on. Anyway, because it was quiet I had a moment where I was able to just stand around and observe. I just took in everything around me and just started thinking of all sorts of things. I took note of some of my thoughts (pictured above).
I was just observing a couple, probably in their mid to late thirties, and I started getting curious about them.
Some of my thoughts as listed above are;
- Do you look at people and wonder what their life is like:
- What will they do once they get home?
- What are their daily struggles?
- How did they meet?
- Is one of them dominant over the other?
- Are they happy?
I always find it funny/interesting, how us people, we’re all the same, but also quite different. And we do the same/similar things but live completely different lives. Something to think about.
Imagine stress levels scaled from one to ten. One being no stress, and ten being super stressed. I think i’m at twenty-five. Haha. I’m not panicked or freaking out. I just have this running list of things I need to do going in my head. My main problem is that I am running out of time, I don’t have any days off and I basically have one thing due everyday.
At the moment I am working on a group project which is due on Tuesday. The project is to make a business plan on a hypothetical business. We need to also write a report and present our business plan to a panel. Our business is a company that sells cool raincoats, we called it Solstice Co. The image above is the range board I am making right now. When it’s done I will print it on A3 paper and put it onto foam board, which will be standing alongside some other boards and will be on display at our presentation.
One more week and then holidays.
I mentioned mood boards in my last post, so here’s the mood board for my collection. This is version 8 out of maybe 12. It’s still not 100% complete. I still need to think of a name for the collection, so that will need to go on the board along with the season. So, like, AW 15.
What’s on my mood board? What is a mood board? Why are those images on my mood board? I’m a mind reader, aren’t I.
Mood board aka Inspiration board. Basically I have a brief that’s given to me by my lecturer, this one was something like, create a uniform for a bar in Melbourne, create a minimum of two pieces. You must reference an historical precedent, include surface disruption and something else but i’m not sure what it was. So then I do research using the brief as a guide. I looked at a million things. I started with researching William Shakesepeare and the 15th and 16th century, and then after some fun bar hopping I chose Bar Americano as my client. This research led me to the idea of deception. Why deception? Long story, but quickly, there has been speculation that the portraits of William Shakespeare are not of him and are in fact of an imposter. Also I looked at a phrase Shakespeare coined; “All that glitters isn’t gold”. Things aren’t as they seem, equals, deception. And then Bar Americano, the idea of the bar comes from the 1920′s when there was alcohol prohibition in America and all the bartenders moved to Paris from New York and were making American cocktails using European ingredients, deception! So that’s just very brief.
And then in terms of surface disruption I looked at things such as, applique, embroidery, pleating, and then started playing with ripping, shredding, grating fabric, basically distressing the fabric like they do with denim jeans.
So to explain my mood board the image is of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. He was born in the same year as Shakespeare, I think he could’ve attended Shakespeare’s plays, or Shakespeare could have even written about him, I just liked his clothing better than Shakespeare’s so I drew inspiration from him. A lot of my designs have been influenced by the fashion of that particular time. The black/navy/white, swirly image is a photo of my denim ripping experiment. And the dark part on the left is a photo I took of the wall outside Bar Americano.
So that’s my mood board. Let me know what you think and also if you can suggest a name for my collections so I can have a starting point. One more week and then holidays and normal sleeping patterns can resume, and I get to see my friends again.
Incredible. I don’t think it is possible for me to love these two any more than I already do. I actually wish that I could be Jay Z. I’m not joking. I also really wish that this tour was coming to Melbourne. I don’t think it will but I still have some hope.
As well as developing our hand drawing skills, we, fashion students, also need to be pretty savvy with using Illustrator a.k.a. CAD; Computer Aided Design. When I started my course last year I had never used Illustrator and had no idea how to even draw a line with it. It is really interesting to me to see how far I’ve come with it, and it is really amazing, all the different things you can do with Illustrator.
The image above is something I was working on as part of a group class project. We had to work as a team to complete a skirt catalogue. We each had a few images of skirts and had to re-create them as technical sketches with front and back views. So these are the ones that I did. I’m quite pleased with them.
In my degree we use Illustrator a lot. Our end of semester collections are accompanied by three boards; A mood board (usually created on Photoshop and Illustrator), A range board ( usually a combination of hand sketches, scanned images into illustrator, possibly Photoshop for backgrounds) and a Technical Board ( definitely using illustrator). The Technical Board is usually very detailed and includes all important information, such as front and back views. Seams, stitching, pockets, zips, basically every detail that is on the garment needs to be illustrated on this board. I feel like I’m missing a board, but maybe not.
I have been using Illustrator only while at Uni, but I just purchased it the other day, so hopefully I can start using it more to create different types of illustrations.
The Juliet Report has been a bit quiet lately because I have been caught in the ‘Uni/Work/Homework/Gym/Repeat Vortex’. There are only two weeks left until the end of the semester so hopefully once I am on holidays I can get the reporting back on schedule.
For now though, take a look at the photos I took on Friday at Fed Square. I was invited along to help kick off the start of Wool Week 2014. There was a two day exhibition at Fed Square and the idea is to celebrate the industry and educate consumers about wool by showcasing its many uses.