I have done a lot so far but I still feel unsure. I like what I have done but I still feel it is all very controlled and I wonder wether some of my experiments need to spill out of the frame I have given them. It is a lot of work, but I still feel I need to experiment more. I want to look at Chisato’s work and choose my favourite piece and try and see if I can do a composition, with my drawings, similar to hers. I am going to practice doing a repetition with my drawings on paper rather than on my iPad as I think I will have more control over my design. I also would like to do another weave introducing my soap yarn explorations I used in part 4’s linear exploration.

With the piece above I used some strips of fabric and knotted them together. I thought it would make a funky waistcoat.

Above are some fabric samples that I had digitally printed so I could see how they could work. I am a very visual and impatient person and although I still need to learn more about digital print and making patterns I have a need to experiment and push myself. I do like the results although with more time and money I would try other variations of pattern and I would also have my prints printed in different fabrics (example satin). At this point I need to remind myself that they are not at all a finish product and that they could be a work in progress, I like the quality of print, it’s not as pixilated as my first ones in part 3. I do need to learn how to join the pattern so you can’t see the joining line.

With the yellow sample I have developed it further by embroidering on top of some of the flowers. Since going to the graduate textiles show and seeing something similar done I have been wanting to try it.

I love it! The embroidery has given the sample more richness  and I like the fact that all the flowers  are not all embroidered adding interest to this sample.

Above I simply joined  my yarn designs to create a fabric. I like the simplicity of this piece; the lace makes it delicate, carrying on with my mood.

I have experimented with weaving. I bought myself a small kit (children’s one) and experimented. I haven’t done any weaving  since I was a child and had  forgotten how much fun it is.

With this sample I introduced my yarn designs in order  to explore the different effects and textures. This piece could work as a trim for a larger piece.

I simply attached it to a different texture altogether and it’s fascinating to see how it can completely change the mood.

I decided to go bigger by experimenting with weaving with my yarns made with soaps (some yarns I made for part 4) and some of my other yarn designs;  Carrying on with my healing mood and giving my samples and edgier look. I decided to do some sketches and designs to show how I would  use my textiles in a bigger,  or a, final sample.I feel that  pushes my designs further while showing  how my textile samples could be used.

I had fun with this weaving and mixing of all kinds of textile like feathers, fabrics and soaps. The contrast in weave tension exites me! I love seeing the threads weaving into each other creating this fabric. The soaps have little stars, sequins and threads giving them more interest and a touch of magic. I am more satisfied with this sample as I think it still carries the same mood as the other samples. I have taken the hues from my original sketch and changed the colour proportions slightly so it can sit aside my other samples as a collection. This sample is less pictorial; it is a development of previous exercises and samples and I think that’s why I like it, in other words it could be “a destination”

I decided to go back and do another fashion illustrations  of my fabric samples. The above sketch would be a velvet fitted jacket using my embroidery and beading in a repetitive pattern, a  Very pattern heavy design inspired by Tsumori Chisatos designs.

Above- By simply tying some fabrics (some sheer and some opaque) I created a sample that I think would work well as an waistcoat.

This is a sample created with my yarn designs. I think this sample would work as a simple sheer camisole dress. I feel better about what I have done so far as I have solved the frustration that I had- feeling that I couldn’t  communicate what I would use my samples for. I obviesly couldn’t  make a whole  garment at this point,as all I needed to do is a sample, but with my drawings I have been able to solve that problem. The added bonus is that I have added an element of fun!

Above is a link of a video that I have found so inspiring. I haven’t just learned or been inspired by Tsumori Chisato but so many other artist; each of them have a different voice or style, Chanel is such a classic designer and one that most people admire but seeing the production of their garment in this way has really open my appetite for more. I keep watching the video and I worry, I worry that if I stop watching I may forget. It’s so beautiful that it makes my mind restless. It’s a tall order but this video depicts what I would love to archive one day. Obviesly not to be Chanel but just to be able to make such exiting things or at least learn some of their so many textile concepts.

I watched the video and wrote some of the techniques or textile concepts that most inspired me.

  • Garment construction
  • Making buttons an soldering metal (how I miss it)
  • 3D fabric manipulation and then making a mosaic effect
  • Embroidering with plastic geometric shapes, making a 3d effect
  • Feather cutting and making a collage
  • Sewing on netting and making a collage of strips of fabric
  • Amazing beading around feathers
  • Square pieces of plastic? Sewn together to make a grid ( similar principle to my weaving with soaps)
  • Glorious beading
  • Sequin art
  • Using a plastic based paint , cutting them into flowers and sewing them on a skirt

Upsolutly beautiful!