These questions are reflecting the assessment criteria of Unit 7. It is important that you are addressing all of these in your project. For your design presentation, please fill out what you think is appropriate to your project at this time and bring it to your tutorial.
1.In what way is your project proposal critical?
My project proposal is critical in the way that it is exploring suppression and rebellion through material and movement, looking at whether the restriction of the body using material can cause a struggle to break free and rebel.
2.What is the context of your proposal and how does it relate to your studies?
I am approaching the themes of suppression and rebellion from a costume perspective, relating to our set text 'A clockwork orange' by Anthony Burgess I am focusing on Alex's character and how he rebels against the normalities of everyday life.
3. Have you analysed and evaluated research in order to develop your ideas?
I have been recording my research on workflow and also adding some research into my textbook to show how certain pieces are influencing my work and thought/ design process. When I visit exhibitions I try to take photographs and also add a write-up/ review about them in my information file on workflow.
4. Are the challenges you are facing complex? How so?
Yes, there are many ways I could have approached suppression and rebellion and i have been through numerous ideas and designs. In regards to making the costume itself I will be challenging myself working with a Spandex/Lycra material which i have never worked with before and also looking at how the costume will transform in a performative context is quite a challenge. I face the challenge of working with difficult materials and patterns for the first time and making sure that the audience will be able to read the outcome as i would like them to.
5.How have you experimented?
I have experimented with my designs for the piece, looking at how the material will sit on the body and whether I will need too add complicated decoration to the design or whether to strip it back and just focus on the movement of the material as I had in mind at the beginning. I have experimented with dying fabric (chiffon), I have bought and sourced various fabric samples to see how they move and if they will be free or restrictive enough.
6. What research have you looked at in order to support your process?
I have looked into movement and dance quite a lot, researching Laben's ideology and that of dancers/choreographers such as Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Pina Bausch. I have researched into visual connotations of my costume such as the blooming of flowers, the culture of rebellion, tribal costume etc. I have also researched into rebellious icons watching films such as Quadrophenia and Stanley Kubrick's Clockwork orange, I looked at modern day riots and protests such as student riots, plans to privatise the NHS and rioters such as Pussy Riot. I have spent time going to galleries to look at exhibitions based around our project such as Adventures of the Black Square at The Whitechapel gallery, Tony Ousler at the Lisson Gallery, Conflict, time, photography at the Tate modern, the religion and ideology exhibit at the Saatchi and various other exhibitions.
7.Have you developed your technical understanding?
Yes I understand what I have to do to make my costume such as taking measurements of my performer, constructing a pattern and seeking help from the stitch workshop technicians on how I will sew with the challenging materials I am using. I have also experimented with dye and I know that this will always be an option if i cannot find a fabric in the shade I want.
8. What methods do you propose to use in the creation of the outcome? In what way do you think they are appropriate?
I will measure my model, draw out and cut a pattern, using the stitch workshop and technical help from tutors I will learn to use an overlocker or a technique that will make sewing lycra more comfortable. I will use a camera to photograph my costume in context but also film the movement of the costume. This will require editing on software such as photoshop and adobe premiere. These methods are appropriate, I need to use the right methods and equipment to sew stretchy materials otherwise they can gather or tear when the model tries the costume on for fitting. Editing software is appropriate so that i can enhance and edit my outcome.
9.Are you reflecting and evaluating your process? In what way does this help you in your decision-making?
Yes, I reflect and evaluate everyday in my reflective journal, this helps me see clearly what i have to do next by reflecting on the day I can organise an action plan for what i need to do to take the next step.
10. How will you critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of your planning, your methods of production and your results?
In my reflective journal and final evaluation, I will always refer back to my action plan to see whether i am sticking to it, I will experiment with my methods, if they aren't working I will try something else, peer assessment and meetings will help me get another perspective.
11. What do you think you are going to present at the end and how will this be shown most effectively?
A film hopefully however without the equipment available to students for showing videos, im not sure this will be attainable. I will have a selection of photographs also from the performance, so as a last resort i will present a montage of 3 photographs to show the transformation of my costume.
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