13.02.2017

Assesment.

Green Week at Central Saint Martins.

Documentary “Manufactured Landscapes” by Edward Burtynski – the movie was screened during the CSM Green Week Event on this day. However, due to helth problems I couldn’t participate in the screening. Instead I watched it online as well as a talk by Edward Burtynski about the project, principles of it and the idea behind it.

What it makes me think of is the connection of nature and humans. The new landscapes become natural, because new generations are raised with these as a normal order of things. They stop being shocking. His photography by exposing the scale and amount of pollution caused by factories shows that all of people are responsible for it. That we breath with the same polluted air that was contaminated by factories in China. There is no way to escape that and it become a sort of processed nature. The stage from before any pollution was ever made will never be back again.

That makes me think of the idea of technology which is a set of rules. This means that the problem is not with the technology as such but with how we use it and what for. The scale of these factories is just as the scale of work that was a goal in the Soviet idealism – the more the better. But is it really like this? Do we really need that much new objects? There is already so much stuff on Earth that the idea of mass production equals the idea of mass pollution, which leads nowhere.

In terms of my project, how can I raise this questions? It is impossible to stop mass production, but is there any way possible to limit it? And how fashion can do that?

Mass production in clothes is all about making same patterns, same t-shirts and trousers. Of course, there are the designer’s collections that are more unique, but they generate waste on a huge scale too, alongside big incomes.

That is a subject to still think of in terms of this project.

Tomorrow I want to go to the library and look closer at the pictures of Edward Burtynski.

Below are quotations from the movie and the talk that I find usefull, not all of them are on the research page, because I want to keep the research page as clear as possible and do not insert that much text as previously.

We are this transient thing that is happening and the nature that you see out there […] the untouched forests that I was able to see. [They] bring in the sense of that geological time – that this has been going on for a long time and we are experiencing it in a different way”

“Collective appetite of our lifestyles and what we are doing for our landscape”

So the consumerist nature of fashion and mass production, the need to have new clothes, better clothes, the ones that show that we are modern and up-to-date with newest trends and that we have the money to spend on these clothes.

“I think the environmental movement has failed – it’s used the stick too much, it’s used the apocalyptic tone too much it hasn’t solved the positive aspects of being environmentally concerned”

I think it’s true. It is not about saying that we gonna have the end of the world if we don’t do something, it is actually about doing and I think at this point fast-peace of fashion has a connection with environmental practices. It has the power to speak loudly and move actions alongside art. It can reach a big audience in a quick and visually intriguing way.

Below are questions from preparation of project draft:

-       What I know now?

I know how fashion design process looks like (research-drawing,collaging,mark making-experimentation, sample development, technique development – draping – development from draping – stage of making is always in between and final outcome may vary from the drawing) and how this can be approached to add changes and push experimentation into a different direction. Including sample making is the most successful for me, because it involves a lot of drawing and texture development. This changes the direction of working on the body.

IN GENERAL: ELEMENTS OF TEXTILE DEVELOPMENT IN FASHION PROCESS GIVE BEST RESULTS

 

Fashion process is the combination of all other processes I have experienced during other pathways. It involves architecture (garment construction), fine art (mark making responses and collaging, 3D experimentation), performance (creating a mood, interacting with audience – customers). All in a balance that allows me to use my previous experience to create something new.

IN GENERAL: FASHION PROCESS IS WELL BALANCED IN ALL KINDS OF DISCIPLINES AND THAT TOOK ME OUT FROM THE ACADEMIC APPROACH TO ART I WAS TRYING TO ESCAPE

 

I learned how to edit my work effectively and how that pushes my work forward quickly – thoughtful decision making is crucial for successful outcome. Therefore the process is as important as the final piece.

Evaluating and going out with the work is important, gathering feedback from different people, but remembering to have own critical voice on that (asking too many people is not good either when you can’t thoughtfully respond to the feedback).

Experimentation with colour schemes within my projects taught me that colour in fashion design is something that enriches my work and allows me to express my ideas. It is vital in my own approach to textile making and silhouette development to find right colours. I become interested in how proportions of colours can change a design and how a silhouette well-balanced in colours looks like.

Experimenting with techniques of knitting and stitching developed my making skills. Alongside mark making development and on the body draping it was a proof for me that knitwear is right for me.

 

-       What does it mean to me?

It means I found a pathway right for me within many disciplines in art and design. I established my own working ethic which is focused on texture experimentation and colour choices alongside techniques development. This pushed me towards fashion design with knit.

The editing and evaluating skills as well as reflection on my own work means to me that I can creatively solve problems and make adjustments that would improve my work.

Despite not having any proper art education before (no a-levels or art programme) I achieved more than I would ever expect during this year and I found area of interest that shows me how much more there is to learn.

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