List how you will fulfill your aim and your objectives in this project: (objectives are usually more specific than an aim. Think about the methods the skills and techniques, the processes):

- The origins of the factory as a soviet kind of gift and the methods of production on a huge scale – generating huge pollution made me think of using knitting machine as a way to show it.
-       Cracow being a medieval city with a history of trade and manufacturing inspired me to think about medieval techniques – Lucet and Nalbinding to show the juxtaposition of trade and craftsmanship.
-       In my opinion now the fast peaced fashion is causing huge amount of pollution, craftsmanship as a way of refining contemporary fashion approach is what I would like to explore in this project as well
-       Armour was always made only by hands, it’s production is a craftsmanship process that includes steel (connection to the Steel Mill) but is a complete juxtaposition of mass steel production. This makes a link to the values that Arts and Crafts Movement put on the hand made work.
-       Armour as a way of protection agains air pollution and showing the potential of making pieces by hand.
-       methods: facing machine made knits with techniques of lucet and nalbinding as a way to show the contradiction of mass production and craftsmanship.
-       methods: experimentation with various materials in possibly most abstract way.
-       skills: markmaking skills in order to develop textures; objective look at own work – for evaluation and reflection purposes; editing skills for effective time management
-       techniques: Lucet, Nalbinding and machine knitting
-       processes: sample development process combined with shape and work on the body.

List and think about your audience. Is there a purpose to what you want to do, or a specific user or group it is for? 
-       There is a purpose behind it – to raise a discussion about air pollution and the effect that factories have on it. To highlight the effect of mass production that changed the nature as we knew it and started to work against us.
-       I do not aim to solve all problems connected to air pollution, I am not a scientist and it takes years to find a really clear and effective way of prevention from air pollution. Though I believe that a possible way of going is to focus on craftsmanship and use this forgotten knowledge to protect ourselves from bad impact of the hypernatural environment that we did. I want to raise a discussion by creating a piece that grabs the attention of the audience.
-       Keeping my home town as an example of a polluted city I want to reach broader audience in terms of contextual meaning.
-       The persona that wears it has to be certainly someone for whom wearing a garment is a statement. Who cares about environmental issues but at the same time is not afraid to raise discussion.

Are there any Theories tied in with your theme? (theory can be ideas or sets of principles) 
-       There are but I use them rather as an element of research than a theory I have to stick to. The idea of sustainable production using forgotten crafts ties in with my research about Steel Mill factory. Juxtaposing manufacturing techniques of machine made knits and handcraft is a way of expressing this. The ideas behind greenpeace and actions that are ment to raise awareness and gather focus among people. Talking and questioning as a way of gathering attention. As well as the principles behind Michaelangelo Foundation to show the potential of craft.

Can you see re occurring themes in in your work developing? areas you are interested in or inspired by?  For example - If you are interested in something like architecture think why? What aspect? What does it make you think, in what context? 
-       Yes I do see such themes. These are: music, history and nature. They reoccur in various ways, sometimes just as an element of broader context, or a reference but sometimes as a source of primar research and inspiration.
-       When it comes to music it is because of my musical education (7 years of piano lessons, choir leading). I use the musical references I know from my childhood. The genres I am interested in are quite broad – from classics to experimental electronic music. This is very helpful for my design process in recreating a mood, an attitude I am thinking of. Sometimes writing is not always enough and there has to be something more presented that would show the ideas behind the shilouettes in the clearest way possible – it is music. Also, when designing I imagine the garments as if the music was playing in the background which ties it into the context of a garment.
-       History is also appearing as a source of inspiration because of the fact that I had extended history throughout majority of my education. Especially history of art and literature. The past interests me in a way that is connecting it with present times. Mixing various historical contexts to create my own vision. I am not concerned about dating each historical period but rather ways that certain period is connecting to present times.
-       Nature is probably because I was raised in a house with many animals and huge garden. Extended science and biology lessons, mountain trips and my familys background of biology and chemistry is something that formed my interest in it. I believe that nature is a great and broad source of inspiration, because it is something that can be modified or recreated but it still lives apart from humans. Its very complex and works almost as another world alongside ours.
Are you working within any parameters, rules, restrictions enforced by you or external? (for example the Bauhaus movement had specific design rules it followed) 
-       No, I always try to think as broad as I can and I do not want to apply any particular rules into my work in general. Although, I know that colour and a well thought choice of it in each project is characteristic for me. It is because of my previous art experiences and experimenting with painting and various mediums of mark making. I think colour has a great power of changing the context of any work, as it evokes feelings and associations we are not even entirely conscious of.
-       Textures applied on the body are what is main point of my interest – that is why I have chosen Fashion Design with Knit as well. Tangibility adds another dimension to the garment. Obviously any garment is tangible but I am thinking of the fabric that it is made from. Both shilouette and the textures on it are important for me to create the whole piece the way I imagine it.

What is the context of your project? Would it be a very different project in a different context? (Look up the meaning of context and the different types e.g. cultural, historical etc.)
-       The context of my project is historical – the history of my city and the origins of air pollution. However, it is not limited to be focused only on that particular city, it is just an example to show the problem to a broader audience. Cultural context of it is sustainability and prevention against air pollution with references to medieval techniques of knitting.
-       Visual context - I want to do just one garment that would be rich with textures and details. If I would change it into a small collection it would be a negation of my thinking, as I want to focus on quality of making process and not on the amount of it. It is also a certain context when it comes to presentation of my work and the historical and environmental origin of my research.
-       There is personal context of it – asit is inspired by my home town.

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