Continuation of work.
Yesterday I took into consideration what my tutor told me about the sketchbook ideas - add off the body drawings next to the ideas so that even if there is no drapingthe general idea is clear. I did that and I think it really works well. I also found a successful way of presenting off the body drawings as a small line up done with a fine liner only. This gives a clear and neat idea of what the pieces would eventually look like. I also finished the illustrations from yesterday and added some details of human bodies and background.
The pictures of draping I did yesterday are not yet developed as today we were told to focus on working outside the sketchbook and preferably as samples or draping. Since I haven't developed the draping from yesterday I decided to focus on samples (also because I wanted to do more nalbinding) and develop the idea of painting the air with samples - so the concept of fringes or holes that expand the texture of a sample beyond a flat surface.
I also experimented with the garments I bought and cut up one sweater into long stripes (to extract the gray color that I was interested in using, it goes well with light blue and some of my previous color experimentations) and then reworked it on a knitting machine. What I didn't like about the effect was that I couldn't knit the sweater as a continuation of my knits but I had to overlap it so it creates a kind of layering stripes. I don't really like this effect because it doesn't correspond to my research images at all and it is not a continuation of any previous samples I did. I think I need to edit this idea down, if I would have time I could focus on that more, but not now, I have to find some other sample ideas. The used knits are not that important to sho the concept anyways.
The good part of today's experimentation was nalbinding with soft wool (chunky one). The texture of the wool is great - nice in toutch, soft and really mesmerizing. It's size makes nalbinding bigger so the different technique is actually visible and when combined with machine knitting and holes gives a nice "stable" contrast in texture. However, I don't like the colourof the wool. I did some color wrappings yesterday to get any ideas of how can I edit down my color scheme to achieve best and most interesting results. I have chosen dark green, blue, brown and lila to experiment with. I considered this color palette as the most natural when it comes to the research images but when I looked at it today I thought it looks way too organic - all colors (apart from blue) respond to earth colors and it gives an association to completely different topic than air pollution or crafts and industry. I have done some samples with this color scheme and I do not consider them as useless, because i developed some textural ideas. However, colors need to be changed. Perhaps not all of them, but I really need to edit it down.
I asked my tutor for ideas on editing color scheme in a way that I would find easier. It's quite overwhelming to choose only four colors from the research when there are so many of them and each is intriguing.
My tutor suggested me to choose some pictures from my research that I particularly like in terms of colors and analyze them in a bigger scale. Choose areas that I like and identify them with a squared piece of paper. Then choose 20 colors that I like and identify them with paint (my fine art practice will be useful). Then do a "mix to match" pieces of paper from those chosen colors and choose six as a final color scheme. Then I can edit this six colors to four or five colors so that I won't get tangled up (it is nice to have six colors for a collection but in one garment it may be quite tricky so I have too be careful). I could use a bigger color scheme for the small collection of samples eventually.
I find this feedback really used because it's actually a complete guidance to what I should do with the color scheme. I'm going to do that.
I also took part in the stitch workshop today, because I was interested in the idea of pleating and gathering fabric. Yesterday when doing off the body drawings and collages I identified the striped structure of the roof on my grandfathers resale shop. I was using this as a reference earlier with some thick cardboard but it wasn't until yesterday when I realized I could interpret it as a pleat. The workshop was helpful for that because I learned how to do pleats, gathering and chanels. I think of experimenting with these structures but I need to develop some ideas from the draping first, to know what to do.
Evaluation of this stage of the project:
What went well?
The idea of nalbinding with soft wool gave a really nice and textural effect. I learned how to do pleats and other fabric manipulations that I can use for my project. (Although I want to focus on a garment that would be knitted in whole, without much fabric - it is also a bigger challenge because it is not entirely easy to get volume on the body with knitted fabrics) I have a clue how to analyze the color scheme for my project and rework it. I know I have paid quite a lot of attention to it already but since is the last project I really want the colors to be considered and not chosen as quickly as I always do. It then causes problems when going onto the silhouette and enlarging them on a body.
What didn't go well?
The sample with garments from second hand shop, because it didn't make the structure I wanted to have. I was thinking of connecting it flat on a sample, not in a form of layered stripes.
How can I move on from now?
Develop draping in sketchbook, analyze color scheme. After that I will need some yarn research and more draping but I can't do it all at once.
Below are the handouts from the workshop: