Preparing Project Proposal for tutorial tomorrow - adding bibliography and artist references according to the feedback from my tutor.
Research in the library. I found a book titled "The Culture of Craft" that was mostly helpful for theoretical reading. The quotations are uploaded on research page. What I find interesting is the difference that is put between designer and craftsmen. It seems to me, and this opinion is based on those quotations. that the designer become a main point in the whole idea of design. Not the design as such but the personality and vision a person has. It is important, but not most important. Following a designers vision that is reachable only in his imagination is purposeless, because it doesn't change anything. If the vision is possible to be executed then a design has an impact to change something. To execute a vision the craft is needed. That is why the idea of using craft techniques in fashion development is so important. Obviously, this means slow fashion and its focus on the making process.
Slow fashion is also a way of escaping the factories-photocopies that Giovanni Bonotto was talking about. A celebration of the unique is also what makes craft so coherent in this context. The designer makes slower but more meaningful fashion. That results not only in sustainable methods of production and positive ecological impact but also a design that carries a message and really makes a difference. The aesthetics of a design lies in it's process of production as well as in actual style of it. Modern concumer societies should be aware of that, especially when surrounded by tones of useless objects. It is not the effect of machinery that caused such an overwhelming amount of stuff we have to deal with - it is also humans who lost their perception of what is enough. Here is the tension between both that I was thinking of - people would not be able to function in modern world without machinery of any kind, but they misuse it.
In this book I also found some information about a group called Luddities that was present in England in the very beginning of Industrial revolution. I asked my friend from London about them and she told me that they were actually breaking textile machinery, which is even more intriguing since this links it very close to fashion - especially fashion with knit, as it is based on textile development to a very big extent. I want to know something more about them, since that also links their activities to my experiment with breaking fax. Obviously fax is a different kind of technology but it is quite impossible for me to get any kind of actual industrial machine I could breake,
I also found an artist Tom Duimstra who concentrates on mark-making in his pieces and majority of his work is about objects that are discarded and he wants to give them new meaning. This is a bit like reworking scrap pieces of metal by turning them into sculptures. Using old to create new.
His painting inspired me to get some ideas of how I could approach the idea of Printed Air. His approach to abstract composition and dynamism that I could use in my print too. The colour scheme he is using is quite similar to mine so this links both elements even more.
I did some more yarn research and I found very soft merino wool in a perfect light green color that goes with my color scheme and also one that is light blue. I also got some blue yarn that has a slightly silver tone - it reminds me of steel shine and armour (although I abandoned the idea of armour almost completely and intervowe it in a different way into my project I find this shiny, metallic effect interesting). Having found this light green merino wool I decided not to dye the thick wool in green but try only another shade of red (also because I couldn't find lime tone in any of the shops I have been to and seeking fir a right colour with mixing would take too long).
Evaluation of this stage of the project:
What went well?
I have some more contextual research, which places my idea in a defined area that I am interested in. Craft as a way for future development of slow and sustainable fashion on many areas. I found some more yarns to experiment with.
What did not go well?
I can not do much more samples now because I have no knitting machine. Hopefully I will get one very soon and I will carry on with making samples. Then I can also do more draping that would include them and give some ideas on how they would work on the body.
How can I move on from now?
Do more research on Luditties and get more information about them. Go for a tutorial on Project Proposal and finish it. Work in sketchbook on print and more draping ideas.
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