Continuing research and sketchbook work.
I wanted to know more about Luddities and I found an article that clarified their history and their relationship with machines, It is commonly said that they were the ones that begun the anti-industrialization movement. In fact, they knew how to use machines well, but they disagreed with the ideology that was changing the working spaces into huge factories. They wanted to save their jobs rather than stand against industrialization as such. Also, they wanted to save their craft, the quality of it and the social meaning of craft as a source of job but also a meaningful design. This is exactly what I am aiming to do - not to defy the industrialization but rather questioning it's role in modern world - is it killing the craft? Is XXI century a century without crafts? Is it the fault of mass production or rather our usage of it? This links to Bonottos conception of slowfactory and to my conception of sustainable craft design as well, because I am using age old techniques to restore the modern craft in a way.
Their behaviour was not against the machinery as such, but against the ideology, which is much more accurate - it is not machine as such that is wrong, it is the way we use them. This thought is exactly what I was thinking of before.
Also, in the book "Sustainable Fashion:New Approaches" I found a diagram which is said to be a description of slow, sustainable fashion which is both ecological and ethical (in terms of working environments, as a link to the Luddities). I aim to fulfill all of those bulletpoints that are stated there, probably apart from any group work on a final garment as this is only my project. I could eventually consider feedback or tutorials as a way of group work.
I had tutorial on writing my final project proposal. I had to change it slightly, because I was told that I should not go too far into the proejct. It is just a proposal, so it should be indicating general idea but not having that many references in the description and not that many ideas tangled up. I had to come back to the stage from two weeks before, because I changed it too much. I learned to be more selective in terms of writing the proposal. I worked on it and then I got checked it again so hopefully now it will be better.
Dyeing wool - last session of searching colors. I wanted to find exact shade of the poppy red that I have chosen as one of my colors. I could not decide between poppy red and burgundy but now I think I should go with poppy red. I still need to think about it carefully.
Finishing samples - I worked a bit on the machine knitted samples from last friday. I added some fringes and nalbinding. I really like the effect of combination of loose machine knits and textural nalbinding and fringes. It also makes me think about the luddities and the history of the movement - these were mostly textile workers and this sory that I found today, that it all begun by a supervisor telling a worker that he was knitting too losely. That makes me think about very loose and thin knits as a way of referencing this history of building tension of craft and machinery. It is really fascinating to know that it was knitting that begun this revolution of craft agains machines and created this kind of tension and suspence between workers and machines.
Evalutaion of this stage of the project:
What went well?
I got my project brief throughoutly proofreaded which is what I rreally needed because of my dyslexia. I found some interesting informations about luddities which are an inspiration for textures of my garment.
What did not go well?
I haven't found much books in the library that were particulary usefull, I hoped to have some more of them. I ill need to continue my research together with work after submitting my proposal.
How can I move on from now?
I still need to develop my ideas for the print. I have not done it since I needed to figure out my colur scheme first and finish project propsal. I also need to make more samples - my tutor told me last time to hold on with draping and firstly focus on samples. However, I need to have some shilouette shapes ideas, since knitwear is also about the construction that can be made with textiles. I must work on that. I will have my machine very soon so that will enable me to start more intensive work on that. I really need to go on the body with ideas, but I also need to develop samples and print. The techniques s htat I will use for print also need to be well thought, so that it all makes sense.
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