Developing ideas for print. Yesterday I checked if the technique of painting on the fabric was working. Since it was I continued developing this idea today. I need to start thinking about it with collages and introduce myself into print. I use elements of print development sometimes but rather for gathering ideas for silhouettes and not as an actual print development, so it's going to be a challenge.
Thinking about the tension between crafts and machinery and both methods of production (hand making and machine making) I decided to use elements of scrap metal from the visit to a scrap metal yard and the fax experiment to develop my print. If the print would be based on scrap machinery and then unraveled by hand this would mean that hands dissolved it, changed crate a tension - which means my idea would be communicated through making process. I assembled all into a small installation and draw it (pictures are uploaded on research page). As I was thinking before, I decided to use elements from my last drawings of my paper sculpture too, together with drawings of old scrap pieces - this would make a visual link between both and incorporate those drawings more into my project.
I was thinking of using elements of old discarded machines in my project, that is one of the elements I have been exploring, so basing my print on old machinery pieces is also a kind of tension between process of designing slow fashion and traces of industrial revolution- machines. Unraveling the print after knitting is also a type of destruction of a machine, because the print is based on machines.
Being inspired by Tom Duimistra I wanted to make my marks dynamic and stick to my color scheme. I have chosen two areas from drawings to explore tomorrow and have an actual idea what should I paint on my knits as a unraveling-knit-print-painting.
I also found the brand Correllcorrell that uses old craft techniques to produce their clothes and focuses on sustainable solutions for fashion. Their aw 2011 collection (images on research page) gives me some ideas for how can I use my thick wool yarn to make textures and fringes (like I did before with samples). The fringes should be a unity with the rest of the textile piece and garment so that it gives a feeling of fringed corners and not an attached embellishment. I was also looking for artists or any other references I could use but so far without success.
Evaluation of this stage of the project:
What went well?
The drawings and collages I did today were very helpful for me to organize my thoughts and clear ideas for this stage of development. I have done quite few of them and now I have clearer ideas how to approach print and how to evolve those drawings into a print-painting design, because I found areas that interest me and look visually pleasing but have this elements of machinery I want to keep - so nails or wires. I also found the brand Correllcorrell that helped me realize how to approach the idea of fringes and how to involve them into my designs.
What did not go well?
I did not find as much new sources as I hoped to do. I will have to visit library at least once again this week.
How can I move on from now?
I have to finish print-painting ideas. I have found areas in my drawings that I like and now I want to do approximately 4 collages using these drawings and extracting elements from them that I like. It won't be easy for me to focus only on surface design for print and exclude all textures. Then I need to do samples and draping once again. It all takes longer than I thought so I need to be quicker.
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