Organizing the research made over last two days and looking for pictures of Harris Tweed company.
Reading The Crafts Magazine, research to be uploaded. Lucet making.
Fifth Week of Unit 7 - Evaluation of this stage of the project:
What went well?
I got a lot of feedback on my project from both tutors and friends for the course that pushed my project further - for example my tutor's advice to add pink to the colour scheme resulted in a more diverse colour palette. Adding more lighter colours made my designs brighter and the garments really begun to look like painted air. My tutor told me that the fringes with merino wool look like brush strokes. This means that my message is visible and the ideas I was thinking of are embodied in the designs. I calmed the voluminous shapes down a bit by following my tutors advice and including elements of previous draping into the designs. It worked really well, because I got more garment-like shapes of the shilouettes without loosing volume and without loosing message of my pieces. The tutorial on refletion with study strategies was very helpfull to know how to approach feedback in the best and most effective way - I got some opposite feedbacks this week - I am the one who is taken into charge for this project, tutors give me only guidelines that I should follow or not, the decision is up to me.
What did not go well?
My feedback from last crit was not extremely helpfull. I got quite a lot of information that I knew already to work on. I have to ask my fiends once again and get more feedback. I need to have more on the body experimentation too and more design development.
How can I move on from now?
Do more sketchbook work on development, draping and samples. Do not get informed by too many new ideas rather develop what you have now, because you can get lost. Continue with research and extended bibliography.
Did I completed the action plan after progress tutorial?
Yes I did. I asked my tutor also if this needs to be literally thirty samples and design ideas and I was told that not and that I have done enough (by the same tutor that gave me my feedback on progress) so I really think it is fine when it comes to the amount. Most important point is that I have experimented with print ideas and I came back to the initial draping ideas and I developed them which made the designs more dynamic and bold because of the shapes. This was very important because it allowed me to step behind the most literal interpretation of previous draping and be more experimental. I have done more samples too and experimented with nylon yarn instead of wire one. I have found right colour scheme, perhaps I could add some shades of one colour to it, simply to enrich it - this is what my tutor told me this week. I will probably try it but later during this project, because now I want to explore the combination of colours I have already. I got feedback before easter so I am ready to continue working.
Do I keep work on time? (according to the time management from project brief)
Yes. I do. I have developed samples so the collection is quite big. I still want to choose those to stay only as a collection but what I know about them for sure is that those with embroidery will probably stay as a collection and a line up. The ones with dissorted print will probably stay as a collection too, because it is very time consuming to paint, unravel and knit again. I have done a lot of design development (also because I added shilouettes to previous pages according to feedback from my tutor).
Am I following my aims for this project?
Yes, I am. The idea of painting the air with the culture of hands that think - air pollution, craft, machinery and mass production, slow fashion and slow making - it is all what I am researching so far and I am sticking to my ideas for this project. My work is slow because of the techniques I am using - lucet, nalbinding, painted print, machine knitting and needle manipulation, it all takes time. The element of air and painting of it is present in fringes (when moving the air around is like painted with them), in dissorted print which gives to the textile mist like qualities (although not very visible) or even rusty ones, in small holes in lace stitch that open the garment into the air yet show the idea of old elements, in colours (blue), in textures - soft, cloud-like textures and chunky nalbinding that looks like cloud, in shapes - nalbinding over a wire looks like cloud or mist, in yarns - nylon yarn makes an effect of levitating pieces of yarns, really orks wintin the air. All process is sustainable because I am making everything with the power of my hands and the tools I did.
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