I found the print workshop very interesting this morning, it has opened up a lot of options that I can begin to explore throughout this unit and the rest of my time at university. There are a lot of different thing on offer for us to work with, from digital printing to screen printing, digital embroidery as well as exploring the use of different types of inks that react differently to different materials. There were lots of samples to look at all using different techniques which I look forward to trying.
Laser Cutting Workshop
I really enjoyed getting to see some of the techniques that are possible with the laser cutter. It was interesting learning about how the machine worked and I look forward to using it.
Today we were constructing the collar that we pattern cut last week. I am really happy that my patterns worked and that it all fit together without any issues.
Geometric Pattern Cutting
-Constructing silhouettes on the 1/2 scale mannequins using geometric shapes.
During today's session I was beginning to create some quite interesting silhouettes that I will continue to explore, mixing circles and triangles I was able to make sculptural silhouettes, I have taken lots of pictures so that I can begin to design around them. I really like the cape effect I have created but I want it to be bigger, I am also going to try using fusing to make the material stiffer so that it holds the shape better.
Context Editorial Briefing
Today's briefing was all about the second of four projects within the BA1b unit. For the Context report we must produce a 2000-word editorial for a news website. Although I am not a very confident writer I am quite excited to do this project as we get to research into an area of the fashion industry that we find interesting or want to know more about. I shall be sharing some of my research as I go along, so I hope you find it interesting.
Today we had the briefing for the first project within the BA1b unit; Creative Cut- The Shirt. We are exploring shirts and creating a final piece which incorporates the collar, sleeves, cuff and stand of a shirt, but we are encouraged to push the boundaries of what a shirt can be. I am really excited about this project, because we are going to be doing a lot of pattern cutting, trying different techniques to create interesting silhouettes, I look forward to improving my pattern cutting skills. During the briefing a picture was shown that really stood out to me as it was a wedding dress that had the features of a shirt, I am really intrigued by that and I am going to use this as a starting point and research into bridal wear. I want to go into bridal wear, so I am going to begin with looking at how I can link the two together.
This morning we had a workshop on using illustrator, I found this very helpful as I had never used illustrator before, we got taught a lot of the basics as well as how to create a repeat pattern which I will find really helpful when doing design work. I am really looking forward to our next session which is going to be a lot more fashion based, looking a technical drawings, I am going to keep practicing my illustrator skills so that I can get better and quicker.
Today we were pattern cutting a collar and collar stand, I really enjoyed the challenge of being left to get on with it as it was quite difficult but it made me think about what I was doing and why, as I went along I wrote the instructions in my own words ready for my technical file so that I can understand and remember how I did it at a later date.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
I have spent the last three days getting on with research, my next step is to bring all of my research together and begin my sketchbook.
Hello, Eleanor here, I am currently at Norwich University of the Arts studying Fashion, please join me along my adventure.