Today I had another two sessions of life drawing, the first session we were just using brush pens and in the second session we began using paints, to find out more read my next posts all about each session.
Technical Session- Constructing The Top
Today I finished construction of the top that we started last week, I had to insert the collar and the facing as well as hem the whole garment, although the facing was quite fiddly I am really pleased with my end result, I enjoy construction as I can be quite regimented with the way I do things as well as being very hands on.
I decided to work on the full-sized mannequin today to explore my ideas on a bigger scale, I am taking a lot of influence from the work of Bridget Riley, as well as focusing on texture. Bridget Riley creates art that consists of lots of lines and block colour, they often give the effect of an optical illusion, which is all things I am trying to experiment with.
Today was a catch up day, so I took the time to work on my sketchbook, fabric file and my technical file.
1/2 scale mannequin shape experimentation
Today we had our open studio, where we were showing the work that we have been getting up to for the last few weeks, our work was shown from behind a piece of white fabric where we shone lights onto it so that you could only see the silhouette, then people could come around to the other side to see what was creating the shapes. We were focusing on shape today to see what silhouettes we could create, I found this quite difficult as my piece at the moment is very textured, but it doesn't have such a sculptural shape to it, this is something that I am going to work on so that it has a more defined shape to it. I found it very helpful projecting them onto the fabric as it showed us the silhouette of our work making us focus on the shape.
Pattern cutting technical session
I really enjoyed todays pattern cutting session as we pattern cut three different types of skirt, we pattern cut an A-Line, a Flared and a Circle skirt, I really enjoyed getting to know different methods for each of them, for the A-line I was taught using the pivot method which reduced the amount of paper that I needed to use from my old method and was a lot quicker and easier.
Hello, Eleanor here, I am currently at Norwich University of the Arts studying Fashion, please join me along my adventure.