Tuesday, June 29, 2010

..Week 16 - FINAL Proposal..

Keywords –
- Perception
- Garment Shadow
- Projection

Key Questions –
1. Can something other than fabric make you feel dressed?
2. Can a projection make you feel dressed?
3. Does knowing that you’re covered make you feel dressed?

Project about/Research –
First Response to Shadow:
I started Shadow by taking the idea of a shadow to mean a “garment shadow” – in my definition that is something that can be perceived as a garment, but is made from an unconventional material or displayed in an unconventional way; meaning that it is only a ‘shadow’ of it’s former structure. I started experimenting with this in a 3D format by taking scraps of fabric and creating conventional garments with them; for example I created a singlet out of various types of material scraps, and then made a t-shirt out of squares of cotton fabrics. I was trying to test a person’s perception with this – testing to see if you could still call the piece a t-shirt if that was what I was trying to resemble. But that didn’t express my concept in the way I wanted it to – so from there I decided I would use unconventional materials, moving away from basic fabrics. Adele’s workshop of creating the one garment out of 4 different groups of unconventional materials (ie. Soap, hair gel, tape and balloons); from there I was inspired to create a series of garments that covered the body but worked in different ways.

Workshops:

This workshop I did consisted of a t-shirt made from pillow stuffing, a dress wrapped around the body in see through fabric, slicing up a stretch-net fabric and sewing the ends together and wrapping that around the body as constriction, and a corset made out of material and wooden pegs. Using these materials I was trying to mimic certain obvious features of different common garments – ie. The softness of a t-shirt, the harshness of a corset, the constriction of knitwear at times, and the vulnerability you can feel in a dress showing every lump and bump.

Project Development:

From that workshop I became highly uninspired and decided I would look back over my folio and see what else I could take from my research and development to see where I should head next. I looked back on my research I did at the start of Shadow – I re-read over definition’s I had gotten about Shadow and Perception. I picked up on something then that I had missed before, “The cross section of a shadow is a two-dimensional silhouette, or reverse projection of the object blocking the light”. This statement really made me think of how a shadow is created, and from then I started thinking about the Shadow as a shield and covering the body with something. Then I started to re-think over my idea of perception and decided that an Inkblot was a great representation of perception. An inkblot is highly abstract and can be designed in a certain way that a viewer sees something common, but yet relevant to them. I started then testing this, creating my own inkblots, researching the Rorschach Inkblot Test; I started by doing some simple collages to see where I wanted to head with this Inkblot concept. The collages were rubbish so I got out some ink and started making my own inkblot’s, made them symmetrical by scanning them into the computer and mirroring them, then with those series of inkblot’s I made my own Inkblot Test and emailed it to everybody in the Shadow Studio. From that there were a few common answers, but most were highly different and didn’t know what to conclude from that result. So I decided then that I needed to put some design into the inkblot’s; by adding X’s to 5 pages with a certain outline or design I created 5 new inkblots. With those, using acetate sheets, I projected onto the body for the first time, wasn’t as great a success as I’d hoped it would be. I think because most of the new inkblots weren’t representing anything, they were even less designed than the first lot, which was the opposite result to my intention.

Artist Influences and Development:

After second guessing myself, I moved on and researched a designer that had done a series of designed inkblots before, her name is Suzanne Anker; she did a series of Inkblot’s based from MRI scans of the brain, which made her end up with a series of Butterfly-like shapes. From this I realised that my inkblots didn’t mean anything because they weren’t based around anything in particular, it was just ink on a page really. So I decided then to start basing the inkblots around the body – researching a few images off Google and then taking images of my own and turning those posed images into symmetrical inkblots. From there I realised that I needed to keep the inkblots within a certain area – that’s when I came up with the Boundary Figure; a common female figure drawing, with a series of lines (points of interests) and boxes around her (boundary area). I then put the new inkblots into the boundary area on the figure to see how it would be displayed projected onto the body and there was success! I was quite surprised how much more appealing the inkblot’s appeared within the boundary. And from there I put all the working inkblot’s into the boundary figure, printed them out and then decided that if I was to make the projection/inkblot/design perfect that I would need to start sketching on an overlay to get the right shape/silhouette. I altered 5 designs and designed a new inkblot off the body from scratch; then digitized them and altered them further in illustrator until they were designed the way I wanted them to be. From then I did my last projections onto the body which singled out certain flawed designs and decided my final designs.

Outcomes –
My 3 outcomes are the projections themselves of my 3 final designs. With those 3 designs I am having a set of cards for each panel member and a few other assessment viewers to fill out, on the back is a pattern made with an inkblot design, mimicking a Tarot Card pattern, and on the front is a small version of the inkblot projected, and while they’re viewing it there is section on the card for them to write/draw – there are no right answers. There will also be 2 posters, one will be of a Projector and another of an inkblot; both symbolizing the development through the semester and the 2 key features of my concept.

Presentation –
Displaying “designed Shadow garments” using projection and a model.

Monday, June 28, 2010

..Week 16 - Poster Development..

Okay so I've started developing my posters and getting everything finalised. Cards were done first because I considered them to be of high priority, I feel more confident putting together a poster/designing a poster over designing cards for the panel to interact with. So I started with my posters verbally, coming up with questions relating to my posters as well as new possible questions I could be using in my speech (which I am still yet to write).

So here are the new questions I started with - also realising at this point that I should come up with a final equation to present as my final equation at the end of the project, sort of resembling a conclusion I'd say.

QUESTIONS:

- Do you have to feel dressed to be dressed?

- Can you just know you’re dressed?

- Does someone have to tell you you’re dressed to feel so?

- Can a projection make you feel dressed?

- Does knowing that you’re covered make you feel dressed?

- Are projections about feeling dressed or knowing you are?

- Does a projection of a garment count as wearing clothes?

- Does a garment shadow count as being clothed?

- Are being clothed and being dressed two different things?

- Can something other than fabric make you feel dressed?

- Can garments be in the form of a shadow?

- If you can’t see the clothes can you feel dressed still?

- What are the posters being used to say?

- Are they to show progress through the semester?

- Are they to show key images, words, and designs?

- Should the inkblots be on the posters abstractly?

- Should there be any words on the posters?

- Should the visual aspect be all that there is?

- Would I use these posters in my presentation?

- Could they be a series of visual representations of my work?

- Could they be abstract representations of my three designs?

- Should there be abstract text laid on top of the images to demonstrate a certain message or point?

- Should there be certain colour effects on the posters?

- What is the sole purpose of the posters?

- What am I trying to visually communicate?

- The final outcome?

- Or series of development – what I’ve done all semester, what is most relevant?

- Should I go through my folio and see what pops out?

- If words were on the poster, what would be said?


The bold question was the one that stood out to me and said the most I thought - that is one that I'll add to my few final questions. The Italic questions were just possible usable ones - key questions but not neccessarily final questions I guess you'd say. Asking myself these questions really helped me realise what it was about the poster that I wanted to explore and demonstrate in panel.

The two things I came up with were PROJECTOR and INKBLOT - the two key points of my concept. They are the two tools I used to demonstrate my idea of Perception in Fashion. So I started by taking photo's of the projector I'd been using and then edited that simply on Photoshop. Then by choosing an inbklot that was visually appealing or held some significance in my development throughout the semester I was able to crop that and come up with a poster that was visually appealing and relevant.

POSTER 1:
(Projector Option 1)

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POSTER 2:
(Projector Option 2)

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POSTER 3:
(Projector Option 3)

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POSTER 4:
(Inkblot Poster Design)

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I am quite pleased with the Inkblot Poster - I am still undecided however on the Projector Posters, not sure which one I will choose (only aiming to have 2 posters in total). If anyone could give me feedback that'd be great! But until then I will just be walking away from the computer and coming back with fresh eyes to decide which poster in a few hours. Think my progress this week has been quite good, I always enjoy the accutremonte's that go with either a collection, outfit, range, or in this case, certain projections. - I love the visual communication design that I can put with my projections and collections in general.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

..Week 16 - Final Designs and Cards..

So thought I'd post up my final designs and cards up now seeing as I just finalised them and I'm pretty excited that after so many weeks they are finally all complete!

FINAL DESIGNS:

DESIGN 1 -

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DESIGN 2 -

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DESIGN 3 -

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FINAL CARDS:

CARD 1 -

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CARD 2 -

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CARD 3 -

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CARD BACK -

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I am very pleased with the way they've all come together and ended up in the end.

From here it's poster development!

..Week 16 - Final Projections..

So.....Holly helped me out Thursday by being my model and I did my projecting onto the body using my Final Inkblot Design's. Overall I think the results were amazing - I was quite surprised that they actually worked 'cause usually most of my ideas when put into practice have serious flaws. But I feel as though the Inkblot's that I took through different processes really worked.

FINAL PROJECTIONS:
(designed inkblots)

INKBLOT 1:

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I really thought this inkblot design worked well - a definite possible final projection for assessment. What I would change (if you can see it in the images) is the curve at the top of the design where it hits the chin, the curve for the chin made it difficult to project in the right position - otherwise I thought the rest was great :)

INKBLOT 2:

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The last image (above) shows just how spot on the inkblot is with the body - however I don't think I'll use this one as a final projection. Just not feeling this one as much as some of the others.

INKBLOT 3:

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I was a bit disappointed with this design - I really thought I would use this as a final, but it didn't sit well enough on the body when projected and appeared too simple I thought.

INKBLOT 4:

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This design is another possible final projection for assessment - I really loved the way it turned out and how this design and design 1 go outside the boundaries of the shape of the body. They go outside the shoulders, arms, hips and waist.

INKBLOT 5:

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I thought this design really sat well on the body - the shape was great and the black and white balance was quite good. I was really intrigued also by the way that the shirt crinkled when Holly put her hands on her hips - added another dimension to the inkblot projection I thought. Definite final projection possibility with this one.

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I thought this design was possibly too revealing for the type of concept I was going for.

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Really loved this design - thought it gave Holly a great silhouette and added extra features; such as what looked like shoulder pads, and covering the chest. Another definite final projection possibility.

WHERE TO FROM HERE?..

As to where I go from here I will be putting these images in my folio - then I will be working further on my cards and finalising those ideas, as well as completing another Proposal to post up on here and use as my assessment presentation plan. I might possibly also do either a powerpoint - or use the acetate sheets that I'm using for the projections, but using them as a way to show past research and workshop results, etc etc in assessment as opposed to going digital, sticking to simple projections for the whole presentation.

I still need to complete posters also and get somebody to model for me and deciding what they will be wearing and seeing whether the projector on Level 10 works and moving that into the assessment room for Thursday, or making sure I have a back up plan for that. I will also possibly need a drop sheet so the background is white that I'm projecting onto..

Other then that there'll just be final printing, cutting, pasting, binding of the folio and getting everything packed for assessment day I think once everything is finalised.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

..Week 16 - Card Development..

Alright, well I've been working on my cards first before my Posters because I believe my cards are more integral to my final presentation at assessment than the Posters. The posters are more visual aid and to backup and express the concept further. The cards are for the holder to use to write down what they see in the projections and to look at - a reminder of the presentation.

With what is written on the cards, there will be no right or wrong answer. Because what I see or "put" into each "designed" inkblot is not the sole answer for the inkblot; anyone else's perception is welcome and praised. For each inkblot there could be over 5 different right answers - so to have a certain answer to go with my cards and projections would be pushing aside the whole concept I've worked with which is Perception.

Here is what I've been working on with the cards - I've really been focusing on the back detail; should I have a pattern? What should that pattern look like? Which inkblot should I use in repetition or as the unifying symbol for the cards? Should it be made abstract and over scaled? Should I throw it into Photoshop and tamper with effects to do with colours and shapes? etc. etc.

So here's what I've done so far solely on Illustrator - I'm quite happy with the results so far:

CARDS:

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(This will be the default layout for the writing side of the card)

DESIGN 1:
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(This inkblot was chosen simply because it had such interesting angles, features and good colour/shade)

DESIGN 2:

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DESIGN 3:

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DESIGN 4:

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DESIGN 5:

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(Playing with the opacity of the black and white really interested me - Design 4 has some interesting features, but I'm just not sure where I've seen a similar pattern before)

From this development I think I will further look into how I can use effects to alter the perception of the image/pattern - and deciding only a couple to explore further. From there this will help with deciding how I will tackle the layout and concept of the posters - what message am I trying to send with them? What is their purpose in regards to the projections and my presentation? Should they relate strongly to my folio and development, or to the final result of my cards?

Monday, June 21, 2010

..Week 15 - Altering Designed Blots..

So I have proceeded further with altering my inkblots. This time it was digital - altering certain design lines and adding in more negative space to create a better visual experience. These alterations were all done through Illustrator and I quite enjoyed staring at the pieces and trying a few different things; now it's simply about picking which ones work best and then projecting those in a couple of days onto the body - I have decided I will use my Boundary Figure to dictate where the projector should be; using that with a model, letting the outlines of my figure outline the model's body and then the inkblot will be displayed as intended.

Scale could possibly be tweaked after projecting this week onto the body. Here are the alterations I did. The only inkblot I didn't respond to was number 4 in the last Blog - the shape just didn't work visually at all I thought; the rest I altered though and this is what resulted:

DESIGNED BLOTS ALTERED:

DESIGNED BLOT 1 -

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(Slight differences between the two images)

DESIGNED BLOT 2 -

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(Testing negative space)

DESIGNED BLOT 3 -

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(Using stitching detail to evoke a certain visual experience)

DESIGNED BLOT 4 -

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(Testing negative space again, creating a certain effect)

DESIGNED BLOT 5 -

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(Experimenting with pattern, light and shade, repetition and adding details)

From here I will be taking the pieces off the figure and then projecting onto the body. I'm hoping for a very positive result and I think from the symmetrical and calculated scale against the body it should work perfectly and create the right effect.

..Week 15 - Designed Inkblots..

Okay so from last week's work I sat down and looked at the inkblot's in my book and from there I decided I would print out the Boundary Figure and use certain details from different inkblot's to then alter and "design" new, refined inkblot's. Designing the inkblots using the previous process of placing certain areas for the ink to lay on the paper to then be moved around was quite difficult to control - and by sketching and altering certain details by tracing over already made inkblots from photos, I could control what details were taken and give a more refined feel to the inkblots.

I feel as though I ended up with some great results and such interesting silhouette's that if these pieces were actually garments they would be quite off the wall, fashionable and highly conceptual. But the positive side to this altering and sketching of the inkblots within the boundary I created was that they ARE workable as garments and I can see certain elements in the pieces, and I hope that others can see those characteristics as well at Panel.

So this is what I digitized on Illustrator and created by sketching and then tracing on Illustrator to get a more refined and symmetrical shape.

DESIGNED INKBLOTS:
(without boundary figure)

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What Do You See?

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What Do You See?

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What Do You See?

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What Do You See?

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What Do You See?

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What Do You See?

DESIGNED INKBLOTS:
(boundary figure examples)

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What Do You See?

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What Do You See?

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What Do You See?

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What Do You See?

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What Do You See?

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What Do You See?

I'm not going to explain what I see - I'll leave that to annotating in my folio. But some examples would be that I see different styles of clothing and different garments in places. From here I will get somebody to model or just get myself to do it with help from someone else to capture the moment - what I will be capturing will be new projections, and getting that design exactly right, especially the scale of the inkblot and placement of the projector so I'm ready for assessment.

The projections will take place sometime later this week; then from there I will be designing my cards and visual material ie. Posters - and then deciding how I will present those, ie. how big the posters and cards will be and what will go with them, how they will be presented (pinning on a pinboard vs. putting them on stands) and with the cards, if they will have instructions with them and what they will say, what will they be wrapped in.