Entry 017: Mannequin Explorations

Continuing on from my last post, I have carried on working on the mannequin, creating and building a few different 3d compositions on the body using a mixture of paper and fabric elements. I am really enjoying the freedom of the process and i've found it really exiting watching my drawings come to life on a form. I feel I can really begin to see what my pieces could become as 3 dimensional jewellery and accessory pieces or even as an embroidery/embellishment placements on a garment. All these trials were done really spontaneously straight on to the mannequin with no previous decisions about what they would become. This has been such a liberating process for my and for the progression of my work, so at this stage I really just want to carry on playing and enjoying the process; but I think it will be important in future, to start thinking about the logistics of how I would actually be able to make these pieces, and whether or not they would be stitched onto a garment as an embroidery composition or whether they will be stand alone accessory pieces that can be removed (which is what I would prefer/ what I want to create!) As before I've documented this process with images/videos and also some brief descriptions about what that are made up from and what I see them becoming. I think these are really great visualisations, and to me they feel as informative as fashion illustrations.

It may also be worth considering in the future, tying some of my ideas onto a base colour, e.g perhaps draping some fabric on the mannequin first, just to explore colour balance and variation. 

Trial 2:

 Description:   I imagined this idea as some kind of oversized 3d brooch. I also explored the idea of the cascading elements on the body, just in paper this time, but next time I think I need to explore this in fabric and how they would hang rather than pinned down adhering to the body. These elements are all hand cut/ hand sculpted paper pieces. 

Description: 

I imagined this idea as some kind of oversized 3d brooch. I also explored the idea of the cascading elements on the body, just in paper this time, but next time I think I need to explore this in fabric and how they would hang rather than pinned down adhering to the body. These elements are all hand cut/ hand sculpted paper pieces.