Entry 016: Tutorial Reflection

First tutorial of the new year: 

The agenda for this tutorial's meeting included discussing the progression of my project, and in particularly discussing the 3d paper explorations and drawings that I had continued to work on and how to move forward from these. 

My aims for progress before the next tutorial include: 

 Tutorial Feedback Sheet

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  • Much more experimenting and sampling! Both myself, and Debbie felt that it may to time to start moving away from paper and begin working with fabrics and materials to move the project forward. Lots of exciting experiments into moulding techniques, sculpting, shaping, pleating and folding etc are needed alongside the usual embroidery and embellishment sampling! Essentially, I just need to try all of the shapes I've tried with paper, but with fabric and overcome how a variety of different fabrics and materials are going to work and how I will tackle this (not just on leather!); I've had a tendency in the past to work solely with leather, as I've felt it provides me with a material outlet that allows me to do very similar things to my paper experiments; but I think it will be really interesting to explore what would happen if I worked with a chiffon for example? And overcome how these different material properties with create different challenges but also different textures, surfaces and moods. So my aim is to work with a really broad variety of fabric types/ weights and bring a different dimension to my work and move it further away from what I have previously done. 
  • Explore Origami! There are quite a few references to origami within my images and objects in my workspace/ wall, and there is also an obvious connection to origami due to the Japanese influence within my project, but its something that I've yet to explore properly. This is definitely an element that needs more research and exploration in the coming weeks within both paper and materials trials.  
  • Much more market research! This is something that I've been quite concerned about and felt that I am quite behind on. Debbie felt that this may be because I am trying to be too specific. Within my research I have been trying to find companies that are really similar to my own in terms of price point/ style and product range etc and I think this has been really holding my research back and created a lot of limitations. Debbie has suggested that I be much more open minded with this and gather a much broader range of research for example, not just jewellery, but within fashion and accessories too and both high and low end and everything in the middle. This will help to really get a sense of the whole market and everything that is out there! I have a market research trip to London planned where I am hoping to visit Selfridges, Liberty, Fenwicks, Harvery Nicks etc and hopefully some smaller boutique style shops as well. I really think getting out there and seeing things up close will be really helpful and I'm hoping this trip will really help to move my market research along. My plan is to take images and gather notes on everything that inspires me for whatever reason. It will also be good to gather embroidery and embellishment technique inspiration and see examples of scale, materials and mood. 
  • I also have a lot of 'cascading', falling elements within my imagery and drawings, but again this is something that I'm yet to explore properly. The idea of a concept on 'Gravity' was something that I discussed with Kath at the last presentation, so its definitely something I want to incorporate if I can; I can imagine my final pieces and exhibition space incorporating a lot of falling threads and cascading elements. Debbie suggested that I explore this through fringing/ tasseling and twisting/ knotting yarns and twines. I'd also like to explore this through digital embroidery onto dissolvable fabrics. I'd like to try embroidering some similar shapes to the paper cut ribbon like lines I've included in a lot of my drawings. 
  • Finally and most importantly! I am going to start working on a mannequin! This is something that was a bit out of my comfort zone as I have not worked on a mannequin before. But after just a short trial, pinning some of my paper pieces onto the mannequin I totally fell in love with the process and instantly saw the benefit it would make to my project and work. As a jewellery designer coming from a textile designer background, its a really good process to go through to move textile samples on from being flat square swatches into 3d pieces on the body. I think it is going to help bridge the gap between the textile and fashion elements of my work. So my main aim certainly for the next week is to keep playing and building lots of different 3d compositions, using both my paper and fabric experiments. Whilst doing this i will be considering, scale, composition and placement.
  • Ive included a few images below of my first trial just after this tutorial and I think it has instantly moved my project forward and will hopefully help other to see the direction I'm going in and how my 3d embroidered/ embellished pieces will work. I am going to document this process and save all the images as examples of visualisations.  
 Description:   Pinned straight onto the mannequin, most of this composition is made up of  hand cut/ hand sculpted individual paper elements. The central part of this design is a fabric sample I stitched on black chiffon. The 3d circular elements have beaded centres. I could imagine this piece becoming a stand alone, shoulder accessory design that can be removed/ placed on and off the body and could sort of drape over the shoulder, counterbalanced to keep it in place. There would be obvious logistically elements to consider in the making of this but I love the idea!   

Description: 

Pinned straight onto the mannequin, most of this composition is made up of  hand cut/ hand sculpted individual paper elements. The central part of this design is a fabric sample I stitched on black chiffon. The 3d circular elements have beaded centres. I could imagine this piece becoming a stand alone, shoulder accessory design that can be removed/ placed on and off the body and could sort of drape over the shoulder, counterbalanced to keep it in place. There would be obvious logistically elements to consider in the making of this but I love the idea!