This blog features the 2013-2014 DYFashion participants hard at work developing their technical skills and building their design sensibility. We will be using this blog not only to record the goings on in our class, but to explore the kind of posts and information we can share through a portfolio blog.
GATHERING OUR SUPPLIES: We headed down to Prime Fabrics in midtown to collect our supplies for the final project. After a lot of discussing on stereotypes and gender stereotypes, we asked ourselves, how do designers LIBERATE? How can designers change the conversation about gender stereotypes? By using FABRIC, FIT, DRAPE, COLOR, AND TEXTURE we will create individual statements that challenge gender norms and raise questions about gender inequality.
We’ve been sketching ideas to reflect what we want to say about ourselves and stereotypes. When making a statement, designers think about their materials, specifically the fabric they use. We wanted to create a prototype statement piece with two opposing fabrics and text. To learn about constructing a garment with two fabrics, we created a small, clean finish bag. Each bag had to juxtapose two fabrics like silk vs. wool, pattern vs. solid. These opposing fabrics represent contrasting ideas. To incorporate text, we used iron on transfer paper. On the outside of the bag we showed our “I AM ______” statement. On the inside of the bag, we completed the statement with “BUT I AM NOT _________.”
DESIGNERS THINK! We are thinking about stereotypes and how designers use their work to fight back against stereotyping. We want to show who we are with our designs, so we began to brainstorm and reflect on how others define us & how we define ourselves. We created statements about ourselves using this structure: I AM _________, BUT I AM NOT _________.
I loved learning about patterns! Here is the one strap paper shirt I did with Vivian Michelle and the drawings that I did to go with it. I wonder how it will look when I make it for real!
A day of reflecting on the power of fashion yields a conversation about youth and fashion in relation to Trayvon Martin’s death. We brainstormed words we associate with the hoodie: lazy, cozy, street, shelter. During this brainstorm we addressed the circumstances around Trayvon Martin’s death, what we knew or had questions about, and how we felt his clothing played a role in the event.
To talk about what we discovered, we looked at embroidery. Embroidery is often used to display meaningful words or statements. Because embroidery takes time to do, it often associated with a grab sense of care. Each student chose a word from our brainstorm and embroidered it onto a piece of fabric. We asked ourselves how embroidery, the technique, changed the feel or meaning of the word they chose.
Melvin’s embroidered response to what fashion can “say”: LOVE. In response to what embroidery adds to the message, Melvin posts: To express how you feel or match your personality.
WHAT IS THE POWER OF FASHION?
Participants are exploring the way fashion affects us. How does fashion have the power to express? control? resist? empower? connect?
We looked at images of garments that convey meaning with: TEXT, LOGOS AND IMAGES. What can a garment express with just it’s structure (how it’s made), it’s materials (what it’s made of), or it’s associations (where we see it worn)?
At DreamYard we like to show what we know at Sharings! Here we are sharing our sewing skills with the photo video and Beatyard participants. Great work teaching your fellow participants and Art Center Staff how to make circle scarves!
Croquis Day! Here we are developing ideas using croquis, collage, markers, colored pencils. So many cool looks! Can’t wait to see what we choose to make!
I created both a copy and a avant gaurde which is extra something no one will wear. The mood I want to express with these two designs is something crazy and out the box.
On Croquis Drawing Day we explored ways to create looks using:
- Croquis - a template for drafting and designing garments
- Collage -
- Colored Pencil -
- Marker -
Here’s Gyisalin’s post where first she chose to use the croquis to “copy” and existing garment (style on the right). In her second use of the croquis, she used collage to create an avant garde look (style on the left). In both, the croquis helped her keep the general design in proportion. The collage elements helped bring mood and expression to the drawings through their exaggerated scale. Exciting!