My final year of Textiles

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Last week when I had dinner with a group of friends it occurred to me that I really do miss textiles and I often wonder why I don’t make time to sew up another garment. Oh that’s right, I love designing but I’m not much of a seamstress. In fact, I suck at it and don’t have the patience for it. One of my friends pulled apart her year 12 dress and made a whole new one out of it whilst my other friend is getting back into sewing by making patterns and blogging about it. It was nice to hear all of this which got me inspired.

Last year someone told me they thought my art would make good connections with the fashion industry and it made me think of how I could take my art to the next level. Also, undertaking last semester’s Ideation for the Object/Jewellery Design elective confirmed one thing: Fashion IS wearable art. It pushed my thoughts and perceptions far beyond my imagination and it has now brought me to this crazy idea of integrating my art onto clothes, literally. I’m keen on pursuing this idea as I can’t describe my love for merging art, design and fashion into one big ball of goodness. This will give me a chance to further explore textile and refine my sewing skills.

The last thing I made was a military-inspired trench coat and that was almost 3 years ago when I was completing my VCE. It felt like yesterday when I stayed back at school during the holidays and spent 6 hours working on it in an almost empty classroom. I took advantage of the textiles room every single day in term 3 by coming in during lunch breaks, staying back after school and whatnot…all in desperate need to finish this on time. My textiles teacher was kind enough to let her students in anytime, she’s the best! I loved her also because in my lowest points of making this garment she made me realize there’s always light when there’s darkness; nothing’s hard in life, only you make things hard for yourself. I hated but loved making this trench, boy I seriously couldn’t have made it any harder for myself but it was all worth it. Even if I didn’t get into Top Designs 2012 the journey was still worth it.

In the spirit of throwback Thursday, here are some sketches and photos of my developmental work for the 3-year-old trench. You’ll also notice I added some studs, of course I had to.

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Spike appreciation post

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My love for Burberry introduced me to the world of high-end punk fashion. It’s this kind of fashion that made a huge influence on other designer brands like Louboutin, Valentino and MCM which they all share one particular thing in common: spiked luxury goods. From Burberry’s studded trench coats, Louboutin’s spiked footwear, MCM’s spiked bags to Valentino spiked everything, it’s more than evident this sharp metallic aesthetic will forever be an ongoing trend. What I’m loving about this look is that it’s translating into street fashion thus becoming more colorful and fun yet still maintains that edgy spirit. They say the embellishment is 100% less functional and 100% more fashionable but to me, they’re both. Spikes are dangerous, don’t mess with them.

 

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From a boot to a…bag?

 

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Goodbye Zara boots, it’s time to morph you into a Zara bag. Here’s another post from my Jewellery design / Ideation for the Object class. It’s the only class I like blogging about this semester because we’re given weekly projects that are done in our 3 hour studios and in contrast to that, there isn’t a whole lot happening in my other subjects (only research and folio prep which I’ll post about later). For this shoe project we pretty much had to be surgeon-like and completely disassemble any shoe we had or buy one from a shop. This project came at the perfect time as I was about to throw away these 5 year old pair of Zara boots – the soles were already falling apart and so was the material! Deconstructing this thing was a pain in the butt! That means unpicking all seams, pulling apart metals and anything glued to each other. We then had to create a new object using every part from the shoe. Some people made jewellery out of their shoe but I chose to go with a bag. Using as little resources as possible I only used PVA glue and a stapler to form the construction. It’s not the most picturesque thing, fashion designers would probably be shaking their heads at the transformation but hey, for the sake of this project I tried!

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A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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