PUBLIC ART PROJECT
I found this project incredible challenging. It is not that i lacked inspiration or struggled to draw from the public art that i went to see but more creating a structural and 3 dimensional fashion piece at the end of it. I am a designer who very much likes to create clean cut and simple pieces and focus more on print or texture as the focus point. However, after much trial and error i finally created a structural piece that portrayed my theme and inspiration that i was incredibly pleased with. this project really pushed me out of my comfort zone and into the mind of an actual designer, who may not always like the brief that has been set to me.
Thomas Alexander Heatherwick, is an English designer and the founder of London-based design practice Heatherwick Studio. Since the late 1990s Heatherwick has emerged as one of Britain’s most gifted and imaginative designers. His innovative approach to design has earned him a reputation as an "ideas engine"
I found Heatherwick's piece the most striking and interesting of the three, this was mainly because of the large triangular cut outs in the sculpture. I have always been intrigued by geometric and clean cut shapes so as soon as i saw this i knew it would be the one i would choose as a starting point for my project.
I drew a lot of inspiration from these triangular cut outs when looking at them i immediately thought of shard of glass and rock mixed together. completely moving away from the angelic shape it is meant to embody, i turned instead to very sharp thin lines in my drawings all of them ending up very sharp and harsh.
i began looking at shards of glass and precious rocks, i was drawn to the different colours that can be seen within them. mainly purples and blues. This led me to amethyst where my work has now focused on and developed massively. i was again attracted to the triangular prism like shapes which were also present in the angel wings sculpture.
Graduate at Central St Martins who focused her collection on feminism and "how girls are just preforming and becoming an image, and not really existing in reality. Everything is messed up for girls."
This Central St Martins graduate created tiny printed acetate wedges and worked them into a grid of plastic tabs, which mould into the wearer's head. This look was drawn from Philip Glass's opera, Einstein on the Beach.
With the theme Lucid Dreams this seems like an ideal brief for the young designer, whose work is surreal, “a world in which the simple will seem complicated and order turns to chaos,” according to her website. She says that ‘Atmospheric Reentry’ was designed with a desire to create hats that “blurred boundaries to their surrounding environment,” and was also greatly influenced by the Philip Glass opera Einstein on the Beach, originally directed by Robert Wilson. Having seen a reproduction of the performance at the Barbican Centre in 2012, she admits that it became “a huge inspiration to the collection” – fascinated by its futuristic imagery and sounds, she decided to translate it through her designs.