IDEAS FACTORY JOURNAL
Today we did an english language task which involved writing about our favourite two subjects, a mini essay fro both on why we wanted to study and develop our skills in that area.
After this our tutor made us do an exercise in which we would use the research we had done they day before in the library and from that create 30 ideas in a spider diagram in a half hour. At first this task seemed father simple and easy, but after the 5th idea I was starting to feel challenged, I felt myself looking deeper and deeper into my research to find another pathway I hadn't yet seen to find an idea that I could develop into a final outcome. I really enjoyed how much this opened up my mind to new and crazy ideas not necessarily in the field of fashion and textiles, but some even involving photography or 3D design.
We were then told to narrow down our ideas to a final 3 and then turn to the person next to us, pitch our idea and let them pick the best one. My partner luckily chose the idea I also thought was best: the idea was of a series of collages made from my own family photographs, making unknown faces from known faces, scratching out aspects and combining techniques, of cut, scrunching, distortion and layering. This idea was inspired by Liz Nilsson and her use of memory.
My partner’s ideas was of a clock that had family messages embroidered onto it focusing on the usage of memory in Nilsson’s work also. So when we were told that we were to combine our ideas and make a model of our final outcome the two ideas meshed quite nicely. Our final outcome was a series of cloaks that went from short to long creating a layered effect, the cloaks would all be printed with family photos with family messages written over them and all the faces scratched out. The idea was for the clock to be slowly removed and layer by layer the images would start to fade and the fabric would become lighter, more sheer and ripped. The last layer would be completely see though as you have been stripped of all family ties and everything that makes you who you are. We made a model as can be shown below to explain our idea in a 3D form.
Today I just continued developing and researching designers and artists for our idea, placing all of the research and ideas into my sketchbook as well as images of the model we made.
I was particularly interested in the work of Chuck Close who painted portraits of his friends and family, making monumental and classical works that are both bold in their simplicity as well as intangible since the images always appear as if they have been viewed through thick glass or are rippling on the surface of water.
Today was the last day of the ideas factory so we spent the morning in our pairs creating a presentation that we would then show to our table that explains the initial process of our idea and how it has developed into what it is now.
We decided to create a full size drawing of the garment taking images from magazines to symbolise the family hoots and write family messages and letters over them. We wrote the design process and development of our thoughts and ideas around this and presented it to the group.
It was so interesting to see how no one had gone in even a remotely similar direction and that each idea was completely and utterly unique in both its initial idea and final outcome.