Friday, 25 October 2013

Choosing a Research Topic

  • ·         Which research topic am I interested in exploring?

Sustainable materials
  • ·         What is my specialism and role?

I specialise in print. My role is to do a lot of drawing of my subject of choice and then translate them into designs to take into the print workshop to create samples using a series of techniques.
  • ·         What context?

Commercial design
  • ·         What methods have been used?

In regards to sustainable materials, I am not personally aware of any sustainable printing methods.
  • ·         What methods might I use?

I could investigate into dyes that use non-toxic elements, eco-friendly dye methods to minimise the waste of water and finishings that will make prints last longer.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Workplaces of the Future

The future is something we spend a lot of time thinking about, but what will the workplace be like?

* What will work be like in 2030?

Hopefully the the recession will finally be over and businesses will flourish!
* How old will you be?
* Where will you be working?
Hopefully I will have reached my goal and be able to have a Tea Shop and have successfully launched my line Ink on Sakura.
* Who will you be working with?
Mehmoona! Or any other employees
* How do you think you time will be occupied?
By making cakes, brewing tea, designing and sewing and drawing.
* What do you think your daily routine might involve?
Bed at 4am, up at 12pm! I'll probably start the day by decorating cakes to take out and then working until 5pm followed by going home and doing homey things for 3 days a week and working half day for the other two and spending the rest of the day at home sewing/ drawing.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Grayson Perry: Democracy Has Bad Taste

Well good job I have good taste then! ;)

For this particular lecture, Perry was wearing a t-shirt by a Chinese student from Central St Martins, orange 'flatforms' (comfy flats with a 4 inch platform) and 'sea green' tights!
Flatforms is now a thing! To fellow Rufflebutts and I, this is totally the 'normal' person's version of Rocking Horse Shoes (except they probably don't rock).

  • Anyone can enjoy art! (even a Essex Transvestite and this Rufflebutt!)
  • It's hard to judge art
  • 'What is beauty?' - it's constructed by things we're familiar with and influences.
  • Victorian narrative painting - once seemed 'kooky' but then it became popular... (Does something you like becoming popular put you off it?)
  • The Venetian Secret - formula for painting perfect beautiful painting
  • 21st Century Venetian Secret = mathematical formula! 
  • Half decent, non-offensive idea x no. studio assistants ÷ ambitious art dealer
  • 'Art will always be tied to money'
  • 'Validation' - different categories. The big collectors, art dealers, the public
  • Being serious is important
So while I'm not Grayson Perry' biggest fan and I am still suffering *'Loli Shock' from my A-level days where my art teacher compared Lolita fashion to Perry's dresses, I would LOVE to dress him up!
I also find his views on validation interesting. As an artist/ designer I have never thought about it that way. I am happy as long as I sell and profit. I don't need to be validated, I don't need mass numbers to appreciate and like me and my work (if they don't, I would consider that I'm too fabulous, they have bad taste or maybe even both!). However, my target audience is more specific so I've not really ever thought about it like that.
But I do enjoy the new terminology - 'Flatforms'

* Loli Shock = a shocked Lolita

Thursday, 10 October 2013

The Future of Textiles

Today our adventure takes us to the Textile Futures Research Centre (the website, obviously)
The Textile Futures Research Centre is a collective of designers and researcher who want work towards using textiles to enable a more sustainable future for generations to come. These researchers and designs are based in London (University of the Arts London and Central St Martins and Chelsea) they explore the possibilities and potential of materials and textiles through three tangents: science and technology, sustainable strategy and well-being and social innovation.

Minimize. A word we use a lot.I personally try to minimize clothes to make them all fit in the tiny entity that is my student accommodation wardrobe (only got my Lolita in there, my 'real clothes' are in a box!!). The volume and mass of clothes are minimized a lot. To get a bigger load in the laundry to save money (guilty) or some you can get more in that tiny hand luggage when going away. But how about minimizing the waste of textiles when making these clothes you end up minimizing?

Design to Minimise Waste on Textile Toolbox looks at the problem of textiles waste.
So as consumers we are wasteful. Out of fashion? Time to toss it aside (or maybe store away in case it comes back into fashion). I personally don't like to waste because money is hard to come by and I try not to buy things I don't need. 
My shopping mantra: 'Will I cry if I can't have this in my life?' if no, I don't buy it.

Now to pre-consumer waste. 15% of material is wasted during pattern cutting. 
David Telfer  shows and example of 'zero-waste fashion design'. This really cleverly integrates pattern cutting so no fabric is wasted when making the garment.

Zero-waste garments by David Telfer, 2010. Photograph by Thomas McQuillan, courtesy of David Telfer
Zero-waste garments by David Telfer, 2010. Photograph by Thomas McQuillan, courtesy of David Telfer.

I love this idea and it's something I would love to try to work with when sewing my own garments (I would love to say that Ink on Sakura produces zero-waste!)
Looking at the pattern I feel it has an Origami feel and works in the way Origami does - creating something from a single piece leaving no waste.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Always Good Taste?

No necessarily...sometimes I have odd taste which isn't conventionally considered to be 'good taste'.
Today marks the 'birth' of Bad Days, Good Taste (yes, I like to believe that is the case most of the time) for things related to my second year of uni and textiles and surface design.
Yes, I'm still here and made it into second year. I'm still holding on! 

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