Light Project - Ideas
After taking a series of photographs to represent light in different ways, I have decided to focus on looking at light in terms of religious enlightenment. I found the religious imagery particularly inspiring due to the gothic architecture and the rich colours. This idea will also link in with this seasons trends which were heavily inspired by the Church and make use of these colours and religious imagery, combined with heavy embellishment.
I have also looked at a range of ”light” fabrics - light in weight as opposed to colour; lace, silk, organza, netting, georgette, to name a few. I feel that these fabrics, in terms of dressmaking, lend themselves to lingerie. I can combine these fabrics with heavy embellishments, perhaps beads, and use colours and shapes inspired by my research.
Artist Statement: First Draft
Ever since I can remember, music has always been a huge part of my life. It has influenced me both artistically, and in the way I dress, so it was only natural for me to take a strong interest in alternative fashion, which is often inspired by music. Through my work, I aim to bridge the gap between music and fashion, taking inspiration from past trends and bringing them up to date by putting my own take on them.
Along side fashion, I also am interested in the art of tattooing and am currently completing a tattoo apprenticeship in my free time. I am particularly interested in portraiture, and have been exploring both colour and black and grey pieces, as this is the area of tattooing which I intend to persue. Also, I am often inspired by Old School work, particularly pieces with a nautical theme, and more recent styles, such as dotwork and heavily lined, illustrative pieces.
In my most recent fashion work, I have been exploring High Fashion vs. D.I.Y Street Style. and have been looking at ways in which I can combine the two. This led me to design and make a very Vivienne Westwood-style tartan blazer with a very old-school, d.i.y. punk feel.
At present, I am trying to build up a strong portfolio of my textiles work, showing both the key points of the design process along with final garments. After completing my diploma, I aspire to set up a small clothing company influenced by my love of music and vintage fashion, perhaps resulting in a very psychobilly style.
Ghada Amer is a textiles artist well known for her erotic embroideries, using the delicacy of needle and thread to depict explicit sexual imagery. She believes that women should like their bodies, and use them as tools of seduction. She rejects laws set in place to govern women’s attitudes towards their bodies and the first-wave feminist theory that the body must be denied to prevent victimisation and tries to depict this within her work.
Mark Jenkins is an American artist known for his sculptures made from clear packing tape. These are often made as street installations as he likes to use ”the street as a stage” and makes his sculptures so that they interact with the environment around them.
I find his work very beautiful, especially those displayed on/nearby water. I particularly like the way that the tape is translucent, so allows the light to pass through, as well as allowing you to glimpse what is behind the sculpture itself - the effect is almost like glass or crystal. I could experiment with using tape as an alternative for fabric within my fashion work, perhaps showcasing it’s sheer and reflective properties.
So, I was told to research this designer, but couldn’t find much information about him at all. From what I can gather, he creates unconventional light fittings such as the Voodoo Light, which is operated by inserting/removing a pin from the lightshade.
Helen Van Rees is a Dutch fashion designer who is known for her collections characterized by a handmade tweed fabric, inspired by that used by Chanel. This fabric is hand-woven, and the construction of it is evident - it almost doesn’t look like a fabric of all, instead just a web of thread that has been spun over the body. Her work is often three dimensional, with a very contemporary feel. She combined fabrics such as pvc and silk with her woven tweed, and creates garments with a very 1920’s, straight cut silhouette.
I like the innovative way in which she has combined classic styles with such a contemporary feel, and how she has experimented with making fabric by hand.
Judging by the two designers so far, I have a funny feeling that this project is going to be about recycled fashion. Oh the joys..
Though, maybe instead of making something from recycled materials, I could take a different approach towards this altogether - vintage repro. I could look back into vintage fashion, and recreate something as traditionally as I can - essentially recycling trends and silhouettes, as opposed to the actual materials. Hmm..
Martin Margiela surfaced in 1989 with a collection which turned heads in the fashion world. He had been challenging the boundaries of what could be classed as ‘luxury’ and released a collection using grunge and destructive techniques in a very clever, stylish way. In 2006, he released a collection of trouser suits made from 1970’s upholstery fabrics, using car seatbelts to nip in the waist. He is well known for working with recycled and unconventional materials, for example his tops/dresses made from patchworked leather gloves (shown above) and a collection of jewellery made from coloured ice, which dyed the clothes as it melted.
I, personally, really like the idea of recycling vintage garments/accessories into something different altogether, and have made things from recycled clothes in the past. I could put my own take on this, and instead of using vintage garments, experiment with vintage fabrics and accessories.
Ma Ke is a textiles designer working in China today. Graduating from the Suzhou Institute of Silk Textile Technology, Wuyong is interested in combining fashion and contemporary art to create her own unique collections.
She created a collection entitled Wuyong (useless) to try and portray the concept of what is seen as useless by one person may not be to the next. Within this, she took discarded items such as old sheets and tarpaulins, often covered in paint, and turned them into dresses and other such garments. What was once seen as a useless, dirty item was now transformed into something beautiful, the cracked paint and other such things used as embellishment to add pattern and fine detail to her garments. First shown at Paris Fashion Week, this concept collection attracted much attention from both the fashion and the art world.
This was also showcased at the V&A Museum in London and can be viewed here . The collection was not viewed in a conventional catwalk style, instead the models, who were all deathly pale, were stood on cubes of light in a darkened room. This, and the spotlights above, cast strong shadows across the all white/cream collection, and this contrast against the black room was striking. This goes to show that the way that collections are viewed are of equal importance to the garments themselves; I really like photographing my pieces against a black background, and perhaps in this project could experiment with lighting effects, and casting shadows to display the contours of my pieces.
Light: Initial Ideas
- Light materials, e.g netting, organza, silk, lace, cotton, satin, nylon.
- Fire, the sun, light bulbs, candles, sources of light, etc. and shadows/contrasts.
- light in terms of weight, e.g. ”as light as a feather.”
- Light colours - pastels, yellows, pinks, whites, blues, lilacs
- Light mood, as in happiness, optimism
- Spectrum of colour, rainbows not just white light
- Light music, e.g acoustic as opposed to metal
- Daylight, natural sunlight.
- Light-hearted, not serious, to be taken lightly
- Weightless, floating
- To see the light, a realisation
May add to this as more ideas come over the course of the project, not feeling very inspired tonight at all and all motivation has gone.