|Project Action Plan and Timetable|
|Activity / What you are intending to do – including independent study||Resources / What you will need to do it – including access to workshops|
|30/1/17||Introduction to Unit 7 – lecture
Pre proposal preparation
Review of work to date
Create new blog
|Used files from lecture to understand FMP
Used Pinterest for initial starting points
WordPress for blog
|2||13/2/17||Half Term – initial research
Preparation of pitch
|Cirque du Soleil film on Netflix,
Research poems, Shakespeare’s books, try to create storyline for costume theme
|Create PowerPoint as a way to present my ideas.
Feedback from tutors for FMP theme and start to develop on it.
Start proposal using guideline sheet
Experimental fire and ice samples
Vlog of week
|Take out library books, drawing my interpretations of fire and ice, glue gun techniques, using wading to create 3d textiles, dye fabric, sew into plastic, stitch and slash. Vlog to evaluate weekly outcome|
Fire and Ice primary research
Vlog of week
|Looms, warping and weaving workshop with textiles technician, ice cube and clumps, camera, tripod, camera light, Bunsen burner, elements to change colour of Bunsen flame. Vlog to evaluate weekly outcome|
|6||13/3/17||2D Felting workshop
Begin to create designs for costumes
Tutorial with Jamie
Vlog of week
|Workshop in textiles with the textile technician on how to make my own felt. Tutorial to see if Jamie can give me any other artist references and to have a critical evaluation of my work to see where he thinks I am working at. Vlog to evaluate weekly outcome|
Illustration development – faces
Vlog of week
|Create designs for possible final outcomes – using pencils, dyes and fine-liners. Create vanishing fabric samples using words based on love and feud. Try and create my own style for illustrations. Vlog to evaluate weekly outcome|
|8||27/3/17||Further design and illustration development
Begin to consider finalising designs
|Collage photocopies of my samples and use them to create possible costume outcomes. Look at designs and consider possible outcomes. Take designs and photocopy onto acetate to sew them together and develop further.|
|9||3/4/17||Begin to create garment
Festival of Making Garments
Find models for festival of making
|Taking one of the designs using materials to start to create life size version.. Facebook posts, ask friends.|
|Finish weave dress
Design and finish ice garment
Find song for fashion show
|Continuing to weave with dress idea. Create a more structured design for ice dress and then make it. Find a song that has a good beat and rhythm for models in fashion show.|
|Radio interview about festival of making at radio Lancashire
Finish fire cape
Have a through think about exhibition ideas
Book studio for next week
Festival of making fashion show
Rehearsal on the stage
|Interview at radio Lancashire talking about my work and the festival of making. Sew all fire pieces together to form a cape. Decide how I would like to present my work in the exhibition. Book studio for Thursday 11th May. Style garments for fashion show & have rehearsal on stage|
Photoshoot of garments
|Studio space to photograph work with one of the photography students – hand in work|
|15||15/5/17||Hang Exhibition ( prep studio)||Prep studio by clearing space and old work. Put up boards to reshape the room into a better exhibition space. Gum-strip boards and paint all boards white.|
Submit blog link, submission pack ( including authentication form, work plan, proposal, evaluation and bibliography)
|Bring my exhibition ideas to life by trying different ideas of hanging or whether it would look better on a mannequin. Try paper sizes for options of photograph sizes.|
|29/5/17||Spring Bank Holiday
|5/6/17||Assessment Unit 7
|12/6/17||Assessment Unit 7
|19/6/17||Exhibition Private View 21/6/17
An opportunity arose for textiles and fashion where we can show off three garments in a catwalk show, which is going to be filmed by companies like the BBC, as apart of The Festival of Making. I originally decided that I would show off my two animal garments and my fire and ice garment but me and Danielle both agreed that it wouldn’t make a good collection of my work because they are too different from one another; with this in mind I decided that I would create three garments for my final major project, one inspired by fire, one by ice and one of both fire and ice. I sketched out some ideas too see what could work but also what I could deconstruct to reconstruct back into one final garment for my final major project.
My three garments would be –
- Fire: a cape out of chiffon to create a flowing, fire flame effect
- Ice: Digitally printed triangles of my ice photographs
- Fire and Ice: a weave using the colours of fire and ice
After sourcing chiffons from a local shop, Cheapest Fabrics, I began to cut fire flames out of the chiffons so that the cape would be make from fire shaped patterns instead of one piece of material
Moving forward from the ice neckpiece, I began to pin all the different sized triangles onto a mannequin to see the effect it would give off as a dress.
All I really need to do now with this garment is sew them together, I would like to add some other triangle textures using a stronger material to get enhance the effect of ice – I saw something similar on the show Project Runway, season 8 episode 3 (Its a Party) where April Johnston used only materials from a party store where the effect of the garment reminded me of ice.
Fire and Ice Garment
This garment would be a weave on the loom I created out of a choker and a hula hoop.
Shop: Cheapest Fabrics
Fabric Amount: 20 meters of reds, blues and orange chiffons
As apart of my storyline, I would like to connect my characters of fire and ice, just like the characters in Romeo and Juliet connect from the two families feud but also from Romeo and Juliet falling in love. In my first instances I thought that I would want to have the characters completely separate, however, I had a fortunate coincidence where I created a piece of work, from samples, which displays the two elements together, just simply by looking through a cut out to the point where the fire samples meet the ice samples (photo below displays).
Developing on from this I would like to consider the idea of the two ‘families’ connecting together perhaps through feud or perhaps through the love they have for one another.
- The aspect of love;
If I develop my work so that it focus’ on the love the two characters from fire and ice have for each other, I could use my work as a metaphor for their love that they share. I could represent this by weaving textile elements of fire and ice together on a loom, hand-loom or even through mesh.
- The aspect of feud;
If I develop my work so that it focus’ on the word feud, I could use the hatred that the two families have for each other and make my materials clash as a metaphor of this hatred and feud.
- Using both love and feud
By using both love and feud the garment could represent both, for example, the middle of the garment could entwine and weave together to represent the love that the two main characters have for one another, whereas the edges of the garment could represent the feud as they are complete separate and the fabrics could contrast as another way to represent the feud.
Researching the words love and feud – One way could be for me to start by looking in a dictionary to see what the official definition of the words love and feud mean. However, I could, also, ask different people what the words love and feud means to them, and take the descriptions as a medium of creating a garment, which would still be in the style of Bauhaus and Cirque du Soleil. I could use the medium of Facebook to ask my Facebook friends what they think it means to them and I could ask my class peers what they think it means. I would be quite interested in getting a definition of love of people from the people at my dance school as I could video the movement they think represents the word ‘love’ and use this as a way to entwine the fabrics.
|Pathway||Fashion and Texiles|
|Project Title||Fire and Ice|
|Section 1: Review (Approx 150 words)|
|Reflecting upon units 1-6 allows me to reflect on the work that I have produced; I have gained a variety of skills from working across disciplines which has allowed me to develop a new range of skills that I have applied to my garment production, which has led to more sculptured, theatrical costumes. By gaining this higher skill set, I have been able to build upon my confidence which has allowed me to develop and create garments with more detail in a better quality. I have also developed my computer work as I can now edit photos onto other photographs using photoshop, which has allowed me to develop my garment photographs to make it fit into a theatrical setting.|
|Section 2: Project Concept (approx 250 words)|
|I am interested in developing costumes for the theatre and I have been inspired by a poem by Robert Frost called ‘Fire and Ice’, the work of Cirque du Soleil, Bauhaus and Oskar Schlemmer as initial starting points. I will also loosely be taking the story of Romeo and Juliet as a starting point where there are two families are stuck in a feud, and these families are one of Fire and one of Ice. I am interested in the idea of two families who undertake a battle with a love story entwined; this will become the narrative which will begin the development of the costumes. But this leaves me with one question, what will happen after the battle? Perhaps using fire and ice will act as a metaphor when creating my garments.
I intend to use experimental techniques like weaving, melting and felting to produce unusual elements to the garment; an influential artist for felting is Marjolein Dallinga. Photography has also introduced me to the costumes of the Bauhaus ballet and Oskar Schlemmer.
I will explore different ways of portraying the love story and communicating the narrative. The presentation of my work is another key element which I will consider; this could involve the production of a look-book, exhibiting the actual garments but this will depend on where my research takes me
|Section 3: Evaluation (approx 100 words)|
|I intend to continuously evaluate and reflect on all my work and research throughout the project. At regular points, I want to stop and review my progress and whether I am meeting targets and my original intentions. I will gain feedback from my peers using critics and the facebook page, and I will try to respond to their opinions. I intend to gain a range of tutorial feedback from pathway tutors across disciplines. I will produce a final evaluation that will reflect on my whole creative process.|
|Proposed Research Sources and Bibliography (Harvard Format)|
|Cirque du Soleil: Worlds away (2012) Directed by Andrew Adamson USA: .
du Soleil 2017, C. (2017) Discover our shows & tickets online. Available at: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com (Accessed: 18 February 2017).
Oskar Schlemmer biography – Infos – Art Market (no date) Available at: http://www.oskar-schlemmer.com (Accessed: 19 February 2017).
Wolfe, R. (2013) Oskar Schlemmer’s Bauhaus costume parties (1924-1926). Available at: https://thecharnelhouse.org/2013/06/02/oskar-schlemmers-bauhaus-costume-parties-1924-1926/ (Accessed: 19 February 2017).
Mahood, M.M. and Mahood, P.M.M. (1968) Shakespeare’s wordplay. London: Methuen Publishing.
McLeish, K. (1985) Longman guide to Shakespeare’s characters: A who’s who of Shakespeare. Harlow, England: Longman.
Frost, R. (2002) The poetry of Robert Frost: The collected poems, complete and unabridged. Edited by Edward Connery Lathem. 2nd edn. New York: Holt, Henry & Company.
Bloomfelt (2016) Wearable art. Available at: http://www.bloomfelt.com/wearable-art/ (Accessed: 23 February 2017).
Using a macro lense, I took records of the particles within ice so that I could study ice in a more developed way and because I was intrigued to see how it looked up close, rather than the usual cube shape that we are used to. I decided that I would take 3 different photos of ice:
- The Ice Cubes: to see the usual shape and structure of ice
- Crushed Ice: to contrast the shapes and structure of the solidarity
- The Ice Particles; to see inside of the usual formation of ice
I decided that I would place the ice on a black plastic board so that I could see the colour of the ice, if I had used a white plastic board the shape and structure wouldn’t have been revealed to me as well. I also used a high powered photography flash, which had baffles on the side so that I could focus the source of light just on to the ice, with hope that it would show up the particles better. Once set up, I began to take the photographs…
I think that my photographs had a successful outcome, as I achieved what I wanted to achieve, which was seeing the ice particles up close. Some of the photographs are a lot more successful that the others; I believe that the photographs which are more focused on the particles in the ice are more successful because I will be able to use the patterns and structure of the way it has frozen within my work to create parts on my final outcome, whereas I think that the photographs of the cubes and crushed cubes are less successful because I didn’t really capture the particles and the way the water froze, which is what is what I intended for my outcome.
Below is the photograph which I believe will help me the most in my project and which was the most successful photo of them all; I think this because I really love how it displays the way the water has froze and how it looks like the particles are growing in a curved shape. I will definitely take the patterns and textures from this photograph and apply them into my final outcome and it will also help me when it comes to designing different garments for my final piece.
I decided to upload some of my photographs from this ice photoshoot onto the FAD Facebook page where people liked my posts and gave me feedback; reflecting upon this, I can see that people where impressed with the images I captured because the “detail is fantastic”. However, it has also allowed me to find ways that I could develop these photographs in the future:
- Try to use a lighter background as it may yield more detail.
- Maybe take the photographs on a Lightbox to yield more detail.
- Find different forms of ice e.g. freezing water balloons.
- Use a coloured background to see what effect that gives.
Applying this feedback from my peers to future ice photoshoots, I would definitely like to use larger and more solid ice blocks whether that be in the form of a balloon etc. and I would like to try and shoot these using more colours – I could use coloured gels, like in my Bauhaus photoshoot, to try and achieve different colourings to my photographs.
I also uploaded the close up of the ice onto my Instagram account; this is an account which is specifically for me to upload photographs and videos of my work to see what the public think of my work. Even though I have, as of yet, had no comments on my ice photograph I have had likes which indicates people like what I have achieved with this photoshoot.
Revisiting a favourite experiment from chemistry is always fun, especially the you get to take photographs of the flames that a bunsen burner produces with and without elements being added into the flame. As fire is a big aspect in my final major project, revisiting this experiment allowed me to capture different coloured flames when you add other elements into the flame; Zinc changed the flame to yellow, Potassium changed the flame to lilac, Strontium changed the flame to deep red, Sodium changed the flame to a vibrant orange, Copper changed the flame to green and Magnesium changed the flame to a bright white spark. I also sprinkled sparklers powder on the open flame to try to capture the firework effect.
Reflecting upon my photographs I think I did a really good job at capturing the images of the flames, especially when I’m not a photographer. However, I think that if I did redo these again I would prefer to not have anything in the background image, but it shows that I went to a safe area to get these flame recordings. Some of the photos didn’t capture the colour change within the flame, especially the lilac flame but it is a weaker flame colour than the green copper flame and the equipment we used may not have been brand new, therefore if it had not been properly clean it may not have taken the element powder as well, but overall I am really pleased with the outcome I have achieved and I am looking forward to applying these images into my work, to create different types of flames.
I decided to upload one of the images where I used sparkler powder to capture sparks shooting out of the bunsen flame, onto my costume based Instagram account to see what Instagram users thought of it; the post received 22 likes and 2 comments, shown in the photograph below.