In this unit I have experienced collaboration with other students which is not something I usually do as I have always been independent with my own ideas. I’ve learnt that adding a short description to imagery clarifies my thought process not only for myself but others. Previously I had been a big fan of the “reblog” button without explaining my thoughts.
My research for this unit is mainly in my sketchbooks and I think that I have shown my interest in a main, relevant area relating to textiles and presented my ideas in a logical way to reach a solution.
My main source of inspiration in terms of blogs has recently been Moda de la Mode – written by Grace Molan. I admire the success behind her continuous hard work and although I currently only see my own blog as a small, personal log of my work, I can see the power of using a blog to create platforms for other artistic opportunities in the future.
I’m hoping that as I come across more opportunities myself, that my blog will become more developed, diverse and interesting and eventually develop into a website in which I can reflect my own style of work in a more effective way.
For this task we had been asked to choose a department store of our choice and focus our attention on a product to engage with. Top tip: don’t walk into Harrods with your hood up if you don’t want to be instantly judged. I instantly headed over to the gloves and scarves department, mainly to see how much a designer scarf could sell for in a high-end department store in London.
Walking through the store for the first time felt weird to say the least. Bearing in mind that I was in the store for about ten minutes, the fact that I had to engage with five people (two being security) to just look at (not even buy) a scarf, felt slightly intimidating to say the least. I’m all for good customer service but I was told I had to carry my backpack in my hands as I walked around the store (really?) and began to take down the basic details of a beautiful Missoni scarf after briefly browsing the aisle. £179, Made in Italy, 82% Rayon, 12% Rayon Curpo & 6% Polyester. Visually the scarf was worth the price tag, but as I ran my fingers through it I realised that compared to other brands (McQueen, Mulberry, Burberry) it didn’t feel the most comfortable thing to have around my neck.
I tend to make most of my purchases impulsively so the fact that I was staring at a scarf for 15 minutes felt unusual and I could feel the eyes of the shop attendants on me and I scrawled down notes. What made this scarf special? To me, the arrangement of colours felt similar to some of my own work at the start of the year. I felt as though I could slightly relate to the process behind how the scarf was made and realised that I could probably create this myself (only on a smaller sample scale of course.)
One of the main reasons why I was drawn towards this particular scarf however was because it was hanging up. Below I noticed other scarfs which weren’t as noticeable, again by Missoni that were at lower prices. I was curious as to why this was - less aesthetically pleasing designs? Different quality of material? Of course it wasn’t an accident that the most expensive products were the ones that were put on a platform for all to see. But my investigation was cut short as at 8:04 I was told that the store was shut and that “I would have to come back another time”, despite probably only needing a minute more to gather a few extra bits of information. On the way out I was asked by security if there was “anything I could be helped with?” (not unless you’re going to extend the opening hours, thanks.)
SCREEN PRINTING - Really enjoyed learning about the screen printing process today and got really involved with it all. I’ve definitely decided that I want to specialise in print. Above is a mirrored rough idea of what my work could look like once I do some more prints. I intentionally did not properly mix my colours to see what the outcome would be like. I think that this print will be alot stronger if I experiment with different colours and overlaying/editing certain areas.