Design collection were of a small, busy scale with intricate patterns, does this represent flower power?
It may not represent the classic idea of flower power, but my designs were all inspired by flowers. I am not one to look at an intricate flower drawing, or photograph of a flower and be overcome with inspiration, so i used ‘Flower Power’ as a way to get inspiration that was attractive to me. I think the mistake i have made is using the titles ‘Flower Power’ as it instantly sets the scene of of a classic 70s image, and my work wasn’t to me taken so literally.
If I took my designs to a public audience would they connect with my theme without supporting information from me?
While im using the words Psychedelic Flower Power in my title, an audience may not connect my designs to my theme, as said previously the flower power was for inspiration, i never intended to create vintage 60/70s style designs, i just wanted to use elements of this era for inspiration, such as the use of flowers and colours. I disagree that something can only be considered psychedelic with the use of bright florescent colours, I wanted my designs to be visually ‘trippy’ and to include flowers, which i believe i have done well. My work represents the actual use and effects of psychedelics rather than the classic image created by the words psychedelic or flower power.
Does it matter or do my designs stand alone?
This is a hard one, yes it matters because i want my inspiration and research to be correctly link to my work, but at the same time each design and collection (not just my own) will be viewed differently, this is one of the joys of being a designer or artist. Yes my work can have a meaning and have been created from a particular direction, but ultimately its up to the audience to decide what they want to get out your work. For my i believe my designs stand alone, and i’ve always know that my work may never be suited for the high street, I take pride in designing for a particular audience an can only hope that the type people i design for will discover and enjoy my work, not just this collection but all work i produce.
when trying to decide what theme to go for i went through various different stages and ideas, I knew I wanted a fun, bright colour palette, oranges, pinks, purples, dark blues, so I wanted to choose something that fit the palette. The palette I choose from WGSN is forecast for S/S 17 and is called Encounter Culture, I am going to remove and add a few colours to create my own original palette. My initial idea was to some sort of fashion sub genre, I looked at alternative fashion and was interested in the shapes and colours of the clothing, getting ideas to lino print some crazy shaped clothes.
I then went to other cultures and fashion styles, looking particularly at Harajuku, I really liked the use of colour, but decided they were more pastel than I’d like to use.
After researching more i then looked into eras instead, browsing over the 90s, but I do tend to get inspiration straight from the 90s so tried to look for something a bit different. I browsed the 80s and was tempted, but then I stumbles upon some pictures from Woodstock 1969…. wow! I knew i was onto something, even though the pictures were mainly black and white, I loves the shapes, prints and patterns of the clothes, even the vans!
I am absolutely blown away with the late 60s early 70s flower power scene, but really wanted to get more colour in there, so I then started to research psychedelic 70s….
After this what im left with is a floral, psychedelic, 60/70s theme, name TBC
For part two of my current subject we have been looking at how to successfully create repeat patterns using crouqis. As my theme is 90s Brights and Clash i have been looking to existing prints an fabrics for inspiration, mailny taking pictures of interesting garments in charity shops and using images found online. I won’t let you see my final designs yet as they are all still yet to be made perfect, but here are some of the images i have been using to create my masterpieces!
For my work experience i wanted to really get the most out of it i could, so when thinking of who to work for i considered what i wanted to do most. I decided to try and get something in the print sector and that’s what i enjoy to experiment with the most, and then to get something in the sewing world. I landed my first choice for both! so my first two weeks were at Lovenskate, a small, independent skateboard company based in Tottenham, London. Lovenskate don’t just print their own skateboards, clothing and merchandise but also print for shops, designers and so on. Just a few names they do work for are Carhartt and Vans! I enjoyed everything about my experience there, i got to stay with a few good friends and see allot of London, including the London underground…. that was an experience in itself.
While at the Lovenskate studio i learned new techniques such as discharge print and their method of doing it, how to use a print carousel, their particular way of coating and cleaning screens, what size and mesh count to use for certain types or designs, how to create multi colour/layer prints, a different way of exposing screens, how to print on skateboards. I cant say enough about my time here, i loved every minute of it, the team of guys working there are small but close knit and i spent evey day there with a smile on my face.
My second placement was just as perfect for me as the first. I worked at Rock-ola reborn, a small independent vintage store based in the Cardiff Fashion Quarter. during my time here i worked in the store, re arranging the shop, styling and dressing manneqins and general customer service. I also worked at the new design studio where i upcycled vinatage clothing, and made new garments (mainly 2 pieces), all work was a built up to an upcoming event called Lushism. Lushism is an upcoming art, fashion and music event held in cardiff. I took part in a photoshoot, where i styled clothes and hair on the models being featured in the event, this was even filmed to be aired on the new TV channel Made In Cardiff on the 19/12/14 at 8pm! it was absolutely fantastic, please see my blog for pictures of the shoot and behind the scenes.
In conclusion i have an absolutely brilliant time during both placements and really feel that i got everything possible from them. Both are happy to work with me again and Daisy from Rock-ola even wants to joint forces this summer in the sewing studio to see what we can cook up!!! I am ending the yer a very happy and fulfilled student!
One of the first things that caught my eye when starting at Rock-ola was the interior design of the store, it reminded me of my current subject theme, 90’s Brights and Clash. Naturally I commented and James told me that the got inspiration from artist and designer Camille Walala. Even her name was intriguing so I went ahead and checked her website and fell in love!! Her use of bright colour and bold abstract design is perfect inspiration for my project. Walala uses her designs for fashion, interior and exterior design and anywhere she can! Her work is fantastic so please check her out 🙂
Today I started work at my second placement, Rock-ola Reborn. It is the main store of many quirky independent stores located in Cardiff Fashion Quarter, specializing in retro and vintage fashion, handmade gifts, music and more. Rock-ola was actually a store opened by Daisy’s mum from ’84-’92, they started off by introducing UK and American vintage clothing which was a big hit and then continued through the scenes from post punk and rockabilly to the early 90’s rave scene.
Now owned and run by James and Daisy (an awesomely creative pair of lovebirds) the store has everything retro, ranging from fur, denim and sequins, hats, bags and shoes, to books and vinyl! My role while working at Rock-ola will be to help in store, serve customers, advertise, dress mannequin’s, fix and up-cycle and generally give a helping hand! I will be working on two locations, one in store and also at the new studio where i will make garments, up-cycle, style and help with photography for an upcoming fashion show that Daisy is putting on this month, im really excited to be part of this, i will be taking loads of photos so keep your eyes peeled!
while doing my reserach i came across Shop Floor Whore. they are on asos market place and their collections are incredible! bright, furry and bold, exactly what im looking for!!
This turban will be mine!!