My theme for my project was to tell my grandads life story through fashion and textiles. I feel that I did this but in a different way to what I originally imagined. I originally wanted to make a wall hanging made up of embroidery but as I researched more artists and techniques my idea changed. I then chose to do a garment going off the research I had done. I tried out different techniques that I could have used. I tried out screenprinting, tea staining, transfers and digital printing. The transferring didn’t work. I did them by using a photo printed out on paper and PVA glue. I did them on to some cotton. The transfer ripped and you couldn’t tell what the photo was. I tried screenprinting on to lace and on to digital printed photos. Even though I liked the technique, I didn’t like what I chose to screenprint. The tea staining worked well. I tested 2 different types of tea for different times based on previous results. I liked the results but wasn’t sure if I would use that technique for my final piece. Harriet Popham inspired me to try this technique. The digital printing worked really well and was my favourite out of all techniques I tried. Throughout doing this project, my digital skills have improved as I have spent a lot of time creating patterns and designs on illustrator. The designs I made were based off my research on Jamaican style patterns and colours. I found out a lot doing this research which helped me to create the best designs I could to get across my point. Through the designs I made, you can see what I was inspired by. For my final pieces, I created 2 skirts and a top. I used white cotton for all of the pieces. I made a white pleated skirt. This skirt was plain so I didn’t use any techniques that I previously tried. For the top I used screenprinting. I made a mood board on the computer of photos of my grandad but also famous people and events from different eras that he was alive. I chose to do my screenprinting in pink because I wanted a bright colour as my inspiration was Jamaica. This worked well because the screenprinting was neat and everything came out clear. I am happy with the way the printing turned out. For the second skirt, I carried on making designs based on previous research. I made a geometric style pattern. I also used rastafarian colours with bits of pink in so that it would go with the top that I made to go with the other skirt. I got this digitally printed on to cotton. It didn’t work so well as it was smudged slightly and some of it had marks all over it. Because of this I didn’t have as much fabric as I would have liked to work with. Out of the fabric I could use, I made a pencil/a line skirt. I wasn’t too happy with the result of it as it is really small because of the limited amount of fabric I had but after doing a photoshoot with it my opinion changed and I am now happy with it. I think the colours I chose helped to get across that I was inspired by a warm country but I’m not sure that it gets across I was inspired by Jamaica. My photoshoot had a slow start as the flash wasn’t working. By the time it was working, I had half an hour left to do my shoot. Even though I had a limited amount of time left, I am happy with a few of the photos. I only got 5 photos that I could use. I am happy with the lighting and coloured gels I chose to use as they helped me to keep a focus on the garments. If I was to do this shoot again, I would start earlier so that I had more time and I would try different modifiers so I had a range of different types of lighting. If I was to redo my project, I would make sure that all my seams on my final pieces were even and I would also add a long zip to the front of the patterned skirt. Overall my project has slightly changed to my original proposal as I have shown what my grandad has lived through and where he came from but not so much his life story and what he’s done. Overall I am happy with the final pieces that I made.
Biography.com Editors, Robert Rauschenberg Biography.com, https://www.biography.com/people/robert-rauschenberg-9452410, 3 June 2017
Robert Rauschenberg paved the way for pop art in the 1960s with Jasper John by using non traditional materials. He used a mixture of sculpture and paint in work he called combines, as seen in The Bed (1955). From the late 1950s, he started incorporating sound and movement in his works and also silk screen transfers. Examples of this are his works Broadcast (1959) and Flush (1964). In the 1980s and 90s, he started experimenting with collage and different ways to transfer photos. In 1997, the Solomon R Guggenheim museum, New York City, staged an exhibition of his work.
Lignum Vitae is Latin for wood of life. This has probably come from its medicinal qualities. This flower is native to America and the West Indies. In Jamaica, it grows best in the dry woodlands along the north and south coasts of the island. This plant is a blue flower and an orange/yellow fruit. It’s crown has a round shape.
Hibiscus is the representation of tropical flowers. Hibiscus flowers are big and bright and can come in a few different colours. These colours include red, white, pink and yellow. It can be grown inside but is wild in Jamaica. Jamaican sorrel or roselle (hibiscus sabdariffa) is the common name for a type of tropical hibiscus whose calyces are used to make a red drink. They give off a cranberry like flavour. The calyces are boiled and strained and the juice is mixed with sugar for a cold drink. The flowers of Jamaica are white, pale yellow or pale pink with a red centre.
Jamaican orchids, also known as briughtonia sanguinea, bloom in spring/summer with 4-12 4cm wide flowers. These flowers grow in warm to hot conditions with bright lighting. There are 4 different varieties of this flower. These are broughtonia sanguinea var alba. The sepals and petals are white and the lip is white on this flower. Broughtonia sanguinea var aurea sepals and petals are yellow and the lip is yellow. Broughtonia sanguinea var Aquinii and Broughtonia sanguinea variant sepals are white. The petals are white with a pink stripe and the lip is white with a pink stripe.
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Embroidery hoop, needles, embroidery thread £6
Embroidery thread £3
Fat quarters £10
Ribbon x2 £1.25 each
Paint x3 £2 each
Paint brushes £3
Embroidery thread £10.50
Embroidery thread £3
Roll of lace £2
Embroidery hoop £1.40
Embroidery thread £9
Digital printing £10
We started to put the exhibition up by clearing out the room. We started to pile up the tables and chairs and throw out things that weren’t needed anymore. We then started to put up white boards around the room. Whilst this was being done, we started to take out staples and sand them so that they were smooth. We started gum stripping the boards so that we could start painting them. By the end of the week, we were painting the room. The second week, we started to put up work.
I looked on Pinterest for different ideas on how to present my work in the exhibition. I looked at degree shows from other places to get some inspiration for my work. I found a few ideas that I liked.
After looking at a few things on Pinterest, I have decided to hang my work in a space in the middle of the room. I will also have 2 photos of my garments hanging with them, similar to picture 4.