FMP research

Today I researched brand named Supreme. Basically, I just got into depth, talking about the brand itself and the owner. All I can say that, I really respect this brand and I always will, for me it’s more than just clothing, Supreme represents my generation and it’s really good at it. I also responded with a little illustration to go with the whole research, nothing important, I just felt like the page needed something to be complete.

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My next step will be looking at the whole idea and art behind the “personal merch.” (merchandise). How do you I want my merch to look like? What is my vision and what is my message? This is important, because I think that a good brand starts with a vision, and the clothes should reflect that.

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FMP research

FMP research

After researching Christian Benner, I research brand called Vetements (vet-mohn). Not only because it’s my favourite brand, but the brand inspires me and what’s even better, changes my every day style, gives me courage to try something new and most definitely not care what other’s will think of me if I wear something provocative or weird, because most of the people I know and surround me have no taste or style at all, so it’s very funny when they tell me they don’t like some pieces of my closet or how I dress. I just smile in response and don’t judge them, because not everyone was born like me, so of course they’re gonna think different, no hard feelings.

So, I researched the brand itself and their head designer – Demna Gvasalia. Also, I looked at their latest collection, I believe it’s Fall 2017, because I thought that could really help me with the styling ideas for my final photoshoot. Did some inspired illustrations as well as a part of primary research.

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On the same day, I also researched two more independent street-wear brands such as Anti Social Social Club (ASS Club) and Vlone, as a good example of what I’m trying to achieve when doing my final collection and also an as inspiration. For the Vlone page I decide to do a “response”, so I have some kind of primary research and to show the understanding and engaging with what I’m doing. I really like the whole style and vibe of the Vlone line, esprecially the “decoration” of their pop-up shops. All the walls are covered in graffiti and that’s what I try to deliver in my response illustration, but with my kind of twist on it. (include the picture) I really enjoyed doing it, because I enjoy drawing in general and I take every illustration serious, and I’m very proud of one every time I finish it.

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FMP research

FMP research

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Today I researched designer Christian Benner. I chose to research him because I think that he’s work is a perfect example of the word “”custom-made”. He’s inspiration comes from the whole punk rock scene of the late 70’s and 80’s. He’s mostly famous for his leather jackets and t-shirts, that he often compares  the artistic process of which, to a creation of painting. I thought that this is exactly what I need, because the topic to my FMP is: “Clothing as Canvas.” and he can be one of my big and helpful inspirations. Benner’s creative processes are very “savage”. He sometimes posts videos of himself (during the creation process of he’s customized pieces) on his social media, which is – instagram. And that’s where I got really inspired to try out something similar. Analysing he’s videos I could clearly see that he would always have some sort of t-shirt or leather jacket in front of him and he would literally “torture” the fabric until it gets this cool distressed look.

So, I went to look for all the materials I would need (according to Benner’s videos) to achieve the same result as he did. I went and bought oversized/plain white t-shirts from Primark, spray paint, scissors, bleach, fabric markers and a lighter. The procedure held place at my accommodation in the smoking area. So that if I would set anything on fire, it is safe because I’m in the open air + I had a bottle of water by my side, just in case. So I hanged the t-shirt on one of the walls, just like Benner does, and started trying out all the materials and different ways I could distress the fabric.

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I mostly enjoyed creating holes on the t-shirt with scissors, because it turned out to be way easier than I though, plus it looked very natural. Burning the fabric didn’t give me the result I was expecting, maybe because the t-shirt was white, but it didn’t leave the “burnt marks” I wanted, the fabric very quickly turned black/brown and I had to pour water over it because the fire spread quiet quickly and there was a lot of smoke. However, I liked the result of using a cigarette, it looked way more accurate and sort of like a hole with burnt ends, that’s what I was looking for. Spray paint as well, didn’t meet my expectations, it was very hard to “draw” on the fabric, the paint could only cover large areas, plus when the tee dried out a bit, the texture of the fabric changed from being really soft to being hard and tough. The fabric markers were working pretty good on fabric, but I guess to draw or write something decent looking you need to be working on a flat surface and not how I did it, all at once.

Overall, I enjoyed kind of creating and improvising (customizing) as I go and distressing the t-shirt. I didn’t really like how the final outcome looked like, maybe because I didn’t think my steps through, I just went with it sort of thing. But I did enjoy the freedom of it, because sometimes it’s very healthy to just not care, not think and give yourself a chance to really improvise. Next time I might get more different shades of the spray paint and think through what I’m going to do. I will stay away from burning, because I didn’t like the result of it and definitely experiment more with fabric markers and fabric paint.

FMP research

FMP sketchbook

By now I’ve done few pages in my sketchbook that contain project form, mind map and mood board. Since FMP is such a big project, I’ve decided to do mind  map and mood board on a double-spread page (layout) so I have more room to make mistakes and the sketchbook will get filled up quicker, since I have to fill up few sketchbooks and not one, can’t blame me for that.

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MIND MAP

The topic of my mind map was fashion merchandising/customizing and also talked about and explored different ways of leaving a mark on a fabric, and turns out there is like 1000 ways to do that! Since my final piece will be a physical evidence in a form of clothing (“mini-collection”) I thought that it is a useful information and worth including in my mind map.

My mood board consists only of instagram images that I’ve collected over time by obviously liking them and then going through them to see which ones relate to my theme. Instagram is my favourite social media and I only used this planform to research some kind of imagery for my mood board. I still have to do bibliography and cross referencing to back it up. I like my mood boards to be unique and colourful. I really do enjoy doing them. They might seem like a mess and seem like a bunch of random pictures from the internet, but in my head each one of the pictures is there for a reason and it all makes sense to me and at the end of the day that’s what matters. To me.

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MOOD BOARD
FMP sketchbook

FMP Wells-next-the-Sea

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On Thursday March 17th we went to Wells. Wells-next-the-Sea is a port on the North Norfolk coast of England. The town is divided into three distinct areas, starting with Buttlands, a broad rectangular green, lined with lime trees and some very fine Georgian and Victorian houses. Next are the narrow lanes of the town centre with Staithe Street with some shops. At the bottom end of Staithe Street stands the quay and harbour, with many traditional seaside attractions. The harbour itself is lined with boats with the landmark Granary marking the mid-point. Wells next the Sea has many attractions and facilities including 2 steam railways, hotels, pubs, tea rooms and countless shops. Wells next the Sea was made famous by the ITV drama Kingdom, where it makes up one half of a fictitious Norfolk town called Market Shipborough (the other half being Swaffham).

Unfortunately, this trip was as useless as the Imperial War Museum trip. But it was rather much more aesthetically pleasing to look at. Not minding the bad weather, I was able to enjoy some part of the trip. The most places I visited to find something for my primary research were shops, but most of them were filled with random boring souvenirs. They did have two art galleries, but I didn’t get a change to visit and at the same time I felt that would be kind of stupid, because I can easily visit bunch of art galleries in Cambridge, without traveling two hours on the bus, to see the same kind of artwork. So I tried to walk around and be outside as much as I could, but when I got too cold I decided to call it quits.

FMP Wells-next-the-Sea

FMP IWM trip

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So yesterday was day of a total regret. It was a day that I could never get back and the amount of time that I’ve lost on this particular day will haunt me forever. Me and my lovely year (+ foundation students) went to the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. Now, straight away…. My specialism is Fashion Promotion and theme for my project is “Canvas as clothing”, but because life is a confusing thing, on the March 15th, 2017 I found myself in the huge field-museum filled up with planes, engines and elderly people. I’ve been told: “Well, go look around, you have plenty of time to explore wonderful history of WW2, enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Great Britain, you can look at planes, planes and planes, also take photos and sketches. Go!” And I’m there, out of respect and respect only, pulling myself together on the edge of crying, because I have more than 4-5 hours to wonder around and question my existence, when I can be sitting at the studio at the same exact moment and quietly and peacefully be doing something that actually relates to my project, like secondary research or a primary research of my own.

Let me tell you more about the IWM itself. Imperial War Museum Duxford is a branch of the Imperial War Museum near Duxford in Cambridgeshire, England. Britain’s largest aviation museum, Duxford houses the museum’s large exhibits, including nearly 200 aircraft, military vehicles, artillery and minor naval vessels in seven main exhibition buildings. The site also provides storage space for the museum’s other collections of material such as film, photographs, documents, books and artefacts. Sounds cool, right? Right. But not when your specialism is Fashion Promotion. Someone said: “You’ll definitely be able to find something that connects to your theme.” But as much as I lie to other people, I refused to lie to myself. I genuinely didn’t even try to pretend there was something that I liked, something that inspired me or something that had anything to do with my project. But because I was already there and there wasn’t any chance or opportunity to escape, I thought why not go and look around.

In between huge grey airplane models, walking as slow as I could with lyrical russian music in my ears that made me hate this day a bit more and more as hours were passing by, my paranoia slowly started kicking in and I though: “What if one of those enormous planes that’s attached to the ceiling accidentally falls on someone? Or worse…On me? Was it all worth it? Definitely not. Damn.” I quickly ran outside, at the same time I was trynna seem like it’s all good, to breathe some fresh air. And that happened to me for the rest of the trip every time I would stand under the airplane. Other than that, the only part of the museum that catch my interest for a second, was the last “sector” or “zone” with tanks and all that military equipment. There was a room with TVs that showed different old clips of WW2 that was filmed probably during the war itself. The films were black and white and the voice on the background talked slowly, loudly and clearly. They had few benches there so I thought that it’s a perfect opportunity to finally sit dow and at the same time educate myself with some history. First of all, it was super interesting to see what it was like during the WW2 and it made me think about a lot. It made me think about people that had to go through such hell. Every day they would wake up knowing that each day might be the last one. Scary, isn’t it? So it made me think about the nature of the human. That we actually are way more stronger and more fearless than we think. Also, embarrassing or not, but after watching some of those clips I found out only now that Hitler committed suicide. I never actually knew how the dude died. And now I know!

When the trip was finally over, I left this museum tired but totally empowered by people. Power to the people!

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FMP IWM trip

FMP London trip

This week is trip week. Yesterday I went to London. I got offered three locations which were Museum of Science, National History Museum and of course V&A. They are all pretty close so I had plenty of time to visit each of them but there was only one that I could actually connect to my FMP. It was Victoria & Albert Museum. To be precise, the fashion sector. It’s pretty small comparing to the whole museum but that was the only one spot I was able to find something I can actually relate to my project. After taking a good look and taking photos of everything my eye liked it was time to go back.

Today was the presentation day. I had the whole morning to prepare my little presentation about yesterday’s trip, with all the photos, illustration and any tickets or postcards I’ve collected while being there. These are the few things that I talked about.

For some reason first things that catch my eye was not the fashion gowns, but the accessories. First is the picture of sunglasses that I really liked. They’re called “Car Headlights”, they were made by Oliver Goldsmith in 1971, out of plastic. The reason why I liked them because I thought they obviously looked very 60’s-70’s and very modern. I would definitely wear them today, I’d love to. They looked very classy, black & white is always a win. Teens these days are only starting to “bring them back” in a hope that they’re being original. Usual people.

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Next up are unique and abstract earrings by David Watkins “Optic Art Jewellery London”(born 1940). Screen printed acrylic perspex and metal. The time period is between 1963-65. They were given by designers to the V&A Museum. Those earrings reminded me of an artist called Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) and his work. I think the designer who made the earrings was inspired by his work.

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Next exhibit was a really interesting dress that I found. The textile of the dress had a test shot from series of images recorded the process of photographer Glen Luchford’s Prada advertising campaign in 1996. The original images were presented right next to the dress. Luchford used a large format 4 X 5 camera and this image was one of the polaroids used to set up the shot and test the lighting. The dress was designed in 2013 (London) by Deacon Giles and was shown as part of the GILES spring 2014 collection at his show held at the Stationer’s hall in London in September 2013. The dress uses a print taken from a polaroid photograph by Glen Luchford in the collection of the V&A. The polaroid was acquired by the museum as part of the V&A exhibition ‘Imperfect Beauty’ held in 2000. The exhibition explored the working processes behind fashion photography shoots.

I personally really liked the original images and noticed the technique that the designer used which was photo-printing on silk. It was useful to me, because I thought it was one of the techniques I planned to try out in my FMP during the idea development process.

 

 

 

FMP London trip