It’s clear that for the last few weeks I haven’t been consistent with my Wednesday/Sunday posting schedule and I have two reasons explaining why.
For starters, towards the end of the semester my days were filled with studying for final exams and slaving away at final and group projects. Second, I know that I’m not at the level I want to be for the type of videos I want to produce.
The kinds of videos I dream of play so vividly in my head that I want to do them justice by allowing the viewer to see exactly what I was envisioning.
A majority of my summer will be spent getting inspiration, organizing thoughts, networking, creating series, and gathering the equipment I need to elevate my work.
Anyone who creates art understands the importance of taking breaks when you’re in a rut. This isn’t something I’m sad about, I’m excited to be able to focus on developing my creative style rather than making content that I may not feel 100% pleased with for the sake of putting something out there.
Don’t fret I will still post on Keppford whenever I have something authentic to share, but there won’t be a consistent schedule till I feel like I’m where I need to be.
With that said, here are the 3 projects that took over my life at the end of the Spring 2016 semester.
AMD 321 – Computer Integrated Textile and Fashion Design
Group Project: AATCC Concept 2 Consumer Student Design Competition
All the students in my class were divided into groups of 3-4 and we had to collaborate on creating a garment that transforms. While the options were endless, there were specific guidelines that we had to follow, which you can read about on AATCC’s website.
My group designed a line called Shift that consisted of a single dress that can become a two piece set with a clutch and shawl.
In addition, we designed a pair of flats with a heel that can be increased in height to create a heeled shoe. Although we didn’t place in the competition, I am still extremely pleased with what we submitted.
Final Project: Create a collection of any three products of our choice
After completing the group project, we had to design another line individually that consisted of any 3 products that a textile could be applied to. Our designs could have been for any demographic and season, so the opportunity to think outside the box presented its self on a golden platter.
Each product required front and back technical flats with 3 different patterns offered in 3 different colorways, so in total we had 27 different products to make.
I was inspired from my Spring Break trip to Greece and Italy, so my collection was aimed at 18-35 year old women who lived a face-paced life of traveling and adventures but didn’t let comfort compromise style.
Again, I am extremely proud with how my final project turned out, although I made two mistakes that you probably won’t notice unless you pay close attention. You can view my portfolio, as well as video here!
ARTIS 346 – Textile Surface Design
During my course in textile surface design we explored many different ways to manipulate textiles such as dyes, resists, discharges, appliques, and embellishments.
For our final project, we were able to create anything we wanted but had to use a combination of surface designs.
I really enjoyed learning embroidery, so I based my entire project around that. My inspiration came from houseplants, because I would always come across pictures of gorgeous sun-rooms on Tumblr.
First, I dyed my fabric a deep navy and then used a paint brush with the gel from a Clorox Bleach Pen to outline the plants. Once the discharge was complete I began embroidering with no plan in mind, so creative decisions were made as the fabric slowly filled with colors.
Some would say that it’s not complete, but the beauty of art is that it’s all up to the artist.
Let me know which project you liked best in the comments and check me out on social media for more style, design and photography!
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!