Sunday, April 24, 2011

Just breathe.

I think it is safe to say that at the end of 2011 all of us will have a few grey hairs. Not cool - Dye will be used. I am really nervous for some or other reason.. I can't place my finger on it but I am guessing it has much to do with everything, mostly college work. I have been the queen of procrastination this weekend but forced myself into work-mode today seeing that I have to start beading this week O_o hmmm.

I have quite a few things left to do regarding my dress as well as my hooded bolero and then I can start sewing on them beads and rhinestones! I will be posting photos of each look's progress to show you how I'm coping :)

Going on..
Happy Easter by the way everyone! Arrive Alive :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Everlasting light

In our first week back at college we received another Concept and Storyboarding brief - Innovative Design. More storyboards meant more mounting.. our least favourite activity now after cutting 9 to 18 boards during our holiday BUT the theme was quite interesting. I had a lot of fun trying to come up with a Transformative and an Interactive Design for these storyboards. 

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For these designs I was inspired by Mother Nature herself. The Yellow Coneflower (most commonly known as Echinacea Paradoxa) was my biggest influence with its yellow petals and central brown/black, cone-like mass of disk florets. 

These plants are used for medicinal purposes such as boosting the immune system and helping the body fight infections.
It is a perennial species of flowering plants in the genus Echinacea. Echinacea paradoxa is native to Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, as well as Texas, and is listed as threatened in Arkansas. It grows in a very harsh environment and so, is an endangered species nowadays. 
The prairies and woodlands (grassy openings in forests) can be extreme habitats with sub-zero temperatures during the winter and extremely hot during summer causing these flowers to suffer.
The reason behind the use of this inspiration is to raise awareness and to show you just how beautiful this rare plant is. 

These 3 images (above) inspired me the most for my Transformative design. The way the petals curl up and curl down has everything to do with sunlight.
This design uses miniature solar panels implanted in the centre of the fabric flowers sewn to the corseted bodice as well as at the top of each yellow fabric “petal” hanging down the front, back and sides of the dress. 

Batteries are inserted underneath the fabric flowers as well as the petals so that when direct sunlight hits the solar panels, it will charge the batteries and so, the flowers will open and the curled petals will drop to resemble the Echinacea flower. This is made possible by wires inserted into the rolled edges of the “petals”, causing it to curl as well as fall. Wires are also inserted into the edges of the fabric flowers attached to the bodice, causing the flower’s petals to curl inwards (closing the flower when there is no sun) and curl outwards (opening the flower when direct sun light hits the solar panels).

This design is not only transformative but interactive as well. Tiny blue fairy lights are inserted into the petals of the fabric flowers. These lights are “Clapper” Lights – they work with an electrical outlet and this outlet reacts to the sound of two or three claps.

A few of my inspirations for my Interactive "Clapper" dress below:

The Clapper is a sound activated electrical switch. Two smaller versions of this switch are inserted into the side seams of the dress, making it possible for the blue fairy lights (which are inserted into the hems of the multiple layers of the baby doll dress) to go on and off when someone claps.  Clapping continuously will cause these lights to flicker on and off. The lights go on at every second clap.

My transformative as well as Interactive designs may be for entertainment purposes but at the same time they raise awareness of the endangered Echinacea Paradoxa plant :)

You have probably noticed that almost all of my designs are inspired by nature.. With so many different species, colours, shapes, textures, features and sizes to choose from, how could you not be inspired?


Thursday, April 21, 2011

First Garment... GO!

So.. I know I haven't posted in a while but I am trying to get used to the fact that we have started with our collections. HECTIC times ahead! This is the life of a FEDISA fashion student. Time management skills are crucial! On Monday we started with our most difficult garment.. We have 2 weeks in total which is crazy but doable. I finished my patterns on Tuesday and yesterday I started sewing. I chose to start with my 5th look (below) for I have a lot of beading to do on both the bodice as well as the hooded bolero. 

Like I mentioned in a previous post, my collection progresses from the colours and features of the marine life and water closer to the ocean's surface to the darker colours and stranger features of the deep sea creatures. Seeing that this look is in the middle, the colours aren't too dark just yet but this look contains some of the features of the weird and wonderful creatures of our ocean such as a deep sea squid and jelly fish.

I must say, at first I was a bit stressed but now that I'm almost used to the idea of hand sewing 24/7 next week (probably the weekend as well) I feel an unexpected calmness inside of me. I think it is probably because we have 8 days off to continue our little garment tech process. YESSS! Or the fact that I am TOTALLY excited to see the final product... 

This past holiday I went to Pretoria and was lucky enough to travel to a few of their fabric shops. I fell in LOVE with some but unfortunately I could not change my choice of fabrics for I have already added the swatches to my final collection storyboards.. Un.lucky. Although, I did purchase a few different fabrics so that I can make myself something purdy too :) 

Watch this space!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A little trip down memory lane...

Last year we had to design our very own magazine! My mag - Raw Sugar - covered fashion as well as photography. I felt like posting my favourite photos from the photo shoot we had to do. I photographed one of my best friends Michelle Viljoen who graduated from AAA last year and is now a Cape Town based graphic designer and photographer. Be sure to check out her blog ---  :)

Michelle and I had a great time photographing and posing! We traveled to different locations in Cape Town such as Signal Hill, Sea Point and Camps bay. :

I bought a new camera yesterday so when I have time I will definitely organize another photo shoot and if that's not going to happen any time soon, random photos will be posted.. :) 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou Romeo?

Romeo and Juliet (1996) is an awesome film! Extremely romantic.. and the SOUNDTRACK is perfect. Seeing that this film as well as the soundtrack, played a part in inspiring me to create my designs for my collection, I will give you a little glimpse of the scene I adore most but I highly recommend that you watch the whole film for it will make you want to fall in love. yes, it is THAT amazing.

Background music: 
Kissing you by Des'ree

Romeo and Juliet (1996) 
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes

Tomorrow I will start assembling my storyboards (while snacking on mini doughnuts of course seeing that my mum bought me a little mini doughnut maker! It even comes with a recipe, seriously, how cute?)... Oh my sarah jessica parker. I hope and pray they will be beautiful. With that being said, may I ask that when praying, you would "gooi" a little prayer in there for us FEDISA third years, that would be rather kind :)

Well, I'm off! 
Later alligators