The week started with a presentation on scale and concept (selected artists have been put into my information file). Firstly we were instructed trough a number of drawing exercises which consisted of drawing a square inch in the class room and enlarge it onto an A3 sketchbook page (I drew a section of my water bottle). The next drawing exercise was to draw another square inch but of the table, this time looking at the table through a magnifying glass and enlarging the details onto a sketchbook page. using the magnifying glass again w were to take the previous drawing and enlarge a square inch of that drawing onto another sketchbook page. In pairs we decided on one person to draw their drawing again on the wall,enlarging it again massively. The medium used was a stick of charcoal taped to the end of a bamboo stick. This allowed my partner to draw loosely. My task at this stage was to draw my partner drawing.
The next stage was my go. I was given a small plastic character and instructed to draw the character over the top of the first drawing on the wall with the charcoal/ bamboo stick.
Together we both took a charcoal stick and marked out bolder lines to create the shape of a garment.
Taking inspiration from the shape of the drawing and the form we had to construct a costume onto a mannequin using paper rods and sheets of paper.
We were very happy with our out come. We thought the shape was very feminine and we could see the panels moving up and down and opening and closing. If we had the materials, money and time this model could be made into a real costume which moves. This idea reminds me of one of Chalayan's motor fashion statement pieces (below). The idea behind the particular dress by Chalayan I have selected as a reference is when the model gets to the end of the cat walk the dress comes to life and changes from a 1920's flapper dress to a more contemporary dress.
As preparation for today's task we each had to bring in to textures in a non see through container/bag. Swapping bags with the person next to me I had to draw what I felt. The first texture I felt was very gritty and I instantly thought of sand. When squeezing a handful of the texture through the tips of my fingers it felt like a sharp edged, gritty, rock. When grinded in between my fingers the texture felt very rough. However when loosely holding the texture in my hand and letting it flow out of my fingers it flowed very smoothly and felt airy. I found there was a very different comparison depending on how you handle the texture. My drawings in my sketchbook describe my visual thoughts while exploring the texture through touch.
The next texture I was handed has a very smooth surface which came to a sharp point. They felt flattened and seed like. when I clenched the 'seeds' in the palm of my hand the spiked edges dominated the rest and it felt as if I was grabbing into a handful of pins. Similar to the 'sand' the 'seeds' also flowed smoothly through my fingers however the spikes were unnoticeable.
Lastly I was handed a bag of rough triangular pieces which crumbled like cereal. The largest side was corrugated with a flowing wave feel.
We were instructed to made a set linking to one of the textures. I decided to do the seeds because I liked the contrast between smooth and sharp. My set was a 12 by 12cm box with curled wire spiralling around the box, expressing the movement of the seeds flowing through my fingers. Wooden splints were used to show the spikes which pricked my fingers as they fell through my fingers.
My box was then photographed and drawn with miniature people standing in it to show the scale of the set.