Monday, March 28, 2011

M o d u l e 1 - c o m p l e t e

Well we have just reached the end of our final module one ever. Awesome feeling, except that i know there are three more hectic modules ahead of me.I found this past module to be very informative and helpful when it came to finalising our collections and what they were going to look like.

It was a lot of preparation work, and are now ready to start, in full force with the construction of our collection. Very excited :), but slightly anxious to see how my vision pans out.
Vere are just a few pics of the terms works :)

Blog design
Display unit
Logo design
Third Illustration

Promotional emailer

Till next time :)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

E x p l o r i n g A n c i e n t C u l t u r e s

Our most recent design history assignment we had to do was to explore Ancient tribal cultures -

and the influences they had on body modifications :)

I chose to explore the ancient Murusi tribe of Ethiopia. 

Below are some extracts from my assignment :)

L i p  P l a t e s  w i t h i n  t h e  M u r u s i  T r i b e

Throughout human history, body modifications have been and still are to some, a mind-boggling and incomprehensible occurrence. During centuries which have passed, in some way or the other, there have been a number of various different techniques and ways which have been developed in order to alter the body’s appearance.
History and its happenings have most definitely affected and changed how we view certain elements when it comes down to body modification in itself. 
Many various different indigenous groups, who were never participants within the westernized civilisation have affected how we as westerners view and can appreciate how steadfast and strong these native ethnicity's feel towards their culture.

One of these important native gatherings which still exist, to a certain degree today, are known as the Mursi tribal people of Ethiopia. 

The Murusi people believed very strongly in their culture and the traditions which they followed.
All women of varying ages amongst the tribe actively participated in various different traditions which to us might seem rather disturbing, severe and often quite unpleasing to the eye. However the Murusi believed, that these customs that they followed, were aesthetically beautiful and improved their chances of attaining suitable husbands. 

Amongst the Murusi tribe the main and most intense alteration was the stretching of various different body parts by means of either a clay or wooden disc/plate - the main and most spoken about being the upper and lower lips. 

Other appendages which were also stretched and decorated with these discs included the nostrils and ear lobes, but these were not as frequently used within the tribe. 

We were also required to render an illustration pertaining to our assignment...

Hope you enjoyed the quirky read... lol

chat soon :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

They don't call it third year for nothing..........

Wowee, what a week. I peronally think that the past art week we just experienced was one of the most tiring and sleep depriving weeks of my entire life. On monday, crawling into class after not sleeping for an entire week, we had to hand in 140 back and front technical drawing designs which illustrated our collections. Along with these, was a 800 word critique on the oh so wonderful design Indaba (previous blog) due for communications and sociology studies. 

Tuesday we were required to redraw 44 front and back designs of our final technical drawings chosen from our original 140. Wednesday was quite jam packed as well! we were required to drape a half scale dummy in teams of two. I paired up with the lovely Jenna Kipling (thethirdsketch and we created a wonderful red and white lace creation inspired by the mood 'LOVE'. We also had to hand in our 2nd illustration. Mine was inspired by culture and the upper east side combined with various textural elements! (just one more illustration due).

Along with this a CAD test was thrown in the loop as well..... we had to create 5 various elements on photoshop from scratch........SMOKE-HAIR-CLOUDS-GLASS AND FUR. All but smoke was relatively easy..... that one was rather say the least. :) 

Thursday we were told to start our 9 final storyboards for our collections and its back and front so make that 18!!!!! oh and also hand in a display unit designed around our collection. Friday we had to hand in our final 44 Technical drawings and eventually rolled back out the door and straight into bed at about three o clock that afternoon.... but only for an hour cause need to begin the next 6 assignments due for next week!!! 

Thank goodness this week is over, i'v practically milked the creative segment of my brain for all its truly worth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

here some pictures of the week




Till next time :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sewing Skirts........

Well, we just finished sewing up our skirts and they look...... well, pretty plain!! but the objective of the exercise was to learn how to sew up a vent!!!! I quite like the way it changes the appearance of a garment and will definately be using this element in my collection!

some pics :)

D e s i g n I n d a b a.... not so much,,,,,,uuummmmm,, Design????

The 2011 Design Indaba held at The CTICC is a showcase for exhibitors and designers alike across all disciplines of design and creativity. As all exhibitors are pre-approved by a panel of experts I had high expectations on visiting the show on Friday 25 February 2011.
As a Fashion and Design student I was somewhat disappointed in the show this year as I feel too much emphasis was placed on craftworks e.g. jewellery and fridge magnets, with very little actual design  being on show.
I eagerly anticipated the fashion show but felt that the ramp was very disjointed and too high making viewing difficult. Too many models were on the ramp at the same time not allowing the audience to focus on any particular design-rather an overload of colour and music! It appears as if not too much thought was put into this fashion show and I moved on to the next exhibition feeling very disappointed.
I feel the Design Indaba would be more beneficial for current and potential home owners to visit as much emphasis this year was placed on furniture and home design e.g. carpets and couches, albeit that the prices at the show are geared at high income earners.
One stand I did enjoy visiting was that of ‘Van Der Merwe, Miszewski Architects” which showcased miniature models of upscale high-end apartments and homes as well as models of well-known landmarks. The models were exquisitively made and a joy to view.
The fashion (my particular field of interest) viewed at the show-that of up and coming new South African designers was, again, disappointing. The clothing had a stale feel and look to it-nothing new and exciting was presented on the day. The garments were often poorly made and visually unappealing and I would not wear any of the items viewed.
It was interesting to listen to certain of the designers and creators talking about their work. This was made possible via a presentation method known as ‘Pecha Kucha’ (Japanese for chit-chat).Each presenter was allowed 6 minutes and 40 seconds in which to present 20 slide images and to talk about their particular craft. Because the presentations were short and to-the-point general interest was maintained. This part of the show was well attended and appreciated by the visitors.
As always-food and drink were available in abundance at the show, and – in line with creativity and design-the food and drink offered were appealing not only to the eye but were ethically produced as well. Even the humble coffee was available in designer cups, with the compliments of Woolworths.
A separate part of the show - more particularly catering for children- were the ‘Kids Workshops’. Tickets for the various workshops on offer were available from the presenters on the day. These workshops were said to encourage interaction between children and their parents, exposing children to different and varied crafts –allowing them to learn and have fun at the same time. A “Photography for Kids” workshop and a “Mobile and Mosaic” workshop were being presented on the day of my visit.
I am always impressed by the talent of the artists who make crafts from wire and beads and offer them for sale at street corners. The ‘Streetwires’ stand provided a visual feast for the eye as many items were on display and for sale at the show. ‘Streetwires’provides training to these artists which in turn provides them with much needed employment opportunities. This in turn uplifts both the artists and the communities in which they live as the artists are able to take responsibility for their lives and futures engendering them with a feeling of self-worth which is often passed on to friends and family members.
On talking to and discussing the Indaba with several participants – many of whom were exhibiting for the first time- it came to light that the exhibitors found the costs of the stands to be prohibitive. This again follows on from my previous comments that this particular show is aimed at the higher echelons of society. A true indaba allows participation for all! There is much talent in South Africa that unfortunately will never be brought to the attention of the people of South Africa (and the world) because they do not have the design platform available to them.
As a summary I found the ‘Design Indaba’ this year very disappointing. The show was full to capacity, making viewing of the various stands very difficult at times. I felt that too many school children (who mostly did not want to be there)were in attendance. As a final year fashion and design student (finding myself in the same category as the above)I will probably not attend future Design Indaba shows as my particular fields of interest are not met by this particular show. I would rather attend shows more aligned to the fashion industry-my particular field of interest.
here are a few pics from the day... :)

chat soon :)