First day of Foundation at CSM. The whole class was divided in groups of 3. I really enjoy working alone because is easier for me to focus, deliver ideas and be original. I think that my group mates had good ideas and that made that I get more inspiration. The first project was to create a hybrid between the 3 of us so the professor gave us approximately 15 mins to know each other and do brainstorming. Then, we were asked to draw the hybrid. We made a combination of our 3 personalities in a "girl" that was supposed to be the 3 of us. Other groups did more original hybrids instead of people. They made objects or things that didn't even existed. Next time I would try to think outside of the box instead of "playing it safe" or doing something predictable.
The next project was called IDEAS FACTORY. Each group was given the name of a material, a process and an "Ism". We got lycra, fold and masochism. We weren't allow to use internet to do the brainstorming of those 3 words so we started saying whatever came to our minds. First, we weren't quite sure what masochism was so we asked the other classmates and they told us what the real meaning was. We didn't quite go much deeper with "masochism". I think it was because it has a sexual kind of dark meaning and the 3 of us got shy. Next time I will say what is in my mind as an ice-breaker so that my group could let lose and for the 3 of us to be more efficient. After the brainstorming, we started doing some sketches of the 3 words.
I have to do more sketches for me and my group to be easier to create something that works.
What "product" that involve those 3 words would be used in daily life? Where would it be placed and who would be the public that uses it?
We are going to met tomorrow at the library in KX at 2:00 pm to do some research of the 3 words.
Library Research Task. We met at 2:00 pm at the library at KX. The 3 of us had laptops each so we divided the research in 3. I had to look up for "masochism" while my other groupmates searched for lyrca and fold. It was the first time that I searched for a book in the library catalogue via UAL App and it was really easy. We created a group in whatsapp so that we could share the pictures that we took of books. I found a lot of interesting information about masochism istelf and masochist artists.
- I should look for more books about "masochism" and less about masochist artists.
I wanted to take some books but the librarians told us not to because other students will need them for the same research. My groupmate struggled finding books about lycra but then we told her to look for artists that used lycra in their work and she found that Ernesto Neto was one of them and that there was one book remaining. I stayed doing some more research on the artists till the library closed. Tomorrow I will print all the pictures that I took of the books with my phone and will continue my research.
- Tomorrow I will continue using my sketchbook.
- Even though my group mates looked for the other 2 words, I want to do some research of them alone.
Today I went to the library al 12:00 pm and started looking for more info on "fold". I remembered that when I was in Lima studying fashion, we had a course name moulage that was basically folding the fabric around the manikin until the designer gets the shape/silhouette wanted. I wanted to search for a book of moulage but there were non in any UAL library and then I remembered that pattern making could also be a good source of information for "fold". Founding books of pattern making led me to get books of drape and the options of the act of folding increased. I remembered that back in Lima I went to an exhibition of Theo Jansen and I started relating "fold" with his work. More ideas came into my head like yoga, hand fan, tables, and more. I took a lot of time working on my notebook and printing the pictures because I had to get a USB (BUY A USB ASAP!). I tried to find books about lycra but the fact that the library was going to close soon got me nervous and I couldn't find anything.
6:00 pm: I had to leave the library but stayed at KX in one table looking for more information about lycra. I found an artist called Erwin Wurm.
Next time: find him earlier and look books about him at the library.
Im really not sure if the projects ends tomorrow but if it doesn't that would give me more time to research and to think of a way to connect the 3 words and make something that works.
Next time: work more efficient and manage your times.
I started using my sketchbook: It seemed a little bit empty so I started making drawings.
Today each groupmate showed their research to be able to think of ideas to making a product combining the 3 words. we liked the idea of yoga (folding the body) because I think people would expect us to fold the material but instead we decided to be more original and make people "fold" themselves for the project to work.
- Being uncomfortable in a comfortable place and viceversa.
- Forgetting about limitations, boundaries, hating or only freedom.
- Make people empathize or comprehend with the pleasures of someone who is masochist.
- Teaching people finding pleasure or accepting not being in confort the whole time.
- "People will suffer anyways, so just try to enjoy that suffering for a moment"
We started making sketches and the idea that we liked the most for the final piece was a room full of lycra strings crossing each other randomly so that people could place themselves in there folding their own body so that they could find balance for a while.
We also played with the irony of people feeling uncomfortable while sitting in lycra, which is supposed to be a confortable material.
What would I change of the project? Although I thought it looked good, I would change the colour of the little people in the 3d project. They are supposed to represent real people interacting with the instalation and I don't think that idea was reflected in the final piece. I think that the concept was very interesting and maybe next time instead of making an instalation I would like to think in some product that is present in my everyday life. The fist thing that always comes into my mind is an art piece but I think I have to start thinking in design and how does my final piece will help other people.
Ideas/tips for next time:
- Find a way to catch people's attention (like some other groups did).
- Think of other ways to express or deliver the concept to the audience (other group made a poem and it was very original).
- The concept should be the fist thing to say when explaining the project.
- Think of other possible places to place the piece (if it is an instalation). A museum is the most obvious choice.
I started sketching in my notebook possible options for the printmaking. I had to do at least 30 designs and I only did like 15 so I have to be quicker drawing and creating ideas. The letters that I got were “00” horizontally so I decided to a hamburger and the 2 0s would be the meats. After seeing my classmates' work, I noticed that I had limited myself with the shapes of the letters that I received.
I saw my classmates work and noticed that they played much more with the scalpels and did a much more artistic job than I did. I regret doing something so simple because I think I have talent drawing. If I could do it all over again I would do something more delicate. Since I wasn’t happy with my work, I decided to repeat the print but only with other colours. After doing more prints, I decided to try doing a gif for the first time. I downloaded an application that was a gif maker and started doing one. My classmates told me that they likes my gif and that their gifs were much more simpler. Next time I would do other shapes for my print and do more gif options to keep experimenting.
The obvious place for my work to be would be on a fast food restaurant but I would like to go further than that. I think that my project would be nice in a cover of a book/magazine or even in the street in a poster. I would also think that it would be look good in a zine because of the limitations in colour and the simplicity of the shapes.
I think that, in the end, the success of our work is measured by how relatable it is from human behaviour and their everyday life. If our work is able to communicate something to people, then it would work.
Today’s project was about putting a specific textwork, which responds to a specific object/area of the campus. Fist, the teacher showed us some artists and their work. He also showed some examples of past projects on the same brief. I liked the ones that were about objects or places saying something like they were talking to people. I found them really interesting because when I first heard about the brief I only thought of simple words or phrases placed in areas/objects but not as they were giving us a message like they had personality or feelings so that opened the possibilities for me think of a good idea. Some of the projects shown in the research were ironic and I consider myself as a sarcastic person so I was hoping for a sarcastic/humourist idea to reflect my personality as well. I started taking pictures of some places in the building and also noticed that a lot of my classmates were making sketches of what they saw. I think next time I would do the same as my classmates instead of taking pictures and then going back to my place and start drawing the photo so I capture the object/place more precisely and then have a better idea or concept of the space, light, colour and shape. First, I took pictures of a shelf and wall that were full of green dry paint in a dark empty room. Then I took pictures of a hanged socket, a sink with dry painting on it and the rack on the other room. I returned to class and started sketching the 4 places. I started brainstorming about each place but I had more ideas for the shelf/wall full of dripped dry paint.
How was the place? It was unseen, forgotten, dark, dirty and kind of creepy.
Where was it? It was a small room next to a small room next to the room next to the class next to our class.
For me, the area looked like a crime scene (the dripping paint would be representing blood after a murder) but putting those words would be so predictable and obvious. In actual crime scenes, there are many “warnings” with the phrase “do not cross” so I thought on putting those words so that it wouldn’t be so literal.
Would that be funny? Maybe only for people with dark humour. It could be offensive.
The teacher liked the idea of putting “do not cross” but told me to keep thinking and not to stay with the first idea that came into my mind. He also told me not to worry if people would find it “offensive” because I’m an artist in an art school and I have the freedom to do whatever I want. That opened more possibilities for future projects. He also told me to start thinking of the typography that I could use for the textwork. I couldn’t think of anything if I first didn’t have the right “message”.
I wanted to stick with the idea of the blood as a crime scene so I though of Tarantino. “Tarantino was here” was another idea for my textwork. I thought that idea was nice because when I think of him I think in bloody movies. I thought people would get the idea easily and it would be kind of humorous. Although the idea was ok I wasn’t quite sure to use it so kept brainstorming.
For a moment, I stopped looking as if the paint was blood and started thinking as if it was what it was (paint). The first thing that came into my mind was Jackson Pollock and his work. Then I returned to the idea of “… was here” so thought of the option “Pollock was here”. Then I though of his work and started looking the place as it was a work of art.
Masterpiece -> Auction -> Sold/Price tag.
I thought it was a cleaver idea because by putting “Sold” or some price at the space I would be attributing some value to a non-valuable thing/place. It reminded me of the idea of “what is art?”.
I decided not to go for a price tag because I didn’t want to put some numeral value on it and instead go for “sold”. After having a conversation with some classmates they told me they liked the idea but maybe not a lot of people were going to get it at the beginning. That made me rethink about it but I decided to go for it and do it because I strongly believe in it.
I searched for “SOLD” tags and got an idea of the typography I could use.
I drew the textwork and used a scalpel to make the final “advertisement”. When it was ready I made a whole in it and hanged it with duct tape to a dripped paint that looked like plastic. At first the tape looked very long so I cut it for the sign to be more close to the piece.
At the end of the day, my work was considered as one of the strongest in class and we had to talk about it. Some classmate told me she would make some repetitions of the word, others told me it was ok the way it was. What I would have done differently was the size of the text because the space was so big and I think the textwork got a little lost and needed to have more importance. If the textwork was observed closely it had some imperfections because it was made with a scalpel. Next time I would be more careful or just fill the letters instead of cutting them.
"Wear It" was the first project that we did on 3DD week. We were asked to design and make a product (accessory/footwear/jewelry) considering the words SURROUND, SUSPEND and SUPPORT. We were asked to do some brainstorming of the 3 words together in class. After that, we had to do 10 different sketches of products for each word. I did 7 sketches for "surround", 3 for "suspend" and 5 for "support". (REMINDER: practice fast-sketching to be able to get more ideas next project!). I was a little bit worried about how my drawings would look and thats why I didn't make the right amount of sketches. Then, we had to choose the 3 strongest sketches and talk about them in small groups to receive feedback from our classmates.
First sketch: Suspend, knotts, claustrophobia, restrictions, limitations.
Second sketch: Support, negative spaces, comfort, personal space, posture.
Third sketch: support, negative spaces, posture.
My classmates told me that my first idea was the strongest one because of the shape and the concept (being limited to talk, feeling restricted, impotent and SUSPENDED).
After making a bigger sketch of the chosen model, the teachers told us we had a specific type of materials that we can use and fabric wasn't included. I decided to use thick paper with duct tape covering it on top to create a texture of knots and wrinkles. Although the primary idea was to use fabric, I think the chosen materials were more effective because it gave more structure to the piece. I started drawing shapes, cutting and trying them onto the fake head, if they worked they were joined all together. I decided not to cover the whole piece with duct tape because I didn't have a lot of time to do that and the white spaces looked good. I made 6 wholes in the back part with nylon string attaching both sides for it to be easy to put on and off.
I would take off the bottom part of the piece because I don't think they are making the piece stronger. I think it would look better and simple without those parts. It wasn’t the first time I worked onto the body but I most of the times I really enjoy doing it and this wasn’t an exception. When I was in fashion I found very relaxing doing patterns for clothes and this was quite similar because I was drawing the chapes of the piece and trying them onto the fake head. I enjoyed making a piece that wasn’t “wearable” and was different because I like to see the silhouette of the human body as a sculpture instead of what it really is. For me, the most challenging part of the project was drawing my ideas. I spent the whole time doing 15 sketches when I was supposed to 30. This was because I was worried on how my sketches should be looking but I learned that it is more important to communicate the that I have. The most enjoyable was constructing the piece and trying it in the human body. I find it very relaxing because I get really focussed of making the piece fit perfectly. I don’t think it is very difficult and maybe it is because I have experience working onto the human body. It is challenging, though, to create more complex pieces every time.
When I was observing and sketching people sitting in chairs, I noticed that many of them were using the backseat as a rack for their coats. The problem was that many of their coats were very large and its bottom part was touching the floor and getting dirty. When I returned to my place I also noticed that my coat was also at the backseat of my chair and got a little bit dirty by being in touch with the floor. That problem was caused because the backseat wasn’t long enough to avoid some coats to touch the floor. While I was observing, I also saw lots of students sketching in their chairs without using the table or a desk. Some of them were crossing their legs and using them as a table. Others were sitting by one side or backwards and were using the backseat of the chair as an easel. Others were leaning forward and lifting their sketchbooks a little. All of them needed their sketchbooks to be supported by something in order for them to be comfortable while drawing. After recording all the information needed, I had to design a chair to solve the problems noticed. This chair has the backseat higher in order for the students to use it as a rack for their coats avoiding them to get dirty with the floor. It also has the seat larger and a board that can be stuck in the upper part of the seat in parallel of the body trunk or under the seat behind people’s legs. My design is exclusively for students that want to sketch, draw, write and read without using a table.
I drew over the paper the teachers gave us with line drawings of the structure of a chair and made the backseat and the seat larger.
By taking my time observing student’s behaviour while sitting in chairs, I could identify a lot of features that made easier for me to design a chair. I saw people using chairs in different positions, as tables, as racks, etc. Without observing I wouldn’t get all this information and the chair that I designed would probably be a lot different than it turned out being. When we observe something very carefully we notice things that we probably wouldn’t notice if we only think of that thing. When people think about chairs the first thing that comes into our minds is that they are for people to sit and that’s it but when we observe we notice all this different uses that people give them. I would definitely use observation as a research technique again.
My expectations today before doing the activity was that it was not going to be fun for me because when I thought of product design I though of a more technical course that I would not have to use a lot of my creativity. During the presentation I realized I couldn’t have been more wrong. I never had a lot of interest in product design after today because I really was looking forward on being in Fine Arts or Textiles. I enjoyed the activity because I felt very relaxed and focused while observing. Also, I think I did a good job recording the information and identifying problems that I saw. That made me more interested in Product Design.
I have done in the past fast sculptures with paper and I found it really relaxing because they were I didn’t know how they will come up looking like. This time, instead of using paper we started using sticks and making shapes. Then, we had to do other geometrical shape and join it with the first one. After that, we had to join our sculpture with another group’s sculpture. I found it very challenging because both of our pieces were really big and we had a lot of trouble making them stand up straight. After putting lots of tape in the unions, we could finally make our pieces stand up. Then, we had to join them so we started making pyramids and unify them so both pieces could become one. For me, at least, it didn’t looked really structured because it was really big and it was starting to fall so we added more tape. Then, we had to fill certain areas with paper and we decided to only fill the pyramids that unified the big pieces and it looked better. Working in a team was really challenging because not all of us agreed in all the decisions taken and I don’t think all of the teammates were happy with the final outcome. For me, the sculpture turned up looking really good specially because the parts covered in paper made it looked like an installation inspired in space.
The feedback of other students in post-its was new for me as well. I had to be critical with the other classmates’ sculptures and they had to be with mine as well. People liked how we arranged the parts covered in paper because it gave a sense of movement. Someone also wrote that it looked like a greenhouse. There were 2 post-its that said that it would look better with more spaces covered in paper. The majority said that the composition was really nice.
If I could do it all over again or had more time, I would measure exactly the paper covered in the sculpture so that it wouldn’t look messy. I would also put more tape to avoid that the sculpture falls.
When I see the finale outcome, at first, I related it with an installation inspired in space or even to a planetarium/observatory. I also could see the design as if it was an aquarium because of the middle part covered in paper. That part would be were the humans would be walking/observing the animals. For other uses/designs I would use the exact shape (smaller) for jewelry design (a ring).
Today’s project was really interesting to me because I always thought of architecture and spatial design as if you always had to plan first what you were going to construct and today it wasn’t like that. We started building the sculpture without even thinking what it was going to look like. It was like sketching/planning but we were instead constructing it. I think that is a good way to create shapes and get inspired to make buildings/installations or even other 3d designs.
Drawing structures of CSM at KX on our sketchbooks was the first task we were asked to achieve. I really enjoy sketching and doing observational drawing because it relaxes me to be focused and engaged with the object that I’m drawing. I’m not used to mixing a lot of different media while drawing, but this time we had to do it and I feel like it turned out to look good because they gave a feeling of texture and 3d perspective. I was supposed to draw 10 structures/places but I only got to finish 7. I have to sketch quicker and don’t be worried on how they will look. After that, we had to choose shapes/areas of our sketches that we liked. I think that process would work in every pathway. It is interesting how people could get inspired in certain areas of places, or even of drawings. Then, we had to draw and cut in a bigger scale 3 of the areas chosen and join them together to create a small sculpture. This part was a little bit challenging because the shapes that I chose were really different from each other and I had no time to think how to join them. I started joining them with tape and during the process I just figured how to do it. This reminded me to pattern making and confection classes back in Lima. I enjoy working in 3d and find it easier to create structures. The sculpture turned out to be a weird shape (reminded me of a fish) but I think it was a successful job because all the edges were joined together and not all students got to do that. I think that the shape could work as a hat or a purse.
After that, we had to join sugar paper and draw/cut 3 of the shapes already done. We were paired up in groups and use both of our shapes to create structures with each other’s bodies. I had 20 minutes to work on my partner’s body and create a silhouette. I started wrapping her waist and chest with one shape but the tape wasn’t working correctly so it began falling. I decided to first unify some pieces and then put them randomly on her body to see what she would look like. I started doing that with her chest, hair and arm separately so that the pieces wouldn’t fall. I got a different silhouette than the one I imagined I would get. At first, I wanted the look to be voluminous but with the limited time given I could only managed to make her look like a soldier/warrior (which doesn’t mean the silhouette wasn’t voluminous, only that I would wanted it to be more than it actually turned out being). If I could do it differently, I would start joining the edges of the shapes, as in the first sculpture, and then join them to the body so that I could have a more structured and voluminous shape. I liked this part of the day because it was similar to sketching in 3D onto the body. I wouldn’t plan the look before doing it and I think that is a good way of creating/designing silhouettes.
At the end of the day, we had to draw our designs using continuous line, blind drawing, using negative spaces and mixing media. This exercise helped me to observe the final outcome of my project and create illustrations that would be totally different to the ones I used to do back in Lima. Observational drawing makes me focus on the real details of objects and avoiding assuming how they look like and draw them.
Today we had to bring 5 objects that represent us. I enjoy keeping stuff that remind me of certain places or moments, but the problem was that the majority of those objects are in Lima. So I decided to bring 5 objects that I have here in London that could represent Giuliana García Rosell Ornano.
1. Bikini top: ("Half Naked" Peruvian brand) Reminds me of the beach I go to every summer in my country and to the last trip I had with my family. 2. Iphone Charger's Socket: Doesn't work in the UK or in other European country; only in America (North/Central/South). 3. Black Sandals: My favourites (I wear them everyday in summer). They are old and really comfortable. My mom hates them. 4. Heart rate band for sports: My best partner the year before starting classes. Helped me lose 10 kilos and feel better while exercising. 5. Eye Cover for sleeping: Stole it from my mom. Wear it for sleeping every time I'm sick or have headaches.
We made teams of 4 and made a sculpture of 20 of our objects.
I have always related textiles with fabric/wool experimentation and printing but I have never imagined projecting my ideas, designs, sketches, etc on someone or even on a piece of paper and moving them to find a suitable print. It is interesting that experimenting with tape and acetates would led me to create patterns.
I explored a lot of drawing techniques today. I had to do observational drawings with different types of media while experimenting blind drawing, the use negative spaces, textures and continuous line. I think these techniques helped me to really observe the objects carefully and look to be more focused on them than on the drawing itself. We also had to select specific areas of our drawings that we thought were interesting: I choose the ones that I thought had more media because I wanted to play with colour in the final outcome. I enjoy making shapes, cutting and collaging them but I have never projected them onto the human body or a sheet of paper as if they were prints or patterns. When I projected the acetates onto the sheet of paper, I noticed that the print was smaller than the sheet and it looked boring. I wanted the images to be bigger than the sheet so that they could seem more important and relevant. As I wasn't happy with that outcome, I decided to create a gif with the acetates that were already made so I could project them in a bigger scale. I projected the a moving image to the wall in my flat and then asked my flatmate to wear white clothes so that the prints could be reflected clearer. I think doing that last technique is a good way to get different patterns or prints on clothes because of the many options you will get by the moving image. MORE OPTIONS = MORE PRINTS.
I also distorted the acetates in the printer while photocopying them and got different shapes. While doing that, I got different colours (because the top part of the printer was opened and the image had less light) and organic shapes with a different effect. I multiplied the image in Photoshop and made a pattern. I cropped that pattern into clothes to see how they would look like and I think they turned out looking good.
This week we have experimenting with different methods of drawing (bling, continuous line, mark making, silhouette only, negative spaces, etc). I think that those methods could help me in the future to create shapes from the drawings that I had and make patterns from them. My drawings could help me to get inspired in the future. I liked combining what I did in the 3 days of fashion: I created (with my mate) a sculpture that was supposed to work onto the body with patterns and mark making as a print.
In my case, there were more pros than cons in working in teams this week. I think that the cons were that some group mates blanked and started stressing themselves because they were not happy with the ideas that the other group mates proposed or that they simply weren’t inspired for the project. When that happened, they decided to work on their own and I started working in pairs with the other group mate left. We had similar ideas but different styles in drawing. Her drawings were more geometrical and mine looked like scribbles so we decided to mix them to create a new outcome and it turned out to look good. I think our work complemented a lot. I taught her how to distort images with the printer and how to multiply them to create patterns. We made 3 different patterns distorting the acetates in the scanner but we still didn’t know how to present them. We had 5 minutes until the deadline and she proposed to cut the patterns in random shapes and unify the edges as we did in “Your Surroundings” project to create a sculpture. We pasted the acetates in one side of the sculpture because we wanted to mix the patterns with the first prints to see how they would look. We couldn’t unify the entire piece so there was a whole left and we decided to use it as a hat. My group mate wore it for the presentation at the end of the class. People’s reaction was surprising for me because I didn’t expected for them to be scared. At first they were scared because my group mate was standing silent with this hat covering her whole head but then they said they liked its shape and the patterns created. I like how the final outcome turned out looking. For me is impressive what things can people create with a short time a lots of pressure.
I started collecting videos of people answering when I asked them “how often do you consume drugs”, but then, I realized that it would be more interesting if I only captured their reaction instead of their answer itself. I filmed 10 students in Archway and every video was stopped 3 seconds after I asked the question so that I could capture only their honest reaction. I decided to film them instead of taking a picture of their reaction so that I could get their complete facial expressions. I chose that question because it is intimate and I wanted to see if people would get uncomfortable when answering or not. The majority of them were really awkward and started laughing and 2 or 3 of them were really quick and weren’t uncomfortable at all. I think I’ve got a variety of reactions for the same question. It would be really interesting for people to watch them and compare them.
At first, I presented my collection to my group mates by showing them the 10 videos that I filmed without telling them what it was about. Their first reaction to my collection was that they started laughing because they thought it was funny how people responded to that question. They said it was obvious that I was collecting people’s reactions when I asked them that same question. That was because I didn’t wait for them to answer and stopped the video 3 seconds (or even 2) after making the question.
I started watching the videos all over again and paused when the people were reacting. I decided to pause in that exact moment because their faces were really expressive and described a lot how were they feeling in that moment. I started sketching in my notebook those moments paused in my phone. I also decided to write notes next to my sketches of how they were reacting (my appreciation and quotes of their answers). When I presented my sketchbook to my classmates and the teachers, I told them that I wasn’t sure about the text next to the faces because I thought the text would be a lot of information but they told me that they both (the faces and the text) were working good together so I decided to stay with both of them.
I think that I represented their reactions quite successfully because my other classmates could tell that most of the faces drown were surprised/uncomfortable/awkward/confused and I think it is really important for my sketches to represent their true reactions. I finally could see that the faces and the text worked together and decided to stick with the same collection and keep filming reactions.
If I could do it again, I would have shown more people my collection because the classmates who gave me feedback were part of my experiment and they kind of knew what was my collection about so I think I would appreciate more feedback from other students who didn’t knew anything about it from the beginning.
I decided to stay collecting the same as yesterday so I stayed like 10 more minutes in Archway and filmed 15 more videos of students. I have, in total, 25 videos of reactions to the same question. I was a little bit impressed of the reactions that I got because some of them were not uncomfortable to answer at all so I was excited to show that in my notebook. After that, I started sketching and writing the text of each video in my sketchbook.
I took pictures of my sketchbook and put some of the faces together in Photoshop. I wanted to project them in the wall to see how they looked. I also printed the same faces in an a3 sheet and put them in the wall and in the table. I didn’t like how they look projected in the wall all together. It didn’t feel good because they looked blurry and the idea of them being in the wall without sound or movement was boring. Also, the idea of putting all the faces together in the wall/table was not good because there was no reason to present them in that way. I wanted my work to be conceptual and to have a reason to be like that. I went home and started thinking in ways to present my collection. First, I put them all in the wall horizontally and started thinking in ways to arrange them. I really wasn’t happy for the idea to present them all in a line. I started looking in my sketchbook for some inspiration and decided to do a collection of collections: collection of reactions of different questions. I thought it would be interesting to present different reactions of people for different questions. I wanted to see if the reactions would be similar or different. I started doing some brainstorming in my sketchbook of possible questions. I wanted to have expressive facial reactions so I decided to keep doing personal questions. I wanted to do at least 2 more questions to people to be able to have a collection of collections because having only 2 collections wouldn’t be enough. I decided to ask “Do you think you are attractive?” and “How was your first kiss like?” I did the experiment with my flatmates and one of them was really fast answering and the other one got very uncomfortable. My flatmate asked my why didn’t I present my collection y a small booklet and I started thinking in personal diaries. I liked the idea of presenting each collection in a diary because they are private and there’s nothing more personal than writing/sketching your thoughts. Putting sketches of the intimacy of people in an intimate place would be a good idea. Tomorrow I will start filming more people while asking those 2 questions.
Today I went to CSM KX and started asking people both questions. I collected 9 videos for each question. I started sketching the reactions in my notebook and after that, I took pictures of each one of them so that I could put them all together in Photoshop. I decided that the diaries would be a5 size (small size similar to real diaries) so I started looking for videos in YouTube of tutorials on how to make sketchbooks. I found one that I liked because it seemed that it was made by hand and I liked that because it gave more intimacy to the object, which matches the concept of the collection. I printed 2 reactions per page (a4 sheet) double sided so that in the end the diary would be a5 size. At the end of the diary, I decided to put the question that was asked to the people in the diary. I thought this was a good idea because I didn’t wanted for the people that would see my collection to already know what the question was before looking at the faces/reactions. I wanted them to question themselves why would these people (the ones on the diaries) react like that and to compare each reaction to every question or even to the same question. While printing, I realized that some of the drawings were upside down because it was double sided and I had to edit the PDF and print them all over again. When they were done printing, I came home with all the materials of the collection so that tomorrow I would start making the diaries.
I woke up and started watching again the tutorial on how to make the sketchbook in You Tube. I started joining all the pieces together while watching the video and made the 3 diaries quickly. I put them in the table half opened standing up so that people could grab and open them. Friends told me that the project would be more powerful and more “intimate if it the reactions would be handmade instead of printed. With that on my mind, I realized that the drawings in my sketchbook looked more beautiful than in the printed pages. If I could do it all over again, I would do the reactions directly in the diaries instead of doing them in my sketchbook and editing them through Photoshop. The concept and the way I presented my collection went well because everything had a meaning behind and I think people got that. I would have also done more diaries with more reactions to personal questions. Another idea that I got from getting feedback was that after people looked at the diaries they would have to guess what the question was for each booklet but I don’t think that would seem serious and it would look more like a game.
Today I went to the Dalí & Duchamp exhibition at the Royal Academy. I had no idea they were friends or had similarities. One of them was that they both presented erotism in their work. I could see the erotism in Dalí's paintings because of the figurative nudity but never in Duchamp's work. I think that I admire and respect every art piece that I see because the artist always has a concept and a reason to do it or present it but it really impresses me more when the technique of the artist is great and the piece is beautifully made.
I just found out that im going to be at the Fashion & Textiles pathway :).
First project on the Fashion & Textiles' pathway. Today I went to the Camden Town Hall Annexe to start my research on this week’s project. I started drawing the whole building with graphite and fine pen. I was trying to capture the patterns and textures that the building had but I think my drawing was starting to look very literal and that I had to play more with my way of drawing and with the use of different media. I started making sketches of areas of the building that I thought were interesting using negative spaces, blind drawing, continuous line, using both hands and using different media and colours so that I could get more interesting shapes and patterns from my sketches as I assume that we are going to inspire from them in the final outcome. I started taking pictures of the building (the structure, patterns, textures). When I got home, I started printing the pictures that I took and played with them. I combined patterns of the building together to see how they looked, painted the negative spaces, cut the shapes of the building that were patterns and convert them in other patterns and multiply them. I printed the sketches that I did in tracing paper to see how they would look when I join the images with my patterns. I think that I did a good job capturing the essence of the building and experimenting with the media that I had. This week I’m going to experiment a little further and scan the prints/patterns that I made to see how they would look in digital and also see if I can edit them changing its colour and size.
Today was the first day of class in the pathway of Fashion & Textiles in the area of textiles. We had to be at the Barbican Centre at 10:30. We had to sketch areas of the building that we thought were interesting and represent them as patterns, and textural drawings. I tried to use a lot of different media and mark making that could represent the textures and patterns that I saw.
After that, we were grouped up and we had to collage with different materials based on the Barbican Centre. As the floor was wet because of the rain, we decided to place coloured silk paper on it to see how it sticks and get wet. We did that technique several times and also played with the marks that were on the floor (highlighting them like we were drawing the patterns). We moved the paper and placed it in the stairs to put the floor’s pattern in another pattern. We took photos and videos for the documentation of our project. I think that this part of the project went well but next time I would try combining the materials used with other different textures. The final collage had organic shapes and I think it would look good if we had combined them with more rough materials to create contrast in the composition.
After that, we went to Archway and did new collages. I didn’t have all my materials at the campus so I had to experiment with pencils, markers and graphite. When I got home, I decided that I would add more volume to my collages because they were too flat and also that I would use other materials like acetate, tracing paper, wool, plastic and tape. Some of my samples had a lot of mix media and others had only one material. I think that those ones didn’t need more materials or colour because their shape was powerful and had a nice structure. I liked experimenting with more materials, I think that, comparing to the samples that I did in class, they were more experimental and playful.
I’m learning how to combine 3d shapes with flat patterns. I’m also learning that patterns don’t always have to be flat and that they could be 3 dimensional. I think that I could apply that skill in the future projects when we will have to create both 3d outcomes (like working onto the body) and “2D” outcomes (like creating a fabric or a textile that hasn’t necessarily have to be flat).
I discovered that I could create interesting shapes or “ways of stitching” when we worked in the small squared papers. I used to always work with colour but noticing that I created some good outcomes with some white pieces of paper it motivated me to focus more on shapes and not only on flat samples with drawings with pen, pencil, markers, etc. I worked with a scalpel blade and I used it as if I was drawing in the paper but instead I was cutting it and creating “ways of stitching”.
Looking at my work, I think I need to learn how to balance colour and shapes in samples individually and in all of them as a group. I see how my other classmates mix different materials in one same sample and I feel like, as my samples may be too simple or flat, I needed to experiment with more media. After adding more colour tones and materials, I felt that my work looked like craft and the colours used were too different. For me, it looked messy and there was a lot of information. I’m not happy with the samples I did today because I don’t think they look good or reflect who I am or what my style is but at least I experimented with more colour and materials than I did yesterday.
We are supposed to create 10 samples that looked like a collection (similar shapes, materials, media and colours) for tomorrow and I decided to scan some of my previous work and edit them on Photoshop so I can use them as a part of my samples. I took pictures of the orange acetate sample with cuts, the collage we did in groups on Monday at the Barbican Centre and a sample that had acetate (similar to the first one mentioned) and a purple paper with cuts. I edited all of them, changed its size and colour (I decided that my colour palette would have orange, light blue, black, white and grey), made repetitions and printed them both in bond and tracing paper. I used acetate, thread, tape and the net of the sponge.
Now that I finished all the samples, I am happy with the fact that the 10 of them together look like a collection and make sense to each other. I think that I experimented a lot with the samples because I put patterns over patterns in both 2d and 3d. I also applied what I learned yesterday in class by creating embellishments and decorating samples with them in repetition. I’m not completely happy with the ones that have bond paper on it because, in my opinion, they make the samples look like work from kids. I’m looking forward for my classmates or the tutor’s feedback tomorrow.
When I arrived to class today, I saw my classmates work and I started comparing them to my samples and mine were simpler. I felt like my work was worse than theirs because of that so I started adding more materials and drawings while the tutors were giving feedback to the other classmates. When it was my turn to speak to the tutor, I showed her my sketchbook and samples. She really liked my sketchbook because she said I experimented a lot with different types of mark making and doing a lot of observational drawing. She congratulated me because of the research that I made on my sketchbook about the Camden Town Hall. She also told me that the previous samples that I made were good but that I needed to balance the colour combinations that I used. Next time, I’m going to decide on a colour palette before starting working and make the samples connect with each other and make my sketchbook look better. When She saw my final 10 samples she told me she didn’t like them and that I needed to look back on my sketchbook and get inspired on it. She also told me not to use a lot of different materials just because my classmates are doing that and that my flat work was much more stronger than my final outcomes. LESS IS MORE.
After having all this feedback, I started looking into my sketchbook and the first samples that I made and started getting inspired. I realized that my 10 final samples weren’t reflecting what I learned from brutalist architecture. That helped me to think fast and create 3 new samples that could represent, in my way, what I liked about Brutalism. I combined the mark making that I did on the research on Camden Hall and the Barbican and used more flat materials. I was happier with my 4 final samples because I think they reflected more my personality and that they didn’t look crafty. When we returned to the Barbican Centre, I started taking pictures of my samples placing them in places that I inspired on and trying to combine patterns over patterns.
I want to project my final outcomes and some collages that I did in the research onto the human body and in white fabric to see how they would look like as patterns. I think I’m also going to edit them on illustrator to see how they would look in garments as if they were real textiles.
Today I visited 4 public art works. I took pictures and did observational drawings of the Hitchcock’s Reel, the Statue of Hugh Myddelton, the Angel Wings and the Halo. I used negative spaces, blind drawing, continuous line and used a lot of different media and colours. I choose those statues/works because they were very different between each other (not including the Angel Wings and the Halo) and I didn’t wanted them to look alike so that I could work with different shapes and have more variation on my work of the week.
The first closed 3d shape I created was a little bit difficult to join together because of its small size and it was difficult to make that the structure doesn’t have holes on its edges. For the second structure that was on the body, I selected 3 shapes that were different with each other. One of them looked like a triangle, the other one had the shape of bombed shorts and the other one was really thin and had many curves so I knew that mixing these 3 shapes would be a challenge. Joining the edges of the first two shapes was easy but joining both of them with the last one was difficult because of all the curves and thin edges. As a result, the outcome turned out having a big structured curved shape in the front and a lot of small curves and movement in the back. For me, the most difficult part with both structures, that wasn’t even so challenging to do at the end, was joining the small edges and avoiding leaving holes in the structure. For me, working from a closed 3D shape is more challenging than working on the body because the first one is supposed not to have holes on its structure meanwhile the second, most of the times, needs holes for the head, arms, etc.
I think that the process used today might be another good possibility of creating ideas. Usually, when I was in back in Lima, when I had to create a garment, the first thing I had to do was to draw sketches and ideas in a fashion figure and then making it in a 3d shape. Doing it the other way around could also be a good way to create a garment or start a collection in the future. Drawing big shapes, cutting them and joining them onto the body is a good way to determine the collection’s silhouette or at least to get inspired from it.
After class, I went to the fabric store at Dalston and got 5 different types of fabric samples. I don’t know what we are going to do with them tomorrow so I’m not sure if I have good samples for tomorrow or not. I tried to pick different thickness and textures so that I don’t have 5 similar samples. When I got home, I drew 6 sketches in my notebook that I considered as variations of today’s final outcome. I used different media and materials. As they were just sketches, I didn’t want them to look like flats or that they look linear so I made them a little bit abstract. I’m looking forward to see my friend’s work and get inspired from their sketchbook and also to have the teacher’s feedback on my work as I think I’m a little bit stuck.
Today I came to class in the morning and noticed that yesterday’s structure wasn’t in class, but hopefully I’ve taken pictures yesterday of it. When I had to see our classmates’ sketchbooks, I noticed that mine was not that experimental and that I needed to use more different materials, print pictures and maybe add fabric to the pages. I got inspired on one student that printed its structure and edited it and got inspired in the shapes that he created by collaging them, and then created a structure. Going from 3d to 2d and back to 3d is a good way to get new shapes, silhouettes and create a garment or even a collection. When I get home, I will add more material to my sketchbook. As yesterday’s structure was gone, I decided to create a new one inspired on the last one I did. I used 6 shapes for the structure crated. 3 of them were repetitions of yesterday’s garment (1 exactly the same that I used yesterday and 2 others that were exactly the same to each other only that one was smaller). The other 3 shapes were inspired from the mark making on my sketchbook. I was curious on how the structure would come up looking like. When I joined the pieces together and tried them on the mannequin, I decided that I was going to use the exact same shape for tomorrow but I was going to do it in fabric. The shape was really geometrical and had a lot of staticity. I labelled each shape so I would be able to know how to construct them in fabric. After that, I noticed that the samples I brought to class weren’t going to work with my garment because they needed to be thicker. I started asking to my classmates what fabrics could I get and a friend showed me her samples of felt and I liked it because of its texture and thickness. I deconstructed the garment and went to the fabric store. I bought felt and tricotex fabric to make the fabric harder and the structure stand straighter. When I got home, I started pining the patterns with the fabric and cutting them and then ironing the tricotex with the felt. I started making samples on how would I sew them together because I don’t have a sewing machine so I am going to have to do it by hand. I decided I was going to sew with double thread so pieces could stay together and having less possibilities of breaking. I started sewing the 3 biggest patterns and I like how it is looking because the curves are very structured, as I wanted. Tomorrow I will continue and finish the whole garment.
Today I spent the whole day sewing the garment. When I finished it, I was happy that the structure could stay standing straight because of the thickness of the felt ironed with tricotex. When I put it on, I saw that if I joined two pieces that were in one side of the structure, I would leave a hole for one arm and it would look more like a garment so I pined them and sew them. I also noticed that the lower part of the garment looked messy because of its irregular edges. After noticing that, I decided to cut more pieces to make curvy connections with every edge. When I did that, the garment looked tidier. What would I have done differently? If I could do it all over again, I would do it with the sewing machine because it is faster and it would have looked less crafty. I would also have done a cover for the inside of the garment so that the while tricotex wouldn’t be seen. I still have a lot of work to do on my sketchbook.
I started the day by putting the structure on the mannequin and trying it backwards as well to see how it would look like. I noticed that the garment works both ways and that I actually liked more how it looked when the back part was at the front. After that, I started doing one of the development sheets by drawing 4 variations of my final outcome in an a3 sheet. After doing that, I saw that my sketchbook, compared to my classmates’ sketchbooks, was less experimental and showed less design development. This made me worry a lot because I feel that I’m behind them. This weekend I will start developing more my sketchbook. The feedback that I got from my classmates was that my illustrations were beautifully made and that the variations of my final outcome were done successfully. Now, for the assessment, I need to to the other development sheet and a photo shoot of the final garment (which I think im going to do next to the statue of Hugh Myddelton at Angel which was my main inspiration with the mark making that I did of it).
I came to my flat and started doing more drawings on my sketchbook, adding more media and materials, printing edited pictures of the garment and the processes, etc. I think that if I’ve done that since the beginning, I would have a better outcome (even though I like my final garment) because I could have a real design development and try more things before I decide what my final silhouette would look like.
I started checking how was my my workflow looking. I started reading my reflections and I noticed that some of them looked a lot like diaries and were missing a lot of analysis so I decided to change them. I also noticed that the ones that were missing more analysis were the ones of the beginning, that means that I have gotten better in writing my reflections and that I'm getting more analytical. At the beginning it was hard for me to get use to using workflow and I use to do all of my reflective comments at the end of the weeks and now I do it every night that I produce work :).
Today I finished my second development sheet. As the sketches in my notebook were not clear and were more like collages, I decided to do the garments of the development sheet more clear (the middle point between abstract and a flat drawing).
Today I started reading my research. I added some analytic comments to some topics that I didn't think about the first time I made the research and wrote them. Every time I read my research I start analyzing more and, in some cases, interpret the topics in a different way. Some artists reminded me of other artists or other pieces and that made my research stronger and bigger.
After reading the research in my workflow, I started revising my sketchbooks. When I was seeing the work that I did in the "Brutalist Architecture" project, I noticed that I really liked the mark making and the collages that I did in the research so I decided to further develop with that instead of doing it with the final outcomes. I took a picture of the collage and edited its colours making them more saturated in photoshop. I projected them to the wall but I wasn't happy with what it looked like because, for me, it was boring and simple. I decided to put a pile of pillows standing next to the wall and then put a duvet covering them. I wrinkled the duvet for it to have more drapes and make the image distort. When I projected the whole image I thought it looked interesting because it looked really different from the beginning. I like the idea that my first inspiration didn't reflected on the outcome and that I could present how one thing led to another and have a totally unexpected outcome. I started playing with the projection by making it bigger and placing it in different parts of the duvet. I also moved the duvet so that I could have different drapes. I started taking a lot of pictures (of all the projection and close ups) and decided to present them in an A2 sheet for the assesment. I also tried placing the projection in my shirt but it looked flat (same as it was at the beginning) and I liked best the projection when it was placed in a more voluminous object.
I was thinking on what my photoshoot of the "Public Art" garment would be like and thought about the idea that I already had of having the background of the first inspiration and also having the plans like the statue does. I am not sure if that's a good idea because I think that it is really lame and "cliché". As my garment is gray and the statue is a mix of gray and beige I thought that the garment would lose importance in te composition of the pictures. I asked my flatmate (who takes really nice pictures) if she could help me with the photoshoot and she said yes so tomorrow I'm going to model my garment and she is going to take the pictures. I have to keep thinking of a nice place to take the pictures.
Today we did the "Public Art" garment photoshoot. I was dressed all in black with the garment on and decided to have natural makeup (the garment was already too dramatic and voluminous to have lots of makeup). I decided to go outside of my flat and walk in the streets of Dalston to find a nice and relevant place to shoot. While we were walking, she started taking pictures of me walking in the road and when I saw them I liked them because my inspiration (the statue) was placed in the middle of the street as a monument. She took pictures of me from all angles. I will put only 3 pictures in an A2 sheet for the assesment because with 3 pictures of different angles the garment would be completely seen.