Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Project panic or Project mania?

Hi there internet, hope you're having a good week.
So my new Textile project is about meetings, encounters and experiences. Yes I know what you're thinking, mother of mercury how am I supposed to incorporate that for my last garment?! Well quite easily actually, if the research is put into it, it can be a juicy and full-bosomed experience. I decided to take full advantage of my roots and past, as the word meetings can be integrated in the sense of two cultures meeting/clashing. I decided to focus on an amazing designer called Vika Gazinskaya, who creates astonishing pieces that I can relate to. 




                           VIKA GAZINSKAYA

Being born in Russia and moving around a lot since my infant years (before settling down in England) gave me some perspective and I gained a lot of cultural diversity, which I am very thankful for! 

something that also really caught my eye was  Chanels Spring2009 collection where the venue was breath taking. I thought I could also use this in my project as encounters and meetings occur in train stations, and I interpreted this venue to look similar to a grand station. 
                       chanel Preview 2009: Chanel Spring/Summer Collection

This furthermore inspired me to dig in to more of Chanels work when I remembered something awe -inspiring, something I should have remembered the whole time. The Chanel No5. advert!! It is definitely one of my favourites, and everyone ought to see it.

Well then, let me know with a comment below, what are your thoughts on the subject: Meetings, encounters and experiences? I shall be taking you on a journey through my project - hope that's somehow remotely exciting. 

Karina Xo

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Deployable Structures

Morning internet, this weeks interest is something that I am very familiar with. So, try keep up.

My interest in Deployable structures accumulated during one of my Textiles projects. I was researching on the internet one day, looking for something new and fresh that my teacher has not focused on in class. She always says "there will come a point where each and every one of you will become obsessed with something", and there came a time when Deployable structures was my own exploration, and that's what really defines people today; to not necessarily go by just the information your teachers give you, but to investigate and look into things that intrigue and are of interest to you. The fact that I took my own skills to think outside the box, I think I benefited from it as I gained confidence in finding new creations and ideas not known to some people, and therefore entice them with my particular 'obsession'.

One of the designers that I came across was Diana Eng, a simply beautiful fashion icon that uses Deployable structures in her designs, and they look incredible! I used her work to inspire me, and made me practice and explore with paper, to then paper and fabric. I tried to re create a part of her garment which is shown below. It is a combination of deployable structures mixed with nature, as you can see on the above it looks like a leaf.


This website below really gives you an idea of some of her work and how she can use paper and fabric to make such provocative, interesting garments, which I certainly would gain pleasure from working with.

This is my final piece which I put together in response to my project and my obsession. I used deployable structured ideas for the upper body, using musical scores (the paper) as I thought I don't focus on the neck much and this way it made the piece more aesthetically pleasing to the eye making it really pop. I also used Deployable structures for the skirt which in my opinion added character to the garment overall. 

Hope my researching has payed off! Let me know with a comment below what you think.
Karina Xo