Advice is a Form of Nostalgia

Manifesto – A Public Declaration of intentions, opinions, objectives, or motives.

They have the power to inspire feelings and thoughts into the reader/listener. If done well they can even change a persons life and actions.

My favorite Manifesto is and will always be “Sunscreen”(1999)  By Baz Luhrmann, ever since I first heard it around the age of six. I have slowly grown to understand more and more of it.  At six it was just a fun little tune, but with each year the words make more and more sense. My favorite part, “Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it, is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more then its worth”  Because its true. When ever we offer advice to our friends, we are always looking into our own experiences and what we did in similar situations. Even if it was something we didn’t think we had learned from or even if we had taken a wrong turn. We offer our experiences as advice. Our past is a very precious item as we look back with knowledge we wished we had when we were living the moments. But living is all about learning and making mistakes. If we knew what was going to happen through out an entire film, we wouldn’t enjoy watching it as much, But I think every one enjoys talking about a film after they’ve seen it.

With my Manifesto, I have to write for my capsule collection. I want to inspire my listeners and interest them, but I want it to be a personal caption of who I am as a designer.

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“There Are No Bad Photos, That’s Just How Your Face Looks Sometimes”

That quote is from Abraham Lincoln, and it made me laugh when I saw it. It’s true everyone complains about how they look in photos. But when you look back at photos, your’ll think of the moments rather then complain about how big your ears are. So I feel photos are the best way to portray things. For this unit, I had to design t-shirts and upload them to spreadshirt.com, I found this very fun and I’m going to keep my shop up and running, adding new collections each term.  My First Collection has been going well, and I figured a good thing to do is show people how good my t-shirts are. So I grabbed my brother, a budding young photographer, and got some snaps of my new t-shirts. Visual Advertising is so important in this world, especially in the fashion industry, if you don’t like how it looks then you won’t buy it.  I have now placed this pictures on my Facebook page and it seems to be working more people are looking at my stuff. Makes me proud, to see my first ever products being actually purchased and sold. I feel like my dreams of becoming a fashion designer are slowly and gradually coming true!  

Take a Look At My Shop: Esquerade.spreadshirt.co.uk

Join Me On Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Esquerade/460001527395035

Stylish New T-shirts – Esquerade.spreadshirt.co.uk

Your Buy it now! If your Smart! At Esquerade Mart!

Esquerade Facebook page and Tshirts Are Up!

For my course, I have to design and sell t-shirts, I based my designs off of fantasy and games. Well after weeks of designing and crying they are finally up! So take a look and enjoy. 

The Fight For The Future Begins!

I love the matrix. The thought that the world is just a computer program were all living, to stop us from seeing the horrible reality. After all the awesome fight scenes and bullet time footage, it leaves us wondering. What is technology capable of! Are we stuck in a world of technology. Well, I’m not sure. But what I do know is, technology has improved so much we can use it to help us in our every day lives, from boiling a kettle to creating fashion designs and complex lay plans. It might not be as impressive as the matrix, but it is pretty good. Lectra is the leading company in integrated technology solutions, software and hardware. Lectra is very useful in the fashion industry with technology such as “The Digitiser” which is a board and mouse that can recreate an accurate pattern piece into a computer, using numbers and clicking at certain points. The software “Modaris” allows you to then adjust the pattern and add more pattern pieces and add grain lines and seam allowance. Once the pattern is completed you can send it through “Diamino”, which will lay out your pattern pieces. Working out the most efficient way to lay it all out, saving the most amount of fabric. It can then be sent to a large printer to print the pattern pieces out on paper and cut them out for you. You can also use software such as kaledo to create working sketches and fashion designs, adding scans of fabric and colour to your designs to create a nice clean finish. (If you have read previous posts, you will know, I love creating digital fashion designs, and kaledo is something new to me, but after practise, I think its brilliant.)

Modaris

The software and hardware are all compatible with one another making it easy to pass a single piece of work between them all, easily and quickly. This is important if you are a big business, to safe time, money and to keep the work flowing, without problems of needing extra software. After using the software myself, I see that there is a lot of potential. I know it will work well in industry, because its easy to use and most defiantly saves space, you can store all your pattern pieces on a computer rather than in cupboard and you don’t need twenty people cutting out pattern pieces when you can get one person to print off twenty and let the machine print and cut them all out for you. Although this does raise one question. Are we allowing too much technology to take over. Yes, this technology is brilliant for creating mass-produced clothing, a robot can draw a pattern piece more accurately and faster than a human pattern cutter and even cut it out a lot faster. A robot you don’t need to pay wages or give breaks, you only need one person to look after a few robots and only pay a few repairs now and again. While a human, well, insurance, health and safety, sick days, Humans are costly. So, What happens when pattern cutters are no longer needed because a computer can do it all. They become a lost skill, much like the high street full of shops, bakers, green grocers, butchers. Being lost to something bigger than them, the digital world. Don’t get me wrong though, I love technology, it gives us better health care, easier to communicate to people around the world, entertainment. but it makes you wonder. Generations on from us, they will talk about the mythical highstreets that sell physical items, people knew how to make things. There’ll talk about the “Real world” compared to their simulated world. We are entering the Matrix!

Enter The Matrix

Flown Led!

Flown Led Clothing

Have you ever felt inspired as you walk through the bright lights of New York City. Wanted to share to the world the beauty and excitement of the urban lifestyle. Well, the founders behind the Flown Led Clothing range have mastered that look. Taking inspiration from the bustling city’s throughout  the states, from L.A to Vegas. They show the feel and look of the city’s in there Autumn/Winter Collection. My favourite pieces of the collection are the:

We Never Sleep Sweatshirt, which represents the fast paced night life of the city, matched with the skyline of Manhattan.

We Never Sleep Sweatshirt By Flown Led

The Manhatten Arrows Tee, A white crew neck tee with fantastic imagery of Manhatten, broken up by strong arrows, showing the fantastic heights of the city towering to the sky.

Manhattan Arrows Tee By Flown Led

The Flown Led’s site perfectly shows of the brands style. Mixing British fashion with the style and inspiration of American cityscapes.  They show the time for both London and New York City in the corner, as one city sleeps one is busy and awake, which I feel matches perfectly with the “we never sleep” sweatshirt. Flown Led is becoming a fast popular, up and coming brand with new stockists and retailers joining the brand weekly.As well as, now being sold in France and Germany, and of course the UK.  They are also planning to release a women’s collection in the next year. Flown led has a fantastic Men’s collection and is sure to grow.

UK Based, Flown Led Clothing, to me show a perfect urban fashion, it takes the excitement of the states and brings it home, so we can experience America for ourselves. Flown Led manufacture in Europe offering high quality products, using the best quality cottons. Every season there’ll be bringing out more collections each inspired by famous city’s and landmarks.

I highly recommend you check out there website: www.flownled.com

For More updates on what Flown Led are doing check out

there facebook page: www.Facebook.com/flownled

And Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/FlownLed

What Goes Around Comes Back Around

Fashion seems to go in circles, every one says when a new trend comes out, “these were out (insert year here)”. I believe this is true, Things do come back in and out of fashion because it is ever evolving and is influenced by many people. Such as this summers trend of ear cuffs, They may have been out early 90’s but it takes one person to still have that item from the 90’s and were it out and about today, to then be noticed by others, who like me will love them and want to know were to get them, Trawling the shops or the internet. I personally love ebay and charity shops and you can find some interesting unique items that isn’t being sold to the masses from your high street shops, and so you bring out your own style, which then other people will see and what themselves, and so more people look for the item which comes in demand and so are manufactured and sold in high street shops.

This is why I feel fashion will always be a circle. But it’s not a bad thing, on the contrary, because when they come out again, its not the same as ten years ago, the designs are different. The styles are developed to target a different market of people. Fashion is just like the circle of life. A new fashion trend is born, it is desired, adapted and becomes popular, then it may die out for the next new fashion trend. But its also like evolution. If for example a fashion trend does not do well, then it is not likely to come around again, like a mutation, if it benefits the survival of the animal it shall thrive and the species will survive, to adapt and change in the future. But if the mutation does not help the animal, then the animal will not be able to survive and breed. meaning the species will die out with the mutation, like an unsuccessful fashion trend, it more then likely wont come back or survive to develop in the future.

But I went shopping yesterday and found some wonderful, Ear cuffs in the high street, as I’d seen my classmates wearing them and fell in love with the style. I’m far to squmish to get another ear piercing but these are perfect to decorate your ears with out the pain of another ear piercing! Best of both worlds!,  I looked in Topshop, Debenhams, Claire’s and Accessorise. I noticed a particular trend, I felt like owls were every where, and skulls. These symbols were in necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Skulls also being found on scarfs and t-shirts. Although skulls have been fashionable many times before, Myself, still having a T-shirt, I bought a few years ago. But the style is still slightly different from my old top!

I love these looks, they remind me of a mythical world, something an elf might wear! Image from http://www.theentertainingelf.com/tag/ear-cuffs/

“Childhood” The Memories of Adulthood

This Week, I have been very busy after creating some work for my sketch book, for the unit “Melting Pot” I have been looking at Africa and there woven beaded work, that has come to Europe through various trades from travellers. During lectures, we have been creating sketches from our imagery and research. I personally hated them at first, the rough lines, the imperfect proportions. I wanted to spend longer then five minutes on each drawing. After creating an entire page of sketches, I started to let go and relax and thats when I found I could design so many different styles. I actually started to enjoy the quick rough sketches that portray a basic idea that could be later developed. It started to love the quirky little designs, I experimented with using pens, pencils and liners to draw my sketches. I also want to try watercolours and paints to create quick designs.

We then moved onto technical drawings. Completely different to rough sketches. Now your not allowed to be imperfect or rough. Now you have to be perfect with perfect proportions. I felt like I was going round in circles, one moment it doesn’t need to be perfect and the next it does. Oh, Fashion Design, how I love you! I enjoyed technical drawing, we had to create a technical drawing for the jacket or item of clothing we were wearing. As I love to go for comfort, I had a Nightmare Before Christmas Fleece with embroidered imagery on it. I had to draw all the stitches onto my  Technical Drawing including the embroidery! But I finally realised how much work actually went into the clothes I wore, yes I know that they are designed and sewn together, but you don’t realise how much design and stitching go into the garment until you break it down. I think I will improve on my Technical drawings over time as I practise it more, as sometimes I did have the proportions perfect.

Finally I went onto Fashion Illustration. By far my favourite area of design. Although I haven’t drawn my own croquet since GCSE, I had fallen out of practise, but after experimenting with the 9 head technique and my own style of drawing which was highly inspired by anime and manga, a Japanese stylised graphic. Which I was obsessed with during secondary school, I would spend every evening drawing new anime characters. I then wanted my illustrations to show me as a person, so I thought about what bought me into fashion designing. I’ll be honest it was a doll when I was a kid. A Bratz Doll to be precise. I loved there eyes, that reminded me so much of anime eyes, there odd body shapes, long legs, big heads and feet. These were the biggest fashion doll on the market, (Battling with barbie and mattel who released there own fashion doll soon after called my scene). They were beautiful and had so many unique styles, they taught me that I can be confident in what I wear, because every ones different. Each doll, had its own personality and style unlike the barbie doll. I grew up, with the love for being unique in my own style and being confident in myself as well as loving cartoons, Anime, games and Bratz dolls. I wanted to incorporate that into my fashion illustration and came up with these designs for a croquis.