“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!  

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

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

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/