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

“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.