My Manifesto!

So hear is my manifesto, voiced by a good friend Stephanie. For my fashion work. Hope its inspiring!

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.

“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

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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

Tutorial, Tutorial, Where for art thou Tutorial!

First week back at university has been and gone. This terms unit consists of creating a brand and products and selling them! I can safely say I was very hyped for this as my dream is to create my own little fashion shop. What better way to practise then creating a brand and opening a small on-line shop, selling t-shirts I have designed myself. As you are all aware already, I enjoy creating fashion illustrators using Photoshop  Slowly but surely, I am getting better at it with the help of on-line tutorials. This one is one of my favourites as it gave me some great tips on how to shade.

I have started my T-shirt unit by releasing a survey with a few questions just to get a feel for the type of things people are looking for in a T-shirt. after all it is them that will be spending there hard earned money on it and wearing it.

http://www.surveyexpression.com/Survey.aspx?id=d0c95d64-9052-47f8-8434-d2c8d1f8abb1

Back In Buisness

Fashion_tablet by Esquerade
Fashion_tablet, a photo by Esquerade on Flickr.

The Christmas Holidays are coming to an end. I am very happy to say, I got my first Graphics tablet. So I have uploaded my first fashion illustration I created on it. For a first go, I don’t think its bad at all. But I might be a little bias. It defiantly makes the illustrations allot quicker to make. But I still need to get used to looking at a screen to see what I’m drawing. I hope every one had a great Christmas and New year. I will be back uploading more of my university work next week.

My final pieces

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Arrange And Rearrange

DSCN1573Arranging a final design on to a board can be rewarding and frustrating. You want it to look just right, you want it to stand out but how to arrange all the items onto your board to make it look right takes time. The rules I follow are, always keep a larger gap at the bottom then at the top, this is because if there directly in the middle they still look like there “falling” of the page, so put them just slightly higher. Also I like to arrange things into little groups, so fabric samples go in one area of the page, while the flats go altogether in another section. That way I feel people can look at what they want to look at easily with out having to look all over the page. Finally Sizes, I like my work to fit together nicely like a puzzle, so the more attracting items are large while the least attracting or interesting pieces are small. That way from afar people are enticed to come in closer to view the whole picture. I always find it difficult to find the right arrangement for my work so I generally just play around with it until I find a arrangement that I like.

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My First Fashion Sketchbook

I have finally completed my sketchbook! I think it looks pretty good, although it still has alot of textile influences in it. I think its a good basis to start developing my own sketchbook style. I found it very difficult to not annotate as much as I used to have to do in my old textile sketchbook. However, I enjoyed being able to design garments through out my research and using it to develop my designs. I have created this video so you can see the entire of my hard work!