1. Project Proposal:
Collection one is a red couture dress, I already started working on the pattern, and design embroidery pattern on the dress. My inspiration for this dress is from Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained glass design.
My dress design will be a full length evening dress with a left bottom front opening. It will be fully embroidered with sequins and beads with Swarovski crystals as final touch. I will be sourcing out to Let the professional, to do all the sequins and beads embroidery following my designs and guideline. What I need to hand out for the professional will be: first, the dress pattern pieces with embroidery pattern on top, because some parts will not be fully embroidered. Second, sketch of the dress and embroidery guidelines with details of shapes and size of the beads and sequins. Once I get back all the embroidered pieces, I will hand sew all Swarovski beads on some specific area around the dress. *However, there will be chances that I will fail in the out-sourcing part. I would like to consider this couture dress as an addition to my senior project.
2. Sketches and design shown in the pictures:
EMBROIDERY PATTERN CREATED BY USING AI AND PS
Project proposal 2:
Collection two is five pieces of up-cycled denim with other different pre-owned silk scarves and printed materials. I will be going to mostly use the clothing from thrift shops like denim jeans and silk printed scarves. For denim the selection, I will choose some light weight denim and deconstruct them. Sketches and designs need to come up by the time I collect enough materials to start with.
Inspiration: nearly 3 years ago, I learn about how fast fashion make us over-consuming and over-spending, and also make most of us follow every changing of new trending cycles. I begin to ask more questions about where my clothing came from, what it is made of, and who made it. Basic on my research, people often throw away many of the cheap prices and the poor quality items without second thoughts, and these trendy throw-away are fulfilling our world. And the production process creates demand for a whole supply chain of destruction, from planting heavily sprayed monoculture crops like cotton to pouring toxic dyes into rivers. Yet there is a conundrum: if we buy less, that’s great for the planet but bad for not only the economy overall, but the millions of people who rely on the manufacturing industries for their livelihoods. upcycled fashion become one of the most innovative ways to maintain economic growth without being destructive. Upcycling is a way of processing an item to make it better than the original. In the example of clothing, this is often taking something that doesn’t fit or is stained/torn and refashioning a wearable product from it. Upcycling can be done using either pre-consumer or post-consumer waste or a combination of the two. Pre-consumer waste is produced while items are being manufactured (such as the pieces of fabric leftover after cutting out a pattern) and post-consumer waste results from the finished product reaching the end of its useful life for the consumer (such as a T-shirt that doesn’t fit anymore).
There are plenty of benefits to this, including:
- Sustainability – Upcycling reduces clothing and textile waste by reusing deadstock or gently used fabric to create new garments and products. Making a single cotton T-shirt requires over 700 gallons of water, whereas using a pre-existing T-shirt to make something new requires nearly no water. In addition, upcycling can divert some of the 85% of textile waste that ends up in landfills.
- A Cheaper Wardrobe – Upcycling can be less expensive since used or pre-existing materials are typically a fraction of the cost of newly-made materials and textiles.
- Uniqueness – Upcycling requires creativity to envision the potential of existing materials to create something new and beautiful.
Marc Jacobs x Julie Verhoeven Bold Denim Print Silk Scarf :
2. TEMPORARY SKETCHES:
3. detailed timeline (week by week)
4. resources needed and where they will be obtained (include swatches)
I will be using all used denim and silk materials. All used cloths will be find from thrift stores. ex. Goodwill, out of the closet and some local thrift store.
For embroidery beads, I will go to downtown The Beads Factory.
5. detailed cost estimate
doted paper: $55
Collection one: Embroidery beads: $200
Collection two: used cloths: $300
6. materials to begin working in class
make patterns for up-cycle denim and silk print materials.
7. Research paper with bibliography
For my final project, my inspiration came from an unlikely but well known artist. He is well known for his paintings, drawings and sculptures. Yet his work inspired me to come up with a line that is inspired by his view of the world. Pablo Picasso took current events of his time disassembled them and brought them back together in a single piece or painting. Like Picasso, I want to take the current state of fast fashion and analyze it. Then by using the human figure I want reconstruct it into a new form; upcycled denim.
Pablo Picasso was constantly evolving in his career and went through several phases or artistic periods. He went through the blue and rose periods, then demonstrated his interest in African influences, and he also focused on cubism. One of the most wholesome period as an artist was in his later work where he would get elements from all of his older works and combine them into one masterpiece. His inspiration came from the injustices that he saw in the world, including war. However, a significant period in his career was when he began creating work in the style of analytical cubism. Here the representation of the subject is presented in the most basic of shapes. The change in color is very gradual and not too obvious. Yet, the viewer can still make out what Picasso wanted them to see.
Picasso once said, “Art is the lie that tells the truth.” In fiction or a fantastical world like art, a true artist can inject reality into their creations. Through the use of symbolism Picasso can express symbolic images that represent death, starvation, inequalities and other social issues that affect the world. He did this in one of his most well-known paintings, Guernica, which is a cubist style painting in black and white that shows the effects of war on mankind and animals alike. This painting looks like a set of images that were each taken from different places and all carefully reused in a single canvas and to represent something completely new. Although, this painting was displayed in the World’s Fair (where the theme was technology), Picasso’s work highlighted the world events and the consequences for the environment including both humans and animals.
In a way Picasso changed the traditional forms of creating art by destroying the usual way of painting. By this I mean the usual use of time and place in painting. However, in his version of cubism the subject becomes a part of the environment. He broke the mold from his old training in classical painting, but instead of getting rid of the pieces, he put them together using the inner geometry of the objects. Where the lines of the shapes are clearly visible but do not interfere with the overall message of the new painting.
Lastly, Picasso also was quoted saying, “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” When an artist begins a new painting, sculpture or project, they must get their supplies from raw materials like trees and minerals which are cut down and turned into paintbrushes canvases and paint. This is only on the material side of things. Then there are the ideas and inspirations behind the creation of art. Sometimes an artist might pick only certain parts of inspiration or a piece of an idea to begin a new work.
This is precisely what I will be doing for my final project. Like I mentioned in the introduction my project will consist of garments created using upcycled denim. I will get denim jeans and other denim products and deconstruct them until they lose their original design and purpose. The idea behind this is because old clothes can harm the environment and most of the time they end up in landfills and when transported create the release of carbon emissions. There is no better way to recycle these old jeans than by reusing them. So after the jeans are deconstructed, I will put different pieces of the different garments together in a way that they match my proposed design. That way we are not leaving the earth man made material that it cannot decompose. Unfortunately, fast fashion and consumerism has made it seem like most clothes are disposable and this is an issue we are facing today.
In conclusion, Picasso’s works in cubism in his paintings has inspired me to create my line of upcycled denim. Like Picasso’s idea of destroying to create, I will use today’s issues with fast fashion and I will deconstruct and create new garments from old ones. Every piece of reused denim is a part of the fast fashion world but will now represent something new and unique.
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Penrose R. Picasso: his life and work. London: Granada; 1985.
Steer G. The tragedy of Guernica: town destroyed in air attack. The Times, April 28, 1937 [cited 2003 May 1].
8. Demos or help needed this semester
I need help with silk fabrics handling (including how to sew different material with silk)