Part 5 (Textiles) – Assignment five (Self-assessment)

Assessment criteria Demonstration of subject based knowledge and understanding In order to achieve a broad understanding of the subject content, I drew both from my personal knowledge and from research (primary and secondary sources). I was unable to obtain a full historical knowledge of the subject due to limited information, though perhaps with more time… Continue reading Part 5 (Textiles) – Assignment five (Self-assessment)

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Part 5 (Textiles) – Assignment five (Commentary)

Commentary on my experience of Part Five (Textiles) I feel like I've read and written so much in Part 5 that it's hard to figure where to start. I started this part of the course thinking that I had a good knowledge of textiles but quickly realized that I really didn't. Starting from the very first exercises,… Continue reading Part 5 (Textiles) – Assignment five (Commentary)

Part 5, Project 4 (Enveloping the body) – Exercise 1

Fashion image I began this exercise by searching for female fashion photographers. One that has really caught my attention is contemporary photographer Julia Noni (born in Italy, raised in Germany, currently based in New York City). She shoots for fashion magazines like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar and for brands such as Dior and Swarovski. What draws… Continue reading Part 5, Project 4 (Enveloping the body) – Exercise 1

Part 5, Project 4 (Enveloping the body) – Research point 3

Pattern and print designer brand Agatha Ruiz de la Prada (Madrid, 1960-) is a fashion designer famous for her colorful, bold designs and patterns. I feel her work primarily leans towards creating an identifiable brand. Her brand has steadily expanded throughout the years (more than 100 fashion accessory licenses) and branched well beyond just clothing… Continue reading Part 5, Project 4 (Enveloping the body) – Research point 3

Part 5, Project 4 (Enveloping the body) – Research point 2

Chanel tweed fabrics Tweed is a rough-surfaced, woven woolen fabric most commonly used in Ireland and the United Kingdom. It was traditionally used as country clothing and in outdoor activities such as hunting because of its durability, flexibility, and warmth. Very interesting to find out that in Scotland in the 1800s, each family and estate had… Continue reading Part 5, Project 4 (Enveloping the body) – Research point 2

Part 5, Project 4 (Enveloping the body) – Research point 1

Fashion photographers Textile qualities: Silhouette Volume Drape Movement Opacity / transparency Texture Colour Pattern and print Irving Penn Ball Dress by Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci, New York, 2007 Made of steel gray heat-crinkled silk organza embroidered with linear chain stitch in white silk. http://blog.metmuseum.org/blogmode/index.php/2007/12/17/lair-du-temps/olivier-theyskens/ Silhouette: ball gown, fitted bodice with voluminous skirt / dress contrasts… Continue reading Part 5, Project 4 (Enveloping the body) – Research point 1

Part 5, Project 3 (Clouds and pillars) – Research point

Layering qualities of textiles, Palimpsest Palimpsest: 'mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek palimpsēstos, from palin "again" + psēstos "rubbed smooth"' (The New Oxford American Dictionary, 3rd edition) A palimpsest refers to a manuscript/page that is reused after having its original text erased. In more general terms, it refers to something that has been reused or altered but still… Continue reading Part 5, Project 3 (Clouds and pillars) – Research point

Part 5, Project 3 (Clouds and pillars) – Research point

Personnes (2010), Christian Boltanski Art: installation, visual, non-functional, conceptual Temporary: on view from January 13, 2010 - February 21, 2010. Textiles used in piece were recycled after exhibition ended. Large scale: created for the Monumenta series (monumental exhibitions held annually at the Grand Palais, Paris), occupying the 13,500 square meter exhibition space Transformed the Nave of the Grand Palais… Continue reading Part 5, Project 3 (Clouds and pillars) – Research point