My newest project is entitled Future Pattern – Designing for Fashion and the aim is to produce a collection of 6 repeat designs for a fashion context. My initial inspiration comes from a recent trip to Iceland where I was lucky enough to see the northern lights. Thinking about this amazing phenomenon and how I could link it to my project, I started a mind map which led me to a range of ideas along the lines of futuristic and sci-fi where I want to explore light in depth. Examples could be backlights, lasers, holograms, projections or neon signage.
Following this I bought some glow sticks and started experimenting with photographing them in the dark.
As you can see from the photos above, they are quite effective, and I did experiment with a variety of shots including movement where I tried to make shapes with the light, however these were not as successful as I’d imagined. It was quite fun playing with the longer exposure times and I think I would be able to improve if I kept practising. Moving forward from these images, I was struggling to translate them into drawing, as I could not achieve the same glowing effect. However I was not going to give up, instead I started to experiment with material manipulation with various plastics and other materials.
This helped me a lot, as it gave me the opportunity to loosen up with the ideas and just play with what outcomes and materials I was creating. I am hoping over Christmas to gather more visual research and develop these current ideas even further, to really push the final outcomes to their limit.
The wellbeing project is now over, and I can happily say I concluded the project with 4 prints that I am proud of. The collection – Fruity Fix – looks really fun and exciting and I believe I achieved my aim of designing for young children.
tasty tomato and melon
bananas and pears
I am pleased that I listened to the feedback from the mid unit review which was to add text into the designs. It begins to give the designs a narrative, acting as a reminder to young children that fruit is tasty, which will hopefully prompt them into eating more of it. I felt it wasn’t necessary for text to be included in all of the designs as that starts to take away the light side, by becoming too serious. I believe the imagery alone in a few of the designs is strong enough to get across the reminder about remembering to eat fruit, without it being too full on, or too much for young children to read.
Once I had settled on these 4 prints as finals, I decided to create a product booklet which would show the four finals and their contexts. The aim of this was to display a variety of products in a professional manner, and I think it works better than if I had presented the designs on a board because there was such a variety of contexts I was willing to try that this was a clean and simple solution.
For hand in, one of the designs will be printed onto fabric, and the other 3 will be on paper, as most of the contexts are materials other than fabric.
Given more time, there is definitely room for me to progress this project even further forward, by actually producing some of the contexts or by interviewing schools/children to see their thought on the collection. However there are time restrictions and I cannot afford to overrun on this project however much I would like to.