Ok so last year for Printmedia and Drawing I was allegedly exploring the theme of "place" or something. Anyway. So here in Australia the sky is VERY blue, and very clear and it goes on forever, and if you look up you see a huge blue void, with trees clawing at the edge. SO yeah, I tried to make a skirt representing that. Only when I came to explain it I just sounded dumb..whatever. Here is the original skirt.
Yeah, it's HUGE. It's a circle skirt with an 8 metre hem..er..I can't remember how long it was exactly, but it was "trip over it" length. The piece of fabric I cut it from was 250cm by 250 cm. Now you can't exactly do ANYTHING with a skirt that big. You sure as hell can't wear it. So in any case, well after assessment I got it out, chopped off the waist elastic, and then cut a bodice out of the top. Then I turned it into a retro dress. With pockets for my iphone (I cycle to uni, and I am vastly limited by what I can wear because everything has to have phone pockets.)
The lighting's a bit bad cause unlike the first pic, no pet photographer! Yeah, it has pockets, the skirt is gathered, it has a shirred back and a waist tie and a tiny collar thing.
With petticoat. The petticoat actually makes it so full it doesn't fit in the reflection.
The back. Heh, I should so make a little apron to go with it (because I don't have enough useless clothing already, naturally! )
What the hell is that cup in the first photo? I can't quite figure out what's going on there...
Basically, me being pretentious and philosophical about perception. I'd had clams for breakfast (vognole - it's like a clam pasta, yeah, I do have a habit of eating leftovers for breakfast..) and I put all the empty shells in my teacup...and my Dad told me it was gross, so I thought "why is it gross in a cup, but not if I'd put them in a bowl? Because we don't expect to see shells in a mug?" and yeah, snapped the pic.
OK so I made this dress about 2 years ago and truth be told it wasn't that great, not very flattering and the skirt was rather too narrow so I couldn't walk too well in it. Also no pockets, and everything needs pockets.
(bear with me, I only have this photograph) So what did I do? I chopped it up, used the shirring as a back panel and recycled the skirt fabric, of which there was precious little (hence the addition of all the white bits.) It has pockets for my iphone too! I think it's pretty cute, and considering my incredibly bad success rate with dresses (for some reason I just can't do dresses very well..) I'm quite pleased.
The white bit is a segment of a business shirt, pintucked etc.
Cause the skirt was so narrow I had to cut it in half and gather it instead, and then that meant that..well..it was really short. Like, not covering my bum short. Hence the white frillies, and it's more short than I usually wear even now Close up of the fabric:
Ugh, twitpic is poopoo, so I have to do links :/ I was skeptical about corsets, I thought they'd be hideously uncomfortable, but I made one for a halloween/birthday party thing (I'm going as a victorian ghost, so we can do some of those terrible "THERE WERE ONLY THREE PEOPLE IN THE ROOM WHEN THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN" fake ghost photos ) But the verdict - yes, it's not the most comfy thing in the world, but it isn't that bad at all! Feels a bit weird, but not too weird. My waist is 73 cm - 28.5 inches. It goes down to 27 inches - 69cm with the corset on. Not a massive reduction, but who cares I used like..four bottles. Two milk bottles, one juice and one disinfectant one. Some of the plastic was a bit bendy/ridged cause of the shape or whatever, it doesn't matter TOO much. The worst bit was putting in those eyelet things...I didn't have a specific hole punching device, so I had to use..a paper hole puncher :/ which meant I had to set them quite close to the edge, and it was really hard to get the holes big enough, I had to sort of punch a hole, then punch one that overlapped it.. Well anyway. Less talking, more pictures. http://www.twitpic.com/jpkmz http://www.twitpic.com/jsxcb the back is a bit buckle-y because I couldn't lace it up really well on my own. But I fixed it when I took it off. White on one side, stripey on the other.. http://www.twitpic.com/jsxed http://www.twitpic.com/jsxg8 you can't really tell but I smooshed so many of the eyelets when putting them on. Well anyway, it isn't perfect but for a costume I think I did a pretty good job. Maybe I'll make one with a zip next time. The white fabric was some weird misc canvassy stuff, and the stripey was from this weird hideous nightdress thing that for some reason is really narrow at the bottom instead of flaring out like a dress thing normally would. Hopefully the post works
Thanks everyone for all your feedback. I'm thinking that I'll talk to the teachers about the possibility of transferring to a different major, as I'm not sure I'll be able to work to the demands of textiles. I'm a jack of all trades, and probably better at drawing/painting than I am at sewing so a switch to printmaking and drawing won't be too bad at all.
The fabric is a pale blue colour, and the reason I left the space is to do with rule of thirds, I thought that if I embroidered and appliqued the top left corner the woman would look boxed in, and the design wouldn't have breathing space.
I think the problem that your professors had was that they probably don't view textiles as a form of artistic expression or even just design.
AH..well..I'm majoring IN textiles..and they were textiles teachers... in the end it probably turns out that it wasn't the best idea to do textiles, it was probably rather too ambitious... I was accepted into two majors, textiles and printmaking/drawing. I'm probably better at drawing than I am at textiles...and I decided to pick textiles to stretch myself and improve my skills. Perhaps that wasn't the best idea for something as involved as full time university.
I appreciate everyone's opinions, positive and negative. I'm reasonably willing to accept criticism, it's just that unless I can see where the criticism is coming from I get a bit upset. The suggestion that I needed to improve on documentation and experimentation wasn't too bad, but I don't really know how I can do more work, as of now I am doing as much as I can manage. I've got four more weeks before I go back, so I have a bit of time to think about it.
Ok so I had to do two textiles pieces for assessment, and I only had three days of class time for each one..so I did a lot of this in my own time. And embroidery takes a very long time as you well know, it took me about 40 minutes for just ONE of those little green feathers! (I'd embroidered the face beforehand btw, that took two days solid of embroidery.)
I was inspired by kazakh and indian embroidery and wanted to create a very opulent effect with rich patterned fabric and a combination of stylised and more realistic eyes. I used chain stitch, buttonhole stitch, satin stitch, split stitch, a tiny bit of running stitch, feather stitch and scroll stitch.
My teachers, however, said that I needed to do more experimentation. "do you consider this finished?" one of them said cattily, adding that she didn't think I demonstrated the commitment needed to take textiles at university. Naturally I was very upset seeing as I do all I can..I really don't want to sacrifice any more of my life for uni, I already do 35 hours a week in face to face time for one! I'm thinking I want to change courses to printmedia and drawing, where the teachers aren't so ridiculously demanding. Anyway, this is about the embroidery, rather than my depressing time at assessment. More pictures can be seen at my site http://www.louisagiffard.com/blogitem.pl?id=61
I'm guessing her hair is dyed with Manic Panic's enchanted forest, which is a beautiful deep turquoise green, like this: but when it fades, or in certain lights, it looks electric blue or cyan...
(for instance, with the first photo I had to get substantial colour correction because in the photograph my hair was prussian blue.) Anyway..enough thread bombing..the skirt is magnificent! I love the colour, and I think you can wear it with your hair..just have a colour that compliments both your hair and the skirt for the top you wear it with.