Surviving Groupwork

Surviving Groupwork

I have an assignment to make a journal entry after each Fashion Cycle Class.

Class date: October 6, 2016

Maybe some people love working in groups, but I am not one of them. I’ve found a few tips that I feel I need to work on, so that I will hopefully become a better team member.

  1. Establish common goals, outline objectives, and keep meetings on task. Seems obvious, but I think I can forget sometimes.
  2. Avoid personal criticism. I often forget that other people may not have the same opinions I do. Being too critical is something I work on through all my life, not just in group work.
  3. Listen to classmates.

Class Date: October 13, 2016

I have a few details to finish up next week, but here is our mostly finished tote bag.

 

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Group member Stella Chu and James Jurome. Bag design by Kathryn Potter. Modelled by Stella Chu.

 

Class Date: October 20, 2016

We finished our bags and they were delivered to Bird on a Wire, where they are available for purchase.

 

 

Fashion Cycle Journal

Fashion Cycle Journal

I have an assignment to make a journal entry after each Fashion Cycle Class.

Class Date: September 15, 2016

Today we explored ideas on Pinterest, and drew tote bag ideas. For one of our designs, we need to expand it to include 5 variations. Here are some of my first, pretty lame, sketches.

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Class Date: September 22, 2016

After a few days, something clicked and I ended up with some designs I love, especially my little bunny lunch tote.

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Today we presented our sketches to our teacher and our classmates. Once seeing all the other designs, I worried about the simplicity of my design, but on the plus side the pattern drafting was quite easy.

Class Date: September 29, 2016

Today in class we created a muslin for our tote. Going into class, I was confident that my bag was of such simple design I didn’t need to worry about the actual bag construction. I was more concerned with working out the details, and wanted it to be a useable muslin. Construction was more difficult than expected, and my pattern needed to be modified. Since class, I have made a second muslin, which is still not exactly how I imagined, but my kids aren’t too picky, so they’ll do. I’m looking forward to moving on from this.