Casper loves meat!

Casper loves meat!

So long ago, Casper asked for a T-shirt celebrating his insane love of meat. We had an assignment to make up a collection of fabric patterns using Adobe Illustrator. Using Casper’s meat love as an inspiration, I made up a mood board.

 

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I have no idea where all the images come from, I should keep better track of these things.

I was going for a cute aesthetic, but my lack of drawing skills in Illustrator or on paper really hold me back, nonetheless I like the results. As soon as school finishes I am going on a daily drawing regime; it will be a fun morning ritual with the kids.

 

 

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My collection of fabric swatches.

I ordered swatches for the whole lot from Spoon flower; usually I just order the fabric, but I find it difficult to get the scale right moving from screen to fabric. Besides I don’t have time to sew right now anyway.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Mini Collection Illustration

Mini Collection Illustration

It’s been a long time since I posted…I’ve been a little busy with Fashion School. And while, we sew all the time, I miss sewing for myself. A lot of the sewing we do are samples and muslins. One month until summer break, and my sewing to do list is huge.

Before fashion school I never drew anything by hand, so Illustration and Design class was very challenging for me. After my second semester I started to feel more confident, but I still have a ways to go. This is my final illustration project from last term. Over the summer I will try to make a few of these; starting with the bomber jacket.

Another thing we do in fashion school, is make a bunch of mood boards. At first, I was unsure of this process, but now I enjoy making them a lot. This collection was inspired by consumption. We live in a disposable culture, where it is cheaper to buy something new, rather than to get it repaired. People today own a lot of stuff; and this has spawned a whole culture of decluttering, and organization. I’m exploring the contrast between chaos and order, the difference between hoarding and collecting, and the hypocrisy of selling minimalism. Did I even need to explain? It’s all clear looking at the collection, right?

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Inspiration collage for my mini collection.

My favourite part of this project was designing the print. I just ordered it from Spoonflower, and I can’t wait to see it. I’m trying the modern jersey for the first time, hopefully it’ll work for my jacket.

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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.