Friday, January 24, 2014


Now You've had the London trip you should all have the imagery you need to really accelerate with your projects. The remainder of this week and next week should be spent developing responses to your London imagery and planning your final piece.The final 2 weeks of the project should be dedicated to the production of your chosen project outcome.
From your London photos you should be making drawings, prints, collages and starting to combine media to create multi layered images. This may involve using techiques such as PhotoShop, acetate collage, spray stencils, carbon printing, painting and the inclusion of text elements.
As a guide you should have the following (as a minimum) in your sketchbook by Monday 3rd February:

Pre trip work:

  • Selection of your best photos from the College architecture.
  • Research into 2 modern Architects (see the brief for names).
  • 1 or more sustained full page pencil tonal drawings based on your College photos.
  • 1 or more controlled linear (fineliner/biro) drawings based on your College photos.
  • At least 2 additional drawings exploring alternative media/technique - these could be faster more expressive pieces.
  • 1 good Gold Card print from your College photos.
  • At least one Collage/mixed media piece developed from your College imagery.
  • Brainstorms and moodboards on London.

  • Selection of your best photos from the London Trip.
  • Research into 2 Artists/Designers whose work is inspired or influenced by Architecture (see the brief for names). If you know what you are planning for your final piece then try to find at least one practitioner whose work has a clear relationship to your intentions - so if you are planning a sculptural garment look at a Fashion Designer/collection that extends the body through structural garments.
  • A sustained full page pencil tonal drawings based on your London photos.
  • And/or a controlled linear (fineliner/biro) drawing.
  • At least 2 additional drawings exploring alternative media/technique - these could be faster more expressive pieces.
  • 1 or more good Gold Card print from your London photos.
  • At least 1 sustained and successful piece of monoprinting
  • At least 2 Collage/mixed media pieces developed from your London imagery.
  • Paper building made ready to be photographed.
  • Photoshop experiments using your photography.
  • Other experiments e.g. Carbon prints, spray stencils, painting - ideally these approaches should be combined to create multi-layered images.
  • Visual planning and notes that outline your intentions for your project outcome (this might be combined with your experiments in the bullet point above). The nature of this planning might be very different from person to person, it could take the form of Fashion Drawings, experiments with 3D media, storyboards for animation or many other things.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


The deadline is Wednesday 15th January and this is the minimum you need to have in your sketchbooks:
Observational drawing/s of your object.
Photos of your Moodboard layouts.
Copies of your presentation slides.
6 pages research into 2 Fashion Illustrators.
4 Illustrator responses based on your the human figure.
Sketchbook experiments with your object, how does it weave? Layer?
Etc. This can be photographed or stuck directly in your sketchbook.
12-15 garment proposals (with notes, using the templates).
2 finished Illustrations based on your best designs - these should be developed independently and not dependent on templates.
4 pages research into 2 Fashion Photographers.
Your finished garment/accessory.
A thoughtfully styled studio shoot and a thoughtfully styled location shoot of your garment - be ambitious, think about the photographers whose work you have studied. Arrange model, location, props, make up. Consider posture and camera angle carefully. Take plenty of shots (20+) you might use PhotoShop to enhance your best shots for inclusion in your sketchbook.
Your word processed evaluation


In order to pass this project you must complete a word processed evaluation of 500-800 words, discussing the following ……

What object and garment did you get to work with?
How did the development of your Presentation help in understanding the possibilities offered by your object. What sources did you use in researching your object and garment?
In what other ways did you respond to and investigate your object? (e.g. photography and drawing)
Who were you collaborating with? How did you share tasks? Do you think you communicated effectively together? Did you find this collaboration helpful?
Which designer/s did you look at? What appealed to you about their work?
What did you learn from looking at the designer/s work? Did their work influence your own garment designs later in the project?
What were your first ideas for your garment design? Did these bear much relation to your final solution?
What was it that appealed to you about the fashion illustrators you chose to research and respond to?
What did you learn from recreating the styles of the illustrators you looked at, and how did this help you to understand the techniques employed in fashion illustration?
How did you go about creating your own fashion illustrations – what processes did you employ in developing your final images? What appealed to you about the work of illustrators you researched?
Describe the process you went through to create your initial garment designs, and how you decided upon the one you chose to make.
What elements of your original garment did you retain and what was added/taken away?
What materials and techniques did you employ in the production of your final garment and what problems did you encounter along the way?
Discuss your final photoshoot, how did you style your garment? Mention aspects such as make up, props, location, models, postures, lighting, composition.
Do you feel your final garment will work well with your collaborators? Did you maintain good communication throughout the project?
How do you think your piece will look on the catwalk and what will you need to do to style it properly in preparation for this?
What do you regard as the most and least successful aspects of your project?
How well did you manage your time and what you would do differently if you did this project again?