For this fashion and textiles project, we were given the theme ‘things in motion’. I was told to explore a range of media, techniques and process within the specialist area of printed textiles. From using this title I followed a number of different steps enabling me to complete my final piece which had to be due for the 25th of November.
Whilst making my project I have learned a lot of new skills for example: sewing and making garments, creating patterns and prints. I have managed to think of a new ideas also what haw to tie dye, monoprint, screen print, make a stencils, also how to work in a team.
First printing process which we has been introduced to was mono printing. By working with them I have realized that this particular technique allows considerable freedom in the approach to the imaginary. By working with prints I could decide what materials and techniques to use, for example brushes, fingers or roller, those techniques are called positive. On the other hand working negatively means that the ink is removed by hands, rags, cotton, snub or anything pointy like I have used in my prints at most of all the times. Going through the understanding of printing process I’ve also realized that creating monoprints is not as easy as it seems like. It requires good skills and spontaneity. I’ve also learned how to combine with the techniques. For example when an image is printed heavily a good way to improve the print is by making a second impression, which is called a ghost print. It is made by placing a clean piece of paper over the just printed monoprint. This technique takes away the color and gives a lighter impression.
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Second process to which our class has been introduced to was batik. It is considered to be one of the oldest and most known techniques to create pattern on fabrics. To make batik a piece of cotton preferably is needed. Next up I’ve painted over the design with wax using tjantings making sure that the wax penetrates the fabric completely. As soon as the wax stained onto the cotton I’ve dyed the material in a dye bath or a painted it with a brush. As soon as the fabric dried I could add up some more colors and repeat the whole technique until the result breached.
Third process to which our group has been introduced to was tie dying. The materials which I have used as a base was cotton, again. To make the ties I have used elastic bands however there is also a number of materials which can be used such as strings, cable ties or anything that hold on tightly. What I have learned that there ale several standard patterns used for tie dying which are: spiral, v patterns, concept circles and stripes. When the fabric became all scrunched up ad tied the next step was adding a dye. I’ve chosen a variety of colors that worked well together. Finally when I finished with the dyeing process I’ve left the fabric to dry out.
At last the final method to which our group have been introduced to was screen printing. And this is where it gets a bit trickier. First of all I’ve cutted out the stencils from a piece of bold paper which I’ve copied out the news paper and attached it to the screen. because I was told that our print have to be done in multiple colors (min 4 ) it was very important that all the pieces which I wanted to print were registered(lined up so that the printed image appears to the exactly the same places on each piece) next I’ve placed the paper and my first stencil under the screen ready to be printed followed by that I drew a small amount of ink an a line along the edge of the silk . By using an edge of a squeegee I’ve pulled the
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paint across the surface of the silk it squeezed the ink through all the open areas of the paper stencil . When my first stencil was already printed I’ve lifted up the screen and removed the print, washed the screen under the water and let it dry and repeated the same procedure for the next three stencils until the satisfied result.
Whilst experimenting with all the process and having a range of samples of printing techniques I’ve started to think about my initial ideas, but before that I’ve carried out a research on some of the fashion designers so I could gain inspirations from more resources. I found a big interest in Marc Jackobs, John Galliano, Katharine Hamlet, Jean Paul Gaultier and Helmut Lang, helped me a lot with developing ideas toward my final garment.
I’ve started off with making eight ruff sketches thinking about things in motion theme and techniques I’ve learned. From all the sketches I’ve tried to combine them together thinking of what can I swap perhaps add up to make my final outcome.
I have came over to the conclusion and decided to make Raven leggings. What pushed me to take up this idea was the mix of all Helmut Lang use of colors, John Gulianos style, leggings which Katharine Hammet designs and a stencil print which I have sketched previously while working on my initial ideas.
To create the Raven Legging I’ve used scissors, a needle and a threat to sew all the bits and pieces together. As soon the leggings were meld I’ve moved on to making a stencil print. At last I have added accessories which were a high heel boots and a ribbon necklace.
To finish my project at last I also had to take a photo of someone wearing my designed fashion piece.
My final outcome turned out exactly like I wanted to, it has a link to the theme and most of the practical and rhetorical work which I have done through my project therefore I’m not satisfied with the results of my sewing skills, using needle and a thread requires a lot of patience specially when it comes to bigger fabrics. As a result the stitches are ripping because of the lack of time, I was in a hurry but overall I’m happy with the appearance of my Raven Leggings.
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In general I liked experimenting with all the new techniques and materials to which I was introduced during this project although linking it with our theme was a little bit tricky.
I liked playing around with monoprinting, I enjoy it because of the way I can express myself and be creative through making of prints. I like the reliefs itself and the fact I can control the line and form better than I can do through painting or drawing. Tie dyeing is also fun. I love the fact that there is always that mysterious uncertainty of what the colors may look like or how the patterns will appear. It is effective but also very messy to work with.
Batik is also great. But again it’s not as easy as it seems like it requires a lot of skills and wide knowledge to know how to play with them around. Screen printing is a wonderful way to improve the look of the fabric I liked this one especially as I’m into stencils, I enjoy playing with different scales and cutting out the ideas which later can place on paper as many times as I want.
I enjoyed the experience of working independently and also with my colleagues I am pleased with my work but id liked to have had more time to expend more on my research and add up some extra details.