art has the habit of being closeted…not in a gay straight kind of way but closeted at times.
in my periodic bouts with art…quite a few of them…the object art, not the lifestyle art, i have studied a lot of aspects of why and for how long and the effects.
i think this is often what may present itself to the artist or the “student of the muse” the visual product and viewer/experiencer.
whether this art is right or not…creative or exact. and i think the radicalization of art is a perfect way to describe both times when this does or doesnt work.
its a great way of thinking in terms of making decisions for the artist, their lifestyle choices and in phader ewaws case the recipient of the object or creation. what will be the type of decisions or terms i will access through my self or others and will it be radical.
accessorizing attachments and closures for garments is really fun. each item is different and may require a different style of tie, button, or zipper. i think of these items as accessories because they totally change the feeling and style of a garment the way jewelry or other accessories do.
i have the most fun with this by thinking how i can most wisely use the fabric and design to provide the best fit, most subtle yet easy access for dressing, and still keep it couture. (couture often means tailored for a specific fit).
depending on the garment, buttons or ties can be used to secure on a body if a small gap is ok design-wise. in other cases where a total connection is needed (like on some of my shirts) a zipper becomes the choice. i aso ise cloth buttons as an option to sinch up some of my skirts and dress as well as ties to give the option to wear them shorter.
these different closure accessories add a variety to the look where otherwise it may not be so intended. just as jewelry, a belt or a scarf can highlight features of a garment or pick up colors to stand out, closures add a personality and style to help bring out the fit and nature of the garments.
dyeing fabric is one of the small scale wonders of the world. fabric is quite easily transformed from a light or white fabric into a bright colored thing.
fabric can be dyed on small scale by heating a dye bath on the stove…or small scale dip dyes with indigo dye or other type of dye. there is even a dye where you spray color and set it in the dryer. usually these small scale items are a couple small pieces of fabric.
its useful because you can add a little bit of contrast and show off your handiwork. hand dyes often imbue fabrics with a touch of rusticity…a bit of the old world. or it can add the future work of the small scale green worker. either way, kind of interesting.
asymentry vs. symetry is a great topic to discuss when talking about designing. as far as the art and craft of my work a lot of the symetry and asymetry comes in in the actual structure and in the coloring or light and dark materials.
when i work through the garment i think a lot about amount of fabric (trying to make things light in weight quite often). symetry is great because it is a great equalizer and works a lot with the body structure as a symetrical being the same on both sides of a vertical plane. this is great for drawing the eyes to the hips.
asymetry connects a lot with the face from the side for me or the sillouette from the side. this is why i love asymmetry in my horizontal stripes (stripes of varying sizes or in a non repetetive pattern) also in the structure of some of my garments using the rule of thirds to “patch” obscure rectangles for a nice variation on sides.
so overall both symmetry and asymetry contribute to to motion of the eye or the add or highlighting a curve or line of motion within the wearer or garment and i use color and seaming to indicate this
so i wanted to talk a little about workflow in industry. the main point of the article will be to demonstrate how to task a job for production. it is important to assess each job and create a manageable way to navigate through each step.
i generally plan for myself (ie my abilities and creative genesis or generation of creative juices, energy and actual work). the ability to stay working for the longer time frame is important when planning due to the nature of my planning.
if i plan my design (mentally), physically cut them out and then arrange them, i can actually spend more of my time sewing and can visualize/plan my design while i am “doing other things” i find this gives me greater capacity to work without second guessing and i can sew for many hours.
as a very small scale productionist…thinking about workflow enables me to actually manufacture a product whereas otherwise i would be overcharging for an artistic version of my capacities as an artist. (at least for me my capacities in art would change since the actual creation time would.)
now by inspiration from this workflow art has been added because the cost comes to take effect . and so working i have gained the inspiration to see art value. half of small scale production is finished product and needing things in order is one step as well as neat so plays into the brand as it can evolve. and this in tune to if the inspiration drives it or the actual derivatives of art vs mechanie otherwise known as fashion.
some of my fabrics are recycled meaning they are old sheets or pillow cases from thriftstores or castoffs. i use these as well as store boughts because they are interesting to me as fabric. oftentimes they have colors or patterns i couldn’t have gotten elsewhere and/or they have a nice look of wear to them which i often appreciate in a piece of clothing.
so i just wash them and treat it as any other fabric. in one case i was able to do a synthetic indigo dye (indigo is usually a natural product often made uric acid so the synthetic was quite a bit easier).
it is kind of fun…i take out all the elastic from the sheets and trimming and seams. i use to flat bits for clothes and even the trimming and strips of seams for clothes.
i do this just to repurpose a waste stream where i can. i also like going to the thrift store as opposed to the fabric store or sourcing online. it is just as exciting as the fabric store and i feel its my bit to reuse where possible. the price overall is about comparable depending what i find or buy.
designing clothes is awesome. one can utilize all their sensibilities in terms of their desires for the ultimate cool. every piece of clothes will have a certain look that it is trying to fit into or a pinnacle of expression to acheive.
to design clothes its easy to mix up style with fads or trendiness. trendiness is fantastic but i think it just happens out of the blue. so to design a garment i really like to delve into a style that incorporates trends (like most youth or fashion bites do) but do a little bit of background research or imagination into what the style i am going for means for a person or a group.
at this stage i can put a good bit of magic into my mind about what is cool about the style and refine it for the garments use or the wearers desires. i think about durability for the partiers, practicality for the fashion bomber (who might be inclined to share their taste and are used to trendsetting and the adrenaline accompanied), and good looks for the perfect.
so i think about all of that when planning garments, how to will fit and what edges to push, where to accent features and where to let the garment speak