For our course we write a reflective journal, which illustrates how our design has been influences by our surroundings and what insights we gain throughout our projects. I write those on a weekly basis, normally over the weekend, as I like looking back at the week and reflecting on what I have done. Therefore they are normally quite calm and descriptive documents. I have just read through this weeks entry and think that is different to the others. It feels much closer to home, much more personal. Which I think is quite a reflcetion in itself. The tension I feel now as such an important and personal project comes to an end, makes me so much more emotional – which does not really help :-) Well, I thought I share my thoughts of this week with you -if only to make you more curious about the upcoming show and exhibition: 22/05/13 – save the date and get your ticket here.
See you there and stay curious!
Week 28 06/05 – 12/05/13
This week had their ups and downs. As the fashion show and the day of the exhibition draw nearer, things get more tense and I find it more harder to cope with the pressure. What upsets me the most is that everything is in bits and pieces and nothing seems to be finished – and the remaining time does not seem to be sufficient to get everything done.
I will try to work more focused now that I have developed everything and only need to make the items for the exhibitions one by one. Even though I normally like to work on different things at one time as I find it hard to concentrate over longer periods of time, I will for the next week try to finish things off one after the other.
I planned to have all outfits knitted and made up this week, which did not happen, as the washing machine ruined the fabrics I wanted to use for the jacket and a couple of samples. They all felted differently, so that they could not be used in one garment alone. Others felted too much, so that they had lost all their appeal. Mid-week I found that really de-motivating and I hope I will be able to redo those in time. If worst comes to worst, I could do without this garment, but I really like it, as it is colourful and motivating.
I am currently transcribing the interview I had with Prof. Twigg in Canterbury, which takes much more time as I thought it would. But it is interesting to review, as I want to take excerpts from I to play at the exhibition. In this conversation a lot of quite academic research is presented in a way that is nice to follow. But I find it quite unnerving to listen to my own voice – and my accent.
I have finally found a couple of solutions on how to design the interactive gadgets which will be attached to the sleeves of the garments, which in contrast to the other tasks of this week has been quite motivating. I know now exactly how to make them in a way that is appealing as well as practical and uses only materials I am also using in other parts of the collection. I think I got carried away at times in this collection, focusing too much on the development of garments, when I should have worked on those. I feel that here I can work more to my strength, when finding innovative solutions by experimenting with materials and using traditional techniques in a new way. The development of those has been the part of the week that I really enjoyed and I am looking forward to make them next week.