This week has been really full of college work, but I thought I would pop in with an update on the project.
Today I have been knitting like crazy, about 9 hours non-stop! It is using four needles and complicated intarsia pattern so my eyes are going funny..cannot wait to share the result soon. Now is a few pages from my sketchbook, mostly designing. (Please click to enlarge, if you want to see detail).
For me, the most important thing when starting designwork is to get ideas down on paper fast. I have a few pages filled with simple, sometimes repeated, thumbnail drawings and then can pull developed ideas from these later. There is not a lot of colour either, which my tutors tell me off about ;)
As part of the criteria for the Final Major, we must print at least one garment, so I kept this in mind throughout. With knitting being my chosen textile, I hoped to recreate a knit look through printing. I used the knitted samples made from vintage patterns, scanned them into photoshop and put into repeat. Then could use the photocopier to play about with scale. This was such a fun method and proved really helpful for the final print. Below are my two choices.
Actually I chose to print two garments, via screenprinting…if you have ever tried this you will know how hard and unpredictable it can be. I am not so happy with the end result but it cannot be helped >.<
These last two spreads show my final designs. I was so indecisive with this project, it took me days to make a proper decision! It is actually a mixture of both pages, but only two outfits. I say only, there is quite a lot of work in them, which I should be doing now..