I have came to the conclusion that I liked working with bubble wrap and cling film together. For my final piece i have done a layer of cling film, then bubble wrap, followed by cling film, then a layer of sequins, then a layer of cling film, then a layer of different types of threads, then a layer of cling film, a layer of more sequins and then finally a layer of cling film. I ironed them all together so the cling film trapped all the sequins, bubble wrap and threads together. For the cling film technique to work you need at least three layers so that the material being trapped stays in place. I will wrap this around my snake so it can be the snake pattern to the fashion sculptore/accessorie that I am making. As I have explored a lot of techniques, I believe this technique was very successful as when I ironed them all together they all trapped and you can see all the different layers. A snake is not the same and can have lots of different patterns on one snake. As the cling film technique is still flexible this is going to make it easier for the snake to come alive. I have not came to the conclusion on what I have to do to the snakes head yet, I am not sure wheather I should do it in the same pattern as the body to make it continous through out or if I should do it different. If i was to do it different I would start off by wwrapping it round in white (not sure if paper or tissue paper would be the best) I still need to figure out what I can do to the snakes toungue and how I can attach it. I did not think that my cling film technique for the body would be that successful as I put lots of layers of cling film and I did not want it to counter out for some of the layers of bubble wrap or sequins, so to overcome this I added another layer with sequins. However when I ironed it all together I can see all the different types of layers. To attach the Cling film Technique to the snake I have thought that I could use wire and then roll bubble wrap around it. As the bubble wrap is not the main focus in the cling film technique yet I have wanted to use bubble wrap. This takes away the wire feeling aorund the cling film technique. This will be a relief from the main sculptor.
my papier mache has been completed! I have attached the body (wire wrapped around wadding) and the head together! I have done several experiements, of what could look best around my snake, for the pattern! What i liked best was doing the cling film technique but adding bubble wrap around it and sequins to make it decoartive as Stacey Solomon was the queen of the jungle! I have thought about how to present my work in the exhibition. I have thought about a jungle theme, and going all out with the idea with jungle leaves and branches everywhere with this mannequin (which will be decorated with perhaps material?) to have the snake around it. So the snake is in its natural habitat. I need to finish book work, do designs for how my exhibition is going to look like, and finish my final piece!
Yesterday my prezi presentation went well and my liquid latex dried. What I didn’t like with the liquid latex was that it took too long to dry, and if i was going to produce it on a larger scale it would take even longer to dry. Also the price of the bottle of liquid latex was £7.99 and it covered two samples for my journal, if i was to produce this for the whole of the snake it would be very costly! So i thought I could see use bubble wrap to look like the snake skin shreads, maybe i could experiment with layering the bubble wrap on top of each other with materials or sequins inside of it! (who knows yet). I also want to see what it looks like to use the cling film technique which i have produce earlier in my journal, I think this feels a lot like snake skin, and i can use different patterns for different parts of the snake, so i could experiment with that aswell! I need to buy some more thin wire from a hardware store to carry on working with my snake! I have done two more layers on my snakes head yesterday - so the paper mache is nearly ready to be made in to the real mccoy
Today has been a productive day! I have started my paper mache for my snaked head, I have built up a few layers! As i have never used paper mache before i thought it was a very intresting to build all the layers on my chicken wire. At first I didn’t think it was very successful, I started using paper instead of newspaper, the paste was too watery and didn’t stick properbly (I was using wall paper paste instead of proper paper mache as it works better) I added some more wall paper paste to the water and that thickened the water, I also teared up some newspaper and threw all the paper away which I teared up so it was much stronger and more easier to layer onto the chicken wire snakes head. Whilst I was waiting for that to dry, I started on the body of the snake, I am using wire and wodding for this, I wanted to make the wodding thicker by the snakes head and for it to go smaller and smaller until it reaches the bottom of the tail. I started off at the bottom of the tail and worked my way up with wodding, to secure the wodding in place I wrapped wire around it so it stayed in place and also this way it made the wodding more flexible and easy to bend into different positions, as I am still confused about how it can look on a mannequin/model! Yet i love this idea of a snake and so far it is looking very successful and something out of my confort zone and I am not used to this! My liquid latex still hasn’t dried from yesterdays experiments, I will have to wait until tomorow to see the final outcome, yet others who have taken alook have said it looks good. Tomorow is my prezi presentation - so fingers cross that goes well!
I have started planning ideas for my final piece. I have produce a snakes head out of chicken wire. I thought I could make the whole body out of chicken wire however I think that would be two difficult and wouldn’t look right if everything was in the same way. I think it would be best to produce a thin piece of wire for the frame and then wrap wodding around the frame and then put another layer of wodding to secure the layer of wodding and then over the top of that make some bubble wrap samples like I have produced before. I have expanding my knowledge by going out and buying some liquid latex and I made two samples one with food colouring and one with fabric paint to see what worked best. I made them today, and it takes 24 hours to dry. So i can see the results tomorow. I have also thought about leaving some of the snake structure out and not filling it with bubble wrap so it looks like the snake is shredding its skin and layers. I have also thought about adding bubble wrap and then securing more wire over the top to trap down the bubbles even further. Tomorow I will paper mache the head of the snake as that has to be done still. I will also add more wodding and wire to build up the snake. I want the snake to be thicker by the head and then gets narrower and narrower when it comes closer to the tail to look like a stereotypical snake. I will also continue with my Prezi presentation.
On Wednesday 2nd May 2012, we went to the Victoria and Albert musuem in London. This is primary research and was great to see artist work display in the galleries. This made me think about how my artwork could be displayed and how to hang my final garment. In the Victoria and Albert musuem there was an exhibition of British Designers 1948 - 2012. In this exhibition I see a dress with lots of embellishment which Queen Elizabeth the 2nd wore. I thought it was lovely to see all the embellishments and how it was placed with material down the backdrop with the dress on a mannequin. I was also very inspired by the designer Kansai Yammoto and the garment was called stage costume for David Bowie. I thought it was very outrageous and over the top. I love how this was displayed on the mannequin by going up one arm of the mannequin and then going down the opposite leg. I have thought previously that I could do that with my snake design, to make it intresting. I thought these two garments were very inspirational as they were made from two different eras in fashion. I love how things have changed. I love the old embellishments and how it looks glamourous to wear (maybe because it was designed for the Queen to wear) and how something modern was designed for David Bowie and how different they looked to display and how you can see that one was modern and one was more precious by being in a glass cabernet. In the Victoria and Albert musuem there was a golden spider silk section. It had details of embroidered cape made of spider silk, made by Simon Peers and Nicholas Godley, in 2011. It shows lots of different pieces of material made from spider silk. It showed video footage of the process on how to make the spider silk, by woving 12 threads of spiders web together. This would have made the material very strong. I thought it was fascinating how a creature has made these beautiful pieces of material, and made me think that anything was possible. In the afternoon of the 2nd May we went to a design musuem where christian Louboutin had created/displayed loads of different types of footwear on one floor of the design musuem. There was hollograms of glamourous girls dancing around in underwear showing off that they were feminine and that they felt more confident wearing these high heel shoes. Some of the shoes were hung on fair ground rides, which makes the shoes at a more intresting composition to start with! The fairground ride didnt move around yet the seats on the fairground ride did so you got to see all sides of the footwear. There was one room on the floor which suprised me in a way and made me think ‘that is intresting’. The room had consisted of his work being displayed in a glass table in the middle of the room, when you looked in the table it looked like a messy studio desk. The desk was filled by tea, crayons, design boards, sunglasses, photographs ect. What you would stereotypically think of a studio yet it was displayed in his Design Musuem which is very different and I havent seen this done before. I could spend hours looking at different details in that room. It was magnificant. On the upstairs to the Design Musuem showed new technology which has been invented like you could see an inside of a garment, an ambulance, a new created car ect. But the thing what inspired me the most was a board with lots of flowered pinned to the material. To me it looked completed in an incomplete way. I love how it still had pins in the material and how the reaction to other viewers thinking thats weired really inspired me by the designer being different.
On Thursday 3rd May 2012, we took a trip to Goodwood Sculptor park. As for my final garment I want to produce a fine art sculptor piece, I thought it was primary research to look on how different the sculptors are and how I expect my artwork to look like. As it was all outside, I took a different approach on how to display my artwork (as I have always wanted to display my artwork inside) There was one sculptor from when you looked at it, it looked there was two hollow heads in 2d. Yet when you became closer to the heads you could see that they were 3D. I didn’t understand what was going on. I walked around the whole of the heads, and then I realise at one of the points the two heads matched up and created a whole head but it was only at this one point in view. I thought it was fascinating how the human brain could match up the two heads and create it to one head. You can see that the had a lot of planning and making the sculptor just right. After we looked round the sculptor park we also had the oppurtunity to look at the archive of the artist work. I loved looking at the drawings they had produce before they made there final pieces and how similar and different it looked as 3D and not on paper. Looking at other sculptors has inspired me to create a completely different sculptor as not one of the scultpors i saw was the same, they were all different and made out of different materials.
Today I have done some sampling work of some ink studies, to expand my knowledge and to go beyond my comfort zone of Fashion and Textiles. I have added bleach into these ink studies so the ink stands on top of the ink. I have also experimented with bleeding techniques from water paper and bleach on top so its bleeds together into differerent swirls and patterns. I have also done seperate experiments for the bleeding from ink into bleech to see the effetcs of lighter tones and darker tones. I intendeed to do these ink studies to create patterns for a snake design as some of the photographs I have taken off the seaweed remind me of a snake and also link in with Stacey Solomon as she was in ‘I’m a celebrity get me out of here’. I found a technique for my ink experiments which work really well and that is making a dark, thick, heavy line with the black ink (without any water for bleeding) and used a stick tool to make arabesque lines inside the black ink pattern using bleach. Once I found a design which I like to create on my snake pattern, I drew out a snake in ink and made marks of bleach inside the snake. I wanted to use bigger mark patterns for the middle of the snake and then it gradually comes smaller for the outside of the snake. I have thought about doing these marks for whold of the snake and slowly let the marks fade out to look like the snake pattern look completely different from either side of the snake, and to relate this back to a fashion garment. If I was to make this into a fashion garment I could have the top part of the garment plain and at the bottom of the garment covered in snake scale patterns so you would be able to see the contrast. However as I am only doing this as a sample of different techniques, I would like to fill in all the snake as I believe it would look uncompleted as an ink studied yet I have taken this into consideration.
I have collected some seaweed last week. I have put them in a bucket for a week to clean all the nasty stuff out. I got all different shades of green/red seaweed and all different shapes of leaves. I found out today that when i put them in a bucket to soak, some of my seaweed had disintergrated and was no longer able to use. However I still went on locations to see what effects/how I could use them. I took them down to a local river in Bishops Waltham, I made a fish jumping out of the river to start with, so I produced a silhouette figure of the fish, this wasn’t as successful as I had hoped because it was really hard to identify the fish was there in green grass as it was quite camouflaged. I started produced patterns on fish jumping out of the river as it was camouflaged so in theory you wouldn’t be able to see the outline anywhere, I produced some spotty patterns aswell as some stripped patterns. I took the seaweed along the bridge of the river, I made a stripped pattern along the wood, I loved this idea as you would be able to see through the fish and see the water underneath so it would look like it was swimming. It was easier to produce this pattern on the bridge because it was on light brown wood so the seaweed showed up really well. I took photographs of the outcomes aswell aswell as what left behind, for example, the seaweed was still wet from being soaked in water so it left a wet mark. I found that the wet mark was still as successful as the seaweed marks, if not more successful because of the impact what it left in the locations I went.
Today I have researched into Jungles as Stacey Solomon was the Queen of I’m a celebrity in 2009. I have researched into Alexander McQueen collection in 2010 spring/summer, he has done loads of work relevant to snakes, and snake skin. At first I didn’t like this idea, as I have a phobiea of snakes however Alexander Mcqueen makes his snake skin colourful, outrageous, and different and this is why I have fell in love with the idea. I have thought to do little samples in my book of snake skins, using a variety of different techniques which then should follow onto the next idea.
I used a free motion stitch and on black material with pink thread, I wrote down ‘fish are friends not food!!!’ this is a quote from finding nemo, It is relevant to the project as Stacey Solomon used to work in a fish shop called ‘oh my cod’. As a vegeterain i believe in not eating fish as that is an animal. I wanted to put my own beliefs into the project and go beyond my research of Stacey Solomon. I used a free motion stitch to make my work look more like Alice Kettle’s, as I love how child like her work is and how she uses a free motion stitch to portray the child like, messiness to her work.