Final Major Project – Week 7

This week was dedicated to completing my textured weave halter neck. Throughout the Project I’ve used many fabric samples including hand knit, machine knit, weave, distressing denim and paper. I thought that the weave was a really interesting texture and visually pleasing so I decided to create a bigger scale using rope. The Materials used included recycled mesh shower sponge, recycled denim, recycled fruit bags, recycled bracelets, recycled shower bag, recycled fabrics, ribbon, sequins, embroidery thread, wool, sewing thread, beads, knitted wool material and many more.

I think this garment shows have versatile I can be, as I didn’t use a pattern, just my design. I wasn’t sure completely how I would secure the weave together but I hand stitched the bottom and the top, gathering it in at the neck and the waist.



Final Major Project – Week 6

This week I focused on completing all of my sketch book work. Through out my initial sketch book I had collected many resources from magazines, wsgn, and many more. I love to draw from images and life. So I made sure I had plenty of drawing through out my books. I experimented a lot with colour pallets, textures, garment structures.

Final Major Project – Week 5

This week I started to create my samples. I started off using the knitting machine at college. i found out that it wasn’t quite the texture I was going for. I wanted my knit to have much more of a loose net-like stretchy give to it, which I couldn’t get from the machine, so I started to hand knit some samples.

Using a fine knitting needle paired with a bigger knitting needle, I created more of a messy net-like effect. The colours which I worked were blues, turquoise, and yellow inpsired by the fisherman’s fishing net. Through out my design work I used inspiration from the structure of basic t-shirt, then added some sort of distressed texture to it.

Final Major Project – Week 4

This week my main focus was to finish off my mini a4 sketchbooks, a primary research book, then to start developing my own design sketches. I decided to dedicate one of my mini square books for quick design development, sampling, and experiments.

I thought it thought it would be a great way to jot down lots of quick ideas through different mediums including, the biro and hairspray technique, samples, rough flats out of different materials, pencil and watercolours. In my opinion, this is one of my favourite books as I think it’s very unusually, I love the sketchiness of it, and communicates my concept perfectly. The sketchbook was mainly inspired by Faustine Steinmetz, But I’d also taken parts of inspiration from fisherman’s fishing nets which I visited in my general research. I really loved the colour pallet in this. I used netlike bags which were wrapped around fruit you’d find at a supermarket, which worked very well as it represented the net perfectly. I also layered up this material with the denim.




Final Major Project – Week 3

This week I started off responding to one of my chosen designers Faustine Steinmetz. Steinmetz turned the idea of denim inside out with her first collection, she produced her own denim and her intricate hand-loomed pieces were created from recycled from a thrift store. I loved the idea of working with denim so I started to sample parts of it in my sketchbook, distressing the edges. Which also fitted perfectly with my theme. I also search a lot through WGSN for inspiration. I found a certain trend called Nature which included an aspect of recycling different sorts of materials.

Responding to Faustine Steinmetz I made my own fashion illurstartion collection, experimenting with different structures of denim, skirts, jackets, jeans, tops and shirts. Also given them the distressed weathered look. It took me a while to produce as I used a mixture of mediums to layer up including, comic markers, drawing colour pencils, water colours and fine liners to outline. Which as an end piece I thought looked very strong, as I may blow up to A2 and show at the final show. 12910606_10154061482199207_1442272691_n.jpg




Final Major Project – Week 2


Final Major Project – Week 2

This week I have focussed on gathering primary research, I first visited a victorian secret garden which was very interesting to walk through as everything was overgrown, and had a weathered look. Which was perfect for what I was looking for. I also walked around Newcastle taking pictures of distressed areas, abandoned buildings, building sites, fishing boats, structures, anything with texture.

I looked at an Italian artist named Rotella which I thought linked nicely with some of the distressed wall images. I instantly fell in love with his work. He’s well known for his works of collage and psychographics, made from torn advertising posters, featuring 1950’s iconic Hollywood stars. The artist uses posters, commercial billboards and ripped paper in his work. He’s inspired by an up-to-date theme of graffiti and like a graffiti artist, he would express his political views, messages through his billboards and posters.

The atmosphere set from Rotella’s is very interesting. The iconic stars are normally presented as the epitome of beautiful people. But in my opinion, he’s advertising the stars in a different way as the images are distressed, worn and looked like they’ve been decaying. This could connote Rotella having a secret message behind the posters, meaning that these people are not perfect just because they are huge stars. For this reason, I think his work gives off a somber mood as it’s showing idols as imperfect.

I love Rotella’s style of work I think they’re vibrant, graphic, suggestive, contemplative, dramatic and bold. The textured surfaces fit perfectly with my theme and also the pictures I’ve already taken for primary research.


Mimmo Rotella’s distressed work.

A selection of my own photography.



Faustine Steinmetz images all from one website


Rotella Images



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