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Beauty of moving air planes

Every design needs a main inspiration, it can’t be just random things like chairs, birds. It need something to be put in the middle then everything goes around need will be easier. After I have the idea the next thing I wanted to do is to find this key inspirations. I was a little bit distracted by lots and lots of nature pictures because they are so wonderful, but then this thought came to my mind: why dont I go find inspirations from the air plane itself?

Most of the air planes are designed likely to flying creatures, with the metal body and stiff look, it will be a good inspiration for garment that wanted to show protection and feminine look. It took a while to decide which way to go first. I choose these moving air planes with smokes to resembulance different kind of fabric. Like I said, this was only the beginning, so I’m just as confused as everybody, I didn’t know where this was going to be like in the end, but I just kept doing it.

These 4 pages are taken from my folio.  I was still exploring the beauty of moving air planes. The writting and doodling shows my initial ideas and what I’ve thought was amazing from the air plane itself. Of course massive planes pictures was found and printed out, I selected some of the good ones, pasted on my sketchbook and wrote explaination. This is a good way to record the path I’ve been through, maybe not long later, I will be able to use these information again !

(All the pictures that taken from the internet was noted researces)

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At the same time, I keep the research of travel with planes and kept the useful information with notes in my portfolio. Going through website is easy, everyone can do that, but how to record it? How to show that the information is or will be useful to my further design? You need to find your own way to achieve that.:)

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Protection

Like most of the animal will do, human choose to protect themselves from danger via different things. The initial purpose of clothes, is to protect them from the cold, after million of years, clothes now more become a media to show personalities.
Here I am, choosing to go back to nature, use protection as one of my design purpose. I learn that when people go travel, they might be bothered by strangers, noise, or maybe filthy environment, how to change this by designing clothes? well, I think a best inspiration can be from pilot’s helmet.
As my design journal shows, these beautiful helmet not just provide the concept of protection, but present themselves as art craft that can inspire me from different ways.
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In my portfolio, I explain more about my concept, how to execute it. Using more perfessional way as a “step 2” for illustrate my ideas to customers, provide them more information is why I’m putting them together.With further information from websites, books and journals, I think this will be a very complete investigation and design process.

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Finally hand-in

These days I was so busy, slept 3 hours a day to finish my 3 big folio about researches and one designer sketchbook. There’s another new piece that I’m developing, called “side pockets dress”.

Last time, the final work has been criticized “not professional enough, the fabric was cheap ish, and the look is kind of basic”, so this time I decided to make it more fashionable. I first did a lot of researches, marks them, took a note, then a conclusion notes, then drew some basic sketches. Once I finished the preparation, I head to the fabric shop  called Trim-it in Blackpool immediately. WOW, there are so many high fashion fabric in that little shop, and they are all hiding in another room 😉 well, I spend more than 100 pound to get samples ( you have to buy half meter or up of any fabric) and some beautiful white sketchy fabric.

Although everything is already finished, but I really like to hold it for a while, and post step to step, how I did it, why I did this, what’s my design purpose, why my design is so unique… And I will post my sketchbook as well.

Here I’m going to introduce some pages of my initial researches and sketches, hope you will like it !

First 2 pages of my sketchbook, it’s always hard to start.

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Think differently

Think differently is easy to say, but hard to execute, especially in design industry, so many creative ideas came out from different designers everyday, and trying to survive is so not easy. Sometimes maybe when you came out of an idea that you are very pleased, but then found out somebody else has already made a garment exactly like it. Sucks ain’t it? That’s why we always need to research about things

Making an easy example, how do you think of pockets around your neck? of course it can’t carry heavy stuff, but for travellers, it can help devide your passport, personal ID, business card, money ect into different pockets, with different colour it’s simple enough to remember which is in which. Also I don’t think anyone is bold enough to put their hands around your neck and trying to steal anything from it.
I did think differently when designing this project, because at first I didnt even focus on any area that’s around the neck, it’s a picutre about T-shirt with holes makes me thinking, maybe pockets can replace those holes and actually make some uses to it. To think differently, I think I should put myself in a different situation first, like going out and play, maybe the idea will came out when I’m playing basketball or tennis, maybe the design will pop out when I trying to find a good TV show at home, you’ll never know this.

So, what is your opinion about “Think differently”, and what do you think of this ‘Necklace pockets” T-shirt?
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I will be very honored to have your feedback, thx a lot 🙂

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LEARNING OUTCOME

Studying fashion design is not easy, to be successful, I need to learn so much. Fashion illustration, sewing technique, drawing technique, fabric choosing or making ,,,, this is never easy.

If you ask me what did I learn in the past 13 monthes, I can make a list here:

1. Language ( being lucky, my mother language is already two, Cantonese and Chinese, now English is making progress, I hope I can learn French or Italian soon)

2. Fashion illustration: how to communicate with people, depends on how good I can draw my ideas on the paper.

3. Pattern drawing: This is a very important technique for me, also there are so many pattern in the shop, and we can always use draping, but not every one has the model’s body. At least learn how to adjust the patter will be very helpful

4. Draping: not everybody is good at drawing pattern, it needs certainly knowledge about math, this is a very complicated technique. With draping, I can make the basic pattern very easily, then put it into 2 D pattern to cut all the fabric.

5. Knowledge of many world’s very famous technique: such as batik, for the very new and trendy one, digital printing, laser cut fabric ,,,

6.  Writing: yes, writing. Designer should have a clear brain, know how to say, what to say, and why to say it. Use certain way to put the idea into ADs, promotion or even their own fashion sketchbook or portfolio. If nobody understand what you’re trying to express, how can they love what you’re doing?

7. Drawing and PS: this is my own interest. I want to be better, I love drawing, simple it is. Art and Artchitecture is so fantastic that I can never ignore it. I also think that design and art share the same principle, knowing more about the artist world will help my design go into a new level.

8. Reading: choose what to read, how to read, and the speed of reading is very important for me. I’ve learn so much from all those books and magazines, and I hope to gain more from those incredible designers in the world.

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Batik LOVE

Everyday I’ve been thinking, how to convience people to love my design as I do, how to show them my passion about design, how to make them believe I love fashion more than anything. When doing this project, so many new things jumped to my face, some of them are so connected with my work, but some of them is just simply amazed me. I don’t want to give those amazing stuff up just because I won’t be using it at the moment, so I try to balance everything that I wanted to learn and the current research. I wanted to show everything so bad, and I took so much time for doing it, but I will never regret it.

When researching I found a technique called Batik, it’s very popular in China and some of the places still using it as main fabric produce technique. It’s called wax painting here, and 扎染 蜡染 in China. Although I posted some of the work before, but recently I made one with gutta again and found out it look so pretty on window, might be able to use for decoration of Xmas. The making progress is a pain, because it’s such delicate work, but the finishing piece does look geogrous. Well, who knows, maybe this is a new beginning for another project? I just so excited about doing it, the outcome is really not that matters to me.

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Final piece rough look

This is the rough look of the jacket that I was going to make, can see it’s too thick for Spring and Summer. I do like the pocket inside the jacket, which you can’t actually see in these pictures. The pocket in the back is for putting your scarf or some soft stuff that you can find on the air plane, it works like a small pillow, for solving back pain when travel for too long. and the device pocket on the sleeve like I mentioned it can contains your phone when you sit on a plane and trying to eat with your little table down. I found it very hard to move especially I’m quite “big” for the seat, so I make this sleeve to make myself eat and play me phone at the same time.

I know this is not perfect but glad to tell everybody that I’m going to dig deeper on this subject, I know that our promotion teacher said that the garment should fit in the market as well. but hey, I wanted to be a designer, a good one, so I’m allow to have my own personality, even though it might be rubbish, right?  HA! Thx for everybody whose interested in my project.
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