When I first learn drawing, I’ve been told that I’m very sensitive about colours. Why not use my advantage to drive my design path? Even though the colour choice was decided long time ago, but that doesn’t mean I have to use it. It might change to something else, or it might be narrow down to one or two colours. I love to try different ways, but follow the trend is also important, it helps keeping me in the right path. Exploring as much as I can but never go too far.
Researches much be going with my ideas at the same time. Lucky enough it was just after fashion weeks that I start searching new trendy designs that fits my colour choice. In my sketchbook you can easily see how these colours goes together, and how similar my inspiration was with those trendy designs. I found it fun to connect history armer with modern days fashion design. At the same time, the theme is highly relevant to the key word – “protection”.
Doing something with my hand keeps my brain think clearly all the time, when I was resting, I think of a name for the project, and choose ancient English to wrote it down, did a little embroidery. NEATO was the name I came out, because I wish my design can be neat, creative, and understandable by the audience.
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)
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.:)
The first page is about the fashion materials that I will use in the design, I choose fasterns because they are small, easy to sew, nearly invisible and handy. I was thinking about some fancy metal materials, but they will affect the cell phone even break it. also these fasterners are so tiny that even sleep on them will not be detected by customers, it’s very good to use it in garments. The big challange to use them is to not make it look cheap, like those street product. This is the basic focus of fashion & function.
Second page is a test of device pockets, I’ve done quite a lot experiments using different materials, this still wasn’t the final decision, but I was having fun doing it, for making something that I like or wanted directly from my brain is not easy, and I know the outcome doesn’t look good, but it will be refined eventually.