Final Exhibition Space

Monday 5th June

Hanging the show was completed today, ensuring that all the garments have been safely hung so that I could guarantee they were securely in place. Following the plan that I had set in stall, the design was successful executed with the stronger brackets which were now in place.

Issues that I faced included the weights of the garments when together, as well as them rotating on the string. This was resolved by using stronger brackets and zip ties. As well as those issues, I decided to remove the pamphlet from the exhibition, as the work itself is strong enough to be self explanatory. Furthermore, when testing the pamphlet in the exhibition space, it was a distraction within the space. Therefore as a result this was something that I decided to submit.

Finishing touches that will need to be added before the opening on Wednesday 21st at 6pm will be the milk substance that needs to be mixed in the milk dress due to the liquid separating. As well as that a picture of pea glue water and acrylic will also need to be poured into the milk bottles. In order to do this I will arrive at the venue half an hour earlier than the show starts to ensure that everything is accurately in place.

Once the images had been printed on to A0, I was able to mount them to improve the quality of the images finish before displaying them in the corridor. This added to the total costings of the project adding £33 to the total resulting in a final costing of £157.96

Now that the images are up and displayed in the corridor, To ensure that they stay neat and undamaged, we covered the images with paper to protect them.

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Overall from this process of designing and laying the exhibition, I have been tested by issues that I have faced that potentially would of effected the final outcome of my display. It has allowed me to see the exhibition in a larger perspective, enabling me to look for alternative ideas and solutions to my problems to resolve ideas to make them happen the way I had planned.

I am really pleased with the outcome of my exhibition, as it feel that the design is simple but affective, showing the light of the topic that I am trying to express through the garment designs.

Evaluation

Olivia Kay Rigby

Candidate Number 123353
ULN 6173279915
Student Number 20271193
Pathway

 

Textiles Fashion
Project Title UK 181910 1o 1220

Evaluation

The Preparatory Work

The initial theme behind my project was nostalgia and how over the years of growing up surrounded by the farming industry, my perceptions on what we produce had changed with the further development of my knowledge around the fashion trade. Through media coverage and society’s views, the process behind farming has been severely targeted in a negative light, showing the unhealthy and discomforting elements of animal welfare. However, as my project developed and I gathered my research, I found that I was looking at the animal cruelty behind factory farming. The result of this allowed me to understand the need for the family farm and how this has supported us over the generations, but also the love and care my family have for all their livestock. As a result, the final theme of my project captures the views behind the farming industries, its links with the fashion trade and its impact on future generations.

To ensure that I focused on my original theme that I had explained within my proposal, I proceeded to research the facts that I was already aware of and concentrated on issues in relation to the increase in the demand for dairy produce in China along with Stella McCartney’s support towards the meat campaign held in London by PETA. By gathering quotes and facts from these websites, it set the direction and scope to allow me to expand on my original ideas and develop the platform I could take with my project. Through projection and material manipulation this research allowed me to design and produce my final garments.

I used a variety of different methods to gather information, sources included studying relevant websites including subscriptions and associated members of the farming industry, these included sites such as PETA, Pinterest and Facebook. Further research from individual artists, campaigns and news articles allowed me to develop my final product. Primary research came from interviewing close relatives on their experiences of dedicating their lives to farming along with the collation of materials that allowed me to form ideas supported by images that I adapted for my final pieces.

My initial ideas came from collecting information, analysing and evaluating the research I had studied. I distributed cards to my peers to gather feedback on their views and this enabled me to develop my mood boards. Combining this I was able to adopt ideas through embroidery and paper cutting, which I experimented further through the use of projection. I also explored material manipulation and felting to build my skills and understanding of these processes that became vital in the development of my work. These methods allowed me to see the potential development through the formulation of ideas and how I could enhance my projects theme. Through experimenting I produced materials which reflected products replicating for example milk sachets designed through felting and liquid latex which formed my final three exhibition garments.

As my research developed I continued to change and adapt to the overall project. From initially looking at animal welfare and the social understanding of animal cruelty within the industry, the end product mainly linked into the views behind the farming lifestyle and the change across the political landscape.  Over the course of the research it allowed me to form a more holistic view and see the impacts to the farming industry which led me to change my thoughts on the images I wanted to portray. The outcome I wanted to present was to highlight through design the unnecessary cruelty without being judgmental to the farming industry.

At first I hadn’t been inspired by any particular artist however as I progressed and developed the production of the paper cut outs I reflected on the work by Ali Harrison who specialised in cut outs of human body parts. This artist initiated the development of garments which sparked my imagination for trials with imagery and projection. It was from this point where her work led me to research further ideas from other artists which included Kim Deguara who used the idea of displaying objects alongside garments, this was how I wanted to present my final pieces from each of the industries I had focused on. Various items collected and used were original products, however if they deemed not practical to demonstrate I adjusted by using molds and plaster to recreate objects.

Throughout my project I carried out various experiments using a number of materials to support my theme and connect with my project. Working with typography I studied the ways that I could present the text and explored embroidery, painting, computerised and hand written text, to see the variety of different impacts for the final pieces I wanted to produce. I felt each of these methods worked well throughout different stages and resulted in one garment illustrating hand written text as the impact became more eye-catching and brought the element of discomfort. Further experiments including imagery and projection which initially hadn’t been successful around designing the paper cut out garment. This trial consisted of projecting the patterns I had produced onto the paper cut garment, which resulted in editing the images to improve the quality as computer bar tabs and surroundings were visible on the garments. The most successful techniques I experimented with were carried forward to my final garments, which involved: felt, milk sachets and liquid latex.

Experimenting using a variety of processes has been valuable for me in delivering my final garment as it allowed me to expand on the basic ideas. It also enabled me to see how crucial the thorough planning and production side of the process is. Reflecting on previous projects this approach was neglected, the success of my final garment in this project was making sure the most appropriate materials were used to design and pay compliment by relating back to my chosen theme. The production and presentation of the pamphlet I designed was very brief and I would have liked to have created a more detailed booklet designed similar to the copies of farmers weekly and PETA. This also could have been promoted and expanded into media coverage, and benefited me around gaining more IT skills and computer knowledge. I would also have welcomed the use of illustrator to produce digital garment designs, this might have allowed me to have an insight in how to produce realistic images.

The Final Piece

A selection of materials was experimented with to see how the methods and visual image of each of the materials could be manipulated to suit my theme. The final materials selected where specific to the garments purposely looking at the meaning of the garment, the materials that could reflect the industry and how it could be used within a garment design. Firstly, I had selected milk sachets. These were used to represent the milk being collected from the dairy farms. For the second garment I chose liquid latex. When dry, it created a skin toned plastic with elasticated properties, suitable to use to represent meat joints. Finally, I used merino wool because of its fine soft texture that allowed me to felt different combinations of colours together to create patches of felt that represented flesh and blood from animals being skinned alive.

Due to rigorous experimentation all the materials I had selected fulfilled the needs of the garment design. However, issues did occur throughout the production process. Initially the milk sachets were successful, but due to the weight of the garment and the liquid being contained within each packet, the garment became vulnerable and fragile to any knocks or pressure. This resulted in leaks, which became more and more difficult to resolve the closer I became to finishing the garment. Furthermore, tearing issues arose when using the liquid latex as these layers were very fine, I adapted using a stapler but this impacted on production time.

Each of the garments had their own meaning but were all representative of animal cruelty.   Garment one was the milk sachets dress. The hand written typography tattooed on the garment explained the issues within the industry and the distress caused to the animals.

Garment two represented the meat industry and I used the structure of the human body to create “joints of meat”, I made these joints to stretch around the figures. The design of the fur cloak was to represent the fur industry with the focus that a number of countries find it acceptable for animals to be skinned alive for their coats. As a main focal point I designed a reversible cloak to imitate the outside and the inside of an animal’s coat, created a disturbing image to the audience.

The final three garments and their products that I have designed, I feel have represented the project I have been researching accurately. I believe that the designs interpreted each industry clearly, making a clear link to the topic. My most proud element of my final piece is the fur cloak because of the elegancy that I’ve demonstrated in the garment design, as the structure allows an elegant drape as well as the materials leaving a luxurious texture. However, because of the use of colours, this has turned this garment from luxurious, to disturbing, it brings back my theme and the realism adding context to the design. The idea is subtle but makes an immediate impact.

If I was to change any element of the final piece it would be to spend more time on the pamphlet I had produced. I believe this could have promoted my project further and explained the serious message I wanted to deliver along with my designs. Production of a magazine would have enhanced my exhibits along with corresponding work produced throughout the course, such as photoshoots and mood boards. The pamphlet produced lacks explanation and I would have loved to have spent more time designing and planning the layout.

To present my final piece I decided to take inspiration from both the UNIQLO window display on Oxford street, London, as well as the painting produced by an unknown artist that I stumbled across on Pinterest. Connecting these two ideas together, as well as gathering materials from the farm I created a design that interpreted the image in the picture, which represents animals hanging as meats in a butcher’s shop or slaughter house. Displaying the garments hanging from rope, piping and chains, I placed the objects on plinths directly underneath the garments that they were representing. It was this idea that was taken from UNIQLO.

I feel that the projects outcome was successful and related to my initial proposal around nostalgia, allowing me to explore and gain a better understanding of the current issues behind the welfare of the animals and the difference in cruelty between factory and free range farming.  I’m confident I’ve represented my views through my work, the garments I’ve produced and the valuable insight researching and using materials through experimentation.

Costing

Friday 26th May

Over the project I have purchased items that I have need in order to produce the work I have designed. Where I could I collected materials that were free, by sourcing them from the farm and using materials provided by the college course.

Item Price (£)
Chicken 2.49
Glass Jar x2 4.98
Merino Wool 39.60
Brackets x2 14.94
Pamphlet x 3 2.40
Plinths x2 13.00
Paint Tubes x 4 4.00
Under garments 24
Chain 3.94
Piping 4.78
Meat 8.33
Heart 2.50
Total 124.96

Further costing that will be added to this list will be the images I will be displaying at the exhibition. On average this will add £33 to the current total price for three A0 poster prints.

By doing this it has given me an overview of how to manage my costing in order to stay cost efficient. This skill will improve my transaction from this current course to London College of Fashion, as I have will be able to successfully monitor my cash flow throughout my upcoming project whilst at university.

Finalising the Plinths

Friday 26th May

Once the holes where filled, I played around with the objects to see which ones where better on the white plinth and brown plinths, as I felt that the brown added the rustic effect of the farm. However, this made it difficult when arranging, because this would impact the order the garments would be displayed in. As a result, I came to the conclusion to paint all of the tops white.

Overall I believe that by choosing to have all the plinths white was the better option, as the changes in the plinths would create a distraction, which would divert the audience away from the work on display.

Producing the Plinths

Thursday 25th May

The final prep for my exhibition space was assembling the plinths. In order to ensure that the plinths were assembled at a right angle, I attached a wooden block which an accurate 90-degree angle to the board I was working on. This allowed me to push the boards against the block while they were drilled together. Using this method all the way around ensures that the plinth would create an accurate cube. Once all the sides where joined, we then cut the lid to the accurate side of the cube and attached it once the edges where sanded to leave smooth sides. This method was followed twice to create the two wooden plinths.

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When creating the plinths, we found it difficult the drill the nails into the holes so that they were flush, as a result in order to make the whole bigger, we drilled a slightly large hole over the top of the hole already made to create a dentation. In the process of doing this, sometimes it pulled away the white coating on the surface of the wood. Moreover, to resolve this issue, using filler, I filled in the holes which covered the screws and the damage made around them.

Final Exhibition and Pamphlet Design

Wednesday 24th May

Moving forward with the garment arrangements, I started the plan for the extension. Using wooden planks, I was able to attach them to the wooden boards and secure them with brackets. Once in place, I was then able to attach the garments and see the outcome of the experiment. The visual result of the plan where successful, as it allowed the garments to have more room and the ability to breath. However, the brackets used could not support the weight of the garments. Therefore, with a heavy duty bracket in place, the exhibition design will be successful.

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Using wooden planks, I created smaller panels for the extension

Taking off the old bar and attaching the brackets to the boards to secure the extension in place.

Wood naturally dur to the pressure of the weight without a strong bracket in place.

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Final display in place with strong brackets. Here the garments are porting from the space, bringing forward the garments allowing them to breath and be seen from all angels.

After organising the exhibition space, I then spent the afternoon in the mac suit. Using my time effectively, I was able to finalise my pamphlet by inserting the edited images and my work colleges from over the year. Once completed I then printed off the booklet on card and paper. In order to see which was the better version, I asked fellow class mates their opinion on which they thought was the better quality and why. Overall they said that the paper one was better because the quality of the print was higher and it was easier to turn the pages.

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On the way home I stopped to purchase the wooden board for the plinths that I needed to create. With many different types of wood to choose from, I saw that there where white MDF pieces of board. With limited time left, I felt like these would be a more time efficient as I would have to paint the boards after they have been assembled. Therefore, taking this into consideration I decided to purchase the white boards.