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Fabric Shopping

 
After analysing, researching and discussing fabrics with my designer, I went to my most reliable fabric shop in Kidlington, Oxford shire which is town close to where I live. I have previously bought fabrics from there before and I was impressed with the quality, variety and customer service. 

 

I bought a few metres of cream dupion silk for my kimono, as I wanted to use a plain colour for the base fabric and add embellishment such as shibori, air brush and batik to decorate. I think that the weave of the silk will be a more interesting surface to work on in comparison to habotai silk, which is traditionally used for kimonos. The rougher and unrefined quality will work really well with my ideas of concentrating on textures from Christopher Dresser’s works. As well as being an interesting combination with the techniques I plan to use to recreate this. 

I was originally going to use a cotton drill or 100% cotton for the base, however cotton is traditionally used for Yukata’s and I wanted a fabric with a raw fibre quality. 

After choosing my kimono fabrics, I moved onto the Victorian costume. I needed materials for the sleeves, bodice, skirt and collar. My designer has instructions that the whole costume must be aged and distressed, the bodice must be tight fitting with purple and black fabrics, the collar must have lace and the skirt must be gathered, full length and grey.

 


I didn’t think these colours would work at first but after exploring the different fabrics, I found a pale purple upholstery fabric and black cotton drill that looked great together. I also found a dark grey polyester wool mix that would look really good for the skirt, the dark colours would work a lot better against the bodice fabrics and the cause textures will impress the designer. 

 For the sleeves, I purchased a few metres of 100% pure white cotton, which I found the soft flexible quality of the fabric drapes. As for the colour, the Victorian’s would typically have white sleeves, but over time it would become worn, so I shall age and distress it to make it look more authentic and accustomed to the character’s age and status. 

 For the collar, I have chosen a few yards of wide lace which can be sewn onto a piece of fabric, which could be either attached to the bodice or not. 

 

I believe this trip has been very positive and successful for my course. I have learnt a lot more about fabrics and their qualities and I hope that the end results for each costume will be good.  

Needles and Threads


In a recent lecture, we explored different types of needles, threads and other equipment that we may need for our future projects and career.

Particularly with the different hand sewn embroidery techniques for my Embellishment projects, such as satin, french knots and blanket stitch. The needles may need to be smaller for my in-depth and delicate detail. 


From this I researched and made bullet points of each one for my technical files. This will be an extremely useful help sheet for the future. 

I have found hand embroidery fiddly at first, but now it is quite relaxing. The continuous movement of each technique is very therapeutic after a stressful day. It allows me to unwind and do work at the same time. 

I would like to use embroidery in my final pieces for both Embellishment and Cut and Construction: Midnight Awakening. However it is very time consuming and I must be vigilant with my time left until my dead line. If I don’t use it, I can discuss it in my evaluations. 


The British Museum

I visited the British Museum to document more information and research for my Embellishment project. I specifically concentrated on the Japanese exhibition, which was filled with beautiful paintings, ceramics and clothing from the Imperial period. I was disappointed as there wasn’t many actual samples of kimonos and nothing of Christopher Dresser’s work exhibited, however there were many sketches and ceramics with botanical pieces and paintings of women in everyday life, how different classes wore kimonos, how they wore their hair and scenes from tea ceremonies and other festivities.
 


I photographed and documented all these elements for my sketchbook. I found little symbolism in the Japan section, so I had a look around the Chinese exhibition, finding many pieces of art work that could’ve inspired Imperial Japanese culture. 


I believe that this experience was beneficial to my project, as I was able to see many different art forms. I will use the ceramic and painting photographs in my sketchbook research. 

We visited the Dorman Museum to see the Christopher Dresser exhibition. We also saw the exhibition space where our kimono’s could be shown and bought by potential clients.

Middlesbrough was easy to get to from my halls in Hartlepool and after a straight forward 20 minute walk from the train station, we arrived.


I was intrigued with the other exhibitions of natural history as well as the archives we had come to see. The curator showed us some old books and images which we had to handle with care and wear latex gloves. Afterwards we were shown the archive library, the curator said we were invited anytime to come and explore it to get more ideas and research for our project. 


The Curator took us downstairs to look at the exhibition space, which was a long corridor leading to one of the main doors. It is connected to an adjoining room which was an even bigger space. We were told our kimonos would be suspended from the ceiling on poles so the public can see them in full view. From looking at the spaces, I would prefer to have a corner of the large space to display my work. In my opinion I believe a corner would be a better display space.


Lastly we had a look around the Christopher Dresser exhibition displaying his ceramics and metal work. I found this extremely fascinating seeing his work up close, as I could see what Japanese textures and styles he had been inspired by. For example, a small metal tea pot surface had been influenced by the textures of bamboo. 


This developed my ideas and I decided to use textures as my main subject for my work. I’ve looked at textures in previous project and found it invigorating. I decided to focus on the ceramic were he had cracked, blended and dispersed the glazes to create a textured feel. I took lots of photographs for my own archive and discussed my ideas with my lecturer and peers. 


I will start developing my texture research, designing my final kimono and outlay the fabrics and technical workshops I’ll be using.  

Fabric Shopping

 
After analysing, researching and discussing fabrics with my designer, I went to my most reliable fabric shop in Kidlington, Oxford shire which is town close to where I live. I have previously bought fabrics from there before and I was impressed with the quality, variety and customer service. 

 

I bought a few metres of cream dupion silk for my kimono, as I wanted to use a plain colour for the base fabric and add embellishment such as shibori, air brush and batik to decorate. I think that the weave of the silk will be a more interesting surface to work on in comparison to habotai silk, which is traditionally used for kimonos. The rougher and unrefined quality will work really well with my ideas of concentrating on textures from Christopher Dresser’s works. As well as being an interesting combination with the techniques I plan to use to recreate this. 

I was originally going to use a cotton drill or 100% cotton for the base, however cotton is traditionally used for Yukata’s and I wanted a fabric with a raw fibre quality. 

After choosing my kimono fabrics, I moved onto the Victorian costume. I needed materials for the sleeves, bodice, skirt and collar. My designer has instructions that the whole costume must be aged and distressed, the bodice must be tight fitting with purple and black fabrics, the collar must have lace and the skirt must be gathered, full length and grey.

 


I didn’t think these colours would work at first but after exploring the different fabrics, I found a pale purple upholstery fabric and black cotton drill that looked great together. I also found a dark grey polyester wool mix that would look really good for the skirt, the dark colours would work a lot better against the bodice fabrics and the cause textures will impress the designer. 

 For the sleeves, I purchased a few metres of 100% pure white cotton, which I found the soft flexible quality of the fabric drapes. As for the colour, the Victorian’s would typically have white sleeves, but over time it would become worn, so I shall age and distress it to make it look more authentic and accustomed to the character’s age and status. 

 For the collar, I have chosen a few yards of wide lace which can be sewn onto a piece of fabric, which could be either attached to the bodice or not. 

 

I believe this trip has been very positive and successful for my course. I have learnt a lot more about fabrics and their qualities and I hope that the end results for each costume will be good.  

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C Kennedy
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United Kingdom
My Name is Clara (also known as TheWolvesOfAlavar but due to my course i needed a professional account). I'm at 20 year of Under Graduate Student studying Costume Design/Interpretation. My specific interests are designs and making historical and fantasy military, armour and other fashions and accessories/props.
I like drawing out my ideas and pieces and finding materials, fabrics and connections to piece it together on manikins. I particularly love making armour from alternate materials such as leather and hard plastics, as I find it gives a different perspective on the ideas of armour.
I feel that researching and designing are my strongest aspects, but certain hand sewing techniques and detailed written analysis are my weakest.
My interests include History, Classical Civilisation, Latin History, First World War Poetry, Sports such as athletics, swimming and horse riding. I love caring for animals, particularly reptiles and domestic animals, but do enjoy going river and sea fishing. I like being active but i do love gaming on PS2, PS3, PS4, Nintendo, Gameboy, Mac, PC. I love old games from the Spyro series, Crash Bandicote and Final Fantasy VII to Dirge Of Cerberus, Crisis Core, Assassin's Creed and Final Fantasy 13.
My Third Love is Music. I love all genres of Music, but mainly Heavy Metal, Metal, Rock, Classic Rock, 90's, Electronic, Hip Hop, UK Hip Hop, Drum and Bass, Jungle, Jump Up and Garage and Grime. I love going to festivals, live gigs and performances.
In future i would love to work on either historical or fantasy drama or action films, tv, reenactments or game.
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Aluminn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Student
thanks a lot for the fav ! I'm glad you like it ^^
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CJKArmour1996 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Student Interface Designer
No problem ^^ absolutely love the back lace :)
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Aluminn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Student
:hug:
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Aqua-Blade Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the fav!
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CJKArmour1996 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Student Interface Designer
No worries :) (Smile) Love your work!! 
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
:iconrubcheeksplz: Thank you so much for adding me to your watch! :squee: It really brings a smile to my face which is more than I could've asked for. :D I hope that I can continue to impress with my future pieces! :heart:
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CJKArmour1996 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Student Interface Designer
My pleasure :) I love your style and your disney designs, they're absolutely beautiful :) I can guarantee it will :D (Big Grin)  
la in love la in love 
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pinkythepink Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
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Hannah-Alexander is the original designer for the Disney princesses, I'm just converting them into patterns. :)
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CJKArmour1996 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2017  Student Interface Designer
Ahhh that's cool :)
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KatyaKeller Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the fave!:)
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