Fashion & Textiles: RESEARCH

WHAT MAKES A SHAPE INTERESTING?

"Shape is defined as any element that's used to determine or give form" - https://www.sitepoint.com/design-elements-shape/

 

 

SHAPES

To avoid drawing building on top of building, I become more focused on the smaller things surrounding me such as signs, the tops of lamp posts, bugs, things found on the floor that you may not notice if you were just walking by. Seemingly insignificant things were what started to come to the forefront of my primary research.

ANNI ALBERS

Anni Albers was a German textile and print artist, educated at Bauhaus which heavily influenced a lot of her prints and designs. Her work is seemingly very repetitive however, the patterns aren't actually the same as shown below. I liked the idea of this as I find things that are exactly the same over and over are boring. With slight differences it allows for each shape to be different from the last.

ANNI ALBERS ARTWORK

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PRIMARY RESEARCH

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"INFINITY MIRROR ROOM - DOTS OBSESSION" BY YAYOI KUSAMA

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama works often with obsessive patterns and this one in particular is for dots. When researching different types of pattern, coming across this was strange as it was so simple yet so captivating. The bright colours and continuous patterns are very statement and therefore hard not to look at. This, then put into the Infinity Mirror Room meant that this bold colour and pattern seemingly went on forever. These patterns were used in other rooms, and on different models but the ones in the picture above contains pumpkins. This somehow linked the colour in my mind to the object making it not so unfamiliar.

Artist Kusama found inspiration for her art from observing her surroundings, which is what I was aiming to do during this day. When creating the painting titled "Flower (D.S.P.S)" Kusama said her inspiration came from "looking at the red flower patterns of the tablecloth on a table".

"INFINITY MIRROR ROOM"

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MIXED MEDIA PRIMARY RESEARCH

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SIGNS

Not wanting to focus on the architecture, I looked into the buildings for interesting shapes rather than the shapes that were apart of them. In the image above I focused mainly on the warning signs on the building, fixated on the contrasting colours and sharp edges. Also regardless of them looking quite small, they're arguably the most important thing in the image. 

PRIMARY RESEARCH

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