Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Placement at On|Off London & Paris Fashion Week.

I have been selected as an intern for Doll where I will be working at On/Off London Fashion Week & Paris Fashion Week.

Im incredibly excited to be part of Fashion week in both of these AMAZING cities.
This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity - an opportunity of being able to network with Fashionistas from across the globe.

On|Off has a strong international reputation of showcasing 'design over hype' with a track record of discovering and nurturing new talent including Peter Pilotto, Gareth Pugh, Louise Gray, Yang Du, Mark Fast, Aminaka Wilmont and Hannah Marshall to name a few.

I first became involved with On|Off during a "Guest at Grays" Guest Lecture from Lee Lapthorndirector of On|Off PFW and LFW, Fashion consultant, Print designer & external examiner printed textiles St Martins. 
He talked of how his career as a textiles designer had influenced his involvement within Fashion week and had resulted into the creation of On|Off which I felt deeply interested in.

There is going to be some truly inspiring designers showcasing their work at On|Off and I'm so excited to see them in action. To read about and see some of the designers who have shown at On|Off click here.

Below is a clip of On|Off Paris - Can you spot Vivienne Westwood and some of the other well known names in Fashion?

Im so excited to begin working in both London and Paris Fashion weeks and you can make sure to keep unto date with both Fashion Weeks as well as all of my own experiences and time in London and Paris via @artnthat on twitter as well as via my schedule below.

Matt's Schedule

London here I come!!!

Photogram Life Drawing Designs - ARTnTHAT

Photogram of Leaves and Lightbulbs
photogram is a photographic image made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a light-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. The usual result is a negative shadow image that shows variations in tone that depends upon the transparency of the objects used. Areas of the paper that have received no light appear white; those exposed through transparent or semi-transparent objects appear grey. 
Photogram of Scissors

Essentially anything can be placed onto the photographic paper to create a different effect.
I decided to combine my life drawings with semi transparent objects such as light bulbs, acetate, leaves, jewellery and feathers - it is then up to me to how many seconds of Light I give the paper with the object on top which gives the end result a different effect.

My life drawings were then converted to acetate and then layered onto the photographic paper along with some leaves, lightbulbs and text I had written.


The layering of all these transparent objects and drawings created a real effect of depth which could be used in not only as nice images but I plan on using it as repeat image for digitally printed fabric....
Keep your eyes pealed for some photogram inspired fabric....

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Friday, 3 February 2012

My Metal Sculpted Dress : Textiles Draping and Innovative Dress Making

Working with unusual and innovative fabrics and methods is of highest priority as a textiles designer to ensuring you are keeping fresh and ahead of the game - This is always at the forefront of my deigns and work
I was given the brief was to use my most innovative ideas in relation to draping and intergrate them as part of our draping project in the construction of a floor length dress.
I decided to use unconventional materials as my textile, this material being metal. 
I began work with aluminium metal sheets which I took to the welding workshops and melted into rounded and streamlining sculpted segments which was then constructed into my floor length dress as seen below.
Adding another dimension to my dress was the projection of the amazing colours onto the metal, creating a reflective metal dress.

The recording which was projected and reflected on the dress was a video I took of the colours created when I welded the metal.

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