Photographs above by Rachel Berbec
This was a collection developed for the runway of Art2Wear 2018. Every year Art2Wear releases a theme in which the designers are to incorporate within their collection concepts. The Theme of Art2Wear 2018 | CAESURA
长恨歌 Chang Hen Ge Poem Poem Illustration
After mind mapping I concluded that I would would draw my inspiration from a Chinese poem. While Caesura is usually catorgizes as the breaks and pauses between lines in poetry, I concluded that caesura could also be interpreted as a key component found in storytelling. Story is use as a way for us to experience and gain insight. In it’s simplest form, story is a connection of cause and effect events. A good story can reveal or teach a new perspective. Usually this new insight is driven by interruption, sorrow or trouble. Our story characters struggle, persevere, and adapt as our story unfolds; an action of “caesura.”
The process of each look was approached differently.
Many of the pieces in this collection were projects for different classes. In other words, I did not have a formulated recipe for designing this collection. While I would always have to meet the requirements for each assignments rubric, I would also have to make appropriate aesthetic decisions that would fit the theme of Eternal.
The design process was experimental and fluid
Things adjusted accordingly based on reflection and crit feedback. I used primarily college as a tool for sketching. These sketches remained as working pieces throughout the entire construction period. My sketch process utilized a backwards approach; a 3-dimensional form of sketching, which later would become translated into a 2-dimensional drawing and college.
The First Piece: Latchhook Bird Kimono
The first latch hook jacket was inspired by the translated section above. Each piece in the collection were different projects for different classes. This piece was my completed in my main studio where I developed and researched the concept of Eternal. The Jacket began with bird drawings completed by hand, translated digitally via a Wacom tablet. I used Adobe adobe illustrator to quickly generate color variations. There was concern if the birds would be seen because of the pixelated nature of latchhooking. Since my collection began with this piece, It really set the tone of my collection and it’s color palette. While the poem depicts many moments of beauty through the use of simple imagery, there is also a feeling of longing and lonelyness which lingers between the romance of the Emperor and Lady Yang.
Jury Day Concept & Sketch Proposal
Art2Wear 2018 held a formal Jury Day. Jury day is a panel of anonymous judges who hand select collections they wish to see on the runway come April. It takes place at the end of the fall semester. We are required to present two looks with a concept statement, and potential sketches for the rest of the collection. My Jury pieces were later rearranged, as shown throughout my process.