This final post is really about illustrating how all of my pieces that I have exhibited on this blog tie in together, how they relate to each other, what my progression was throughout this project, as well as what I have ultimately gained out of it.
Why did I stray from my initial route of fashion design? In the beginning, there was a distinct impression that I wanted to develop this project through fashion design. With my bubble wrap dress as well as all of the hassle of the photoshoot, I think I was successful in starting this progression. However, after these projects, I began to realize that there wasn’t really an avenue that I could take which would lead me through an effective developmental process of honing my skills in fashion design. I didn’t really have a budget to buy real fabric nor was there someone in the school who had expert knowledge of the process of designing and making a garment. As a result, I decided to take a different approach to my inquiry project. Instead of broadening my literal skills in fashion design, I would explore my personal design aesthetic and the relationship it has with my aesthetic in other mediums.
Is there a connection between all of the pieces? Although many of the pieces vary greatly in terms of the medium in which they are created, there are a few key themes that are present in each of them. These are the four major concepts in which to describe my work: boldness, subtlety, abstractness, and geometry. I have found that in each piece that I undertake, I am inherently drawn to these four concepts, whether on purpose or not. For example, you can see how I was very interested in how geometric shapes can interact with nature through my photographic triptych, the triangulated bird, as well as the geometric mountain painting. As well, you can see in my series of abstract paintings that I was drawn to exploring very bold mark-making and how its effect can change in different contexts.
How do my recent pieces tie back to my original work with fashion? Looking at my work in its entirety, I can definitely see connections between work in fine art/digital mediums and my work in fashion design- less so with physical or visual connections but more so with conceptual ideas. With the bubble wrap dress, I was interested in keeping the tone very subtle while maintaining interest by using such an unconventional material. Most importantly, it was the abstract message that I connected to it that played to my inclination towards connection through abstract concepts. With the canvas dress, the concept was much more about strong, angular shapes, giving off a very aesthetically pleasing composition. This corresponded a lot more to the geometric, clear-cut shapes used in my other pieces. All in all, I would say that even though the mediums are so glaringly different, my design aesthetic, though slightly varying for each, can still be seen in my work as a whole.
What have I learned from this project? I think that the most prominent or most valuable outcome from this whole process is the fact that I have truly grown into my own artistic aesthetic and come to know how that translates into my design process and production of a piece of work. I have learned that how fast and how much the viewer is captivated by my work is an extremely important point to me. Whether it be through subtlety or boldness, both of which are evident in my work, I really value the impact that my pieces make on the people that look at them.