Good Morning All!
Well, I’m half way through my first full week working with the most FaBuLoUs Shenlei and I have compiled a whole bunch of things to work on for the next couple months. I’ll keep you updated little by little with each upcoming project. I hope you enjoy the trip 🙂
After being completely hooked on my new found addiction to crochet, Shenlei had to pull me away from mid-completion of my monokini project (pictures soon but only of completed garment!) I first got back to work on my vintage handbag collection.
Still working on the Miser Bag, I got started painting a beautiful scene of Jessamine, Sorrel, Forget-Me-Nots, and Morning Glories. We worked over and over on construction paper, and I was having difficulty on the shading part of the Morning Glory. (I think I was still coping with having to put down my crochet shaky hands lol) I finally got the hang of it and proceeded to the actual fabric of the bag dun dun dun. Shenlei was happy to see that the Morning Glory looked like…well…a Morning Glory 🙂 I have included some pictures for you to see. I have one more flower to work on and then the painting part will be complete. All that’s left to do is then construct it and then BAM!…1 down and 15 more to go 🙂
The next thing we began to work on was a content catalog project for the FRI’s inventory in the virtual world. This was done through OpenSim and more importantly on FRI’s private grid called the Fashionable Grid. Here, Shenlei showed me a bunch of beautiful sculptured trees she had created and it was my job to replicate these in all the different kinds of trees out there. She first gave me a basic sculpty (sculpture of trees) for a single tree, a very large tree, and a patch of trees.
She then gave me different kinds of what are called textures that create the different kinds of the trees. It was my job to take these textures and apply them to the sculptys to create many different species of trees. For example, I started with the large tree. She then gave me a group of textures labeled “pine trees”. Inside contained 12 different pine tree textures that were all different colors of the pine trees that occur throughout the season. I then replicated the sculpty 12 times and to each, applied one texture. When I was through, I had a whole forest of all the different kinds of pine trees there are. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!!! I have included a picture of the Autumn Trees I also did. These will be used as inventory for future work. I still have a bunch more trees to go but will keep you updated.
The next day, Shenlei had given me what she calls “time practice sketches”. I was to do 50 ‘pencil roughs’, which are really fast sketches, in under 2 hours of different suit designs for our upcoming Dawning collection which is corporate women’s wear. These are very rough sketches with only basic sketches and designs. From there we then sat down to examine which designs had most potential and which were best to represent our company. Shenlei picked out 12 of her liking and now it is my turn to go back and do three more versions of each garment she picked. This process allows me to slowly evolve our collection using fine details because this is a couture line.
I saved the best for last!!! My newest and favorite project right now is the development of my Sleepy Hollow collection. I sat in with Shenlei and the rest of the interns in SecondLife on Tuesday for our weekly meeting and we all had a chance to come up with and develop some inspiration for a new virtual fashion collection. Missy already got a head start and came up with a beautiful concept board for a virtual swimwear collection called “The White Queen.” She had the most beautiful imagery and some of her first attempt garments were just absolutely stunning.
I decided I wanted to do another virtual collection mirrored in real life again like I did for my Senior Collection at Buffalo State College. I have entitled my collection “Sleepy Hollow Shadows.” It is going to be a mix of Victorian bridal wear and modern day silhouettes. What’s really exciting is that in my real life collection, I am going to be playing with a fabric called Tyvek. YES! this is the stuff you use to line houses with and other crazy things like hazmat suits for chemical work. BUT, we found that when washed, it drapes very nicely and is going to give an absolutely killer look for the imagery. Right now we’re trying to do some sourcing for it (although we can find it at Home Depot, we’re hoping to not pay retail :). A friend of mine’s father works at DuPont and said he would be willing to lend me a couple of different sourcing options that may be willing to donate material for our project.
So first what I am doing is creating a concept board for my collection. I am taking a lot of imagery from all the shots I took at the actual Sleepy Hollow Cemetary and then a couple clothing images from the Tim Burton film of Sleepy Hollow and combining them for my inspiration. I will incorporate all my elements and motifs I wish to use and really show them off in my board. After, I will draw out colors for a color board. I am thinking a gradient scale from black to white as well a rust color. Tyvek unfortunately cannot be dyed, so I must work with its white base BUT!!!! we can SPRAY PAINT!!!! 🙂 very exciting. I also have this killer idea for the dresses but that will have to wait for now because it needs a lottt of preparation work. Stay tuned for that!!!
I will then develop a material board which contains the fabrics and notions I wish to use for the collection. Remember that all the garments I make it real life will also be replicated in virtual life, down to the very last broach. After my concept board is complete, it is then time to start sketching my first 12 garments in rough sketches. Shenlei said we are going to take a couple more field trips for this collection to different antique shops and flea markets to find more inspiration and possible fabrics and notions. That I am really excited about.
I will have more pictures for you later and keep you updated on all that is going on here in my little palace 🙂 I am off to paint and possibly pick up some more yarn that I ran out of. GOING THROUGH CRAZY CROCHET WITHDRAWAL RIGHT NOWWWWWW….so I’ll have a finished pic of my fabulous monokini design shortly for you. Thanks so much for keeping in touch! Loving the comments about loving my blog. Thank you all!
Hugs and Kisses!