One week left till the show! aka crunchtime. aka madness. I haven’t been posting a lot on here, mostly because I’ve been working and studying and things like that. I can’t guarantee that I will post a lot more between now and the show, but I will make sure to tie up loose ends and post pictures of the final products/the show.
as of now I have finished silkscreening all of the shirts and posters & I am in the process of laser cutting more jewelry. The lookbook is all ready for printing and clothing tags are designed. I am planning on spending the weekend silkscreening white paper bags and tissue paper. The thing that’s been taking up most of my time has been packaging. I have finally gotten it right. check it…
now off to make three more boxes and hopefully get some sleep.
I have spent the last week and half sorting through and editing photos from the two shoots & then designing the photos/text into a lookbook of sorts. It basically showcases the products (apparel/accessories) that I have made. Tonight I have finished the booklet! which is pretty exciting. The following post will include some screenshots of my favorite spreads. enjoy!
Ask the Siri, the new iPhone 4 assistant, where to get an abortion, and, if you happen to be in Washington, D.C., she won’t direct you to the Planned Parenthood on 16th St, NW. Instead, she’ll suggest you pay a visit to the 1st Choice Women’s Health Center, an anti-abortion Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC) in Landsdowne, Virginia, or Human Life Services, a CPC in York, Pennsylvania. Ask Google the same question, and you’ll get ads for no less than 7 metro-area abortion clinics, 2 CPCs and a nationwide abortion referral service.
Ask in New York City, and Siri will tell you: ‘I didn’t find any abortion clinics.’
yesterday we (jo, luci, 2 models, and me) did two photoshoots. the photos came out just as I imagined/hoped they would. I don’t want to spoil anything but I did want to give a huge huge thank you to everyone who helped out. and maybe perhaps a tiny sneak preview (unedited and compressed- just a heads up).
started mocking up a website. very very beginning stages of an interface. thinking about a lot of things but figured I would post where I am starting/what it would look like in a browser. this will be changing a ton.
ran my first prints tonight and also ran into quite a few problems. I realized that I needed to brush up on my silkscreening skills because I forgot so many little details of things that make the process go smoothly. But I guess there’s always the initial first attempt when everything goes wrong that can go wrong. By the end I think I got the hang of it and started to feel more confident. Produced about 7 shirts, approximately 4 of them are absolute shit, but there were a couple good ones. The green is completely off, and in some cases so is the orientation, but I will have another go at this illustration tomorrow and then move on to the next one. Did run one really awesome print on newsprint. I think I am going to run one for every illustration on newsprint and sew together a coloring book. pretty decent. enjoy…
Just about finished up my illustrations, as featured in my last post. Everythings digitized and colored; there are 6 in total and I’m totally pumped about each one. I’ve started prototyping what the designs will look like on tshirts & I’ve also taken apart some of the shapes I used in the illustrations and I am playing around with the idea of using individual shapes in a more 3D way. For example, laser-cutting one shape out to make a necklace. Trying to figure out really cool things I should make, basically.
But anyway, time to get printing (and cutting)! Our class had a silkscreening demo on Wednesday and it motivated me to really start working. This morning I printed my films for two illustrations and emailed Matt Forest, who works in the silkscreening studio. Later today I am having a friend walk me through the laser cutting process (aka I will have some real products by the end of today!) Next on the agenda: Have to buy emulsion, coat my screens, burn my screens, buy paint, and get going.
I’ve spent a lot of time sketching this past week in attempts to turn out as many ideas as possible for illustrations that will be silkscreened on to products. I have developed a few good ones that I’m beginning to scan into the computer and fix up as illustrator files, but I still have a bunch that need work. I’m finding more and more inspiration from patterns and products every day, and the illustrations are starting to speak as a collection and by themselves. Below is one of the first illustrations I have brought to life (from what it was in my sketchbook to what it is now). feedback is appreciated !
Tuesday was my first in-class review for my project. I basically outlined a lot of what I have written about (what the project is, why im doing it, my audience, etc.). I also included some new research I’ve done concerning what is already out there, what separates my brand from the stuff that is already out there, and some of my inspiration behind the project. Since Tuesday, I have started to sketch out some of the illustrations that I will be printing on apparel/ posters/ accessories. I hope to finish 10 good illustrations over the weekend and get them on the computer so I can start the printing process soon. Lots of work to be done, let the sketching commence !
objective: to create an independent graphic illustration company that sells apparel, prints, and accessories. The brand will be based on the use of very simple geometric shapes and solid bright colors, and will have a hand drawn style that exerts a fun and outgoing personality.
the reasoning: I want to create a brand that mirrors my ideal outlook on life as a result of past experiences. Geometric, simple shapes will work to strip real life situations down to the fundamentals. I want to show how small insignificant details are often the things that bog you down and how sometimes it is more important to look to the bigger picture. Shapes after all are what make up all of life’s complexities. I will be exploring the simple, fundamental things that make people happy and I will be expressing this larger idea through a very specific illustrative brand and style.
audience: I will be targeting mainly late teens and twenty something year olds who are a bit eccentric and/or creative.
deliverables: I hope to create all this stuff before december… (cross yo’ fingers)
identity- logo & logotype, identity system- stationary, business cards, possible signage, packaging- bags, clothing tags, wrapping/tissue paper, website- an online store, lookbook, and of course actual apparel & prints- thinking along the lines of tshirt, sweatshirt, totebag, cards, wallpaper, posters.
I am still working on a concrete concept and everything is of course, subject to change as the process goes on. But for now, that’s where I am and that’s also where I hope to go !
Last semester I initiated an independent study in silkscreening. I originally hoped it would allow me to continue learning about the art, while I also hoped that it would give me the opportunity to do a project that was self defined and interesting to me and my personal aspirations. Well, I did learn a whole lot about silkscreening. In fact, thanks to some awesome people I learned pretty much everything I could about the printing technique. And ultimately, the project is one of my favorites- mostly because I know what went into the process and secondly because I was doing something I love. So, I guess in some regards it was a huge success; however, even more so than any of my other projects, there were a ton of things that I would have done differently. It was definitely a learning experience & it was a project of personal growth and development.
To cut to the chase, I am telling you all of this because last semester’s project is going to act as a main source of inspiration and a jumping off point for what I have decided to design for my senior pieces project. Not necessarily (or rather, at all) with regards to deliverables, but definitely in regards to graphic style and process. I am using my previous project to help define the things that I did successfully and the things that I was less successful with. And of course, there will be silkscreening and geometric shapes.
stay tuned for a project reveal in the near future…