Saturday, April 30, 2011

Time better spent

Time is better spent googling how to make time machines than dealing with all the work i have to do... yes, nothing new here.

Friday, April 29, 2011


the focus on trousers and reforming them
using insect sounds for the music
using experimental textiles
Permanent folds  

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fashion Design vs Sartorial Fashion Design

Getting involved in fairly deep fashion theory I have been beginning to question the correctness of the term fashion design in relation to what I am doing at university. Our course is entitled Fashion and Textile design...

My qualm regards the term 'fashion'.

'Fashion design' is not necessarily what we are doing at uni, intrinsically we are designing clothing, and fashion does not necessarily mean designing clothing, there are fashions in music, interior design, architecture, graphic design, product design, philosophy, within all these areas there are fashions, in relating to the changing of taste and preference. Therefore, why has what we do in relation to design been directly associated with fashion?

fashion |ˈfa sh ən|
a popular trend, esp. in styles of dress and ornament or manners of behavior his hair is cut in the latest fashion.• the production and marketing of new styles of goods, esp. clothing and cosmetics :

So my resolution has been to term what we do as SARTORIAL fashion design... it could even be sartorial design, as sartorial by dictionary definition is...

sartorial |särˈtôrēəl|adjective [ attrib. ]of or relating to tailoring, clothesor style of dress sartorial elegance.

I have recently been discussing the relevance of how caught up we should get in the definition of terms, and should one just get on with the content... but language shapes perspective which is highly important, so when attempting to write a thesis you are forced to look into such definitions. 

Anyway, I don't know if anyone else has opinions about this but it's been on my mind, I would like to hear what you think about it! 
... sartorial design ...  

Representations of Reflection

measure is subjective

\mathrm{Ref}_l(v) = 2\frac{v\cdot l}{l\cdot l}l - v

image source: Keira Paradice 
The top two images I took on wanderings in Hannover,  Germany and the third in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

Friday, April 8, 2011

perfectly matched...

Neil Young's music for Jim Jarmusch's 1995 Dead Man


While we are on the subject of glasses, while I was in Germany last semester I did a project for a synthetic hair company; we had to find alternative uses for synthetic hair... my end product was creating hair glasses... an alternative to a wig! Who wouldn't want to adorn their face with removable yet artistic facial hair...
I followed the production of these glasses with market testing... as in taking them on trips to Amsterdam and to parties, getting people to put them on. Initially people were grossed out, but then they couldn't get enough of them!
I was fortunate enough to also win a prize from the company with this concept as I also accompanied the product with a blog with kitch advertisements i photoshopped up and also with an interactive element where i got people to put on the glasses and I would post the pictures on the blog.
I also attempted inserting the hair in resin for the frames but it is indeed a difficult medium to work with for an amateur and that toxic smell eh...yes it was too cold outside.

A nice looking man...

Marcello Mastroianni...charming

Stills from Fellini's 1963 film Ocho y Medio (8 1/2)

Ah yes last year I created a menswear collection inspired by this film, the themes, the composition, the contrasts, the dream sequences, the wit, humor, and sensitivity a very nice film, I will post some drawings and possibly some pictures from the project. The garments I made for it were on display in UTS building 6 for a little time, I will see if I can find the photos...  


Why and how we know what we know...
and it always comes back to the Greek's doesn't it!

I have been looking closely at the art and philosophy of the Ancient Greek's as part of my thesis; at the start of the course I was pretty sure I wanted to write about fashion design practices, the way designers work, practically, their materials and processes and why, maintaing a fairly 'objective' view on the matter, but here I am weeks later and things seem to have escalated and now I have decided to go right back to the root of seemingly most things, yep the Greeks, so. I will be looking at the origins of Western Ideals, focussing on the representation of the male figure, ideals of 'perfection' and beauty, humanism and idealism and then looking to see where these ideals fit into society today, with brief stop over in the Renaissance perhaps... so quite different, but thats what has happened.
Exciting no?!
So perhaps this is going to be a quest for me to better understand my origins and to make me question why I design the way I do.

Know thyself

Thursday, April 7, 2011

love and death

Just a few highly important things from Woody Allen's 1975 film Love and Death, a favorite of mine
Boris' (Woody Allen) mother making the best blintz's to mathematical measurements...

aaannnnddd secondly the banter involving subjectivity and objectivity...

Immorality is subjective.

Yes, but subjectivity is objective.

Not in a rational scheme of perception. 
Perception is irrational.
It implies imminence. 
But judgment of any system
of phenomena exists

in any rational, metaphysical or
epistemological contradiction

to an abstracted empirical concept
such as being, or to be, or to occur

in the thing itself, or of the thing itself.

It's immoral. What time?

- Who is to say what is moral?
- Morality is subjective.
Subjectivity is objective.
Moral notions imply attributes
to substances

which exist only in relational duality.

Not as an essential extension
of ontological existence.

mmhhmmm much respect mister Throup

Aitor Throup. Nough said?... My thoughts seem to have been running parallel in relation to this man's workings, he seems to work instinctually from the mind and with a social awareness general concern and respect, his works are aesthetically and psychologically challenging and inspiring

random illustration

drawings of the collection 'when football hooligans become hindu gods', 2006

narasimha drawings, 2006

shiva drawing and shiva outfit, 2006

modular anatomy project  - collaboration with stone island, 2008

lets dance illustration

Looks kinda like one of the Ood from Dr Who if you know what I'm talking about...! 

I enjoy when designers are not too precious with their designs, i.e showing how someone could make this themselves if they so pleased!
process process process