Sunday, 5 December 2010

Diaghilev V&A


This exhibit was exciting as you got to see all the costumes which were quite weird yet wonderful they were really exotic and there was lots of explanation about the choreography styles and specialisms, it was a great experience to see this art form of dancing and came at a great time when ballet is getting back into the spotlight with the help of films like Black Swan.
The way the exhibit was displayed was also great as it was like taking you through a story and it was great to see the other contributors/collaborators at the times such as Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinksy.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Monday, 1 November 2010

part of rough guide task


Erwin Erwitt 'Paris 1989'

It is a photograph, silver gelatin print.
It is the lower half of what i think is an older mann, with a leash of a dog in his hand, the dog is jumping, it is in black and white.
The coat looks rather large for the man, it seems to be a stolen moment on the streets of Paris.
When I see this image I cannot help but smile, it makes me feel happy, the photograph is mounted in a black frame.


Rug made from wool, its woven
Reds, yellows, golds are the main colours
Intricate flowers all over
Thick Border
Faded parts + ripped threads must be an antique


When I think about this object I imagine it in a grand drawing room or library, perhaps a stately building, surrounded by history, books, artefacts and trinkets.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Area for rough guide

Piccadilly/Burlington Arcade
Main attraction shopping
Association with Saville Row
Lots of tailors/clothes
Tradition, style, luxury is the feeling
100 years of the arcade, it was designed by George Tharlie Jell

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Trash Fashion

Average household contributes 26 items of wearable clothing to landfill each year.

Nettle Dress

-Producing cotton use huge amounts of water and chemicals
-Nettle fibre is really strong but fine enough to use in clothing
-They grow faster and need less water and pesticides than cotton (a weed that could prove useful)
-Using enzymes instead of chemicals to break down fibres (i.e. wool)


-Made from corn, wheat, sugar-beet or sugar cane (Plastic made from plants)
-Its fully bio-degradable 100% bio-based plastic
-Closed loop recycling

Knit to fit

- using 3D body scans in 6seconds vital measurements feed into a computer controlled knitting machine
- finished garment in one piece is seam free and to exact style and fit
- no wasteful offcuts which is beneficial to the environment
- (Sandy Black LCC)

Made to measure

- Fabrics made directly onto the loom into pattern pieces
- pieces are woven to the dimensions that are input into the computer
- less fabric is produced which lowers the volume produced which therefore cuts down on chemicals, dyes, water and energy used to make the fabrics
- Direct Panel On Loom (DPOL) technology

- Kate Goldsworthy uses laser beams a new technology called clear weld

LBD dyeing
- Putting the colour dye in the manufacture process of polyester rather than after cuts out lots of waste and gives a more even finish than conventional dyeing as it can be patchy.

Product of Choice - Tantalum

Shot green/purple tantalum bangle, 1976.

- initially used in map filaments
- it has a high melting point
- was first isolated pure in 1904
- useful where intense heat is required
- easy to work with
- important metal
- used in surgery for implants
- bangle made in 1976
- a heavy blue-grey transition metal useful for surgical implants because of its lack of reaction to body fluids