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March 9, 2010

Firenze..London

Filed under: uni — Tags: , , , , , , — cfst @ 12:00 am

So yes, back on this blog after half a year (almost?) I have been tres busy with uni as usual. Last term saw me struggle through with the group project, which luckily is now over and I get to keep a very nice cardigan that I made for the group (9 people..). Photos of that will be posted up sometimes soon, when I have decided to take a photoshoot with all the random bits and pieces I have knitted/made throughout the year.

Anyway, back to the title, yes, we went to Florence for a week back in January for Pitti Filati and it was AMAZING! I have not seen so much yarn samples and companies together in my life before. It was so refreshing to be outside of london and see what the rest of the world and industry was up to.

So there’s always a twist. never just a trip. We had to design a collection based on knit swatches which we developed from research made from any inspiration we had in Florence.

I really liked the idea of clothes hanging off the wall, the idea of soft and hard, and I also really liked the decorative walls outside the Duomo, so I drew inspiration from those and worked mainly with beading my swatches. I really enjoy the process and liked the outcome. Although I know for a fact I could have done more and had more ideas, but up to date, I think this project I have been able to explore and expand on my ideas the most. Unfortunately I have not had the time to make a garment for this project (Had to write an essay about cosmetic surgery and whether it’s a modern necessity for tomorrow), but I have done illustrations . and as a twist, I have scanned in my swatches and ‘coloured’ in my illustrations with them, indicating what the garments would look like if they were to be made, for real.
I am also going to put up some photos which I likes and took from Florence.

XXX

Cynthia

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April 21, 2009

Toile for the architecture

Filed under: Fun, Work — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — cfst @ 8:35 pm

It has been quite a while since I updated here. Easter holiday has flew by, and the term has started again. Only the second day in and we have received two new briefs already. The first one is the usual competition brief, this year, we are asked to illustrate a design for the London Fashion WeekEnd tote bag, inspired by the theme ‘Only in London’. I have vague idea of what I want to do, but my illustrations are not great, plus my style is not the usual Tanya Ling or David Downton… so we’ll see how it turns out.

And the second project, was quite a shock actually, because first years usually don’t get 2 projects, but this one is for a boy who was stabbed in East London in August, 2008. He was due to enroll in BA fashion design with Print at CSM the same time as us, so we are creating and DIY-ing T-shirts for money raising, for the medical attention he is needed from now on, because he is paralyzed from neck down.

Anyway, enough about that, I just realised that I haven’t uploaded any photos from my Jersey Project yet, so here it goes. We had to create 6 looks in 3 weeks time, inspired by anything, but mainly to create a sillouhette. However one of the key word was body conscious, so I decided to play with that. I chose Santiage Calatrava’s Architecture because they are just amazing! And I made 7… had some extra time 🙂

So both I and Aiko modeled. Please excuse my terrible modeling 🙂
Enjoy

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Cyn

February 9, 2009

Metamorphsis Knit

Filed under: Work — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — cfst @ 8:35 pm

From my previous post, I posted illustrations from my Metamorphsis Knit project which has ended already. I am a little bit annoyed that I didn’t do as well I have hoped, but it came all together. And I just took some photos of the two outfits on my mannequin. I shall be doing a photoshoot soon, but here’s a little preview.

My first outfit, made with yellow jersey, and black acrylic wool. I need the stripes of black with a little ruffle along the way once in a while inspired by the spine of human.

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My second look which is completely knitted on my machine. My first time drafting out a pattern as well as using a punchcard, but I have to tell you it was fun. It is made with yellow acrylic wool, and the pattern is with black wool and white elastic, so it’s really tight and fitted around the torso area.

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Currently I am on the new project, which is to make 6 jersey toiles in 3 weeks. We have had one and a half week already and I am on my 4th toile, so I am doing ok. My inspiration for this project is from the Liege Railway Station designed by Santiago Calatrava. I love architecture. And with jersey and draping I can create so much with it. However, I didn’t want to just drape on the body, I wanted to push the boundary slightly so I am actually doing lot more paneling on the body. We didn’t have to have an inspiration or source or research but we were given 5 words and it included Body conscious, Angular and Sculptural.  Immediately my head sprung to this particular piece of architecture because he was inspired by the woman’s body for the arch and curve of the building. Photos for this project will be coming up soon.

Oh, and I have been busy preparing the last parts for my A/W09 for the 24th of Feburary at the Kensington Roof Garden with King’s college. Hopefully everything will be alright and straight forward. I did some quick test shoots the other day just to show the people what the pieces should look like and worn, and here are some of the pieces. I have 8 looks in total. And I have managed to make all this in 1 month and a half and I am quite proud (because I wasn’t told about this until the beginning of January)

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Anyway, must get back to work, bon nuit.

CFST
xx

January 26, 2009

Illustrations

Filed under: Work — Tags: , , , , — cfst @ 9:46 pm

So right now I am working on my ‘Metamorphsis Knit’ project with Jess Quinton. My project is inspired by ‘My Abortion’ by Tracy Emin. It is a very quick ball pen sketch and somehow this sketch really kicked my mind off, so I decided to base my whole project and collection on pregnancy and abortion.

However, I am NOT going to design garments for the pregnants, the garments are still to be worn by everyday women with confidence, because the colour scheme is BOO-RIGHT! (Yellow, Aqua and Black). Yes, I stayed away from the cliche red and pink because I didn’t want to use those colour. They can be for something else.

Anyway, enough said, the reason I am posting this mainly is to kick off a little link with The Swelle Life. So I am just uploading some illustrations I have done since starting the Fashion Knit course at St Martins as the first of my more frequent work related post.

Century Knit: A 2 week project, investigating a certain decade of the 1900s and producing a piece of knitted accessories showing your signature knit, or the style you work in. (I have not put in the illustrations of my accessories because I have actually posted the pieces from a photoshoot in my first post in this blog)

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White Project: This is the project which everyone from Fashion BA first year has to do. We were taught how to pattern cut as well as sew on the industrial machines for first two weeks. And with those knowledge we were given three categories to base our project on. I chose ‘Traditional borderline’ and I researched into Gormley’s sculptures. (The last illustration is the garment which I have made)

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Metamorphsis Knit: This is the project which we can research on anything that changes. We are encouraged to work from existing garment if we do not know how to construct one purely with knit. I have done a balero using a baby suit. It came out a little too sweet, but I will be posting photos soon. Anyway, I have made the first two illustrations into actual garment.

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I hope this post has been a good feast for your eyes before I come back with more knit knit knit.

CFSTxx

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