These mood board is intended to give focus on how I want go about designing the print for my designs and as well as placement ideas.
Symbols can transcend culture and language barriers, they leak into the human subconscious making them aware of the meaning regardless of where they are in the world. This fact is affirmed in the world of fashion, where symbols are picked up by many to mean either luxe or lame. No words are needed for a consumer to realize that Chanel is exclusive and those big ol’ H’s & M’s mean affordable bridge collection of top designs. But we can break it down even further than symbols such as logos and signs. Something in fashion is even more far reaching and can communicate more than just a price point but an entire culture, that is PRINT.
You can look no further than maybe the “Navajo” print as an example that when seen is quickly associated with the Native American culture, another example is the Kente cloth or tribal print as it more commonly known. But the connotations for these prints are unmistakable as they are deep rooted within the culture. But what about creating something from the inside out? Fixating on an aspect of a culture, cutting away the filler and exposing one or two iconic symbols that represent the whole look? Could this be done for the Dancehall culture in Jamaica? Has anyone actually attempted to isolate iconic symbols and use that has the starting point for a fashion vocabulary? Maybe I could take my cues from how the average middle class Jamaican woman from the late 80s to early 90s was adapting the dancehall culture.
Hopefully, these mood boards will give those not familiar with 80s & 90s Dancehall fashion to have a point of reference when reading my notes.
Putting my thoughts on paper for a project I want to get done. I’m making sure to use Tumblr as a way to document my thought process and hopefully keep on track as well.
Took awhile for me to find out how I exactly I wanted to present this particular idea. Well, I think I am on to something now.
Asia’s very first 3D printed fashion show, presented by Materialise Malaysia and Melinda Looi.
Taking Fashion to a New Dimension With 3-D Printing, Clothing That Leaves Out the Sewing Machine
“When you think of constructing with a sewing machine, you’re always thinking in terms of the thread. With 3-D printing you’re not limited to that. Imagine having a knit sweater mixed with a T-shirt mixed with a jacket.”
SEW sewing machine by Susanne Eichel
SEW is a compact and robust sewing machine designed for a range of materials. Based on the social need of self-actualization through Do-It-Yourself, it pursues an honest and self-explanatory design.
More about it: Behance
I posted about figuring out how to manipulate an old Jamaican dollar into a print. You can see my inspiration above.
I been researching different methods available here in Jamaica to transfer such a intricate print and so far they won’t cut it.
I suppose spoonflower is an option but I don’t know…
After watching the Continuum Fashion Project video, I headed to their Constrvct site (ugh at every hipster replacing U’s with V’s).
It was meh…
I been toying with displaying old Jamaican currency into a print as they are really colourful and the Ten Dollar reminded me of Fine China and Giambatista Valli made into a thing not too long ago.
But the site, doesn’t give much options in terms of clothing AT ALL and the ways to manipulate the print was limited as well. But it at least gave me a chance to play with the idea not just in mood board pics or crummy sketches.
But still meh..
Continuum Fashion is a label that allows people to create their own designs using the hive mind of the internet as well as apps
Street Signs are huge part of Jamaican Society, they usually plastered everywhere and anywhere on walls, poles etc. telling you all about the latest party.
I saw this one on a trip to Ocho Rios, there are better examples, in fact one of good friends street-tingsfromjamaica did his entire final art show on it. But this one cracks me up because….well, TWERK COUTURE!
I feel like you CANNOT call yourself a Jamaican if you neva watch Dancehall Queen even if you grow up in a Christian home like myself LOL.