Students have been busy over the last week or so, using paper to create garments, utilising all the paper engineering skills they've developed through their studio practice.
There are now lots of detailed and intriguing paper structures dotted around our lovely studio!
|Jake's fringed corset|
|Hannah's armour-like shoulder and arm piece|
|Alex's spiky sleeves|
|Serena's gorgeous shift dress, decorated with napkins|
|Poppy, punching holes into her layered skirt|
|Lucy working on her floaty skirt that uses many paper weights for an interesting kinetic effect|
|The beginning of Carla's bow tie which attaches to a chest piece|
|Natassja's bodice, using loads of found papers.|
|Chelsea's underwear masterpiece!|
Since then, it's all gone a bit WABI SABI:
"Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence, specifically impermanence, the other two being suffering and emptiness or absence of self-nature." - for more info, click here
Working in the wabi-sabi style has really broadened visual understanding in the studio and we've gone from working only with white, to bursts of colour.
The following images were taken after a working with Foundation Leader Letitia Thompson, who specialises in painting as her personal and professional art practice.
|Chelsea and Hanna's work looks incredible together|
|Chelsea's multi-tonal paint study|
|Sara's sculptural paint study|
|Poppy's colour burst|
|Some unintentional but interesting compositions have appeared since we began wabi-sabi studies!|
|Wabi-sabi tape pile|
|Alex's masterpiece, carefully being looked after by the floor|
|Natassja's not-so-favourite of her wabi-sabi paint studies|
Textiles and fashion tutors Rachel and Jo have been encouraging exploration of drawing with/in fabrics. Using the freehand emroidery technique on sewing machines and hand stitches, the workse below are the "in progress" shots.
|Natassja recreated and layered up fabric leaves|
|Charlotte's background, developing a brickwork scene|
|Alex's gorgeous machine stitching|
|Chelsea's shoes in stitching, wabi-sabi style!|
Below, tutor Martin Fowler is delivering his specialism of sculpture and Fine Art, to instigate playing with clay as a medium, following the wabi-sabi aesthetics.
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