My project is now complete and I am now going the evaluate the whole of my project, one last time.
I think I have achieve this criteria because I have researched into my potential ideas and I have done this with my mind maps that I have posted and analysed / evaluated on here. I also have shown how I have developed from these ideas to my main focus now, and I have developed my female empowerment theme even further by looking at a set of images that portray what I want my theme to be about and analysing this too. I presented these images to my fellow students, got their opinions and evaluated this too and I have cited all my sources along with the date I accessed them. I also think I have achieved this criteria even further because I have reflected on my past projects, skills, knowledge, understanding and how they have influenced my Final Major Project. This is evidenced throughout reflections, mind maps, sketches and evaluations of previous projects. It also includes the project proposal and I have typed my project proposal up and I have amended it so it truly reflects my project.
I have conducted my primary research through interviews and questionnaires and empowerment photoshoots with props such as chains an rope, and I have developed these further into experiments and samples such as continuous line drawings and fabric samples, quote selections, printing samples (chain prints, rope prints, funky foam prints etc), sellotape samples and sewing samples. I have conducted my secondary research through a lot of wide ranging artist research – from modern, contemporary artists to historical ones, both male and female, from different places all over the world and with different specialist subject areas such as illustrators and artists as well as designers. I have also looked at theorists and theories like Donna Haraway, feminism and semiotics. I have looked at the history behind the corset and a little bit into stereotypes surrounding females and the reasons why they needed to conform to the unrealistic beauty standards of a corset. Within the research aspect, my strengths are definitely all of the things I have listed above as these worked really well for me, especially the interviews from my primary research and how I have selected powerful quotes and developed these further and the extensive wide ranging artist research as this shows I do not stick to just one type of artist, I branch out in order to fully benefit my project.
I looked at a myriad of artists – Valentino, Kate Daudy, Agnes Richter, Tracey Emin, Debbie Talanian, Ruth Rae, Gucci, Hérve Léger, Stella McCartney, Gary Hume, Boris Schmitz, Paddy Hartley, Margaret Harrison, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler and Frida Kahlo. Valentino has informed my work so far for the colour selection of browns and light colours for my cold water dye samples, and for looking at fluid, feminine fabrics because of their loose fitting skirts in the collection I looked at. Kate Daudy, Agnes Richter, Paddy Hartley, Debbie Talanian and Ruth Rae have informed my work so far because of their embroidery techniques, but I think they will inform my work more as I get to making my final outcome. Gucci has informed my work with the concept behind their collection inspired by Donna Haraway’s feminist theories. Hérve Léger has informed my ideas and work so far because I have now started creating design ideas on a mannequin that is similar to his bandage dresses, which is something I am going to take forward. Stella McCartney, Gary Hume and Boris Schmitz have all informed my work by using continuous line drawings in their work , even though one is a designer and the other two are artists, they all link well to each other and my FMP too, and I have created numerous samples in response to this. Margaret Harrison and Frida Kahlo have informed my ideas and my work due to their controversial subject matter which link in directly to feminism and my project as a whole. Finally, Jean Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler have both heavily informed my ideas and work because now, as a result of researching them, I am more aware of information regarding corsets and feel prepared to go forward in using one in regards to my designs.
I have used evaluative and analytical skills in my wide ranging research and have applied this to creative thinking for the experimentation within my project. I have discussed the relevance of my research and the impact it has on my ideas, experimentation and creative thinking. I have used critical analysis of my research and have been evaluative. I have critically analysed all of the research I have completed. I have set up a system of 4 questions which I have always answered in full detail to enable me to fully achieve this criteria.
I have identified new discoveries throughout my whole FMP, both practical and technical, and I have applied this to my work throughout. I have done this throughout the following ways: photos of all my processes with notes (samples and toiles), screen shots with notes (research such as on social media), exploration of materials with notes (toiles and artist research) and annotations of work from experimentation to final outcomes , ongoing evaluations of work and how it can be developed further. This includes samples and toiles, which I have done a fair share of, and I have critically analysed all of these on my blog and this has helped me go forward with the next stages because I have seen what has worked and what hasn’t, which has helped make everything as clear as possible for me in my FMP. I take photos of every stage of everything I do, and this is just out of habit because every single process needs to be analysed in order to achieve a high grade, which is what I have done.
This in-depth analysis and evaluation has allowed me to see when a problem has occurred, and what I have done to overcome it. I faced a lot of problems while sampling, such as the material getting wrapped around the thread when hand stitching into satin silk, and material gathering when sewing on the sewing machine. I overcome these problems by cleaning the fabric remains from the thread at every point I could and I found that sewing quicker by hand reduced the amount of fabric getting stuck round the thread and knotting it all up, so I continued with that method. I also made sure every fabric sample I was using an embroidery hoop for was tightly encased in the hoop to try and prevent the bagging and gathering.
Another problem I faced was when I was trying to create my sellotape transfers, as two did not originally work due to me trying to recreate the handwriting of the women who have completed my interviews with pen ink. The water rubbed the paper and the ink off, and this was something I did not realise. I overcame this problem by scanning the interviews to my emails, so I could create these samples using the handwriting I originally wanted to. I am constantly just testing and experimenting so I will always encounter problems.
Another problem I encountered was trying to discover which type of embroidery would be better for my fabrics of choice – organza and chiffon. The actual embroidery machine kept ripping the fabric and that was because of how thin and soft the fabrics are. Also, the thick, bold, black writing was quite harsh against the light pink, feminine fabrics, and I didn’t like this contrast at much because I wanted to go down the delicate, gentle route and this was too striking to complement that. I decided to go down the free machine embroidery route because this resembles handwriting the most.
I have also looked at the application of theories and isms, and the ones I have focused on are feminism and the movements within this (Me Too and Times Up), semiotics, symbolism, and Donna Haraway – a feminist theorist. I also looked at synaesthesia which was brought up in a 1:1 with another tutor Hannah, and this has explained a lot to do with colour assignment to people within my project.
Planning and Production
This criteria refers to all of my planning throughout my project and my strategies for my own planning and referring to my overall and weekly planner. This criteria includes:
- Overall planner / action plan
- Targets (daily, weekly, and how it is mapped to the criteria and used effectively to manage my own work)
- On-going evaluations which includes my planning and organisation skills
- Reflective skills
- Alternative solutions
- Sketches and notes to plan ideas, experimentation and numbering my pages to refer to throughout
I have submitted a notebook purely for aims and objectives, and this notebook contains detailed weekly targets and daily SMART targets for the full length of my FMP. SMART targets were really beneficially for me because I find it easy to get overwhelmed, and these type of targets just made everything I needed to do whenever I was setting them more real. I have always completed mind maps on anything I can throughout my project and I completed this as much as possible, in order to help develop my ideas further, and help plan and produce quality responses. I think my planning is really strong because I was constantly planning and target setting daily for my whole project and I evaluated my targets to see whether I met them and why I did/didn’t.
I have achieved this criteria by constantly recording creative decisions and my exploration and adaptation of my skills. I have used a lot of mediums other than fabric and I have evaluated these as well as every single thing I have created myself. I have looked at scale, medium and colour when creating toiles before developing these further to make my final piece. I looked at scale when testing out the size of the continuous line drawings, to see how many I would need on the train of the skirt part of my design and what size they would need to be. I completed bigger continuous line stitched faces in order to complete less of them to save time. I also captured everything that I could because I always took photos as I was going along because they always came in handy when evaluating.
I have used a lot of practical skills when sampling and experimenting to develop my project, and these are:
- Cold water dyes
- Hand embroidery
- Free Machine embroidery
- Industrial embroidery machine
- Funky foam printing
- Sellotape quote transfers
- Chain printing
- Rope printing
- And more..
I have evaluated all of these on my blog and shown how they have helped me develop my project further.
Evaluation and Reflection
I have achieved this criteria because I needed to complete ongoing evaluations and reflections throughout my overall project. This included:
- SMART targets
- Daily, weekly, key stage evaluations and reflections
- Peer reviews
- 1:1 tutorials on work
I set daily SMART targets in my aims and objectives book, and this also contained my daily and weekly targets so I could keep up to date with what I was doing and what I was achieving. I have completed weekly reviews, and a mid point evaluation. I constantly reflected on everything, and nearly every blog post or entry in my aims and objective book was reflected on. I completed peer reviews every Wednesday afternoon I could, as this was something I scheduled in my action plan at the beginning of my FMP. These peer reviews were completed with someone different each time and this helped me do well within my project because a new set of eyes saw what work I completed each time I completed a peer review. I also, again, reflected on these peer reviews and took forward a lot of the ideas I had been given too. Also, I always completed at least one 1:1 with my tutor Corinne every week and I completed one with another tutor – Hannah – and this was really beneficial too because she hadn’t seen much of my work so she had a bunch of new ideas to share with me to make my project even better.
This final evaluation also falls into this criteria and so far, my final evaluation shows an understanding of how to run a self directed project, what I have learnt during the whole process – developing ideas, technically, in terms of research, running a project, and how I have taken this further to the next stage – an Unconditional offer to study Fashion Design at UCLAN, with a substantial portfolio also being created.
I have achieved this criteria because I have researched a range of alternatives for my final exhibition space and shown my decision making behind each one. This includes:
- Research into how other people have exhibited their work and how it can be applied to my own project
- Technical plans for my project and how I will display it
- Marquette’s and sketches of the space and reasons behind each choice
I have looked at past students exhibitions and have also looked at how other Universities student presented their final exhibitions for both foundation and BA levels to see how others present it and for inspiration for my own. I have evaluated my final decision on how I am going to display mine and what influenced it.
I presented my work at my final exhibition on 24\04\2018 between 6pm – 9pm. I presented my work skilfully and appropriately for my theme, and I had my final piece on a mannequin, which is what I always wanted to do because the mannequin provides form and shape to any design, with my continuous line samples displayed in embroidery hoops, dangling by the chains I used in my primary photos and for printing, from a baton attached to the top of my exhibition space. For me, this makes the presentation of my work for my exhibition very personal and meaningful because that chains are printed on the bodice of my design and are used for decorative pieces on my batons, to hang my samples.
One of my strengths is definitely the flow of the FMP, from each piece of research to each developmental stage to the creation of my samples. Another strength is the wide variety and range of different samples and experiments I have completed, so I haven’t contained and limited myself, I have left myself open to options for the future.
Areas for Improvement
My areas for improvement when it comes to sampling and experimenting is to be a bit cleaner and more organised while doing these so my work station doesn’t get messy, along with trying to stop being so freaked out and worried when something doesn’t go the way I wanted it to or planned for it to go.
If I got the opportunity to do this work again, I think I would try to start the samples that I completed later on a bit earlier, so this would mean I would have to manage my time better and start being a bit more realistic with my SMART targets. In the time remaining, I will hopefully achieve what I have in mind for my FMP by doing what I didn’t do so well before the mid point and pushing myself to meet my SMART targets so they become realistic and I can do more in the time allotted then.