Minions.

 

Photoshop for beginngers. Im actually awful at photoshop and we were taught some basics today at uni. We were learning several method to cut out an image and insert a background. We began with photo’s from another students photoshoot and then edited them to our liking. I wanted to do something quite harsh and blunt, so I included zombies. I’m quite pleased, even if it does look extremely amateur.

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Moodboard Fangling

I collected several images and did some watercolour palettes to help inspire my final design for my Melting Pot project, this is a photo of just arranging and rearranging. I’ll post a final image of my moodboard on my next post. I was quite strict using only certain images and colour palettes that would compliment my project, whilst remaining focused on what I want to achieve. I combined traditional and stereotypical Russian images, bearing in mind my project aims, with carefully thought out colour palettes.

When in russia.

For my Melting Pot project at uni, I asked my Dad to speak to one of his Russian colleagues on behalf of myself. I asked her about 70’s Russia and the social and political issues surrounding clothing and wanting to be and individual, but being forced by the government, to be the same. The lady he asked was really lovely, she went and almost interviewed her Grandmother about the things I was so desperate to find out, first-hand from someone who was actually Russian, and lived through the time of communism in the 70’s. She sent me a mini interview from her Grandmother and several lovely and shocking images. The images are quite strange not just because of the appearance, but because of the subject. The photo’s look like their from the 30’s and 40’s due to the style of the clothing and the actual condition of the photos, in the 70’s they were still yet to join the colour film community. The clothes look almost war-time as the style is quite the same amongst the people within the photo, without it actually being a uniform, but really it might well have been. She also sent me photos from her school’s archive which are a bit spooky because of the sepia appearance and uniforms. Again the photo’s look much older than they actually are. Right! I will now copy and paste the small interview and photos.

70s.
Key points which really effected on clothes’ style of that period and consumer choice were of course:
–          Political system and ideology (idea of equality; it was inappropriate to stand out for other people but at the same time people wanted to).
–          Socio-economic factors (closeness for import; pure local production in terms of design and variety; low income level)
 
Variety of clothes in shops was really poor in terms of design, colors, cloth or textile and texture. The choice was really bad especially in Russia regions. All children went to school uniformed. Grandmother mentioned that  all clothes which were available at stores were of dead colors, looked really boring and monotonous. So that was really cool if someone gets a suit made of  unusual for that time material with texture, pattern or tracery.
As a result courses of cutting out and sewing had become rather popular that time. Grandmother said that in every family she knew there was somebody who could sewing clothes at home. There were not so many lifestyle or design magazines in USSR that time J. So they could study some basic schemes for cutting of at courses. Also a lot of women could knit and crochet.
Another deficit was with materials and threads, choice was poor as well. If someone gets a chance to get to foreign country – they used to it to buy some things or materials or threads. And all these things were really different from ones’ available in Russia. It was very cool that time.
Almost all things represented at stores were produced locally in Russia (One of main factories that time was in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg). Textile industry was developing well some clothes was producing locally at textile mile of Yaroslavl.

 

Float like a butterfly..

This is another personal post. I wanted to show the world how my and my friend kinda matched skirts without realising. Both floaty, see-through and black. We are both pretty much dressed head to foot in black too. LOOK AT MY NEW NAVY CREEPERS!! Ill probably upload a photo of myself to my lookbook later too. It’s funny how when trying to be individual you subconsciously match with someone you see almost every day. I also gave a first try to editing using my phone, its bad quality but I quite like it.

LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME LOOK AT ME

I’ve jumped on the bandwagon of lookbook, it sounds negative but I’m actually really excited, I’ve always asked friends to take photos of my outfits, and now I can actually use them! Wow that was a lot of commas. Anyway! this post is unrelated to my ongoing cultural project to add a bit of a personal touch. It says on the post but I change my style a lot. I dont stick to one style or trend, I just put together what I think works. Due to this fact I almost look like a different person when I wear particularly different outfits to the last. Keep updated on my lookbook! I’ve pasted the link so go have a stalking session, you know you want to.

Fear is Respect.

Image

The post’s name derives from what my Russian friend once told me, it made me laugh, but also a tad disturbed. I chose to base my post around this particular poster as it caught my eye. The graphic imagery and selected colour palette is something i will consider for my own project and designs. I may also use Russian text and font within my project as I feel it will portray the social and political backgrounds which I have explored of being part of a group and not an individual.

And so it begins.

At uni we have been given a cultural based project, on which were to chose a culture(s) and then start to explore as much as we can about it, to grasp it fully! I chose to base mine around Russia, mainly Soviet Russia. I chose this culture as i have always been interested in Russia as a country but also the many political and social happenings, just within clothing. Through researching communist Russia and its clothing, I have uncovered so much underlying information which i was not even aware of. One of the things that has stuck with me was the term ‘STILYAGA’ this means ‘dandy’ with negative connotations. Basically if you dressed too stylishly you were not working enough! This is quite ironic, as I in fact writing this in my pyjamas. The image included is just something to help my project seem clear 🙂

img – http://traditionalrussiancostume.com/costumeinfo/view.php?go=sarafan1.jpg

Something Unrelated

Im beginning my blog with something unrelated to get me started. I chose to attach a photo from DollsKill as I am somewhat obsessed with the website. A bit about me! I am a Fashion Design and Technology student at Arts University College Bournemouth. I will be posting things about my work and things that interest me, and what will hopefully interest others. I am a little bit eccentric. Enjoy.