New Inspirations and Designs
Being inspired is key...
Today a Ted Talk provided that. Searching the art section I came across an artist/photographer called Angelica Dass, whose work is based on the skin tone of each individual participant and linked to Pantone colour swatches; challenging the idea of how ethnicity is represented. What struck me was, not only the poignant message behind the work, but the similarity it had to a CD cover I had created some months ago.
Drawing comparisons between each piece, even though mine is just an experiment, shows a visual and conceptual similarity. We know that ethnic differences should not be an issue in the 21st century. But sadly it is. Although a positive shift in a fairer representation of various people, such as body type, seems to be on the periphery I just hope it is not a token gesture. I believe the power of social media is helping to raise the profile of many different issues and as a result people are feeling more empowered with expressing their views without the bias of the media. I guess it will be a case of 'watching this space'.
So, reflecting on my previous post about being obvious with my USP, it has now become a design. Statement t-shirts are popular for both the designer and wearer as the t-shirt becomes a surface, a canvas, in which to explore or express certain ideas. So here are the next two designs that are going to be sampled, hopefully ready for production very soon.
The pattern placement for the last design has since been changed so it is not so linear. I will post the fabric samples once I have received them.
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