Posts tagged Tshirts
Planning the Second Collection

Planning the second collection is both exciting and daunting. But the more I research the more it helps cement a recent idea I had.  

I wanted the first collection to show strong, empowered women and I want this theme to continue with the second. 

I have been researching existing photoshoots, looking through magazines and my art / fashion books to see what is inspiring. 

Then it struck me.  

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This painting by Jenny Saville is called “Propped”. Recently it sold for £9.5 million in auction making her the most expensive female painter in the world. The work is powerful and comments on women being put on a pedestal for the male gaze usually painted by a man, amongst many other things about patriarchy. 

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I love Jenny Saville, her work is evocative and powerful and I want to emulate this painting in my photoshoot for the second collection.

If I can I would love a female photographer to maintain the narrative about women and female empowerment. Reinforcing the statement ‘We Are Here’. 

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I have emailed a studio, where I await their response. In the mean time I need to search for models and a photographer who understands my mission along with images that reinforce this vision. 

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Print Decisions ~ DTG & Screen Printing

Reflecting, as always, on the designs I had created last week I knew I needed to make some decisions. Namely which ones I wanted to get samples of. 

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Also, I need to think of which designs work best for specific techniques such as screen printing or direct to garment (DTG). Both are great processes and I love them equally but of course the aesthetic is the key factor.

Screen printing needs simple art work broken down into colours for each screen, which is a perfect technique for my linear drawings. Whereas DTG is like a computer print out and can capture any detail, ideal for my colour designs that I recently created. 

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To help with the decision making I wanted to have a range of designs, to broaden my collection and appeal to people’s various tastes from simple to complex and colourful. But I also wanted to have some visualisations to help me view them as garments mentally. Below is my very quick version of this - no judgement please!   

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As basic as this is, it really helps me consider how the design works, what needs changing and more importantly, does it work? 

Focusing on the garment choices I am thinking about whether I should print just t-shirts or sweatshirts or both given the seasonal changes that will happen? What colour? I am feeling drawn to black as I think it compliments the designs and is another colour way to add to the collection too. 

Another consideration is other printing techniques such as silver or gold vinyl. I would love that for the linear designs on black sweatshirts. Black and gold specifically is the perfect combination in my opinion. 

Right, so this week I need to make any drawing refinements and send the images off to the printers I met with recently and ask them for a quote. Order the garment samples and printing equipment so I can screen print myself - got to save costs where I can but also so I can do some printing, I really love this technique. It is good to get hands on and embrace the next creative stage. 

Then the fun starts...   

Feeling Energised ~ New Designs Flowing
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Cultural events have been the order of the week, which has made for a positive start to the summer holidays. 

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Being around friends who are creative and being in creative spaces ranging from art exhibitions to jazz clubs has inspired me to embrace my own creative side. 

So back to the drawing board literally. I dug out my sketch book and pens, previous drawings (for reflections) and digital drawing pad. I made a list of the principles I wanted to follow so I had a basic structure and just got doing. 

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You can see from these initial drawings and experiments (and these are just my favourites from a multitude of different examples) that there are two variations - layers and single image. 

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At the moment I am really drawn to these two aesthetics, let’s hope others agree too. The next plan is to experiment more with mono printing and painting in to the image for a mixed media layered effect, which again is very pleasing to the eye and I have had good feedback on this. So I will try to push forward with this as well. 

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But so far I am pleased with how things are progressing. Next task will be to see how the prints looks on fabric by getting some samples done.  

So back to juggling selling the current collection and pushing the new one forward.  

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