Final piece for my inglorious beasties project. I designed the fly print for the garment and printed it using a silk screen.

I started the project by looking at the wings of flies which informed my fabric choice. I wanted to demonstrate their metallic transparent quality. My print came from a ink drawing of a fly I made by blowing the ink with a straw. I found this gave a web like appearance and showed a more inglorious side to the insect. The print is very subtle down the centre of the dress.

Close up of beaded collar:

I used glass beads which gave it a lot of weight compared to the light transparent fabric. The beading is the same design as the print.

The drawing the print is from:

 

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Grayson Perry was the first ceramic artist to win the turner prize in 2003. He creates richly textured classically shaped vases that are often covered in dark imagery. This piece is called We’ve found the body of your child. The dark story it ell is disguised by the beautiful use of colour and because you wouldn’t expect to see a story like this on a piece of pottery.

This video shows Stefan Saigmiester talking about and showing some of his work. It is all text-based and relates to where or how it is written. For example he created a billboard about not complaining that faded in the sun. By making the words disappear he expresses his goal to stop himself from complaining and change things.

The photographer Cindy Sherman is interested in the way women are portrayed in the media and explores this through self portraits. She poses as stereotypes of women from popular culture, often films, and disguises her self with heavy make up. She produced these images for Comme des Garçons in 1993/94 which are more fashion based.

Hussein Chalayan is a Turkish fashion designer who graduated from Central St Martins in 1993. He uses technology in his work such as LEDs and computer systems. Although he works within fashion, he can also be considered a 3D designer because of the structure his garments have. In his spring summer show in 2007 called One Hundred and Eleven the last 6 pieces transformed, using moving parts between two historical styles. One metal dress moves from the hourglass Dior New Look from the 1950’s to a Paco Rabanne style chain mail shift dress from the 60’s. I really like the way Chalayan is able to combine old silhouettes with technology to make something completely new. I was also impressed with how subtle some of the movements are on the dresses and how they appear seamless and organic.

Anya Gallaccio is a Scottish fine artist who was nominated for the 2003 turner prize with her piece ‘Preserve Beauty’. She often uses organic materials which undergo a change during the time they are being exhibited.

Preserve Beauty (1991-2003)

Gallaccio used 2,000 red gerberas behind glass which were left to rot. She described the gerberas as a ‘disposibal commodity’ as they are mass-produced on farms. I like the way they beauty of the flowers contrast the rotting process they go through and the way Gallaccio presents the audience with the process the gerberas go through when they are disposed of.

These photo’s are from a fashion and textiles project calles Macro-evolutionary. I designed a vest to protect the body’s vital organs from radiation after a nuclear disaster. I was inspiered by the scales on cockroaches which are meant to survive nuclear fall out. It’s being modeled by my lovely sister.