What's The Point?: RESEARCH

19th Century Farmer; Jonathan Fryer


Primary Research Analysis

I like this object's shape; it is pointed and also curved, with a sudden 90 degree angle as if it were a cross section of a larger shape. The context within which it sits is striking to me, suspected to be the oldest place of Christian worship in the United Kingdom. There are also miniature cut-outs within the shape, almost identical to the actual object.  This makes me think about shapes in a different way, especially in relation to the body. Shapes within shapes. A pocket is a shape which sits within the context of a larger shape (e.g. a chest pocket within the front piece of a suit jacket). This makes me think about my sample in a different light, that the plasticine forms a shape within the context of the sponge. The sponge necessarily informs the shape of the plasticine, in order to create the shape I wanted I had to manipulate both materials (the sponge by cutting with a scalpel and removing material, the plasticine by melding and shaping with my hands). I can use this thinking to emphasise a shape in my designs, if I repeat a shape it does not have to be outside of the shape it can be repeated within the shape perhaps. I am now thinking about the body, the organs being shapes with the context of the human form.

Primary Research; Object I photographed at St. Pancras Old Church


Claudy Jongstra Analysis

I am inspired by the process undertaken in order to produce not only the thick, chunky knots but also the deep, vibrant yellow hue. A natural dye process that produces a colour that is synonymous with Dutch heritage especially with regards to cloth. I like the 'clumps' in the fabric, it makes me think of the earth, plants, flowers, as if the fabric is alive. To some extent this is true, the fabric carries with it particles from the earth that when compounded transform to create this particular colour. I am very keen to utilise natural dye processes within my design process, a sustainable process. I wonder what the fashion industry would be like if it were more conscious of environmental sustainability and the longevity of making garments. I believe that in order to do this we need to look back to how things were made in the 19th century. This directly leads into my research into folk clothing specifically in Iran and Mongolia where felt has been used for centuries to protect the human body from the harsh, bitter and unpredictable wilderness that exists outside.

Knotted Felt by Claudy Jongstra


Amit Zoran Analysis

I am exploring the possibility of using the 3D printing, laser cutting workshops at Kings Cross in order to generate the samples for my structure. I like this idea of old new explored in this image. The use of modern technology and combining it with traditional and ancient hand making techniques to make objects. This makes me think about the potential for this practise to be applied to making clothing. Today due to advances in technology we can 3D print organs, I want to make use of the facilities at College and elsewhere to generate my outcomes.

Study of a 3D Printed Basket by Amit Zoran



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