I have been exploring the idea of camouflage and the concept of how we ignore homeless people on the streets as well as the government avoiding acknowledging people on the streets and the idea of how they get lost in the system. Through this I have been thinking about creating blankets that could be used by these people who are stuck on the street...
Camouflage patterns were initially developed for military applications in WWI to conceal troops and equipment from the enemy. Camouflage techniques are used to obscure/hide objects for the purpose of preventing detection. I don't know who develops the camouflage designs for the army but one camouflage technique involves creating fabrics that have certain surface patterns. These patterns are designed to blend into the environment and conceal an object or a person.
Looking more closely at camouflage I thought about the more photorealistic camouflage that the army uses so I have spent the day photographing different surfaces that I can repeat and print on a fabric to produce a blanket.
After talking to a couple of people I realised that this could actually turn into more of a technical, experimentational project and less about the print design. I spoke to a homeless man about my ideas as he was selling poems on the street to try and earn some money, Benny told me that it was important to him to have something easy to carry, so a blanket must be compact as well as something warm and most importantly waterproof. I hadn't thought about the qualities of a blanket if I were to create them to be practical and so I want to explore this and look more closely when choosing fabrics to print with. My initial idea was to use fleece, to expand my printing I thought that it would be a good idea to print and encapsulate my prints within a few layers of fabric, lining it with a woolen fabric for added warmth.