MA Practice Two - Shape Development

Since drawing from my shapes and beginning to create 3D collages I have found shapes that I want to push forward and begin to create paper vessels to explore. I realised that some of the shapes that I have been using can be connected together to create a successful vessel, combining the shapes makes a solid fluid collection which works together.

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This triangular shape is a staple shape in bringing my pieces into a three dimensional state. This shape is one that I took from the wooden tram line pillars, I thought this would be an unusual shape for a clutch bag, something difficult and awkward to have to hold - which I think could make a big impact. There is potential for adding an adjustable strap and creating panels of printed design to this piece.

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Another simple shape I have started to work with is the fairly regular hexagonal shape which was taken from various crystal structures, I think that this could make a simple flat clutch or be developed into a three dimensional vessel by using a gusset.

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The shape is simple but has a lot of potential to become a successful piece. By folding across shapes corner to corner I can change the shape and the aesthetic of the piece completely. This is something I want to push further whilst designing.

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I also started to consider using stitch to create depth and detail, considering a shape I took from the crystal structures, I created a triangular shape but folded against the original folds. This creates an interesting dynamic although I am concerned that if it were to be created in leather and sewn using a top stitch it would look naive and unfinished. I will begin to trial these shapes in a heavy weight fabric similar to leather to practice.

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There are a few pieces which I developed further and resulted in something much more experimental. By using multiple shapes I have managed to create unusual designs which would work for clutches or small over the shoulder bags. For example, I don't think that this piece would work if it were too large as it wouldn't be able to hold its own structure, I want to experiment further with this piece in fabric.

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This shape is similar in the way that it may not be able to support itself, however I will try to toile the design and perhaps De Lacy will be able to help me solve design problems along the way, I need to start to consider fastenings, zips and hardware in relation to these shapes and how they would work as a final piece.

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I will remake these shapes as flats to make sure that I can get the pieces right. I am concerned that most of De Lacys designs are made using a single cut out pattern piece, most of my designs would involve a couple of pattern pieces, I wonder whether I can simplify the patterns when developing flats and consider which edges need to be sewn or folded to minimise wastage.

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I have a couple of pieces which I think would be good for large totes which are simple to make and could be a staple design within the collection. These shapes have been taken from the negative spaces within the documentary photographs of structure from around Manchester. The shape itself with a printed design would create enough interest without the vessel having to be heavily structured.


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