Istanbul is rich in cultural heritage based from its history as a Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman capital, because of its status as a world rising power, its history, and its importance to culture in both Europe and the world has made it one of the leading nations today.
I have created a trend look book based on my Turkish heritage to celebrate the independence of Turkey, its culture, craft industry and faith.
This project is focused on the flower power movement from the 1960s and 1970s, as a political movement protesting against war and violence in favour of peace and unity - illustrated through flowers as their weapons.
I will be designing a range of garments and prints inspired by the flower power movement. My goal is to get across the message behind it and to show the big role it has within nature and society during the 60s and 70’s. The floral concept will portray beauty, peace, tranquillity and unity with the intention of stopping violence and war. Flower power still has an impact today, I want to show how protesting and coming together to create peace, using nature as a source of weaponry.
“Vienna Secession Movement grew out of the revolt of the artists who were eager to question traditional understanding of what art is and what art should be in regards to the society. Unified by a new vision, this group of artists, architects and designers introduced new concepts by embracing different influences and in general opened a path for the upcoming wave of Modernism”
I will investigate and explore how and why Vienna Secession was formed and the impact members had in the past and present. I will explore their rebellion against strict societal norms through textiles samples and bioplastics, taking inspiration from their artwork and architecture.
An item I have always wished to create is a wedding dress, specifically, one that is an evolution of the already extravagant Pakistani couture. I began to look at designers who had already manipulated the orthodox wedding dress, adding to, or even subtracting from, the usual elements of trails, sleeves and skirts, to create statement pieces. Christian Dior was ultimately, my prime inspiration, that I chose to delve into, and research. A trope that motivated me in the creation of my own garment was the origami like structures of many exclusive wedding dresses. I wanted to pose a challenge for myself by somehow merging the archetypal embroidered and sequined lenghas of Pakistani culture, and ironically, marrying it to these flamboyant, more westernized outfits, with a focus on structure, yet embellishments to compose a piece that was a hybrid of stand out components from works of both my cultures. Using architecture to inform my work I created origami shapes from paper and fabric allowing me to develop those simple shapes into refined crisp folds and clear detailing.
For this module I will be attempting to tackle the issue of protective clothing for homeless people, I noticed the clothes they have/wear isn’t suitable for the conditions they have to put up with.
I chose to focus on this as I see it as a big problem that is only increasing as time goes on, I first noticed how much of a problem this was when I started commuting to Birmingham city centre almost every day for university, homeless people were out in all conditions getting soaking wet or burning hot in the sun with no shelter to protect them, thinking back to this when tasked with the module I decided it would be the perfect topic for me to focus on.
I have designed garments for a brand I named: ‘Hoods For Homeless’ as that’s essentially what we will be providing, as the charity will progress onto other projects amongst the homeless community I have decided to name this ‘The Outerwear Project’ as everything we will be supplying right now is outerwear based.
The aim of my project is to highlight the Black Country and portray the industrial significance it has had in the past; I will produce a range of 10-15 textile final pieces as well as a sketchbook that reflects my research and celebrates the importance of the Black Country. I wanted to make my project on the Black Country because there is a negative perception about the area, and I want to showcase the amazing aspects that have come from the Black Country and how it effected the rest of the country in the industrial revolution. This project is personal to me and I am passionate about it because it is where myself and previous generations of my family are from and I am proud of that. I will focus on the produce that came from the Black Country for example iron works, chain making and nail makers.
I will focus on the materials that came from the Black Country for example iron works, chain making and nail makers and will research into artist who has produced work based on tools and other topics that are related to the examples above. I will conduct thorough research into textile artists for inspiration for other printing techniques and embroidery methods that will develop my ideas a step further.
The aim for my project is to create a memorial for my Grandma. She was a very big part of my life and I want to celebrate the woman she was and the things she taught me. I feel for the majority of time I knew her, I took her for granted and only really realised how much she meant to me after she was gone. I would like this memorial to demonstrate to her, how thankful I am and hope to make her proud.
I am going to create a sketchbook that explores the different aspects of her life, but also conveys my personal journey of finding out who my Grandma was. I shall use photographs, letters and mementos to do so. I hope to create a development from my sketchbook and would like to create a replica of her wedding dress. I hope to include different fabric and sewing techniques in order for the dress to convey my Grandma successfully.
I think knife crimes a hard topic to talk about as a whole but it’s something that needs attention but not in the way it's constantly portrayed. We need to recognise that putting blame on young people through media outlets isn’t the way to educate them on the issues at hand and hopefully, I can take what I’ve created here and develop it further and actually bring some of the ideas I’ve drafted and make it a reality. My main aim for this Zine was to educate but in a way thats more eye catching to younger people, my tone of voice was important and I think by doing it the way I have I can grab people's attention without scaring the reader away.