My final for my Fashion Textiles class was create a garment that communicates something.
Sounds simple. And it should be. Except that I have this habit of putting way too much meaning into my work. Which I guess is a good thing. But sometimes it just becomes overwhelming for me. So I decided to communicate nothing. I was going to put embroidery hoops on my garment and embroider nothing inside.
I began the process of draping. And was blocked for hours. It was then I decided to not think at all, and just do what felt good to me, what was fun.
So the hoops were on, and I began to pleat the fabric around the hoops. Because it felt good and was fun. It totally disoriented the plaid, which was fun and cool to me. I later stitched the pleats. Oh yeah I also decided to not go crazy with pushing this idea, just stop when I was ready. That whatever was there was good enough.
And I did that. And then I just decided to take off the hoops. And a glorious drape occurred. Ok so the hoops were part of the process, not the end result.
I had to let go: let go of the process, let go of my self, let go of my thinking of what I thought this garment should look like, let go of the idea that I had to have the best garment, let go of the hoops. And the end result was way different than I could have ever planned. Way better really. And oh-my-God I had way more fun.
The final garment:
(the above hoop is an homage to the process)