Zero Waste Garment

For my Soft Structures class we were asked to create a zero waste garment. The goal of the project was to create a garment using a 1 yd to a 1.5 yd of fabric without creating waste. Below is the final result and process work of my zero waste garment.

Renew Denim

This is a project I did for my sustainable systems class for my first semester. We were asked to create a product or brand that was sustainable using innovation and the Okala eco-design strategy wheel. As a result of this, I developed a concept brand called Renew Denim. Renew Denim is a recycled denim accessories brand. For more information about this concept brand please read the artist statement below.


Artist Statement:

Systems Map:

Final Product:

 

 

Concepts:


Drawing/ Imaging: Adobe Illustrator Self-Potrait Monochrome

These are three color iterations I did for my Drawing and Imaging class for homework. The objective was to create four monochrome color iterations using adobe illustrator. This project began with a selfie that I took and then photoshopped. After I photoshopped the photo, I made a line segment drawing in adobe illustrator and filled the line segments with color. 

Integrated Studio 2


This piece is a collage I did for my Integrated Studio class. Through this collage, I want show the division between the domesticity of American women vs. women in the workforce.  Women in America are often categorized and stereotyped. I want to protest against this sexist way of thinking through my art work, because women should not have to be categorized. Women have the ability to be both successful in the workforce and successful domestically. One of these people who inspire me are Rachel Zoe. Rachel Zoe is the first designer to build a nursery within her workplace for herself and employees to nurse their children so that they don’t have to leave work. Rachel Zoe shows that women can have it all if the stereotype of the domestic woman is defeated.

This theme of gender inequality and sexism are themes I have a major emotional connection to. These themes have helped me discover not only who I am as an artist, but also who I am and want to be as a woman. Growing up in the south, I was never able to express myself the way I do through my art at Parsons, and these themes have really allowed me to grow more conscious, confident, and more educated on these injustices.  In comparison, when I get dressed in the morning to look good, I do it for myself not for others. I do it to make myself feel good, because I enjoy being a woman and I feel power through my femininity.  In other words, I can be a woman of respect and power in the workforce while keeping true to my femininity.

Soft Structures: Bridge Project One Clutch and Tote Bag

Design Concepts:

1.The mood board below was my first step to my design process of my tote bag and clutch. My inspiration was the concrete jungle. I chose the concrete jungle, because I wanted to show the characteristics I love about New York and the vast deep cultural roots that run thick through the city and its fierce blooded people. I chose to create this mood board, because I felt this mood board and the color palette and textiles chosen represent the festive, yet fierce voice of New York.

Mood Board Digital Final Product PDF-1kayqgd

Below is a color palate I played around with while creating my mood board:

2. This is the second step of my design process. From my mood board, I gathered inspiration to create the following design concepts.

3. After I sketched my first design concepts to move forward, I chose three that related to my mood board the most. I chose the designs I did, because I felt that they best represented the hard linear lines of New York’s building through the rectangular shapes and sharp looking design.


4. The fabric below is the textile I chose for my tote bag and clutch. I chose this green python, because pythons are fierce creatures and so are New York’s people. I want people to feel fierce when wearing my tote bag and clutch.

5. For my next step: I came up with measurements for my tote bag and translated those measurements and final design choices to pattern paper.

Clutch Pattern:

Tote Pattern:

Strap and Pocket Pattern:

6. After finalizing my patterns, I tested the pattern by creating a paper 3D prototype of the tote bag to see if the measurements were accurate.

7. After creating a successful prototype, I traced and cut my fabric (cotton canvas) for the tote bag and clutch.

8. To begin my cosmetic/clutch bag, I inserted the zipper to connect the two pieces. I first hand stitched the zipper to the pieces of fabric and then I sewed them by machine.

 

9. After successfully inserting my zipper, I connected the two pieces together by stitching them on the inside around the seam allowance and I box stitched the bottom of the bag to make it have more of a 3D shape rather than 2D.

This is my clutch bag before I box stitched it: 

Box Stitch:

Final Result of Clutch:

10. After I completed my clutch, I than began the construction of my tote bag using the pieces of fabric I cut from my pattern. To begin the construction of my bag I placed the straps on.

11. After placing these set of straps, I finished the construction of the bag and this was the final result. This is the final result of the tote bag. Unfortunately, I was unhappy with the final result of this bag, specifically with the webbed straps and the top seam of the bag. Therefore, my next step was to replace the straps with replacement straps and to fix the top seam with a revised rolled seam.

12. To begin the revision of my bag I sewed and then ironed a new rolled hem:


13. My next step after I fixed my rolled hem was to place my new set of straps.

14. After I fixed rolled my seam properly and successfully sewed the straps onto the tote I completed the construction of the tote.

 

Final Result of Tote Bag:

 

The Collection Together:

 

Integrated Studio 1: Bridge Project 5

Project Description: Now that we have read and discussed Scott Mcloud’s comic, Understanding Comics, and the various characteristics and types of comics, I have decided to create a comic of my own. To begin my project, I am going to do research by going to a comic book store and reading through comics and by writing narratives for all of my panels. Then, I am going to create a comic that will concentrate on exploring gender roles, domesticity, and humor. The panels in the comic will reflect my own personal experiences of living in the south.

Research:

  • My first step of research was going read through comics at Forbidden Planet, a comic book store.

Rough Draft: The rough draft version of my post is the narratives above.

Final Project: This is the final version of my comic.

(Below are the two links to my comic pages.)

List of Materials used to make project:

  • Sharpie pen
  • Paper
  • Printer

Reflection: Overall, I really liked this project. This project let me work on my weaknesses with illustration and photoshop. Additionally, I think that this project definitely strengthened both of those weaknesses. Furthermore, this project really inspired me to work more on my illustration skills and photoshop skills, because I was really proud of what I accomplished through through my comic.