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.
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.
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.
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.
Strap and Pocket Pattern:
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.
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.
The Collection Together: