About guidm262

Hello, I am McKinley Guidry. I am from New Orleans, Louisiana. I am a Parson’s School of Design freshmen. I am a strategic design and management major. My art interest is very broad. However, I particularly have a strong love for fashion design. Additionally, I explore many other mediums such as zine art, comic art, collage art, painting, and accessory making. A lot of my inspiration from my art work comes from my love for the feminist movement, personal experiences, and from my hometown of New Orleans.

Fashion History: Project Proposal

This is a picture of my Aunt Michelle at a family Christmas party in 1992 with my Uncle Nicky. I think this picture holds an a lot of social contexts because it shows what was considered stylish during that time in dress, hair, and accessory. During this time, shoulder pads were very popular in fashion and tight silhouettes or silhouettes that showed off the feminine form. I am a big fan of clothing that shows off a woman’s natural curves, and I often incorporate shoulder pads in my designs as a symbol of power and elements that exaggerate the feminine form. Furthermore, I have a personal connection to this picture because I like to feel powerful, feminine, and beautiful in the clothing I wear and often exaggerate my features. I also love avant-garde clothing with sparkles and fringe, and I appreciate that my family did in the past. It makes me happy that they have an appreciation for fashion because it’s where I got my love for fashion from.

This is a picture of my nana Marlene, my dad’s mom, in 1991 at a Christmas Party. From observing the fashion in this family photo, I can see what was popular in style in the early 1900’s. I can tell that shoulder pads, body-conscious silhouettes, vibrant colors, and beading were popular. I can also see that the large permed hair was in fashion with big glitzy jewelry. I love this style. It is very bold, and I am a daring dresser and designer. As mentioned in the picture above, I get my taste and style from my family and hometown, New Orleans, and I take an appreciation in knowing that they have and still have an eye for fashion.

 

This is a picture of my mom and dad in 1991 at a dressy party. I like this image in addition to the others I showed of my family members fashion in the early 1900’s because it shows different types of clothing that symbolized the 90’s depending on the event they were dressing for. The other outfits were cocktail wear featuring glitzy outfits. In this picture, my mom, Holley, is still dressed up just with a much simpler silhouette featuring white silky, sheer stockings. However, you still can see that the shoulder pads and tight silhouettes of the 90’s are still relevant even in a casual version of cocktail wear. 

 

 

This is a family photo of my dad, Shane, with his two parents and four other siblings Michelle, Stephanie, Chad, and Shawn taken in 1982. While observing this picture, I noticed some fashion trends that I also recognized in the 90’s and that was the shoulder pads. However, I also noticed some differences and that is a longer silhouette for ladies dresses and deep neckline. Although I love the 90’s fashion, I also have an appreciation for the early 80’s fashion, because it allowed for a modest look for women, yet powerful and womanly at the same time. I like the classic and elegant dress of the women, especially my Nanny Stef in this picture in the white elegant loose blouse and tailored trousers giving an effortlessly, timeless, and classy look. What I also like about the 80’s is the bright colors used fashion, especially high fashion which we see come into play in the early 90’s.

 

 

Space/Materiality: Positive and Negative Space Project

Ideation Sketch: This is my initial sketch inspired by the line becomes parabolic curve project. 

Materials:

  • Plaster
  • water
  • 4″ plaster gauze
  • 1 Quart mixing cup
  • cheese grater
  • box knife
  • bristol paper
  • 2H pencil
  • chipboard
  • plywood
  • circular dabs
  • Mikita drill

Sculpture Selection: I chose to due three sculptures using plaster.

Playing with Positive/ Negative Space: Here I played with the movement and the placement of the items to see how they interact with each other. The point of this was to see how the positive and negative space changes by placing the figures in various ways.

 

Final Result: Below is the final placement of my sculptures. I chose to place them on a chipboard base stacked with cubed plywood rectangular boxes with dabs drilled in to hold the sculpture. I decided to use the wood rectangles because I believe it was the best way to stage the sculpture and to show off the positive and negative relationship between the figures.  I also made the design decision to make this an interactive piece by leaving the shell-like sculpture not drilled in so that the viewer could play around with the positive and negative spaces. 

Space/ Materiality: Line Becomes (Parabolic curve) Project


Materials:

  • 2H pencil
  • Prismacolor tri colored pencils
  • 14-inch ruler
  • 18 x 24 Bristol paper
  • 1/4″ cut plywood
  •  brads
  • nails
  • Chipwood platform

2-D Sketch: This is a 2-D sketch I did of a figure with a parabolic curve. I did this on a smaller scale first and then made it into an 18 X 24 drawing using tri-color tone colored pencils and a 2H pencil.

Bringing the 2-D drawing to a 3-D model: I first taped the wood sticks together and played around with the shape using tape to link the sticks together. After a few tries at modeling the 2-d drawing, I finally created a successful model. To put my first model together, I used wire. For the final model, I chose to use brads and a hammer to join the model together. For the final step, I added a base that enhanced the 3-d and parabolic curve effect of the figure.

 

Final Model:

 

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.