The Rubbin Museum

The object that i choose is a lotus mandala of hevajra. Mandala is a very recognizable symbol of Tantric Buddhism(The Rubin). It can be use as a ritual object, or a devices for instruction. This beautiful mandala that made by copper alloy is about 12 inches high.  The overall color is bronze, and because of the time, the surface of the object is very reflective. This object is originally from the Northeastern India during 12-century, it takes the shape of a lotus.  The line of the shape is curved, conveys a feeling of purit and mysterious . With the open shape of the lotus, it also implies the meditation stage which is full of reality and pure. When i was in the museum, the lotus on the top is opened, but when I’m doing research online, the lotus is closed in the picture. So those Lotus petals are moveable. From the research, the sculpture can be close into a bud. While the lotus is opened, it reveal the sources of power found within. There are also figures on the petals, known as mahasiddhas. They are the founding masters of Tantric Buddhism. Those mahasiddhas are carved on the outside of the petals very detailed. We can clearly see the their posture and the objects around them. When the flower is closed, the figures inside of every petals show up. They are not carved on the petals, but they are 3D figures that standing in front of the petals. Every figure has different posture.

Under the lotus is a stalk. There are two snake-like shape on each side of the stalk. The stalk is made by curved lines, and there are also eight figures between those lines.

Citations

The Rubbin Museum,Lotus Mandala of Hevajra

https://rubinmuseum.org/collection/artwork/lotus-mandala-of-hevajra

 

 

High Line Assignment

I went to high line last week in a sunny day.  I’m very familiar with high line park cause I had been lived on 10th Avenue for two years. But recently, i got the information that 10th Avenue was called “Death Avenue”. 540 people dead during 1920s. Then the government moved the rail road from the ground to a upper level. That was the beginning of high line.

I often walk on high line cause it was the only place near to my previous apartment that full of green. High line is always very crowded,  but i have to say it is a good place to chill out and take a breath.

Obviously, high line is a human-made park, just like Central Park. Human’s trails are very where. There are sculptures, travelers, lawn and flowers that planted in lines. When I saw this things, i thought it was an excellent idea made by human that transformed the old rail road to a beautiful park, but the truth is that after this road was abandoned by human, glass and flowers grew by themselves and then, human came up to the idea of high line park.

Human’s behavior had always been the reason of environmental problems, removing human must be the most effective method to make the environment better, high line is a example. But can we really do that? I’m sure we can’t cause we re sharing the same space and natural.

Studio LP2

 

The construction part of my Bridge 1 

Firstly I used a seam ripper to cut all the thread and seam on both of my garments. Then I took them apart and traced them on pattern paper.

After I got all my patterns, I placed them on my second garments and cut them out with seam allowance.

   

 

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The process of deconstruction

In the studio class we are signed in group of two to deconstruct our garments. One of my garments is a crop that I bought from Brandy Melville. I bought it last summer and I love the blue flower pattern that printed on the fabric

The fabric of this garment is cotton.    It is so soft and comfortable when it touch my skin.

 

The second garment that I choose is a skirt. The skirt is made by a piece of dark blue flax, it breathes. I forgot where did I get it and there was no brand tag on it.

Flax always gives me a sense of nature. I like to wear the skirt in sunny summer day.

(I’m sorry that there is no picture for the second garment.)

 

 

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Construction week 2

During this week I finished two big garments of my design, the corset and the skirt. It takes me two days to made the corset. The corset is composed by four parts, two front pieces and two back pieces. There is  one fake shirt collar on the front and one fake suit collar on the back. The unusual part of my design is all of my darts are facing to the outside. It made my sewing part very difficult.

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Construction week 3

 

This is the last week of the construction part of Bridge 4, I already finished all the sewing part so I just need to put my zipper and buttons on.

 

I redid the buttons on corset for several times, because the directions of the buttons are confusing.   I finished all the construction part at 3am  in the morning but the results are great.

 

The inside view of my zipper

The outside view of my zipper

The buttons on the corset.

Studio LP4

Group Jewelry Work

 

  • In the class Me and Kangqi made two pieces of earrings by the limited material and in the limited time. The material we got are paper, wires, and watercolor. We decided to make earrings because it is small because we didn’t have that much materials. I made the structure of both earrings and Kangqi made the pendant. We collaborated perfectly, and finished it in time.
  • For me, jewelry  don’t need be expensive but it has to be meaningful.
  • In Bridge, I want to make something that is not very common in our daily life. Necklace, earring and ring are common, but headdress, wearable jewelry, body piercing jewelry are not that common, so I want to make something like that.

IDEAS

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/429319776955670544/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/54324739241414312/

 

Studio LP6-FIT EXHIBITION

FIT EXHIBITION

 

There are two fashion pieces that I saw in the FIT museum. The first one is a red body shaped modern corset . This corset is from Issey Miyake, a designer brand from JAPAN. It is made of bustier and red molded plastic in 1983. The second piece is black velvet evening dress from YSL.  In the exhibit, the model is wearing this dress and walk out of the grave which creates a feeling of death.

 

Both of the  two pieces draw the outline of the female body shape, so they are tight and looks very elegant. Furthermore, these two fashion pieces all shows a different kinds of beauty of female, it express the power of woman and the dangerous of  sexy. In addition to the semiliarites, the  choice of materials of there two design are different. For the red corset, the designer uses a unusual material which is plaster. Even though it is plaster, but it also shows the soft curve of women body.  Black velvet is the fabric for the YSL dress,  velvet is a expensive and luxury fabric. It is soft and comfortable but designer also creates a dangerous feeling.