Brainstorming an idea for this assignment was one of the hardest processes I’ve done in the past few years. I have abandoned my creative parts of my mind for a long time. One of the reasons that made me enroll in this course is to nourish my creativity.
I was lost, I didn’t know where to start, what to make/build, or what to use. I decided to break this challenging process into smaller manageable tasks. I decided to go to Target and walk around the store, see if I can spark any ideas by looking at the crafts and stationary section. After spending almost half an hour strolling between different aisles, I returned home with nothing. I started to panic because I have put so much pressure on myself to create something that I will be proud of.
Few days later, I remembered how much I loved watching Project Runway and how I’ve always imagined myself as a contestant while watching it. Viewing this assignment as a television series challenge made things easier. I decided that since its an upcycling assignment, I should be able to use things that have been laying around the house rather than purchase items to work with. I roamed around my apartment for more than 3 hours. I looked in drawers, cabinets, and cleaned my storage room. It seemed like none of these activities helped me in generating any ideas.
Finally, yesterday, while I was doing my laundry, I realized that I had a bag full of unwanted clothes laying the back of my closet. I started a donation bag to help me get rid of pieces I don’t want instead of having a big cleaning/sorting ritual. In that bag, I found t-shirts, sweaters, faux fur lined parka jacket, embroidered utility jacket, neon shirt, checkered leggings, jeans, beanie, neck pillow cover, a woven jacket, and velvet tracksuit jacket.
At that moment, it felt like I have found a treasure. It was already decided. I am using these clothes as a building unit. I decided to work with these fabrics as a palette since they offer a variety of colors and textures if implemented correctly, can create an artwork. Here are few of the swatches I made:
And since I had just gone through my entire apartment, I remembered I had a left-over Styrofoam panel that was sitting in my storage room which I have gotten last summer to create art projects.
The styrofoam panel had a foil-covered side which I thought was cool to work with. I haven’t decided whether I’m going to use it yet, but I will keep it until then.
Now, I’m in the process of sketching how I’m going to use the fabrics to create an artwork on the styrofoam piece.
I am still exploring which aesthetics I want to apply. Here are few sketches I have so far:
I also collected few images which I thought had ideas worth exploring for inspiration purposes:
Other non-fabric aesthetics that can easily be applied using the materials in hand are pop art and glass art since they offer a wide range of colors/patterns within one artwork separated by solid black lines. However, I think going for this type of art will be challenging to pull off.