For my upcycling project, I chose to work with old clothes that I had laying around my closet. I’m used to painting of canvases, therefore using fabric as building unit was difficult specially having a limited color palette.
I chose to use a Styrofoam board as a base to attach all the fabric on. There is no relevance to using Styrofoam as apposed to any other material rather than it being conveniently sitting in my storage room.
After many sketch attempts, and browsing different aesthetics I can utilize, I drew inspiration from the surreal collage images that I came across in Instagram
I let the material lead me to what I wanted to create. I wanted to use the Sherpa jacket lining to make a polar bear. Then, I added a mountain background to bring it to life.
Next, I decided to use my Photoshop skills to fill in my sketch using the image swatches I had to make a prototype that looks like this:
Next, I started sketching on the board itself to help me visualize and better estimate the areas I needed to fill in.
I started cutting the fabric into big blocks that cover the section I needed it to cover on the board before I further tailor it to shape. Then, I used glue-gun to attach the pieces to the board.
Here’s the final results:
If I were to redo the project, I would use different type of glue because glue-gun’s heat started melting the styrofoam. It also made it emit some fumes which I don’t think were safe to inhale.
Also, I would have use stencils for all the pieces not only the bear to make the cutting and fitting process easier.