Thursday, September 20, 2012
This week's challenge:
"Create a textile and modern runway design based on your own cultural heritage. You can use other fabric, but your textile should be the star of your look. Do not design a national costume." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)
So.... a lot of the designers on the show took this challenge very loosely. I didn't.
As you may know, I'm half Chinese. I grew up mainly in this culture. It is my main influence.
I took the main colours I love in Chinese culture (in fabric pen form) - orange, gold and yellow and designed a piece of fabric.
The design is loosely based on the Chinese braid that I've been practicing lately. Meant to symbolize the family core (the red) and how the strands (gold and yellow) of family move in and out amongst each other, but always come back to the middle.
As for the design of the outfit, I wasn't as successful on this small a scale.
I will always remember the Chinese fans that my great grandparents had in their store - Hong Kong Imports back in Lethbridge Alberta.
So I tried to be not to literal and make some fan blades on the front of this dress.
Unfortunately, if I added more fanning, it would have been an inch thick. I used the fabric pens on the back of some corduroy so they would leak through too much. Not exactly the nicest fabric to work with for this project.
Anyway, Ariel looks pretty good. And I have all sorts of stories relating to my cultural heritage to dazzle the judges with this week, so I think I'll be safe.
And look at that back! I love the little gold thread detail!
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