'CORDUROY' - Material based project
- innovation of a classic material
- you don't have to actually use corduroy, but can simply take inspiration from it
- ridges/ channels
- push the boundaries of what the material means
BOLD COLOURS/ SHAPES/ LAYERS/ OUTERWEAR
Corduroy Jacket - retro bomber shape with colour blocking. Great use of colour to break up the ordinary shape of the jacket.
Lee Cooper Workwear Premium Heavyweight Trousers
LINEAR/ STRAIGHT/ CURVED
Would be interesting to play around with this pattern, perhaps through collaging to disrupt the liner patterns or simply rearrange them.
'Lena Nyadbi, Jimbala Country (2001), natural earth pigments and synthetic binder on canvas'
Slouchy jacket and trousers, playing with the ideas of linear patterns and feminine shapes, but oversized, creating a more ambiguous silhouette.
Designer: Ann Demeulemeester
John Franzen "Each line one breath"
The linear pattern of corduroy explored in a much more free-flowing way, the lines following each-other, creating very organic patterns, almost like strands of air falling side by side.
GREEN/ NATURAL/ PLANTS
This imagery was very appealing to me. I like the colour scheme and the various linear patterns throughout: on the ice cream, the jumper and the waistband of the trousers. Its given me some ideas about the multiple ways I can include corduroy inspired lines on multiple marts of a garment.
This corduroy suit is very work-wear inspired - relating back twosome of my initial ideas and inspiration. The grass green colour is a variation of a classic corduroy colour that I think of. I imagine corduroy mainly being used for pinafores and heavy trousers, made in dark green, Burgundy or navy blue. This suit has a very natural colour, it isn't appropriately coloured for work, which kind of contradicts the style of it. Id love to use a variation of this colour and adapt design into a garment that could be worn out in a natural environment.
This coat interestingly layers cacti-like shapes under the fur, giving the edges of the shape a rough shape. I like the layering technique of the two types pf materials, it gives the coat more depth. Id like to play around with the layering technique, and make even incorporate slashing into it too, to really create depth and texture. The fur is a great colour and material to incorporate with possible corduroy inspired textured too.
LIQUID/ LAYERS / MARBLED
Feeding back into the sporadic cacti shapes ideas are these liquid patterns that feed into each other and turn at random moments to create mesmerising combinations of marbled lines and curves. Recreating something like this with pleats and layers of fabric could create a really beautiful combination of textures and colours. Even sewing materials together in a similar formation then slashing. Or equally slashing curved patterns into regularly layered fabrics, then pulling the layers through to create surface texture and volume within the materials could be really interesting.
CORALS/ PASTELS/ GREENS/ CREAMS
Christian Dior at Paris Fashion Week Fall 2003
This Dior creation was a very interesting structured shape to me, and it reminded me greatly of the scrunched paper. After looking into the shapes of mountains and rock textures on the mountains surfaces, I wanted to include this pictured as an example of how that surface texture and shape could be translated into fabric for the body.
CORDUROY/ WORKWEAR/ HEAVY-DUTY
"Corduroy jeans - Composed of twisted fibres that, when tufted woven, lie parallel (similar to twill) to one another to form the cloth's distinct pattern. It is made up of natural fabrics are created from fibers of animal coats, silkworm cocoons, and plants' seeds, leaves, and stems."
Central Saint Martins Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear
Blocks of the same colour, Lino-cut print. Linear shapes reflecting the linear form of corduroy. Interesting layering of shorter blocks to create a complex form of straight lines. Could experiment with Lino-cutting to create a similar effect. Could also look at the shapes as a method of embroidery on a garment?
Breathe by Bridget Riley, 1966
So interesting to look at the way the lines change in width as you scroll through the image. Reminds me of folds and pleats. Perhaps the peaks and ridges of corduroy material could be explored through folds? Or a pleated garment? Trousers?
PLEATS/ PEAKS/ RIDGES
Linea by Marcos Bernardes
Exploring the linear patterns in a more abstracted way, of they were distorted out of alignment to create a more free-formed pattern. The lines can still flow next to each other, but the patterns created are much more visually stimulating than the straight lines.
The method of material slashing really interests me. I like the idea of layering various colours and textures and pulling them through towards the surface to create rough linear patterns. This idea has a lot of potential for creating shape in a garment as well. If I used it for sleeves or trouser legs the material could be made quite thick to create shape and volume,the deconstructed by slashing once the basic structure of the garment is formed. I could create something quite unstructured without it being fragile. Its also a great way of exploring the idea of linear patterns, without it looking too uniform and mundane.
The folds and pleats in the skirt are a more loosely formed example of linear patterns in clothing.
The stripes and shapes of cacti feed into the ideas of nature this project is giving me. I love the sporadic shapes and jutting arms and spikes of the cacti.
Looking at loose pleats and folds again within the bottom section of a garment. This look captures a beautiful draping of trouser fabric that looks as if it has a lot of movement as the model walks. The peaks and ridges of the material as it bends around the legs could be recreated with more structured pleats to create further dimension. Or the peaks and ridges could be coloured differently to allude further depth and dimension than there really is.
WEAVES/ LAYERS/ COLOUR BLOCKS/ PATTERNS
Sierra Weaving Detail. Cotton, gold leaf, paper, wool and silk, hangs from an acrylic rod. Part of the Santa Ana Collection. Via www.allroadsdesign.com
SCENERY/ MOUNTAINS/ RIDGES AND PEAKS
TEXTURE/ CREASES/ FOLDS
The ‘Meteor’ series, by London based still life photographer Thomas Brown, draws tongue-in-cheek parallels between threatening yet weightless meteors and balls of scrunched-up paper.
Exploring ideas from the textures of mountains that appear similarly on the surface of scrunched brown paper. Its interesting to disrupt the linear shapes by creating more jagged edges and structured shapes. The brown paper also reminds me of some of the initial exploration into workwear and trench coats and heavy duty trousers. Its messy and worn and I think thats party the point of corduroy...its a material that can be put through a lot. I think thats why I think so much of it as a work fabric, and also a fabric from my childhood. I would always be out in my dungarees getting dirty, and the fabric never lost its look.