The objective of this project was to create a window display with a found object, a material that could be up-cycled and revived. As we were not given much time in advance to keep our eyes open for an object that we could call a found object, most of us including me, went for an object that I would describe more as looked for rather than found.
So, I found 😛 few phone books in the cabinet in the hall where I live and I went to look for it 🙂 I always wanted to make a paper dress and there was a chance to do so!
I try to work with three colours. The phone book pages provided me with a ready solution and a colour scheme: yellow, black and white. I styled the mannequin in those colours and went for a deep grey for the back wall. Pure black I was told once is a flat colour and will make everything look flat too.
Old phone books (called Yellow Pages in Ireland) were the inspiration for this model’s accessories. I wanted to show a thrifty creative young woman, who used her imagination to make this outfit for herself, out of what was basically rubbish. A modern Cinderella with a pro-active attitude.
FOUND OBJECT WINDOW DISPLAY PROPOSAL WITH A PAPER SKIRT
THE MAKING PROCESS
On the first image, you can see a quite long skirt, I did not feel it was working and it was getting really heavy too. Despite the work I put into it I cut it off. It can be a hard decision to make but the creative process has a lot to do with walking back and forth, testing and checking what is and isn’t working.
For the ballerina skirt I was working once again with the rule of three. Prepared three different shapes made out of the pages. The back of the skirt is the most interesting as it is quite high up and looks like a bird tail.
It was my best display I got the highest mark for it and none criticism. I must admit till the day I was working on it I did not know how to finish it … the paper falling off the skirt and the crushed paper on the floor with the clips … that was something very spontaneous. At the time it felt good and it worked.
The photos of the fashion window display were taken in late June 2017, so yes it is a long overdue post. Never the less it is documented now, starting from the most luxuries brands to the more quirky once.
There are few more creative displays such as Louis Vuitton, Joanne Hynes in Dunnes Stores to really well-composed windows in Massimo Dutti store. Gold Brothers shoe store with all the shoes placed under an angle on the wall is probably the most crafty one. Lines going under an angle create an action, direction, and movement. From all the photos I took that day, this is the once I remember the most.
There is a lot of green colour in M&S windows following the Pantone colour of the year 2017. I do like the windows in The House of Ireland store, the mannequins look a little bit out of balance but there is a lot of Irish character in windows. Wooly jumpers and a cup of tea 🙂 what more do you need 🙂
I was meant to write about The Graduate Exhibition Show of Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin … probably two months ago, shortly after it happened … nevertheless, it is here now. My apology for such a delay.
I must say there are probably only two maximum three displays I found interesting or well finished. There is no story behind most of them, there is no link between the hand made accessories and the merchandising products.
I hate to say it but there is not much intelligence behind them, those are just displays, basic marketing, not much creativity behind them. It seems the students had to rush to put the show together.
My favourite one is the one with the bathroom and the sea weeds splashed all around. There is a bit of a story in it but I am not sure where does it lead to …
I wish the student were allowed to think more like Brian Lambert the Visual Communication student further down in my post.
CLOSE-KNIT BY BRIAN LAMBERT
Well observed everyday life by Brian Lambert turned into a humorous documentary with a story to follow.
This concept could easily make an interesting window display as there are few intriging characters in it. The viewers could easly build up the rest of the story in their heads … if they wanted to. It is engaging and that is why it works so well.
I have the feeling Brian Lambert may have been one of those students that interpreted the brief his own way. By keeping detached from it he allowed himself to keep an open mind, therefore, the inspiration found him in the Starbucks Coffee and not the other way around.
She grew up after Cultural Revolution as a part of the one-child policy. Today she produces covers and advertising campaigns for fashion magazines including Marie Claire, i-D, Elle, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and collaborates with major brands worldwide. She started studying painting when she was only two years old. Later on in life moved to various kinds of paintings including Western, Chinese also studied architecture and graphic design. The need for change made her want to try photography. Today she mainly photographs people.
‘We should utilise the way people view fashion to repackage issues such as animal protection, classic philosophies and traditional things because people’s eyes are spoiled by materialism.’
For a long time, she was not recognised among other Chinese photographers as an artist. Her career has gone through three stages; the first stage was the Vision series for Vision Magazine. Then entered a fashion scene, that’s when her second stage began. Chen Man started doing a lot of fashion and commercial shoots. Her third stage is fusing Chinese artistic roots with a Western approach. She combines photographic techniques and posts work technologies.
Chen Man is the first to photograph China’s contemporary fashion scene, capturing the traditional culture and philosophies in visual settings. Her work expresses the relation between East and West, present and the future, earth and humans and the universe and humans.
‘To change the world you need more than one person’s strength. It’s not like before with the hero doctrine. To change the world you need the strength of the collective. So I photograph groups of people.’
CHEN MAN THE VISUAL ARTIST
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Featured image Origami Rabbits my own creation. I decided to put origami images for those posts where I feature Chinese artists.
I’M NOT A FEMINIST, I THINK WOMEN SHOULD BE LIKE WATER, IT LOOKS SOFT AND TENDER, BUT IT’S VERY POWERFUL
Guo Pei is a Chinese fashion designer. For most of her career, she was dressing celebrities and crème de la crème of the society. Her design takes form Chinese cultural heritage through embroidery mixed with Western style. In January 2016 she was nominated by the TIME magazine as 100 Most Influential People and by Businesses of Fashion’s 500 most influential people in today’s world fashion. Today she employs 500 artisans in her Beijing studio.
It was impossible to find any embroiderers because, during the Cultural Revolution, that was considered a really bad skill to have, so no one was learning and no one was teaching-this kind of skill was lost, says Pei