PAPER SKIRT MADE OF A YELLOW PAGES

Found Object Fashion Accessories

YELLOW PAGES TURNED INTO A PAPER SKIRT

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!

COLOURS

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.

Found Object Fashion Accessories

INSPIRATION

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

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

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.

Always trust your instinct!

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

Found Object Fashion Accessories

 

 

 

THE SLEEPING GYPSY, HENRI ROUSSEAU

Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau inspiration for a window display, college project for Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin.

PAINTING AS A MERCHANDISING INSPIRATION

The objective of the summer window display was to reproduce a large painting and display it with a suitable merchandising product. I have chosen The Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau a French post-impressionist.

The Sleeping Gypsy (French: La Bohémienne endormie) is an 1897 oil painting by French Naïve artist Henri Rousseau (1844–1910).
The Sleeping Gypsy (French: La Bohémienne endormie) is an 1897 oil painting by French Naïve artist Henri Rousseau (1844–1910).

 

For 26 years the painting was lying in somebody’s attic unappreciated. Today it is considered to be one of the XX century masterpieces displayed in Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Henri Rousseau described his painting:

A wandering Negress, a mandolin player, lies with her jar beside her, overcome by fatigue in a deep sleep. A lion chances to pass by, picks up her scent yet does not devour her. There is a moonlight effect, very poetic.

Rousseau mixed different cultures, the gypsy is wearing an oriental costume, bedside her there is a mandolin, an Italian instrument. The lion hair is growing in an opposite direction, the face is more of a sheep face than a lion. It looks like a desert, yet there’s water behind them. No foot print of the gypsy. The mysterious painting arises a lot question to the viewer.

To me the painting of the Sleeping Gypsy is about dreaming, about the peaceful moments during our sleep when we feel very safe and cosy … in between the two worlds of wakefulness and sleep. I chose the bed linen as the product to emphasise the idea of shelter and protection. A place where nothing wrong will happen to us.


YIN&YANG ELEMENTS

The composition of the painting is horizontal (triangle shape, the rule of 1/3 applied), what makes it very peaceful with the horizontal lines of the mountains and the water in the background. The stripes on the gipsy go horizontally, yet on the pillow, the same pattern is used vertically. There is a contrast between the danger (lion) and the peace (sleeping gipsy). 


THE MAKING OFF

To reproduce the painting I had to follow a technique called grid drawing, which allows anyone to come up with a good scale drawing. The painting was created on the mdf board, which had to be covered with layers of PVA glue, otherwise, the board would absorb too much paint. The whole process of recreating the painting took me ten long days. I also made the mandolin out of a hardboard and the bed linen from the scratch, using college sawing machine. I recreated H.Rousseau signature on the red vase. More on the making off.

 


THE WINDOW DISPLAY WITH BED LINEN

The painting is suspended on the nylon thread. I used a blue filter on the lights to create the moonlight effect. I tried to recreate the layout and the composition of the painting using my merchandising products and props. The painting should be a little bit lower in order to create a unity with the rest of the display. Unfortunately, I was told to put it higher up …

It was one of the most time-consuming projects but very enjoyable to work on 🙂

Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau inspiration for a window display, college project for Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin.
The Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau inspiration for a window display, college project for Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin.

Sleeping Gypsy by Henri Rousseau inspiration for a window display, college project for Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin.

 

 

 

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VISUAL MERCHANDISING, GRADUATE EXHIBITION, 2017

Savida, Visual Merchandising, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin

VISUAL MERCHANDISING, DIT

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.

I wish that students of Visual Merchandising had a chance to come up with a similar concept.

 

Brian Lambert, Visual Communication, DIT, Dublin
Brian Lambert, Visual Communication, DIT, Dublin

 

 


VISUAL COMMUNICATION, PHOTOGRAPHY & FINE ART

 

Visual Communication, DIT, Dublin
Visual Communication, DIT, Dublin
Fine art, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Photography, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Fine art, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Photography, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Fine art, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin
Fine art, Graduate Exhibition, DIT, Dublin

 

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THE GOLDEN RATIO AND THE RULE OF THIRDS IN NATURE

NATURE THE BEST ARTIST

Below images were taken in Dublin Botanic Garden in one of the Victorian greenhouses. The succulent plants made me think of the golden ratio, the mathematical formula that creates – everything!

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Dublin Botanic Garden

THE RULE OF THIRDS

When I was studying design I was thought the number three is the ‘magic’ number. Use no more than three colours if you want to have well designed interior space  (only if you are very creative introduce the 4th colour in very small doses). Use the maximum of 3 typefaces if you are working with typography and keep the same rule when it comes to texture and shape. If you follow the rule your work will look good if not very good.

The Golden Spiral is also based on that magic number. Working space is dived into 1/3 and then the smaller part of it once again is divided into 1/3 and so on so on till eternity. When you join the meeting points with a curvy line it creates the spiral effect.

Our eye is ‘lazy’ does not like to make an effort when reading and sending the information to our brain. Anything that is is well balanced mathematically is also very well designed.

The pattern of the spiral can be used for creating a really well-composed photograph.

The Great Wave off Kanagawa, by Hokusai
The Great Wave off Kanagawa, by Hokusai

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Dublin Botanic Garden

Dublin Botanic Garden

GOLDEN RATIO LIFE BALANCE

ADOBE COLOR WHEEL&SCHEMES

There is an interesting website called Adobe Color. After creating an account you can upload an image and it will pick the most dominating colours out of an image. You can save the selection of colours into your library and share it with other users. The result will show five colours which work very well together, try to choose three out of the five for your project or an idea for further development.

I uploaded few images from the Dublin Botanic Garden to learn a little bit about colour’s combination designed by nature.

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Adobe Kuler
Dublin National Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

Dublin Botanic Garden
Dublin Botanic Garden

Adobe Kuler

 


 

This should be my last post this year or maybe this season on gardens and plants. I have few other things I would like to write about but first I want to finish the series on gardens, just to close it … for a while at least.

Dublin Botanic Garden
Happy turtle in the pond of Dublin Botanic Garden

 

 

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ORNAMENTAL GRASS GARDEN

Dublin Botanic Garden

GARDEN ENTIRELY DESIGNED WITH ORNAMENTAL GRASSES

Dublin Botanic Garden among many different garden sections has one created with just ornamental grasses. The most popular grasses are there, all sorts of stipas and miscanthuses, well that’s what I have noticed and recognised but there is much more. This ornamental grass garden will look at its best towards the end of the summer as those grasses will reach their full growth and height. So, I may go there again and if so will add few more photos to the post. It will be interesting to see how the mood of the garden will change by then.

 

GRASS GARDEN VLOG

I know the quality is not the best, but so isn’t my old Lumix camera … one day it will be updated 🙂

 

The grass garden makes me think of the sea with strong but gentle waves. It is the shape of the grasses which is sort of oval, then it’s the movements. The grasses move like seaweeds under the current or like waves that are moving up and down at an angle following the wind. Relaxing and hypnotising. Grasses catch the evening light very well too ‘the tea time’ light 🙂 or the drops of rain and later on the frost. They are very poetic plants. Also, like no other perennials, they create a sound, it is whistling. Long, thin leaves move against each other adding sound to the garden or music for the more sensitive visitors.

Must say Dublin Botanic Garden could have a much better website with some great photography, especially since the place has visually a lot to offer.

 


GREENHOUSES

Dublin Botanic Garden has established in  1795 and it has a Victorian feel to it, especially the greenhouses resembling The Crystal Palace Expo in 1851 in London.

 

 


VIKING HOUSE IN DUBLIN BOTANIC GARDEN

It would be great if we could leave in that kind of eco houses today, wouldn’t it? Houses that had to be rebuilt every 20 years at a low cost, totally organic inside and outside. Once the house was gone it turned into a compost. Unlike today the scary concrete monsters we live in, that will take forever to disappear. How much smaller would be the mortgage on an organic house!

 

Viking House in Dublin Botanic Garden
Viking House in Dublin Botanic Garden

Viking House in Dublin Botanic Garden

Viking House in Dublin Botanic Garden

To follow the building process click on the link.

Viking House in Dublin Botanic Garden

 

 

 

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THE BOTANICAL GARDEN OF THE COSTA BRAVA

Marimurtra Botanical Garden

THE MARIMURTRA BOTANICAL GARDEN

The Marimurtra Botanical Garden is located on the coast of the Mediterranean, perched on top of rocky cliffs in Blanes, in Catalonia, Spain. It is a creation of a German botanist Carl Faust who founded the garden in 1920’s.

It is a four hectares land dominated by a Mediterranean forest which is divided into three zones; subtropical, temperate and Mediterranean. There is also a pond with good few koi fishes 😀

A friend of mine visited the garden last winter, some of those images are from that visit. You can probably notice the different light, the plants or some of them look different too as they were in a state of vegetation. We went to visit the garden again at the end of April this year. To get the proper feeling of the place, it is probably the best to see the garden during different seasons of the year. There is a lot to take in during the first visit with 3,000 exotic species and plenty of other visitors around who are trying to find their own privacy within the place.

Poems wall in Marimurtra Botanical Garden

Marimurtra Botanic Garden
Poems wall

Mignon’s Longing
By J.W. Goethe

You know that land where lemon orchards bloom,
Its golden oranges aglow in gloom,
That land of soft wind blowing from blue sky,
Where myrtle hushes and the laurel’s high?
You know that land?
That way! That way
I’d go with you, my love, and go today. (…)

The Original: Mignons Sehnsucht, translated by A.Z. Foreman

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Personally, I found the garden very mythological … inspired by Greek gods and goddesses. Venus, Poseidon, Aphrodite or Zeus they all live there 😉 in a peaceful, calm atmosphere. Marimurtra garden is one of those places where you can travel back in time spiritually … as the time does not exist while you there 🙂

 

ZOOM

 

Curious koi fishes are not used to the camera!

 

Post created in collaboration with Sparky Magazine, all images&videos were produced by Sparky Magazine.

 

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