UNIT X | JAMES LONG
by CLAUDIA VINTER
Starting this week and having my 3D workshop with Kate, I was hoping this would be the basis to my samples; and something that I would be able to incorporate into my knits. I hadn’t started knitting yet as I thought it would be a waste of time, with having Laura knitting anyway. I was excited to start the 3D and tried to build my drawing work up until then so I had lots to work from. I had done a few small bits of hand embroidery translated from my drawings to start me off, but expected the workshop would give me lots of new techniques to work with.
I was disappointed by the workshop, as we only covered two techniques. Hair pinning, and cording. I didn’t expect to be on the machines and thought it would be more exciting than it turned out to be. The techniques learnt were okay, but not something I would be able to get a whole project from. There were a few ways I could incorporate the techniques into my samples; but decided to stick with my specialism in knit, as machine embroidery isn’t something I am greatly interested in.
The rest of the week was free as we had no tutorials scheduled this week, so the group decided to carry on with sampling and I started knitting; knowing the 3D embroidery wouldn’t really get me anywhere. Me and Laura had decided to each work on different machines. I would work on the dubied machines and Laura on the domestic; this way we wouldn’t be bringing similar samples to the group. I was focussing more on the sportswear element of the samples, and wanted to use fastenings within my knits such as drawstrings. Laura on the other hand was doing much more pattern based knit which was a lot different and much more dense than my samples. I wanted to keep mesh into the collection as from the start, looking at the 70’s, it was something that had stuck with me and I wanted to explore it further. With the concept being Miami, I thought mesh would work well for this collection.