Today I went to the library to do research.After researching on the books, I found that I'm particular interested in the folk costume,such as KIMONO(Japanese costume),SARI(Indian costume) and Palestinian costume.I think different culture can be presented on different countries' costume,for example,Japanese believe that the carp is a symbol of perseverance and the will to win,so the carp is a common motif on boys' kimono.Before I start to design a folk costume,I must know the culture of that country.It can help me to get idea and to be more precise.
I have done some research about the coustume designer -- Catherine Martin.After watching her interview by Vogue I know that some of the costume in The Great Gatsby are evolved from the garments by Prada and Miu Miu.Some modify were made on the garments to make it has historical background(1920s).Changing colours,silhouette and fabric can make different effect.I need to consider and make choice of fabric and colours carefully when I'm designing costume.Sometimes modern things can also inspire me to do traditional costume if I can transform it in a different way.
We have practiced drawing people by different materials today.I like to combine marker pen and pastel.They have completely different effect so that they can show contrast.I used to draw in a very slow way,today I have tried to draw quicker and I need to practice drawing in this way.I have used one-line drawing to draw the silhouette of people and then add colours and details in it.I think it is a good way to present the idea quickly.
We have used the morning to do a collage by using the drawing we have drawn yesterday.I cut my drawing into small pieces to create a new pattern.We have also used the sewing machine to create patterns.I have tried to use different stitching,some can show good lines,some can't be stitched very uniform.The most interesting thing we have done today is group working.Everyone pick a drawing materials(it need to be different with each other) to draw on the same page with same object in turn.In this way,we can see different materials and different drawing style on the same page.
We drew portrait with partner and did collage based on drawing.I have used some big blocks of colour to do collage.I found it is interesting by using the big blocks of colour.It looks simple but it still can show features of a person.I have also used foil to do collage.Sometimes the foil can't be completely stick on the paper,but it can show special effect with other colour materials.I think foil is a good way to create patterns.