Senior Project: Textile Designer

Statement:

The designs for our brand Shapes & Structures personifies the confident, sporty, androgynous, sexy women of our time Much like the empowering woman, whose characteristics have been portrayed in television and in novels as of resent, HUNTRESS is a collection inspired by women who embraced androgyny and used their feminine attributes to succeed in a male dominated world. As the textile artist my paintings, weaving, and dyeing all adhere to the essence of strength, courage, and individuality. Since our line is a fall collection I was inspired by nature in the fall season especially trees and branches. Trees and branches stand strong while leaves whither away, which relates to the power and strength of women, which is why I painted the tress and braches on certain pieces. My paintings also created a leathery affect, which resembled leather. This leathery affect reflects the strength embodied by women with its soft and delicate nature on the inside of a tough surface. My weaving design relates to the chest armor of an ancient powerful warrior woman, with its scaly texture and geometric shapes forming over the breasts in accordance with a center “X” connecting all four sides of the design from the center. The rayon chenille yarn used to weave through the mesh fabric form the scaly texture with its lustrous staple fibers forming the yarn interlacing through the open spaces of the mesh or net fabric. This fabric construction also resembles the softness of women, being intertwined with a strong or stern nature. The dyes used were black and maroon in reflection of the dark tones of the fall season. The mesh fabrics were dyed maroon or black. The mesh also reflects the androgynous side of women with its sporty characteristic. Poplin was also dyed black and was also painted.

Inspiration Mood Board and Samples Mood Board:

mood baord

samples, yarn, dye

 

Sketches:

sketches

Techniques Used in Production:

Weaving, Dyeing, Painting

 

Innovation:

(Innovative theme/Innovation Construction method)

My weaving design relates to the chest armor of an ancient powerful warrior woman, with its scaly texture and geometric shapes forming over the breasts in accordance with a center “X” connecting all four sides of the design from the center. The rayon chenille yarn used to weave through the mesh fabric form the scaly texture with its lustrous staple fibers forming the yarn interlacing through the open spaces of the mesh or net fabric. This fabric construction also resembles the softness of women, being intertwined with a strong or stern nature.

Textiles:

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Itemized Processes for each Textile:

(Dyeing process for black mesh fabric) [1 hour and 30 minutes]

Materials- black idye poly, large pot, wooden spoon, water, detergent

Steps:

1.Wash Fabric

2. Add water to pot until half way filled

3. Add idye poly content and allow to a boil for 1 hour

4. Add fabric in dye bath once solution is brought to a boil

5. Take out fabric and rinse with cold water and detergent

6. Tumble dry

(Dyeing process for maroon mesh fabric) [1 hour and30 minutes]

Materials- violet idye poly, red idye poly, brown idye poly, large pot, wooden spoon, water, detergent

Steps:

1. Wash fabric

2. Add water to pot until half way filled

3. Add full idye poly red content, add 1 tablespoon of both violet and brown idye content and allow to a boil for 1 hour

4. Add fabric in dye bath once solution is brought to a boil

5. Take out fabric and rinse with cold water and detergent

6. Tumble dry

(Painting Process for asymmetrical skirt) [4 hours]

Materials: white pattern piece with closed dart, black India ink, black tulip puffy paint, pencil

Steps:

1. Gently outline branch shapes on fabric

2. Mix 1 tablespoon of India ink with 1 bottle of black tulip puffy paint

3. Use both small and large paintbrushes to paint around outlines

4. Allow drying over night

5. Add another coat of the mixed paint (black India ink and tulip puffy paint) in the same area for a more defined tone and texture.

(Paint Process for Shorts) [2 hours]

Materials: white pattern piece with closed dart, black India ink, black tulip puffy paint, pencil

Steps:

1. Gently outline scattered leaf shapes on fabric

2. Mix 1 tablespoon of India ink with 1 bottle of black tulip puffy paint

3. Use both small and large paintbrushes to paint inside shapes

4. Allow drying over night

5. Paint over black dyed piece for back of shorts

(Paint Process for printed top) [2 hours]

Materials: white pattern piece with closed dart, black India ink, black tulip puffy paint, pencil

Steps:

1. Gently outline scattered branch shapes on fabric

2. Mix 1 tablespoon of India ink with 1 bottle of black tulip puffy paint

3. Use both small and large paintbrushes to paint inside shapes

4. Allow drying over night

(Weaving process for crop top) [6 hours]

Materials: Chenille yarn, embroidery needle, scissors, dyed mesh fabric

Steps for back pieces:

1. Add yarn to embroidery needle so that there are two strands visible

2. Weave needle through mesh in a slant line direction

3. Continue weaving without skipping spaces.

4. Weave other piece of back in slant direction opposite to previous piece for mirror affect.

Steps for front pieces:

1. Add yarn to embroidery needle so that there are two strands visible

2. (Left Panel) Weave needle through mesh in “V” shape with bottom of “V” facing center, two open spaces away from center front

3. Continue weaving without skipping spaces.

4. Continue previous steps on opposite end (right panel) of front piece

5. (Bottom panel) Weave needle through mesh in “V” shape with bottom of “V” facing center, two open spaces away from center front and two side panels.

6. Do the same for opposite side (top panel) of front piece

Itemized List of Cost:

Idye Poly (Black): $3.59

Idye Poly (Red): $3.59

Idye Poly (Brown): $3.59

Idye Poly (Violet): $3.59

Mesh fabric: $20.00

Poplin Fabric: $50.00

Velvet Fabric: $50.00

Silk Lining: $40.00

Sequence Fabric: $21.50

Paint: Black Tulip Puffy Paint $4.99 (3)

Chenille Yarn: Two Bundles of Chenille Yarn $36.00

Price Point: $150-$400

Textile Companies that my Collection Complements:

Richline Textiles

Michael Levine

Victor Textiles

Ben Textiles Inc

Skytex Enterprise, Inc

asymetrical painted skirt woven chenille cropfull body woven top and painted skirtbranch painting toppainted leaf shortsfull body branch and leaf print dyed mesh topfull body mesh dye

 

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