I really love the work of Molly Goddard. Molly Goddard is a London based designer who creates stunning bespoke garments using traditional hand pleating, smocking with tulle fabric. I fell in love with the way the fabric manipulates almost effortlessly.
What really stood out to me with Molly Goddard’s work was the repetitive overlapping. My concept is about overlapping and intertwining of the corona virus and anxiety disorder so using this technique would work perfectly. I also really loved the playfulness the opaque fabric conveyed. Taking this technique forward I wanted to focus on creating opaque layers however with a twist. I personally love using alternative materials as sustainability is a huge factor for me and my work. So combining the use of alternative materials and traditional fabric manipulation was a world in which I am dying to explore
I looked at “dress Portrait” Molly Goddard’s exhibition and fell in love with these photographs, the way the clusters of the dresses mixed with the texture of the almost bin bag textures was so stunning. I knew this was a perfect way to incorporate alternative materials. Whats also really intriguing about the photographs is the contrast of textures, you have the light airlessness of the thin plastic material and the clusters of hand manipulated tulle.
After looking i went on the hunt and I was able to find these completely stunning florescent pink bin bags in which were literally screaming to be manipulated!!
After collecting the data from my survey I used the number of percentage of yes votes in correlation to the amount of stitches i.e 60% = 6 stitch lines. I used the sewing machine and carefully and slowly started to hand ruffle the bin bags. I especially wanted to convey loads of chaotic lines, (seen mostly when held in the sun) to convey the erratic nature of the way corona sweeps through the nation.
I plan to experiment this technique on a range of other fabric and possibly combine and contort these all together to make some really authentic, funky samples.