Crystal Collages

Another way to design: collage! As minerals inspire me, and I wanted to use "crystalline volume" for the witch look, I printed a couple of crystal images, and made collages.

The first row are the collages, the second and third row are each side of the originals mirrored. This was a fun and relaxed way to experiment and come up with ideas. Obviously the finished clothes won't look like these collages, but it helps you get ideas for the silhouette or texture and proportions. I used an illustration I made a few months ago as a base to collage onto (as I'm not that fast at sketching bodies).

Posted on December 13, 2014 and filed under design school, process.

Balloon Styling


The above photo by Nick Knight inspired me to experiment with balloons to find a silhouette for the Empress look. So I bought tights and ballons, and asked Pauline to be my model once more.

She asked me to block out her face, and I think it actually makes the pictures creepier which is good! I mirrored the images, which is why her hair looks like princess leia's, also a plus :) This styling was another attempt to visualize how I felt after the feldenkrais exercises we did a couple of weeks ago, when my shoulders and hips felt very big.

Posted on December 12, 2014 and filed under design school, process.

Concept Moodboard

At school we've started our individual projects for the semester. Above is my "concept-moodboard", where I tried to organize my school work from this semester and everything that interests and inspires me right now into a mind map, to help me figure out the theme for my project. The central keywords are "virtual - space - aliens - magic - monocoque - archetypes".

We have to create 3 looks, and I chose 3 tarot cards as the basis for the three looks: the Magician, the High Priestess and the Empress.

Except I changed the magician's gender and made her a witch. These three characters are the archetypes I want to research and work with.


At the moment we're all in the "research" phase, meaning we have to research our theme,  experiment with materials, silhouettes & colors, and test ways to present the looks (we have to come up with a key visual). We have to produce as many sketches as possible. And by sketch I don't just mean illustrations or drawings, but also photographs, collages and three dimensional sketches, basically anything to visualize and test an idea.

I'm struggling with this a bit, especially the presentation part (whe have to present the looks to our teachers and make a key visual). I know that to test an idea, discuss it with other people and compare it with my other ideas, I have to have some visual representation of it. But I find it frustrating when these sketches don't live up to the images in my head, so I spend way to much time on trying to perfect them. Time I don't have, because it's quantity over quality at this stage, and I shouldn't be wasting so much time and energy on an idea that might not be the right one.

I used to have the same problem with sketching (and this time I mean 2D drawing). But once it "clicked" in my head that a sketch is more of a means than an end, I started to really enjoy it, because I didn't put so much pressure on myself (also, I realized I dislike pencils and much prefer fineliners!). I was more relaxed about it, if became fun, I did it more often and I started to get better. I also started to really like the imperfections in my sketches. I hope I'll get to that point with design research as well.

Since this is pretty much all I'm doing right now, I'll be sharing the process here. I don't have time for "personal projects" next to school work at the moment, so the blanket coat will have to wait...


The above photograph and sketch are from a class called "body comprehension/understanding" (translated, in German: Körperverständnis). Among our teachers was a Feldenkrais-Instructor who did exercises with us, after which we'd have to try to translate how our bodies felt into some sort of body-based, three-dimensional collage, using whatever we had - tape, paper, fabric etc. It was an interesting, new approach to design for me. We do a lot of these "impromptu collages and stylings" at school, and it takes some getting used to, because you only have very little time to complete them, and they never look quite like I want them to. But I'm trying to accept them as three-dimensional sketches (rather than anything finished) to work with later on, I have to let go of the "do everything perfectly" thing - there simply isn't enough time to fully develop an idea before you know if it's worth it design wise. In this phase of the design process it's quantity above quality, and that's something I need to get accustomed to. Need for speed!

These are some more sketches from school. We had about half an hour to style each other with whatever clothes we had on, and objects in the room, so I dressed Pauline up in a chair and lots of scarves and sweaters (see the three black an white photos). I really liked the chair outfit! It made for some interesting poses haha. Then we went to see a shoe exhibit at a muesum - it was amazing! The collection had some historical shoes and some really crazy new ones. My favorites:

"Black Crystal Meth" by Kermit Tesoro, "Ring" by Peter Popps, "Nunfides" by Valentini Argyropoulou, "Nova" by Zaha Hadid (my absolute fave!), "Juxtapose" Marieka Ratsma, "Blackmouldedleathershoe" and "Pressedleathershoe" by Marloes ten Bhömer and "Feather Men Shoes" by Aki Choklat. Also check out these shoes by Joyce Verhagen, I didn't have time to sketch them:

They're made from those rubber ball toys!

So after sketching our Stylings with different shoes and accessories, we had to work on different silhouettes. Basically you just keep redrawing the silhouette with varied lengths/volume/colors/texture, or use collage to develop different ideas and keep drawing and transforming that silhouette until you have enough material to work on the most interesting ideas. Again, I was not as fast as I could have been, had I not tried to be so precise. But it's ok, I'll learn, I'll get faster, and I still like what I ended up with.


Modes et Travaux - Les Modèles Simples

Just a quick inspiration post from an old issue of Modes et Travaux:


Love the first two coats on the left! Also the grey, the blue and the red dress. But what's up with that blue blouse? Boob flap? Is it for breastfeeding? Or maybe you can just remove it from the dress to "go from day to night in an instant". Im intrigued.

Posted on November 10, 2014 and filed under inspiration, vintage magazine scans.