Final Piece: Final designs

For my designs, I wanted to explore the traditional Ancient Greek silhouette with added embellishments and print to take it to a more chaotic level. I wanted to include the turmoil between Mt Olympus and the Underworld by dip-dyeing my fabric so that there is a juxtaposition of black and white to represent this. I also wanted to include the stars and constellations as they are also a big part of Greek mythology. In my second page of illustrations, I focused on specific Greek myths instead of the overall turmoil of the Greek gods. I focused on the myth of Daedalus and Icarus, a father and son who tried to escape captivity by flying away with wings made of wax. Icarus flew to close to the sun and the wax melted sending him to his death. And also the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, where the brave Theseus was tasked with walking through a tricky maze and slaying the Minotaur. He succeeded as he left a trail of thread on his journey so he knew how to get out again. I used the imagery of feathers and mazes to represent these two stories.

I chose my first design and did a more in-depth drawing of it, adding colour and detail. I chose this design as it represents the chaos of ancient Greece perfectly. The armour represents the Goddess of War, Athena as she was born wearing a full set of armour. She is one of the most powerful gods and is also the goddess of mathematics and the arts which relates to the theme M.A.R.S. I wanted the skirt to show the turmoil of the Gods and Mortals relationships by ripping into the fabric and sewing up some of the rips to show the patching up and destroying of the relationships. I also want to dip dye the fabric to show the darker side of Greek mythology, and how the gods were selfish and crazed, which is also why want to place Mt Olympus in the dark area of the skirt. I want to include some of the Ancient Greek constellations, as many of them have an origin story of a myth, such as Perseus, who is known for being sent to kill the gorgon Medusa. I plan to also embroider and applique onto the skirt as well as using embossing and ripping the fabric.

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