Hapazome, Draw and Drape

When laying out flowers for Hapazome, me and my partner went for a more random approach, laying out flowers and leaves over one half of the fabric. We tried to keep flowers in reds, purples, yellows and oranges so that even though the layout is random, the pattern still feels coordinated. I found that when we eventually folded the other side of the fabric over, the plants shifted around slightly so, it was better that we didn’t create a pattern. When hammering the flowers, I found it hard to get all of the flowers we had laid out, and some of the flowers seemed to have no colour and just made the fabric wet. I also found it hard to get an even spread of colour, and by trying to get all the colour from the plants, I made a few holes in the fabric with the hammer. By the end, we managed to get a colour from nearly all the flowers, and the symmetrical pattern it created reminds me of McQueens symmetric animal print designs.

To begin with, I used a black pen to draw large, loose flowers over some prints, as Edda Gimnes has on her flower print pattern. I would have liked to do this on the whole length of fabric, but it has a busy print, so the drawings don’t stand out as much as they could. We went in with other colours, using purple to outline and draw more petals on the fabric and green to add leaves and stems. We also went more abstract, using orange and blue to add groups of random circles and yellow to add patches of cross-hatching, although because of the lines already on the fabric, the cross-hatched sections blend in with the yellow petals. If I were to work back into this fabric in the future, I might add some massive loosely drawn flowers and leaves in a thick dark pen, as many of the drawings I have added seem to blend in from far away, though close up, the mix of patterns and drawn elements work well together.

When draping, we first experimented with keeping the silhouettes we created organic, pinning the first one so that it looks thrown on the mannequin and the second in the loose shape of a rose on the bust. I think the rose shape we created looks effective, and it adds texture. For my third silhouette, we combined organic shapes with structure, adding pleats to one shoulder, then letting the excess fabric drape and form a large bell sleeve on the other. I think it looks okay, but if I was to do it again, I would add more pleats. For the last two, we put the two fabrics we will use together, the first as separate garments forming an outfit, and the second combining them to make a dress. Although the fabrics are very different, I think it’s less noticeable in the second one where they are intertwined with each other, as you can see where the colours are similar, and the blotchiness of the Hapazome works with the blotchy flower fabric.

Edda Gimnes

Edda Gimnes is a Norwegian born fashion designer known for bold statement prints mixing her drawings with bright splashes of colour. As well using her patterns on fabric and garments, she also makes accessories, rugs and wallpaper, and has collaborated with H&M, Max Mara, Disney and others. Celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Gigi Hadid and Cardi B have worn her designs. The way Gimnes uses line to draw in detail and texture is effective. The looseness of these drawings makes the patterns feel playful and childlike, and in some of her designs, Gimnes uses her non-dominant hand to make sure her designs feel free.

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