Second Year Portfolio

As I wait to hear about my second year results, I'm looking back at my portfolio. There is certainly plenty that I aim to work on and improve throughout the rest of the year but here are some of my favourite pages from the three projects. See my full evaluation below!

The options portfolio project, although I found it very challenging, has taught me valuable skills that I will need for my final year. I feel that I have developed a more professional finish to my work as well as a knowledge of the standard that would be expected of me as a graduate.

The first option pot I undertook was Technical Development. This project was really helpful for me due to the fact that I am interested in designing childrenswear. This project helped me develop an understanding of the hazards related to the fashion industry as well as the importance of risk assessing garments, childrenswear in particular. I also gained contacts within the industry with Andrea Weightman from George @ ASDA. My main strength in this project was my customer research as I produced three clear shop research boards using primary and secondary sources that showed a clear colour palette. If I were to improve this portion of my portfolio I would take final photographs in a better location as this was a last minute change due to the weather not suiting the season the garment was made for. The garment was also slightly big for my model.

My second option pot was Graphics for Fashion and I found this project the most difficult overall due to the requirement of two different print stories. My main strengths were learning the sublimation print process, choosing a concise concept and using Photoshop. I am most proud of my first print story (Favela) as I feel the concept is well defined from the beginning and the designs reflect this well. My peers liked my use of bold colour to reflect the themes that I chose and felt the prints that I developed summed up my concept well. My main weakness in this project was time management between the two print stories and ensuring they were completely different and didn't blend into one. I feel like I was successful in making them stand out on their own as separate print stories. I aimed for this project to be entirely digital, however, I am worried it may look too 2D with not enough texture, therefore, in hindsight, I would use the illustration techniques I gained in secondary design to improve my shading, faces and models. The most time consuming element of the process was sampling and if I were to redo this portfolio, I would test different printing techniques as well as how different fabrics create different effects.

I found that the Secondary Concept Design project was my best work to date, however, if I had more time I would have done some elements differently. I believe I struggled with the design process because of the requirement of 80 designs. An element of the project which was time consuming was using Photoshop to digitally apply colour and shade the outfits. As I learnt this in an illustration lesson, a few weeks before the deadline, I did not realise how long it would take me to grasp, however, I do really like the outcome and feel it makes my designs look more professional. I aim to improve my illustration style with the help of my tutors and skills I have learnt. I believe my strengths in the Secondary Concept project were choosing a concise concept and selecting specific features in my research to carry through into my final designs. I am also proud of my flat drawings and, despite taking quite a long time, I think I am getting faster each time. When being peer assessed I was congratulated on my use of an effective collage by both my class and tutor where I combined the face of George Kelly and his executioner. I aim to use collage more often to enhance my research pages and to give them a more textured and interesting look. Furthermore, I would like to combine my knowledge in printing to include more of my own prints in my design work as well as draping on the stand to develop initial ideas and see how the fabric with flow on the body.

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