Archive for December, 2008

Inter…course

December 22, 2008

This guy made a robot girlfriend. I shudder at the thought that one day, this will become the norm and there will be such a thing as robot prejudice. But then again, people 1000 years ago probably would’ve shuddered at the thought of face transplants and creating artificial body parts. Or maybe not. Time seems to make anything the norm. That makes me shudder.

post-1015652-1224373053This reminds me of the Japanese movie, Cyborg Girl. That guy probably watched this movie.

Actually this reminds me of a lot of movies.

This is where it gets hard to draw the line between ethics and perceived ethics. It really makes my head hurt just trying to think about it. Is there even a truth out there? (Mulder, help me out.) Tuesdays with Morrie claims that love always wins. I believe that because love has always existed (I think), but is it the only concrete truth in this world?

I’m not a philosopher, just a simple fashion student. I’m going to stop thinking about this now, and go on drawing pretty pictures.

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Superheroes Curatorial Talk

December 22, 2008

I grew up on Barbies and Marvel. Sure, Barbie was pretty, but superheroes are so much cooler, and they represent two sides of the same coin – the social and political context of our times. The further I get into fashion, the more I see how fantasy interlinks with reality and culture, and that is all made possible with imagination. I’d love to study superhero costumes and make one myself one day. I will put it in a special room in my secret underground lair, which by the way, will be pretty, and nice, and warm, nothing like the batcave. (Hey, a girl can dream.)

A while ago, I found out about the Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy exhibit at the MET. If only. It ran through to September 1, 2008, so I missed it. Not like I was heading out to New York anyway, though. The website is pretty interesting though.

I did find these videos on Youtube.

Hmm…phallic symbolism, the Hulk as a metaphor for male potency. Here I am, listening to this sipping my hot chocolate, typing as I go. Love the holidays.

More reads on my wish list

December 22, 2008

After stumbling upon the book mentioned in my previous post (while browsing for Christmas presents online, no less) I decided that it was about time that I take a more academic and focused approach in my quest for knowledge in the field of fashion and technology. The following are two titles I came across, both available on Amazon.

Fashionable Technology

Techno Textiles 2

On my wish list

December 22, 2008

Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting by Syuzi Pakhchya.

Fashioning Technology

I’m going to order this off Amazon and attempt some of the projects myself. I love the idea, and I love how accessible the link between fashion and technology is becoming, and how crafting is experiencing a new hip-ness (exhibit a: Etsy). Even though I’m not really that crafty myself, I’m excited to get my copy! I’d really love to be able to create something interesting and innovative, and so far, I feel like I’ve been at a loss for resources or instructions. This’ll be cool.

Will update on how it goes.

Update

December 8, 2008

Just finished another semester of school! The future looms closer. I start my internship next month with a lingerie company in Vancouver.

My job is going great. I’ve started to do some photo editing and promotional graphics for them. I also realized that I’m a fashion student working at a bridal shop, interning at a lingerie company. Could that sound any more girly? This is where I bring in another angle to aesthetics and beauty, and try to figure out in a more concrete way what my vision is.

Now that I have a bit of free time, its time to get my creative juices flowing. And my mind going. This past semester included classes with names like Pattern Grading  & CAD and Volume Production. I am much more fascinated by product and concept rather than process, so this semester was pretty blah to me. I got one step closer to my vision through Textile Design class, where I got to research and present a project on fashion and technology. This break I do have a few things I want to get around to:

– relax, hang out, chill
– some design work: I haven’t really designed anything in a while. I want to see what I can come up with, maybe as a portfolio addition, maybe to substitute something else? My internship portfolio only included a scant 4 projects, and I want to get a head start on my 4th year portfolio to consciously reflect who I am as a designer.
– practice digital illustration (creative and floats): I have a feeling that with a little more practice, I’ll maybe develop an affinity for this.
– clean out my closet
– contact internship supervisor to get dates and schedule set up

I’ve been looking for some continuing education courses to take in the local vicinity (I’ve also been looking at summer courses at CSM and Parson’s). There isn’t much. A lot of it are introductory classes. The rest come as part of a package deal. I don’t have the time or money for that right now. But they are alluring.

Finding internship placements for this year’s third years was apparently a bit of a struggle. Probably some of that has to do with the economic situation we are in right now. It has been suggested that this economic downturn is simply an over-hyped myth of the media, and that its not really that bad. I think I would have to disagree, unless all these businesses are buying into this so-called myth with no hard facts or figures.

I’m interested to see how this will all play out and potentially affect my career path when I graduate in 2010. I’m also interested in seeing how the Olympics will affect and be affected by this, and if there will be a change in Vancouver’s fashion industry.

Until then, I’m trying to make the transition from student to professional as easy and painless as I can. My goal is to be able to hit the ground running after taking a trip after grad. Luckily, I still live at home and don’t need to pay rent. Speaking of which, my coworker is urging me to take advantage of this living with the ‘rents situation as long as I can. I would like a taste of freedom and independence though.

And thus continues the life of this particular fashion design student.