Paper Sampling: To start the White Shirt Project, we used paper to discover techniques that add details which do not require colour. This was useful because it gave me ideas right from the beginning about what techniques I could experiment with, and also how to create intriguing surfaces when using no other colour. I worked with the paper by twisting and folding it, crunching it as if it had been stamped on, cutting it and feeding string through it, layering it and simply adding string to it to add another texture.
Group Ideas: This task involved working in groups and creating a piece together. This was useful because it gave us more ideas to help with designing our final white shirt.
Working on the Body: Next, to become familiar with producing a garment, we worked with one white shirt and manipulated it without cutting it on our partner. This was influential because it fed us more ideas on how to produce our final white shirt. Here I have manipulated the shirt by first of all, draping it by bring the sleeves round and pinning it to change the shape, then by subtly folding and pleating areas to add details. The purpose of this task was to gain knowledge of the body and to experiment with the white shirt.
Experimenting: After creating designs in my sketchbook, I began to work on the development of the ideas by experimenting on the body. This research was helpful because it involved changing compositions on the mannequin, and from this I gained the majority of my ideas. From this task, I found my final design.
Installations: In groups, our work was set up so that we could walk around and give feedback on other's work. We then used this composition of the installation to create various observational studies. We did this through drawing/mark making and collages. I enjoyed this because I worked in ways which I hadn't before (for example, very free mark making), and because it almost finalised the project.
Working on Surfaces: This piece of research involved modifying the shape of the shirt on different surfaces. For example, I worked on a wall, a chair, a pillar in the room and on the floor. This task helped with learning about the different shapes that could be created. What I first thought of when changing the shape of the shirt changed after this task. That's because it highlighted unusual but quite natural shapes, especially the one on the floor and the pillar, because it was just thrown down or was hanging. From this, we created observational drawings.
White Surfaces: To inspire my design ideas, I was influenced by images of white surfaces. Like the paper sampling, they use one colour but all have different textures. I used these images to create designs for the print on the shirt and the shapes of it.