First Thoughts: To start this project, we created mind maps from our two words. This identified our original ideas on these words. Some ideas included peeling and stripping materials, disguising things perhaps using masks, etc. These ideas then lead on to the following research.
Emma Hack: When researching camouflaged art, I came across the work of Emma Hack. She is an Australian artist who uses body paint to disguise a human body against a pattern that she has created. Her work is mainly exhibited throughout Australia, but it has now captured attention worldwide, showing her works in galleries in Hong Kong, Milan, New York and London. This could influence our work because our aim is to camouflage the body and garment against a pattern. However, we will not use body paint because we have spent our £5 on fabrics for the garment so do not have the funds, but also because it would be too messy. -Information from http://www.emmahackartist.com.au/
Stripped: Magazine Research: In the Central Saint Martins library, I have researched the word 'stripped' in the magazine archive.
Natural Camouflage: Researching more into camouflage, the group's favourite was the camouflage of butterflies. This is because they each have unique patterns that are delicate. We took this idea forward and used this to inspire the garment which would be shown in our final film. Image from - http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-65300566/stock-photo-camouflage-of-a-butterfly-on-the-bark-of-a-tree.html
Metamorphosis: The natural camouflage of the butterflies lead us on to the development of their growth, because this process relates to our other word, 'stripped', as the butterflies cocoon is stripped back. This research confirmed our ideas that our final film should include camouflage of a body, using natural colours and intricate patterns, as well as the stripping back of a cocoon-like casing. Information and image from - http://www.thebutterflysite.com/life-cycle.shtml
Camouflage: Magazine Research: In the Central Saint Martins library, research from the following magazines was found.
Viktor and Rolf
Viktor and Rolf: The idea in our film for the model to be cocooned in paper, then it strips back not only came from the process of metamorphosis, but also Viktor and Rolf's 1999 collection: Russian Doll. A single model simply wearing a natural coloured dress walked onto the stage. Viktor & Rolf themselves dress her with ten more independent layers in front of a catwalk audience, until the model was dressed in a large, coat-like garment. This gave inspiration because it was the opposite of stripped, and so we thought it would be successful to take this concept and reverse it, so that, our model would begin with being covered, but then stripped down to this final, textural garment. Therefore we used paper to create a cocoon because it was a material that could be easily ripped from the model.
Stripping Wallpaper: When given the word 'stripped', one of my first thoughts was stripping or peeling wallpaper. After looking at images of this by searching on Pinterest and Google, we've found images that have inspired the final garment for the film. Strips of fabric have been sewn on and slightly frayed to resemble this.
Balloon Art: Looking further into the idea of stripping something back, we thought of popping balloons (to uncover something which was at first camouflaged by the balloons). Researching this idea, I came across the work of Lucy McRae and Bart Hess. They worked on a project called 'Lucy and Bart', where they explore their "fascination with genetic manipulation and beauty expression". Using paper, cardboard, tights, balloons and bubbles, they manipulate the body so it mutates into some strange and sometimes disturbing shape. We could take these ideas to form a shape which camouflages the body, then they pop which strips back the camouflage.
Camouflaged Background: The background for our camouflaged shots comes from the tactile elements on the garment included in the film (above). Photographs were taken of the textures, then cropped. Using Photoshop, we created a background that combined all of the textures. Inspired by Emma Hack, we wanted to camouflage the garment with the background; but her technique involves painting walls or canvases - which was unattainable. We could have painted on paper, but the real textures would not have been portrayed, because they do not have the same surface as what paint creates. Therefore, we used a projector to enlarge our image onto a wall. This was successful because it also projected the image onto the model's skin and so made the final shots even more camouflaged.