The third week of workshops had the students trying different ways of developing their design ideas – in 3-D, draping fabric on the stand, and in 2-D, with pen and pencil on paper.
The draping session involved students playing with silhouette and style on mannequins, taking inspiration from their primary research and the moodboards they had created since last week.
In no time they were moving onto more advanced techniques such as attaching sleeves and working with cut outs. When they reached a style they liked they took photos and sketches as a reference for design ideas further down the line.
In the design sessions the students were encouraged to talk through their moodboards in groups and really think about the inspirations and themes behind their designs.
The students were encouraged to think about the fabric of the garment, how the garment would fit on the wearer, how to use pattern and how to incorporate research ideas from their sketchbooks. As Joanne talked through starting points and references, the students were ferociously ‘speed designing’ – getting quick ideas down on paper before moving on to the next.
Some designs focussed on dramatic necklines and pockets, while others emphasised collars and hoods. The concentration and determination of the students created an atmosphere of quiet industry in the room.
Over the course of this week the students will be developing the ideas they initiated in the workshop so that they can identify the design they want to make. Next week we will already be starting the patterns which will turn their sketches into reality!
Top tip from Delores – “Relax! Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, have fun and do the work!”
As always, a massive thank you to all our volunteers who made the workshop so successful, and to our sponsors ASOS and NatWest