Oops…

…I realize that I never kept up with my list of happy things. Last week was an absolute nightmare as I spent 7 hours every night at the warehouse working on my bag that I had to make for my final. It’s sad that I wasn’t able to keep up with my list, and it reflected in my mood throughout the week since I was more stressed than happy on a daily basis.

But now the end it in sight! Only one more week until I am home for winter break! Though these last two weeks have been moving along at a snail’s pace, I’m hoping that the next seven days go by fast. Though it is finals week I am much more calm since the work load is winding down. I’m excited to have a month off in terms of school work, projects, and exams.

So though I can’t promise that I will be able to post something that makes me happy everyday until I go home since I know I will probably get preoccupied with the work I have to do, I hope that I can get a few more posts in before I leave to go home!

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The good, the bad, and the dirty work

Coming in to college, I applied as a fashion design major. I knew I loved to sew and make garments but I was unsure if this was going to be the right career path for me and if I could really see myself doing this the rest of my life. However, as soon as I started fashion here at Syracuse I knew that I was in the right major.Right off the bat I reconnected with my love for sewing and getting to be precise in my work to create beautiful garments.

Quickly I have learned that being a fashion design major has it’s hardships though. Every night during the school week I am at the warehouse sewing for some period. Sometimes it’s only from 7pm to 10pm, but I have even been there from 7pm to 2am in order to finish work for our construction class. While others are quick to complain about the long hours of work and the tedious stitches and samples we need to practice, I love getting to practice different techniques and add them to the different garments we make. This semester I made my first ever pair of jeans which I had so much fun with, while others complained and struggled through the assignment.

I am really glad that I picked fashion design as my major. Even though I get frustrated at times and feel like I am drowning in work (for example I have exactly a week to make a vest and a bag of my own design right now) I am so proud of the end results and wouldn’t trade that feeling for any other major.

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Wood Shop Wonder

Okay so it’s not perfect but this is the project I have been working on for the last few days for my design 101 class in the wood shop. I’m pretty proud of how it came out. I have never worked with wood before this class so this whole experience was very new to me. I thought it was kind of exciting getting to step out of my comfort zone for a little bit and do something that I have never done before. I used the table saw, the band saw and all of the sanders in the shop to create this stand to hold my partner’s plastic object and I have to say that it worked out pretty well. Though the professors had some comments during the critique, I think he thought my stand was crafted pretty well. I am definitely ready to take a break for a little though. This week has been a little nuts in the design world, and I think everyone needs some time to recharge before we get launched into the final weeks of the semester. Only 2 days until I am home!

Here is a picture of the wooden stand I constructed:

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From Needles to Nails

So far this year my primary focus has been on work on the 7th floor of the warehouse for my chosen major of fashion design. However, that changed today.

In my design 101 class I am now beginning to work in the wood and plastic shops, which means my new tools are going to become sanders and saws rather than sewing machines and sergers. For our first project we have been partnered off and the person in the plastic shop will create an object that is relational to the body (similar to the charrette project I talked about in an earlier post) and the person in the wood shop will create a stand for that object. I have been chosen as the wood maker for this project and will therefore be creating a stand for my partner’s object. He is thinking of creating a piece that engages the chin and then attaches to the wearer’s ears, while I am thinking of creating a “U” shaped stand to mimic the curvature of a chin.

Thankfully, the last two classes our professor has given us an in-depth tour of the tools in the shop and how to be safe while operating them. Today, was the first time we got to try cutting on the table saw. After we were cleaning up he asked me if I was in Industrial Design or Comm Design and was surprised when I said I was in fashion. He then told me that he was very impressed by the confidence I expressed in operating the machinery. I was very flattered by the compliment and I hope that I will be able to continue with that confidence as I move forward in my wood project:)

Fashion show pictures

I just realized this morning that though I mentioned that the fashion show I participated in over parents weekend was successful, I never showed any pictures of the dresses that I made! As mentioned before, the theme of the show was world cultures and I chose the country of Greece to design for. Due to my love for Greek mythology I inspired my dresses around the gods, specifically the big three (Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades-though he is not part of the 12 olympians). In making the dresses I took into consideration styles of ancient Greek attire as well as color schemes surrounding each of the gods. I’m very proud with how they came out in the end, and even though it was a little crazy being that busy working on the pieces, I miss being able to dive in to those projects that I was doing just for myself and not for a specific class or grade. I hope that come the spring semester we can have another fashion show!

File_002.jpeg Zeus inspired dress

File_000.jpeg Poseidon inspired dress

File_001.jpeg Hades inspired dress

 

Charrette Success

For the past week, all of the freshmen in the school of design have been hard at work creating projects that can be relational on the body and off the body. This charrette, meaning an intense period of design, made us freshmen think outside the box to create interesting and thought provoking models.

For my group, we decided to make a helmet that could also function as a basket off of the body. We inspired our design around a native american basket weaving, meaning peace, that we wove on the inside of the basket and juxtaposed this with army camouflage creating motifs of war. We titled our project “Protecting Peace” since the military is responsible for keeping countries safe, therefore place the weaving of peace on the interior shows that the external military is protecting it. We were really proud of our project and in the process became really good friends! Here’s pictures of our helmet/basket below:

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