As usual, this post is waayyyy over due, but here are some photos of my design from the 2016 Art Directors Club of Denver’s Paper Fashion Show. This design is titled “Under Pressure,” and is inspired by the idea of coal turning into diamonds. It takes immense pressure to turn something as mundane as coal into a diamond. Similarly, as a team of artists and designers, we work under a great deal of pressure to transform paper into fashion.
Planning is and has always been a HUGE part of my art practice. For me, planning is about 50% of my process. This includes the initial brainstorming that sparks the idea, research, sketching, experimenting with materials, mock-ups, and a lot of writing. It may seem strange, but my ‘sketchbooks’ are more writing than sketches. It is just the way I think and process things. I want every piece that I create to have careful consideration behind each and every decision. I am not a fan of making things and then trying to figure out what they mean later…at least not as final pieces. I believe that the greatest artists spend time carefully planning and researching so they can manipulate their media into exactly what they intend to. That is what I strive for, and that is why I plan…excessively.
I started the planning process for this year’s Paper Fashion show about a year and a half ago, and yesterday I picked out the swatch-book of paper that I will be using. So, now it is crunch time for planning. I need to come up with a final sketch of my design and select the colors of paper so I can get my order placed and can get started on my design.
It’s that time of year again…the paper fashion show swatch book pick-up is less than a week away!! This will be my fourth year participating in the show, and my fifth design, and I really think it is going to be the best yet. After taking the last year off to celebrate my brother’s wedding to his beautiful wife (the show was the same weekend), I have had extra time to sketch, experiment, and plan for this year’s design. I want to keep some element of surprise for the final design, but I will be posting updates on our progress over the next few months so check back every now and then!
By the way, the show is April 22nd in Denver, CO. More info can be found at https://www.adcd.com/