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Here is my Work Log for my Senior Capstone Career Project.
Senior Capstone Career Project - Product Work Log
Name: Kylie Warrix
Product: Turning older, vintage clothes into modern ones.
Date, Time, & Location: October 19th, 2016 / 2:30 – 4:00 / My room
Activity: I designed a couple of clothes for my project in my notebook.
Commentary: I designed a variety of sweaters and shirts along with a few skirts using my notebook, a pencil, and some colored pencils.
Total Time Thus Far:
1 hour, 30 minutes
Date, Time, & Location: October 22nd, 2016 / 4:30 – 6:00 / My house
Activity: I emailed my facilitator and asked for advice on how to bring my designs to life before doing some research.
Commentary: She told me it’d be best to find a patternmaker in the Atlanta area, so I went on Google and searched around for one. Luckily, I found one. Unfortunately, I never heard back from them. So, after not knowing what to do, I decided to slightly alter my original plan. Instead of designing my own clothes from scratch, I will be taking old and vintage pieces and add my flare to them to make them more modern.
1 hour, 30 minutes
Date, Time, & Location: November 5th, 2016 / 12:00 – 5:00 / Michael’s Craft Store and my room
Activity: At 12:00 pm, I went to Michael’s to pick up some fabric paint to get started on my product. I asked my facilitator for advice on how to get the best color possible on fabric using paint and took some notes.Then, I went home and began painting away.
Commentary: After getting the supplies needed, I went home and immediately got to work. I found a pair of 90s-esque jeans in my closet and decided to paint a floral design on the side of one of the legs. Though it did take a while, I found it to be very calming and fun.
Date, Time, & Location: November 28th, 2016/ 4:30-6:00/ My house
Activity: I talked with my facilitator about more ideas and began searching for clothes I could use.
Commentary: We went back and forth about different styles and concepts for each piece. We brainstormed a bunch of ideas for what I could do to bring life back to older clothing items. Once we settled on a particular style, I went searching around my house for clothes to use and began to work my magic.
Date, Time, & Location: December 17th, 2016/ 12:00-4:00/ My house
Activity: I found an old suit jacket in my mom's closet and, with permission, I added my own twist to it. Then, once I was done, I showed my facilitator and asked for feedback.
Commentary: I had a lot of fun experimenting with this particular piece! The first thing I wanted to do was paint the back, so I settled on making it a statement piece by writing, "SMELL THE ROSES" in black paint. Once that dried up, I began thinking of what I could do to the front. My mom let me go through her old jewelry, and I managed to find an old, golden rose pin a well as a long beaded necklace. I put the necklace in the front pocket and let most of it pour out to give it a cool effect. Then, I placed the rose pin on one side of the collar. Once I decided everything looked perfect, I let it be. I then showed my facilitator my work, and she was very pleased! She said it was a major statement piece that had its own flare.
A once basic suit jacket turned into a statement piece.
Date, Time, & Location: December 27th, 2016/ 1:00-3:00/ My house
Activity: I texted my facilitator about where to go now. We decided that I should start experimenting with old t-shirts, so that's exactly what I did.
Commentary: I found an old Ramones t-shirt and began to think about what to do with it. I talked it out with my facilitator, and we decided that it would be cool to crop it up a bit and maybe even do a bit of splatter paint. So, I grabbed my scissors and began cutting away. Once that was done, I got some white fabric paint and a brush and added some splatter paint.
Ramones t-shirt all cropped up and splatter-painted
Date, Time, & Location:
January 7th, 2017/ 12:00-2:00/ My house
Activity: I found an old, grey sweatshirt and put my spin on it to give it a bit of edge.
Commentary: I cut a V-shape down from the collar to the chest to give it a flare. Then, I decided to trim the sleeves up a bit to make it look more polished and stylish. Then, I started brainstorming different designs I could potentially do on the back. The brainstorming took a while, and I still hadn't quite figured out what it is I want to do. So, I asked for my facilitator for some advice and added her ideas to my rather extensive list.
Grey sweatshirt with a cut-out design.
Date, Time, & Location: January 14th, 2017/ 3:00-5:00/ My house
Activity: I got a basic, plain white t-shirt and distressed it and painted on it.
Commentary: White t-shirts are a very versatile piece of clothing, and I wanted to make this piece a statement. So, I cut a few small holes throughout the shirt to give it an aged look, and then I grabbed some black fabric paint and painted on some random designs. It took some time to learn how to master the art of painting designs on such a thin fabric, so I had to ask my facilitator for any tips she had to make sure the designs came out neatly. Nonetheless, it was a very fun experience.
Date, Time, & Location: January 21st, 2017/ 1:00-5:00/ My house
Activity: I finally settled on a design to paint on the back of the sweatshirt and got to work. Then, I decided to plan out how I want to showcase these pieces.
Commentary: On the back of the grey sweatshirt I had worked on, I decided to paint a rose. As of now, the rose is all white, but I am still debating on whether or not I should add some more color to it. The white gives it a fresh minimalistic look, while the added colors give it a more fun and vibrant look. I'm still not sure which route I want to take as of now, but I will definitely settle on something ASAP. After I painted the rose, I started planning out the video I want to put together to show my pieces. I want to use some friends to be the models and film them wearing the clothes paired with other pieces—all styled by me. I'm going to make the video look artsy and polished as well as being not too long and not too short.
February 11th, 2017/ 12:00-4:00/ My house
Activity: I got a lot done today! I went back to the pair of jeans I was previously working on and decided to add on some more detail, worked on one shirt, and even started working on a pair of shoes.
Commentary: For the pair of jeans, I felt that a design of two small roses was far too simple. So, I began brainstorming ideas for how I could add more flare to it. I talked to my facilitator for some ideas, and we talked back and forth for quite a while before finally coming to the conclusion. Since I have both a passion for fashion and languages, we thought it would be cool if I painted "Love" in different languages all over the jeans. So, I grabbed my black fabric paint and got to work. Researching all the different languages was a bit time-consuming and tedious, but I still found it to be fun and interesting nonetheless. While I experimented with fashion, I also learned a bunch of new words. Next, I found a navy blue button up that had only been worn about once or twice. So, I got a pair of scissors and cut off the shoulder-area of the shirt so that the shoulders can be exposed, giving a more edgy look. On the back in white paint, I painted on a broken heart. This was a more simple task, but I still felt a bit nervous making the cuts! Lastly, I found a pair of shoes in my closet that I had completely forgotten about. They're light blue sneakers, and so I thought it would be interesting to paint red hearts all over the shoe. This part did stress me out a bit considering the paint wasn't doing what I necessarily wanted it to do, but I am definitely planning on touching things up a bit before finalizing it.
First side: Done!
A closer look at the paint detailing.
Hand-painted broken heart on the back of the navy button-up.
The very shoes that caused me to stress out due to the fact that the paint was not cooperating with me.
Date, Time, & Location: February 18th, 2017/ 6:00 pm-10:00 pm/ My house
Activity: I found another button up shirt and worked my magic on it, touched up on some painting I had done the week before, and planned out how I want to present these clothes and how I want them to be photographed.
Commentary: This button up shirt was a nice and simple grey color, and I found so much potential in it. My facilitator and I had discussed a number of trends in fashion lately, and one of the trends was a high-low hemline. So, I decided to recreate that look with this piece. Truth be told, I was a little anxious going through with this. I even considered backing out in fear that I'd mess it up! However, things worked out just fine, and it looks just how I wanted it to. I decided to do yet another piece with paint on it, so on the back I painted a white lotus flower. The lotus flower holds a lot of personal meaning to me, so it was a lot of fun doing this particular piece. Then, when I was done with all of that, I decided to go back on the pieces I had worked on last week and touch up the paint on them to make it stand out more. Once that was finished, I began to brainstorm some more on presentation ideas.
Hand-painted lotus flower on the back of the grey button-up.
Date, Time, & Location: February 25th, 2017/ 1:00-5:00/ My house
Activity: I settled on how I want to photograph the pieces and how I want to present them.
Commentary: I contacted my friend and asked if she'd be willing to model the clothes for me so I can take good pictures of them, and she agreed. So, from there we started talking back and forth about ideas for where to take the pictures and how I plan on styling the outfits. Since my facilitator is the manager of two shops, I looked to her for inspiration for how my photos should look. Our conversation went on for quite some time due to the fact that we all had a variety of ideas. I originally wanted to showcase the outfits in a video, but I changed my mind and decided on a slideshow. After that, I began thinking of how I want the PowerPoint to look. I went through a lot of the templates to find the perfect one, and when that was settled, I started planning out how I want to organize the photos and began to wonder how many slides I could fit in for the presentation.
Date, Time, & Location: March 18th, 2017/ 12:00 pm -5:00 pm/ My house
Activity: My friend came over and I put her in all of the outfits and photographed her. Then, I edited all the photos and collaged them. Finally, I put together a slideshow to present to the judges.
Commentary: My friend came over at around noon, and as soon as she arrived we got to work. Putting her in the outfits was a bit more difficult than expected as we wear slightly different sizes, but she managed to make it work. Lesson learned: I should’ve styled the pieces with clothes of her own so that issue could’ve been avoided. When she was in each outfit, I took several pictures, and once I was satisfied, I downloaded them to my computer and began editing. I adjusted the brightness, contrast, and saturation to make them look more clear and crisp. Then, I collaged each look together and organized the pictures into a slideshow.
Look #1: Modern Grunge
Look #2: All Painted Up
Look #3: Minimalism
and so I thought it would be interesting to paint red hearts all over the shoe. This part did stress me out a bit considering the paint wasn't doing what I necessarily wanted it to do, but I am definitely planning on touching things up a bit before finalizing it.