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Scrapbook It: Creative Juices

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This is what keeps my creative juices flowing. Sallie paints and I scrapbook.

When I was a student at SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design), the first fashion class I took what Introduction to Fashion Design. During the course of the three month class (the school operated on trimesters), I took away two things. One was that English professors, like the one for this class, are smoking hot. Two was that cutting out random shapes from magazines, images that were odd but cool could be created. There was an idea behind nonsensical cutting, the same idea behind Dada and Hannah Hoch.

The Dada movement started at the outbreak on World War II. Dada and the artists associated with the movement believed that logic and reason had cause the war. The held that too much logic, reasoning, and thinking can be negative and that chaos and letting go procreates great ideas and designs. This was at the heart of my professors lesson (what was his name? do you think he’s on LinkedIN?). He wanted us to stop thinking about the design and let the design come to us. He asked that we cut out random shapes from magazines, arrange them together in any way we wanted, and see what we come up with. Surprisingly, I came up with many cool designs that I translated into actual garments.

One of the goals on my list for 2013 was to scrapbook more. Pattern making and sewing can be orderly, a little too orderly at times, and this loosens my tight reigns. It also aligns with another one of my goals this year – to live with less reason and logic and let random create beautiful designs.

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    hannah

    We actually used this technique in an art class I took over the summer to “sketch” our paintings, except we were encouraged to have themes (http://thehannahblog.tumblr.com/post/26089440948/glamorization-of-food-and-fashion). I actually got some pretty good oil paintings out of it (http://thehannahblog.tumblr.com/post/27017251835/fashion-painting), so I definitely see the merits of this approach. For whatever reason, I just couldn’t commit to the technique, it’s just much easier for me to sketch directly. So for the designs you did that you linked, do you have any pics of the outfits you made using them for comparison?

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I love your illustrations. I’m not surprised though. You are extremely talented.

      I don’t have pictures of the designs I made from the collages because I never made them. Because the class was an intro class and not a sewing class, the project was hypothetical – hypothetically, we would turn the illustrations into garments when/if we became fashion designers.

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    sallieforrer

    What a fun collage! If I could’ve got my drawing students to make something HALF this creative I probably wouldn’t have been such a frustrated teacher!! Haha! I love collage for it’s ability to loosen your mind, exactly the way you’re using it here. It’s like taking off your tie and unbuttoning your collar at the end of the work day! Incidentally, avocados make a GREAT hat!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      a yummy hat too!

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    Angela

    I have never really tried scrap booking randomly like that. I love Dada this a great way to practice it on a regular basis.

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    Dawn

    I looked back at some of your older collages/scrapbooking images, and they are really cool. I can definitely see where they, in turn, spawn inspiration. It may be a fun and different way to see things. It allows your brain to work in a different way. Though I’m not involved in patterns as you are, I, too, sometimes get frustrated by my daily work. (I’m an editorial assistant.) My boss told me recently that, sometimes, you, quite literally, have to look at something from a different angle. We had been working on an incredibly difficult document, so we placed it on the table, neatly, and walked away. And, finally, suddenly, when we looked at it from above, from a distance, it made sense. … it’s both and strange and lovely how that works.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      It’s the subconscious working. For it (the subconscious) to kick in, the conscious has to be let go.

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    Natasha Estrada

    I actually hate the scrapbooking the was the part I hated most about FIDM the having to scrapbooking a 17×24 each week plus mood boards plus boards for color theory. Ugh I felt like my hands were covered in glue (spray mount was forbidden in the building. It’s possibly the reason I defected to nursing.

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      Natasha Estrada

      Oh am tres jealous about the SCAD part. I hear their footwear department is amazing.

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    Chelsea

    the glitter makes this look so awesome!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      glitter looks good on everything – clothing and paper

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    Latrice Smith

    Maddie, you would like this. One of my pattern-making teachers pretty much told us when we started drafting, to get loose. The class was only a few weeks, but when we want to make a design or something, we could not use our rulers until we hand drew the design details on our patterns.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I do like that! Let loose!

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