Over the year I have been in college I have learnt new skills and progressed and developed these skills I have learnt. In the A-Z project I have learnt about stitching and the different kind of stitches I could use which I have used in this project. I learnt about the laser cutter which I had planned on using in this project. I learnt about figure drawing in the ident project which I have used throughout this project as well.

During this final project of the year I had planned to create a dress out of newspaper to show the awareness of recycling and re-using different projects. I had also planned on developing my drawing skills and creating a final piece which would show what I would like to do in a future career, which was fashion designing.

In my brief I was asked to build up a blog of artist research, experimentations, and a sketchbook to develop my ideas to create a independent final piece for Unit 8.

The theme of my project was recycling, re-using and reducing and looking at the importance of this. I approached this in my project by trying to show what you can create from re-using and recycling material and how far you can go with this for example creating a dress. I also wanted to show how much wastage we use and how it pollutes the earth, I approached this by creating a dress out of a lot of magazine papers which have been recycled and this shows how much wastage we use as I have accomplished creating a human sized dress/sculpture out of magazine papers making lots of roses to decorate it and layered the magazines up into about three layers to make sure it’s strong and sturdy.

I wanted to develop time management skills, develop the amount of patience I have on an art project and develop my independence on this project as well drawing, sculpturing and photography skills.

Summary of research-

I went on a few trip to different art galleries for primary research. I went to Manchester Art Gallery, The Tate Museum (Liverpool), The Walker Art Museum, The World Museum and The Abbot Hall art gallery. When I went to these museums I saw a mixture of different dresses, sculptures and drawings. A few of the artists that inspired me at these museums where Micheangelo Pistoletto, Issey Miyake and Laura Ford.

I went around Grasmere taking photos of the rubbish on the streets trying to show the importance of recycling and how it pollutes our earth visually. Artists I looked at concluded a mixture of fashion illustrators, fashion designers and recycling artists. I looked at a mixture of Chris Jordan, ALexander McQueen, Ariel Mazo and Zoe Bradley. Alexander McQueen, was  my main influence in my project, he is an artist I have looked at throughout my whole project. Alexander McQueen inspired me because of his abstract designs and how in his catwalks he goes all out and I wanted my sculpture have a quite abstract look within it’s design for example all the little flowers in one of my designs I got of Alexander McQueen and then in my other design the kind of dress I designed I found inspiration from Alexander McQueen. I don’t think there are clear views of McQueens work between my work however the links are there and I don’t think there are clear links between our works as other artists inspired my designs as well for example the idea of the actual shape of the dress and the detail within the dress.

Throughout this project I looked at a mixture of books to help me with my drawing skills and these books also helped me with finding a few different fashion illustrators that inspired me with my drawings. I also used internet website and galleries to find information about my inspirational artists and then I also did a few interviews one with a  photographer and one with a fashion designers towards my artist research but this also contributed towards my progression unit as it gave me a better idea of the careers I was looking into.

Experimentation and development-

I took part in a drawing workshop which involved using a viewfinder and drawing from photos in one of my classes however I didn’t do many workshops within this project as most of the work I have done within this project I have done within my last projects and I didn’t need a workshop for it so I just linked workshops from my last projects into this project. I slightly developed my skills I had already had through this project for example my sewing, drawing and sculpting skills.

I started to develop in my project by using skills I have learnt about in my past projects and re-using them skills, I started with drawing and using newspaper in my drawings to try and think what the design would look like in 3D designed as a dress our of newspaper. I used different coloured papers to experiment with different drawings in different artists styles. I experimented with paper manipulation on recycled paper and what different textures you can form with paper, I cut into it and created spikes to experiment and see what different things I may do with my designs. I also created pin up dresses as experimentations to look at different ways I can shape different recyclable material and how I have to fold it and place it to make dresses.

In my experimentations a mixture of things went wrong for example in my drawings my waterpaint drawings weren’t as strong as my pencil drawings which showed this is one of weaknesses painting and that is something I’d have to develop with through out future projects.

Planning and doing experimentations helped me with creating my final piece as it gave me a chance to experiment with different paper experimentations and to test what I would like for my final piece and to see if I should create a dress out of magazines/newspapers or create it out of carrier bags and bottle tops however I didn’t like the colours when I created my pin up dress experimentations, I also didn’t really like the short dresses in my experimentation which led me to creating a long dress. Cutting into paper and manipulating paper in different ways also gave me an idea of what different things you can do with paper and how it isn’t at all flexible and making a dress out of paper and sewing it would be very difficult and take a lot of time which also led me to creating a sculpture as a dress. Realising I wasn’t as strong with painting made me do the rest of my drawings with pencils and when I did my pencil drawings I tried to add more detail within these drawings like adding mark making and shading which I’d lacked in my paintings.

Final Outcome-

Within my final outcome I used, recycled magazine papers, glue guns, PVA glue and thread. I used the recycled magazine papers to create the dress, I used the glue gun to create the roses and stick them to my dress, I used PVA glue and thread to create the base of my dress as I stitched and glued it together to make it sturdy and to stop it all from collapsing in on it’s self.

I cam across a few problems when I was creating my dress the first problem I came across was that when I stitching my dress together the paper easily ripped when I sewed it together if I didn’t stitch it in a specific way to be able to fit around the mannequin and not put tension on the paper. I solved this problem by un pinning the whole dress and trying to bring the dress slightly forward when I sewed to either create a small rip which I would easily be able to go over with another layer of the dress.

I also came across a problem with the pva glue it made the dress to wet and I tried to sew it with it being wet and ripped it, I did this because I wanted to make sure the dress didn’t lose shape or collapse inwards however I couldn’t sew it. After leaving it to dry I noticed it had lost shape dew to the mannequin being broken and I had to bend the dress at the back and change the shape of the dress which led me to creating a train and removing the mermaid style dress, this brought up the front of the dress when I sorted out all the folds so I had to add more to the front of the dress, add magazine paper to create the train and then I added paper over the folds I glued together to keep the fold stuck together.

I then came across the problem of the roses taking so long to create as each rose takes about 5 minutes to make so this was very time consuming and I then realised I wouldn’t be able to make enough roses to cover the whole dress like I had planned after creating the alterations and so I decided to just do the bottom quarter of the dress in roses and the bust part of the dress in roses, I got this done by creating roses over the weekend and then going in on the day it was due early in the morning before we had to stop work and stick all my roses down and then take pictures of it from each angle and put them on the blog the day before which led to me not managing my time as well as I wanted to do at the beginning of my project.

I am pleased with my final outcome as I have put a lot of time and effort into making it what it is however I would be more pleased with the dress if I had had time to finnish the dress which I learn for future projects that I need to plan out my timing more correctly. On the other hand the flowers I had created I was pleased with as they took me a long time to create and when creating the base of the dress I came across a lot of problems with the production of it which I overcame so overall I am happy with the final outcome of my dress/sculpture.

I have presented my final outcome on a mannequin as I was unable to get time to take it off the mannequin and do studio photography with the dress to try and neaten up the presentation of it.


I met all the deadlines that I was set in this project, what I enjoyed most about this project was drawing my fashion illustrations and seeing my skills develop as my drawings skills got better at the end of the project after looking at youtube tutorials and looking through the books I looked at for artist research. I also enjoyed researching the different artists and visiting art galleries as it gave me a wide perspective of different artists and different artists styles and inspiration towards my project.

If I had to do this project again and had to change anything I would change my time management so I am able to finish my dress and be able to see it finished. I would also have liked to have had time to create more experimentation within my project and look more into recycling artists as I looked a lot at fashion illustration artists but didn’t do much artist research on artists that use recycled materials.

I see my work progressing from this point in time to get me into my second year of college, and then hopefully develop and progress my skills to get onto the foundation course then go ahead to university. Within my skills I’d like to progress in my work to develop my drawing skills, painting skills, sculpturing skills and try and experiment more within my project and use a mixture of different medias and materials to develop these skills and to get me into my future educations.

Final Piece Diary

Tuesday 10th May-

Today I started on my dress I firstly started by ripping out a few pages of a magazine as this paper was stronger to make the base of my dress I will then be going over this with newspaper. I firstly started by folding this magazine paper and then pinning it to my dress. I created the bust part of the dress and little below as after pinning this up and leaving a gap between the back of the dress I un-pinned part of the start of the dress and started sewing up the dress with the cream thread. Sewing it was very difficult as it easily started tearing if you wasn’t gentle enough or if the stitching wasn’t right as you had to use different stitches for different parts of the dress because of the shape of the patches I had on the dress and then the curves of the mannequin as I created a dress that was a tight fit to the mannequin.

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Wednesday 11th May-

I started on the sewing again after I didn’t get the rest of it finished and then started on the rest of the dress by pinning it together and then tried to sew it but this didn’t work very well because the pinned paper kept ripping which meant I sewed everything that was available to sew like everything that was being supported by the mannequin I then got PVA glue and glued the rest of the dress together making the dress slightly longer however the dress got very wet dew to the PVA glue and I had to leave it to dry.

Thursday 12th May-

Today I went back to my dress it had dried and then sewed into the dress to make sure that it didn’t collapse in when I layered up my dress on Friday. I only sewed a few parts of the dress today, some parts of the dress ripped slightly but not as much dew to the PVA glue thickening the dress up and then after sewing up the necessary parts of the dress, I left it for tomorrow where I have decided to layer up the magazines.

Friday 13th May-

Firstly I covered the dress in PVA glue  and then put another layer of paper on the dress and created a thicker lining. After this slightly dried I then covered it in PVA glue again and started to add to the bottom of the dress to which I will then extend to create the mermaid dress.

The dress started to collapse inwards dew to me applying to much PVA glue I used so I decided to sew which stopped it from collapsing inwards however it started rip dew to me piercing the paper and it still be wet from the glue.I then placed a few piece of magazine paper on the dress and tried to fold it hoping this would be thicker and it would make it a bit sturdier which it seemed to do.

I glued/sewed the material together and created a full length dress with this as I reached the bottom of the mannequin stand and then I left this to dry just so it wouldn’t collapse in or rip anymore.

Whilst I left this to dry over the weekend I discussed with Barry my tutor what he would recommend to bring the skirt out and he recommended making a hoop like which are used in wedding dresses if I want to have a skirt which goes outwards quite a but to have my sculpture quite abstract like Alexander McQueens work.

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Monday 16th May-

When I came back to my dress after it had dried over the weekend after being painted in PVA glue. I realised that my dress had taken a different shape dew to the fact that the mannequin I have my dress on is slightly broken and has made the dress dry slightly bent which has changed the shape of my dress. I solved this problem by creating creases in my dress and folds and glued these together to get my smooth dress back and I glued this together and lapped it over with magazine paper to make sure it stuck together.

I also had to fold the back of the dress upwards dew to the majority of the paper being brought to the front of the dress dew to it being brought forward when it dried. I then put paper over this covered in PVA glue as a protection layer to make sure it stuck after gluing the folds together.

When everything was stuck together I then decided to add more to the bottom of the dress to add to the length of the dress and then I created a train at the back as the mermaid dress design had to go out the window dew to the fact that it dried weirdly because of the mannequin breaking. I then went for a design with a train and it slightly comes out with the dress and has a slight mermaid dress look to it however the mermaid dress isn’t as exaggerated as I wanted it to be.

What went well today is that I finished the base of my dress and only had to wait for it to dry and then I am able to apply my hand made flowers onto the dress to finnish it off. What went wrong today is that the dress was wrong however I fixed it by changing my design of the dress which also means the flower idea would have to change which I will do tomorrow.

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Tuesday 17th May-

Today I firstly checked if my dress was still in the same shape as I left it dew to the mannequin being slightly broken which it was, so I then started to design my flowers. I made these flowers by getting plenty of magazines and then getting a medium sized paint pot and cut these circles out. I then cut into these circles creating a spiral effect and wound these up by going from the outside in. I then got the glue gun and glued the sides together and then glued this on the top of my dress where I started with the dress. I also glued the back of the dress together as I was thinking about creating a corset type dress but I realised how long the flowers took to make and realised I wouldn’t have enough time to create a kind of corset back and just stuck them together.

I am planning on creating enough flowers and then covering the whole dress in flowers as I think it will look interesting and very appealing which is another change to the dress and also because I don’t like the magazine paper lay out as when I covered the dress in paper again to hid the creases and keep them stuck together as I had created the dress in a specific way to like the patches on the dress which I don’t like anymore and the dress is covered with bubbles because of the PVA glue drying on it as I didn’t mix it with water and left the PVA glue which is very thick to dry so covering this with flowers would hide the creases, bubbles and patches on the dress.

After a few hours I decided to start creating my flowers in bunch and put them in a plastic bag and after creating so many I started to put them on the train of the dress as I thought if I didn’t get enough done it would look better if the train was finished as I didn’t like the look of it without flowers. I got a small patch of the train done and then did a few lines around the boost.

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Wednesday 18th May-

Today I went back to creating mass production with my flowers I created half a bag full of flowers and then went to sticking them down. I soon realised I won’t get the train finished at the width it was at so I cut it around the edges and then stuck the patch on with the flowers and just made the train shorter as the flowers were taking a massive amount of time. I then got half of the train done after staying in college till 8pm. I then stayed up till early morning creating a carrier bag of flowers when I got home to stick on my dress tomorrow.

Thursday 19th May-

Today I stuck all the flowers I had made on the dress around the trail which took nearly all day and then created a few more flower after I hadn’t finished the whole trail, today I finished the train and then went home to create a few more flowers for Friday.

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Friday 20th May-

Today I started to build up on the dress thinking how far they will go up on the dress as I know I wouldn’t have enough time to build up flowers through the whole dress so I decided to go up a few centimeters before dispersing the flowers and creating a kinf od fading effect on the dress which I did design for my original design. I also decided against painting the flowers as I have changed my mind on using newspaper and am just using recyclable magazine paper which contains a lot of colour so the flowers are very colourful and I don’t have enough time to paint the flowers slightly.

I also covered my dress in the hot glue gun glue because after sticking the roses down you get extra glue that attaches itself to the hot glue gun and it kind of leaves a cobweb effect on the roses which I decided to leave on and give it a spiderweb look dew to roses getting spiderwebs on them and I am then re-using the glue however someone came along and thought it wasn’t meant to be there and took it off so this effect will either get finished on Monday or I will have to take it all off as only half of it is on the train now.

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I am happy with my dress as even though I had a few obstacles through out the production of my dress like having to change the design of my dress having to rush with the flowers and not being able to create the whole dress in flowers, but these changes have slightly developed my dress as I love the look the look of my train with the flowers on it which I wouldn’t I have created if my dress hadn’t dried incorrectly.

I also think now that if I had worked out my time and covered my dress in flowers it probably would have looked very crowded  and there might have been too much on the dress so in the end I am happy with the result especially with how much time went into the flowers. During making my flowers I decided I had also progressed and developed in being patient as the amount of time it took to make the same continuous thing was very boring and not very exciting until you put them on the dress and realised how the dress was getting along.

With my dress I also didn’t go through it with newspaper, one of the reasons I didn’t have any recycled newspaper but at college there were plenty of magazines. I didn’t organise enough time to layer over the dress a few more times.

If I had to redo my dress again I would definitely plan my timing better, use a better mannequin so I wouldn’t have to spend a full day sorting out what went wrong when I could have been progressing in my flowers production. Plan ahead think what may go wrong with the production of it before I start and create a few designs of what I will do with the dress if such a thing goes wrong so I have planning ahead when things go wrong so I am not just creating a dress as I go along and I have had planning behind it.

Digitial photography


Final photos after lightroom-


CSC_0521DSC_0520DSC_0522DSC_0527DSC_0528DSC_0529DSC_0533DSC_0534DSC_0535DSC_0538DSC_0540DSC_0545DSC_0546DSC_0549DSC_0552DSC_0554I created these photos to look into recycling in a different light look at how much rubbish is left on ground look at how it ruins our landscapes especially in the country and most of these materials can be easily recycled instead of littered and this also shows how it pollutes our lands not recycling and it is so easy to change this.

In lightroom I did minimal changed to the photos just changing the clarity, exposure and contrast within the images.

If I had to do more digital photography I would go to a skip and take photos of recycling materials being recycled and show how easy it is to recycle your materials in the house. What I like about these photos is that I have only put one piece of rubbish in the image so you can concentrate on the subject of the photo. Some may argue that only having one piece of rubbish in a photo shows there is little rubbish around however if this was presented you’d present it in a group of different photos and border it so each photo shows a different kind of material or different object that could be recycled and re-used.

Project action end of project

8th May-

Blog work-workshops, ticking of some assessment criteria,

Sketchbook- create drawings of artists and final pieces

Experimentation-Finnish of dress experimentation

9th May-

Final Piece-Start final piece as a sculpture

Photos- Put them into lightroom and onto blog

Experimentation- Origami experimentation-workshop on the cutter I’m using for it

10th May-

Video explaining project proposal

Final Piece-Get dress done

Finnish of moodboard-blog it

11th May-

Blog work-get what needs to be done…DONE

Final Piece-Get dress done

12th May-

Final Piece-Get dress done

Sketchbook-Drawings-Put it on the blog

13th May-

Final Piece-Get dress done

Blog work

14th May-

Final Piece-Get dress done

Sketchbook-put on blog

15th May-

Final Piece-Get dress done

16th May-

Final Piece-Get dress done

Blog work/sketchbook


17th May-

Final Piece-Get dress done


Powerpoint presentation

Blog work/sketchbook

18th May-

Final Piece-Get dress done

Video explaining evaluation

Powerpoint Presentation

19th May-

Final Piece-Check if anything needs altering

Blog- Finnish of artist research that hasn’t been finished

20th May-

Will present presentation?