LUSCH

Images by Melissa Barrass

Fellow COFA cat and master of public transportation sketches, Luschia Porter had her first solo show at the Tate gallery in Glebe last night. I turned up at 5 minutes past 6 (opening) and the Gallery was already 3/4 full. This is an obvious response of the impact her art and design work has on the community around Sydney. Her Instagram boasts of 2.5k followers and is swiftly growing. She has featured in many local art and culture articles, festivals and community art battles.

So basically she does everything. I crown her the queen of productivity at COFA because I don't think a day goes to waste in Luschia's world of geometric meshes, 3-dimensional resin planters, mixed material stools and side-tables, sleepy eyes and abstract mountainscapes. These are what Luschia is renowned for amongst her peers, and despite not even graduated, she has done enough in her short design life to make many "creatives" rethink their choice of career.

Although I only stayed for 15 or so minutes, I managed to snap some photos of her work looking it's usual best and down a complimentary beer (how good are gallery openings?). It was lovely to see other COFA students there of all disciplines and intakes, and even UTS graduates - talented fashun friends Brooke and Julia. Thanks to The Tate gallery for hosting and nurturing such a talent, and making my first visit an enjoyable one. 

Just do yourself a favour and keep her website permanently in a browser tab to stare at the gorgeous design representing her works. Bloody Luschia Porter. 

PROCESS


Images by Melissa Barrass

I am happy to share my latest project which is slowly coming together. I have always wanted my blog to become a process journal, and it is finally beginning to look so.

I am currently making over 200 little pyramid egg pods to form a silhouette based off the inspiration of crystals and the strength of crystals as a conglomerate. I am getting pretty excited to complete this early so as to work on and give 100% concentration to major project.

SDES6761 CONTEMPORARY WEARABLES


All photographs are property of Melissa Barrass

Here I am using my blog for what I probably should have been using it for a long time ago - my design process. Better late than never I guess.

Only a few nights ago I had this amazing idea to create a texture that is 3-dimensional, challenges perception and radiates light. I have experimented with mylar many times already for fashion wearables, but it was my first time incorporating it with clear vinyl which I purchased off ebay and is commonly used as a table protector/cloth for functions or even as a weather guard protector.

The vinyl is easy to work with and sew through.

My process involves the use of a net shape - in this case a triangular pyramid. I like the clean interlocking nature of the triangle and felt that for flexibility, it would be a great choice of texture for a torso design as per the brief (IN DEFENSE: SHELL, SHIELD, SHAPE).
The net shape has been made into a pattern card and includes extra seam allowance for sewing.






The next step was to trace the pattern card onto the clear vinyl as accurately as possible with the scalpel blade. After securing a large pile of patterns, I am ready to start forming the pyramid shapes.



My first prototype was assembled with glue, but this has proven to be a fiddly and messy process. 


The second and third prototype have been sewn. Prototype two was formed with exposed sewn sides, which is a time-friendly outcome, but looked highly unattractive compared to the third prototype which was formed through sewing two sides then flipping inside-out and pushing out the corners for a cleaner, more aesthetic exterior.


The finalised pods or as I like to call them 'alien eggs' ready for forming a silhouette. I am looking into different shapes and sizes and tomorrow I am beginning the collage/design phase.

I hope you have enjoyed this post as much as I have enjoyed sharing it.