Friday, September 3, 2010

Week 1 - Design and Production - Developing a Line.

I am not going to lie, I am struggling with developing a line this week. I know what I want to do, and I feel myself constantly abandoning that idea to be more "marketable". I realized after a long discussion about another project with Rachel Timmins, that I was really missing the point.

I am going about this in the wrong direction, I need to figure out what I want to do not whether it will sell. This might sound a little obvious or counter to the intention of the class, but, I think I want to make something I can pour my heart into the design of, something I legitimately care about. The idea of the Dinosaurs and the "Nerd Chrome" was such surface thinking. I think that I really want to design something that is more internal and secretive. I have gotten these ideas of these outward pieces that have this "outer shell". They look like one thing and when you turn it over or towards the "inward" side it has a secretive aspect.

This is again surface thinking on this idea, but I was thinking something you wear that shows your "shell" like maybe this 3D locket or box or pin or SOMETHING, that when you turn it over it has this hidden drawer where you can keep your secrets and wishes. I want this "thing" to be cathartic to wear. I want it to be this outward statement about how you present yourself versus how you really are in the inside. I want it to contain the essence of the individual.

This came from a few different aspects. I keep thinking about this necklace I wear everyday. No matter what the occasion, I don't care how it looks, I wear this necklace because it is so personal and meaningful to me. It is probably one of the ugliest necklaces out there and causes me constant questions as to what the hell it is about, but it is the feeling I get from wearing it. It is the memory of how I obtained it, and what it means. To me, it holds the essence of the person I got it from. Every scratch and nick in it from me wearing it and him wearing it, its just this harmonious union of lives. I want that. I want to design that, I want to capture that somehow so that others can experiences this same feeling of security with someone else.

I don't know where this is going right now, I am a little lost, but I feel like I am on the edge of something. What do you all think, and memories or ideas this concept brings to you? Anything that all this rambling makes you think?