After my research week in Germany, I almost worked in the woodwork studio all day. However in recent weeks, many technicians were distributed to support produce design students’ and architecture students’ degree shows, therefore there is a short of technicians’ support in current situation.
Although I have the problem of seeking support from woodwork technicians, I made a self-assessment checklist in order to review how many experiments that I tried.
1/ wood veneer stuck on the fabric
This is my first time used flexible wood veneer, therefore I did not how to control its character and just stuck it on top of the calico.
2/ wood veneer Japanese belt
The original this experiment is to take veneer to pieces and keep its rough edge, but Alan suggested me that it would be better to cut the edge clean and sharp. Also he thinks the rough edge could be hurt models.
3/Wooden corset No1
This is the first bending wood experiment. After this experiment I got basic knowledge of soaking, steaming and bending plywood, and it inspired me the combination of wood and metal.
4/Wooden corset No2
I used fine plywood to create corset again. In this experiment I learned use cardboard to make paper pattern first and cut plywood. This way can get accurate shape of curve form.
5/wood veneer collar No1 with plywood collar stand
I sewed the flexible wood veneer and used plywood to make collar stand. The shortcoming is that when I folded the veneer to nearly 180 degree, the top edge is disruptive. After this experiment I knew that although flexible wood veneer can be bended flexibly, it still has some limited effect. The metal bottoms are from Top Man’s accessary.
6/wood veneer collar No2 with leather binding
Basically, the skill is as same as the fifth experiment. I added leather binding .
7/wood collar No3- ash top collar, metal binding, wood veneer
Bending ash veneer is a total new experiment for me. I learned a lot of knowledge of using iron to steam and shape ash veneer. The most important part of this exercise is that ash veneer need to soak enough water before iron, otherwise it would be broken easily. Regarding skill, as I did not build any mold, therefore I every time I iron the ash I need to put it on the mannequin to make sure the curve is ok.
8/wood collar No4- metal wood grain pattern with leather binding
The inspiration of this experiment is from my first experiment that I kept the nails inside the wooden corset. This is my first metal exercise for sculpturing wood grain pattern. I used braze to do this experiment is because expect sliver there is no metal can be carved. I think if the metal is silvery white would be better. As my main fabric is wool, I pinned a piece of wool under the metal collar to remind me this experiment can be use in the men’s trench coat.
9/ wood belt No1- flexible wood veneer collage
This is the first accessory go with my toile. Although, I like the combination of different wood veneers, the shape cannot be smooth. I think the reason is that I did not overlap each veneers and I did not cut the same direction of every veneers. But I think that this experiment is like veneer collage, maybe in the following toile I can use this skill into my design.
10/ wood belt No2- whole piece of ash with hand sewing top stitching
I think that this experiment is the most important than other experiments, because I use whole ash veneer without cut it off. But currently the woodwork studio have no ash veneer, technicians gave me all of them. Therefore, I need to order wider size ash veneer on websites. The sequence of making this is 1) laser cut the shape 2) soak 3) iron 4) adjust the shape 5) hand sewing the top stitching.
After these experiments, I organized these techniques and tried to mix the positive sides of them. This is the eleventh experiment that combined
1) Accurateness- paper pattern
2) Warm wood texture- ash veneer (laser cut hole hand sewing top stitching)
3) Flexible character- flexible wood veneer (collage)
This work is still on the process, but I think this experiment could be interesting than others.