Monday, March 22, 2010


Any area that is available within a certain boundary is known as space. Space is NOT an element of design such as, line, color, shape, texture, or lighting, but instead it is defined and used through the use of those elements. Shapes, textures, and lines, are incorporated into apparel products which form space among the surface design. Garments are constructed to divide and/or organize the space of the body, as well as emphasize a specific body part. Garments can also be designed to not emphasize the body at all, and the product will actually take on the emphasis itself. Apparel products are also defined by their own space in how exactly they fit to the body. Not only do garments need space to define them, so do the product environments are created to emphasize apparel and related products by sperating and combining color, textures, and shapes on products, and applying lighting to highlight

In this image, space is defined by the actual room, types of shapes, and the colors used. The first thing noticed is the black and white square tiles that occupy a certain amount of space. He also shares the same idea. He is wearing a black and white checkered shirt that is fitted comfortable to his body within a given boundary.

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Shapes defined by space. The way the corset hugs her body is creating a certain space, not only her own silhouette, but the area around her is defined by the space she takes up. The vase resembles the same shape that is being presented with the corset.

Wearing a striped shirt with vertical lines makes the body seem longer in the way that the eye follows it down the body. Longer lines, longer silhouette. Horizontal lines on the other hand, have a different effect in that they makes people look wider, which may not sit well with some people. Therefore, the size and direction of line is important with defining space.

The amount of space that is shown off by wearing a garment on the body is known as body primary or clothing primary. Body primary is represented by Lady GaGa. As you can see, the emphasis is on her body's actual shapes and contours; her silhouette. Clothing primary may hide body shapes and contours and focus on the actual garment. Space is created by the product by using texture, shape, and lines.

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Placement of garments on the body organize and divide up the space on a silhouette. the Japanese kimono projects rectangular and tubular shapes that create a unfilled space of feeling. Skinny jeans and a fitted t-shirt is the opposite to the kimono, in that it is conforming to the space available on the body, resulting in a filled affect on the body.

Filled vs Unfilled Space. Filled space refers to a product that has little or no apparent background which is covered by a pattern or texture. Unfilled has few figures on the actual surface where a background is majorly visible. Larger shapes may create a more filled affect than smaller ones when spaced out the same distant. But if you were to place small shapes very closely together continuously they would also create a filling effect.

(I took the building picture but photoshopped filled and unfilled patterns on it
filled space vs unfilled space for non fashion

placement is also important in product environments. less clutter and more organized means less filled where as random, less organized spaces may seem more filled. 3D products may be organized by textures, colors, and shapes.

lighting has a significant on space. several different kinds of lighting are set up in retail environments. you have your accent lighting which may target a certain table, wardrobe, mannequin, or picture marketing in a store, and the general lighting which is essential for people to be able to move through the store and different rooms. Lighting is also important in fashion shows targeting the garment specifically, and is adjusted by preference of the director.

textures are attractive within environmental space. visual texture or actual, both define a space as it is. space of walls differentiate with the wood floor or carpet, they are separated by an implied line of where they meet.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Kim Deuss: A Weak E-Portfolio

I chose Kim Deuss portfolio as a weak one because I felt she really didnt have much to look at. I think with a BFA at Parsons, I'd expect more; more designs, more creativity, more edginess, more of a portfolio. To me, the sketches she did have posted up were mediocre.

Jenny Lai: A Strong E-Portfolio

I thought that Jenny Lai, a senior studying Apparel Design at RISD, had a unique and interesting portfolio. I liked her sketches and illustrations. They went from being realistically drawn, to stylized, and then abstract. I also thought that the way that she drew her designs, showed her artistic skills. The textiles were intricate and you could see the naturalistic flow of the fabrics. Jenny also has had a lot of great work experience with design, including internships with subjects such as art, accessories, jewelry, and apparel design.