Thursday, November 4, 2010

Nana's photo's!

I got a wonderful gift this week, well what I consider to be a wonderful gift.

My grandmother was sorting through old paperwork and the like and in amongst a pile books which was about to be thrown out my mother found a photo album and a large amount of old photos and negatives of my grandmother when she was in her twenties. In amongst the images of my every glamorous grandmother were images of cousins, neighbours and even pen pals. Even  Nana  had not seen this album in over 50 years so thanks to my mothers sharp eye, this part of my family history was saved from the recycling bin.

This little treasure of photos was promptly passed on to me as I for some reason am always considered to be the one who will 'appreciate them the most'. I have spent the weekend delving through the images and trying to investigate what remains within the 100's of negatives, amongst which I think I have found images of my grandparents honeymoon.
I could base a whole collection around these images, the clothing in them, and the stories that I create around these images in my imagination . The past inspires and fascinates me so much. It always has been the core of everything I create. Creating pieces inspired by aspects of what interests me in history has always been my way of bringing my two passions together. So you can imaging how excited I was at this discovery...who knows where I may take it.Think this could be a really good starting point.

Getting started.

Well this probably wasn't the best week to get started on this new project. If my schedule is anything to go by there will be very little happening creatively with me. However while the idea was fresh in my mind I thought I'd run with it and get the blog set up. I have no idea how this will evolve but my aim is to try and create a new piece every week or so and record the process and whatever captures my imagination along the way.Its not the evolution of a collection..some ideas may run, but other garments and looks will stand alone.Some weeks it may not even be about fashion, but other art and design disciplines that I am interested in...who knows. At this point I'm going to just let it evolve naturally and given time I hope it will develop in a more structured and focused project. But the main aim of this assignment: To get creative.