Thursday, July 25

V. Printing

By the words "Clothing Technology", I expected the course would include something called digital textile printing, where I could design and develop my own fabrics. But in Pam & Den's workshop, we just carved stamps out of root crops. I actually enjoyed slashing that taro.

But my Rococo fleur-de-lis was too intricate to form. So, I reverted to our first plan, silk-screen printing. Just by making a stencil on sticker paper, I made a Gothicized version of Barbie's logo printed on Paloma's shirt, then she recited my Barbie Girl lyrics to class (also a haiku):

I'm a Barbie girl
In a Gothic world.
Life is manic, it's tragic!

Wednesday, July 24

IV. Resist Dyeing

I entered the classroom to see rearranged tables, a microwave on one corner, gelatin packs, and little McCormmick bottles. Someone beat us to the most "effort" workshop. Of course, they were Jamie and Eden, and they provided these to make our tie-dye projects much successful.

It's creative of them to choose stockings for us. I used the dragonfly knot on mine, and soaked them in deep violet food coloring and vinegar. Then, cook in the microwave for 5 minutes. And lo, I now have homemade bacon legs. These stockings are unpredictably gruesome when worn.

Sunday, July 21

III. Dyeing

"Today is for the hippies, not hipsters." Thea, Bea and Shyn introduced us to dyeing fabric, all natural, from backyard leaves to achiote seeds. I was surprised that, though the most colorful in nature, flowers are weak for dyeing. It seems flowers are selfish that way.

The class were to make ombre bags. Our group made a Margherita bag: red sauce + white cheese + basil green = Italian flag. I'm curious now how to dye darker with berries, overcooked annattos, or maybe even blood (the peace-loving hippies won't like that).

Saturday, July 20

II. Fabric Manipulation

It's Trish's birthday, my pastel marshmallow counterpart. She and Jolina announced their workshop theme would be the Japanese festival, Matsuri. I was excited to see the two dress in kimonos or sailor fuku. And it was my chance to dress up as a Wa Lolita with pigtails.

They taught the class how to make origami pieces using fabric. The pin cushion was such an adorable project. So I wanted more. I wished they could've demonstrated the others. Origami is a unique concept; its folds and symmetry are enough to decorate the garment.

Thursday, July 11

I. Fabric Construction

Paloma and I are the first group among the accessory workshops. Incompatible? Well, merge pink and black together and we get Candy Goth. We came up with the Chinese knot because of its tassels and ornamental details. I will make and present the Powerpoint, and she will demonstrate (even master) the knotwork. During the library work, Angeli joined us and helped in the history of the zhonggou jie.

I planned to provide everything for the class, from the chords to pins. We went to Quiapo, to the many candystore-like accessory shops, and our materials cost less than a thousand. Everything was well-prepared, even the well-chosen pictures. It's all up to the very day. The fork pompom was a good start, a quirky little ice-breaker. Fabric construction shows that even from yarn, we can create such awesomeness.

Macrame by Jay Barry Matthews

And then, we go to the Chinese knotting. Good thing, we decided to present just two knots: dragonfly and Pan Chang, instead of the 8-petal flower, and good luck knot. Unfortunately, the Pan Chang was hard enough for our pupils to follow. We didn't foresee this right. They say the Chinese knots are for good luck, but first, you need good luck to make them. In the end, the workshop produced such gorgeous pieces.

From left: Trisha, [Dee, Kendi, Dan], [Jamie, Eden], Alex, and Nina.

Saturday, July 6

Material Board

"Who am I?" That question has been pondered a lot in my past GE courses. Usually, I answer it in two-page essays. I find it easy because I already know who I am, my aesthetic and attitude in just one word: Goth. This time the question is answered through a fashion material board. No words, yet I also find it easy and very fun.

A black leather skull, with red rococo fabric eyes, chain tears, and my iconic spikes. How much Goth could it get? "It is very Kim", many would say. Who I am is indeed unique, and yet, I realize, my distinguishable style has become predictable. The spikes and skull have lost their shock factor. Or maybe my audience still expects them.

Must I verge away from Goth, or must I venture deeper into it?