Watching the Fashion Show last night, Bravo’s answer to the stalled-in-court Project Runway, I was fascinated by the “mood board” that Mizrahi showed designers to help them grasp the main concepts of his next group of fashions. A mood board is a tool used in designing many different things: music albums, websites, interior design, fashion collections, film, jewelry collections, flower gardens and so on. The board can be presented in landscape or portrait mode. It includes the main colour scheme, styles, inspirations, theme and mood for the intended opus. You can actually even download a template from the net! (Not that I think you need to do that.)
I have long advocated collecting inspirational material – ripping out pages from magazines (where e’er you encounter them!), or copying pages from books, or jotting down a few words or a quick sketch onto paper, collecting postcards on trips – and sticking them into a note book. When I need a jolt of inspiration I’ll look through the notebooks….or sometimes I’ll just look through them anyway to see all the pretty pictures!! Ripping them out as you go also saves you from having piles of magazines lying around that “might come in useful” one day – rip out the juicy bits, and recycle the rest!
Now I’m thinking it will be interesting to go through my “inspirations” and see if they will naturally group together onto Mood Boards. It would be good to add a few sentences outlining a clear theme, scale, value key and color scheme. The quality of the lines and shapes could also be included. In one space you could pull together the whole intent and elemental outline of the piece…or the series!
Meanwhile, back in the studio, and away from feet up watching telly and catch-stitching the interfacing down on the Cement Works 1 piece, I’m still struggling to complete the top of Cement Works 2: The Red Castle – well that’s the tentative title!! here’s the piece so far: (feel free to comment!).
Critiqueing myself: I find it helpful to put an image of a piece I’m stuck with up on the computer – sometimes I’ll photograph 2 or 3 different versions and put them up side by side to compare.
One of the things I did with this piece was to take away everything I didn’t like, even if I loved the little bit in and of itself – it can always be used for another day, or decorate a corner of the design wall!! Having done that I realise I still need to push back the top right hand pale element…I’ve tried substituting other fabric but the whole thing went dead..while I love the complexity of the little walking rail platform things (in black), it may have to move…also since I’ve got curves on a lot of elements, those without curves look a bit odd, so they may have to be rounded out somehow!! I do like the lightening (by hollowing out) of the long diagonals, and the drips on the big red container (actually it was a sort of peeling paint effect on the original) – but with the shape of the drip, I’ve echoed the shape of the big funnel on the right. I’ve not yet found a resolution for that bottom right hand corner..so some way to go yet. also I want to add a few touches of a cool color, it’s a bit too suffocating at present, and my theme was the height and complexity of the buildings not a feeling of suffocation!! A little touch of the opposite temperature (warm colors are the yellow-green, yellow, yellow orange, orange, red orange, red, red purple side of the colour wheel, and cool the opposite ones) will always help in balance and clarity of colour as well as intensity. Don’t just use all warm or all cool!
so back to a cuppa tea, and then to work! If you have been, thanks for reading! Elizabeth
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