Scarf Project – The brief

Scarf Project – The brief

My current project at uni is self-led , for which we generate the entire brief ourselves.

After much deliberation and mind-changing, I have finally decided on the theme of travel. I’m looking at the glamour of travel – cities casually advertised in western media as all sun, sand and sight-seeing, in comparison to the gritty underbelly of cities that are often ignored or unheard of. A nice juxtaposition of ideas, beauty and the beast, if you will.

The final outcome of this project will be headscarves printed with my design. I have contacted a well-reknowned textile printing company who just happens to be located in close vicinity to myself (all the better) and have priced up my options. I am considering printing on silk, as I feel these produce the more luxurious scarves that I’d like to associate with this project. Headscarves are synonymous with travel since the beginning and I’d like to make that connection here as well. I will be producing three designs at this time, one for each of three cities: St. Petersburg or Moscow – though I may blend both cities together to take advantage of their beautiful buildings, Barcelona and Paris. All beautiful cities in their own right, all plagued by crime, some of it obvious, some of it swept under the proverbial rug.

As a design-Magpie, I am attracted to shiny/pretty things, so am attracted to these cities on a completely superficial level, though for a change, I am forcing myself to look at the “darker side” of life and am pushing my boundaries as an illustrator. I hope with this to break the cycle of creating purely for the sole purpose of having my work look nice and instead embrace the deeper, more insightful side of myself. Next thing you know, I’ll be illustrating Kafka, Greene and Tolstoy. 😉 I’ve always avoided creating work that reflected that side of myself, I think, because I’m a long time sufferer of major depression I always drew what made me feel happy and care-free, rather than emote through my art. But I have come to the realisation, after so many years, that I am not my depression and my work can draw on darker and deeper portions of myself without bringing me down with it. Not that this work will be particularly wrist-gougingly dark, but it will be the start of something new for me. Context and content.