Composition is an important part of my design foundations class. In each project I am encouraged to arrange shapes while maintaining balanced designs. My favorite project that I've done in the class so far was one where I had the challenge of changing the core of composition. Starting off with a clock on a stack of magazines, scissors, and sunglasses, I had to change each composition by resizing and rearranging the same shapes. I really enjoyed deconstructing each image to create a new abstract collage!
Urban Outfitters Blouse • American Apparel Camisole • Levi's Cutoffs from Alternative Apparel • Marais USA Mary Janes
Even though I'm spending my summer at art school I love to dress up-I try to wear outfits that are appropriate and comfortable to work in but also stylish! In this look I started with a pair of distressed denim cutoffs but spruced them up by wearing a tailored blouse and satin ballet flats. I love how my phone adds a pop in its new leopard case from J.crew!
Self portraits are not easy, and when they're on a scale of about 5 by 6.5 feet, frustration ensues. In my drawing foundations class at RISD I had to create 2 self portraits. The first charcoal drawing was straight on and serious, but to give mine more character I added a secret element. If you look closely the edges of my hair form the silhouette of my face! The second piece was supposed to have more attitude, so I decided on an exaggerated fish face to give the drawing some humor. It was a big challenge for me since I've never even drawn a self portrait before! But after lots of work and a couple do-overs, I think they turned out pretty nicely!
All images via Lena Wald
On my birthday a few years ago I received a pair of earrings by Lena Wald. These were no ordinary earrings; they were mismatched. One earring was pink gold lips and the other was a yellow gold queen's crown. I enjoy the uniqueness of mixing the different earrings as a pair!
Recently I stumbled upon Lena's website and fell in love with all of her designs. Each piece is delicate and feminine but their fun shapes and symbols give them a bit of attitude. I'm dreaming of a custom "Ella" name necklace to call my own!
My Mismatched Earrings
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My most recent assignment in my fashion design class was the "Personal Vision Project". My task was to create three boards (a mood board, a flats and fabrics board, and a croquis board) that display my creative vision as a fashion designer. I'm very attracted to feminine pieces, simple shapes, and pastel colors, and I used those elements to create an intimates collection with a tea party theme. I loved translating my inspirations into a line of clothing!
Recently I spent an afternoon walking around Newport, Rhode Island with some friends. It was a nice break from my hard work in the RISD Pre-College program. Visiting vintage shops, sipping smoothies, and taking in the town made for a relaxing day. I loved wearing my new sundress from Urban Outfitters; its simple silhouette and unique cut-out make it a great summer piece!
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