Student Artist: Alanna Butler
Course: Data Visualization with Lucy HG Solomon
Topic: Fast Fashion
For this project I really wanted to explore Fast fashion as a project because I rarely hear people talk about it. It such a big industry and we need to look more closer at the waste are clothes are doing to are world. The true cost a fashion documentary on Netflix. Show what fashion is doing to the environment but also focus on the people who make it. The documentary tells of how these factory in other country. Give their employee unlivable wages, Two dollars a hours for their work. These factory cut corner for cost because they have to a compete for low prices. If they can’t cut corner the fashion industry will find a cheaper place for production. The working condition are unsafe. To the point where a building in Bangladesh called Rana Plaza, in 2013, fell down and kill 1,129 people. What happen at Rana Plaza was completely avoidable. The worker pointed out the cracks and were force back in the building. Most these workers are mostly woman force to work in these poor condition. These issue of people trying under unsafe condition isn’t the first. What bother me the most is these people all dress up. Telling the viewer that these “jobs” are helping people, dismissing the bad condition .Or The attitude, “they doing a job, I don’t see how sewing clothes could be dangerous”. These people disregard human life for money. So I wanted to show this and I wanted to bring awareness in my project. Seeing a very fashionable character stand over a figure in pain, the Textile worker. This represent that are clothes are made off their backs and blood. The red sequin represent the people who die and who are in pain because fast fashion. The figure standing over is the consumer and big business. The fact that we turn a blind eye to this sweatshop business practice. The black eye represent a lack awareness, being blind and soulless attitude toward the clothes.
For my project materials, I purchased find polymer clay and sculpting tools at Michael’s. Making the doll was the hardest things out the whole project. I never work in polymer clay before this project. I started to mold a figure together and learn that wasn’t going to work. So I found a video about a pose able doll made of polymer clay. I made a wire figure and add foil to make it easier to make the figure. The clay was a little hard at first to mold but got better over time.
I Pre-baked at around 250 degree for 10 min, for the torso and head to make it firmer but it made it hard instead. So I had to add more clay on top the figure. It came out nice for a first try.
I had brought a flat clay pot at the dollar store. So I could put the figure on top. I had to foil and hot glue to keep it standing up.
I made a stand hidden in the dress to make the figure more secure. Then I made another pained clay figure stuck it on the pot with in front. Added sequin red sequin to get the viewer attention. The fabric was a little hard to work with. My sewing machines wasn’t working. So I had to hot glue things together. I use Three piece of fabric from my clothes. White,Black and purple. I cut them up to make clothing for the doll. These three items are consider fast fashion clothes. These were really hard to cut because the cheap fabric. These clothes came from china, Cambodia and Indonesian. Along with some fabric that I had purchase a while ago. Getting to whole project to stand up was a challenge. I ended up having to use a old lamp shade and old box to keep it standing. I also had to add wire around the pot and down below. I add fabric to the bottom and top to cover it. Then add glitter to the dress with the word china, Indonesia and Cambodia in glitter. Then added glitter to the lamp shade. This project was interesting learning process and fun.
Sources: “The True Cost.” Netflix Official Site, 17 July 2015, www.netflix.com/title/80045667.