The survey I made had a huge impact on the work I created for this project.
The following images show the questions asked and the responses from the public.
Once I had put my work up in the shop window at rummage rescuers, I set up a meeting with the manager of the shops Liz Crook to discuss my work. (29th April 12.00)
We discussed ways that doing the display could get the attention of the public and get my name known for doing the work and also further work I could do for them.
We decided creating business cards to put into the shop would be a good idea to get my name out in the public and also by adding my blog link to the cards I could show how much time and work went into making the display and how the work progressed from an initial idea into the final piece of work.
To create the business cards I used a website called http://www.banana-print.co.uk/ where I was able to use a business card design software to make a template for my business card. (http://www.banana-print.co.uk/product_design_customize.php?pid=1&tempid=1070&type=S)
I decided on the above design because I felt the simplicity and subtle tones of the design complemented my display work and gave a vintage feel. The cost of the business cards was £6.99 for 100 cards.
When I returned to the Rummage Rescuers shop to drop off my business cards I also left a notebook in the shop for customers to write feedback on my work if they wished to. The staff in the shop told me there had been a lot of interest in my work and people asking questions so I felt this was a great way to document peoples views on my display.
I began with writing a short note in the front of the notebook to explain who had made the work and a blog link, and also explained that feedback was a vital part of my project and would be greatly appreciated.
The feedback I received was overwhelming and it gave a heart warming feeling to see how much people had enjoyed seeing my work. This made me feel like I had achieved what I had intended to do by putting my work in this particular shop. I had brought interest to vintage items and the shop and created a feeling of nostalgia with the vintage theme.
Liz has also asked me to create a dress similar to the ones in my display out of fabric for one of their other shops in mill hill. She would like me to use clothing from the shops that they have been unable to sell and recycle this to create the dress. I am extremely excited to be given this opportunity and intend to send out the message to people that anything can be made into something beautiful through recycling. I am intending to start this piece after my deadline for the current project.
When looking at signs to make for my project I first looked at what font I would like. I used Microsoft word and experimented with a range of different fonts.
I eventually decided on the following design using two different fonts.
I printed this design out and photocopied it to make it large enough for my signs.
I then traced the design. After painting my wood that I had cut and scratching into it with screwdrivers and sanding some parts to give an aged affect i then retraced my font onto the wood.
I then painted the letters using a black gloss. I drilled a hole in to the top corners of each sign and threaded string through these.
I am very pleased with how the signs have turned out. I found using the black gloss to paint the letters quite difficult as I struggled to keep the letters neat but the overall effect turned out well.
I put my second dress on the Facebook craft page I am a member of to gain feedback. Once again I was overwhelmed with the responses. I was also really pleased to see that a few people had commented to say the dress looked like the famous Marilyn Monroe dress when I hadn’t mentioned that was my inspiration in the post.
My inspiration for my second life size dress came from the famous Marilyn Monroe white dress used in the film The seven year itch from 1955.
I found this image:bing.com. (2017). marilyn monroe 1955 white dress . Available: https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=PAevpNWp&id=497D46334FDB9A19CC99AEA44AED1C64E55F5BE8&q=marilyn+monroe+1955+white+dress&simid=608007206900074660&selectedIndex=2&qpvt=marilyn+monro. Last accessed 5/4/2017.
I first started to make the bodice for this dress using the same technique I used on my first dress. Using paper and PVA glue in layers to create a sturdy bodice.
Once the top had hardened I cut down the back using a scalpel knife, and continued to use the eyeleteer to create a corset back. Threading material through this to keep the shape together.
I made a wire frame for the base of the skirt in the same way as my first dress. I made four circles of wire and connected these with wire. I covered the frame with chicken wire and cling film. I found using chicken wire very difficult as it was hard to mould into shape and was very sharp, but the final result worked for what I needed it for.
I continued to cover the wire frame in layers of paper and PVA glue until sturdy enough.
For the design of the skirt I decided to use strips of paper facing downwards. I glued these on in layers around the skirt. I was very pleased with the outcome and how the paper flowed around the skirt.
I connected the bodice to the skirt my making small holes around the bottom of the bodice and top of the skirt and stitched through these to connect together. To hide the holes I then glued another layer of strips of paper over the holes.
I am very pleased with the final outcome and I think it has a likeness to the Marilyn Monroe dress which was my original inspiration.
To receive feedback on my first life size 50s dress, I decided to put some images of my work onto a craft site I am a member of on Facebook. I thought this would be a great way to gain unbiased feedback from the community and people who don’t know me personally.
I was overwhelmed with the response I had, in just under an hour my post had received 350 likes and various comments. Over the next 24hours my dress had received over 1200 likes and over 200 comments. All of the comments were positive and the response I received boosted my confidence in my work massively. I took some screenshots which can be seen above over the course of the day to show how the responses rose.