From street wear to technology
Maria Fransiska is a 20 years old girl who lives in Jakarta Indonesia where she is completing a 3 years Fashion Diploma course. You can contact Maria by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter @aurorashades.
Maria, explain the background of the two pieces of work you submitted here
The collage ‘Go to Coachella’ illustrates a concept inspired by the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival held in Indio, California USA. I developed it in my 2nd year in order to be admitted for my final year in womenswear. I worked on the concept, market segmentation (youth market) and 50 print and designs ideas. This was my best scored project in college.
I submitted this collage featuring a girl holding skateboard behind her for my Fashion Design class, 2 months ago. We were asked to make a total of 15 collages in free technique. At that time I was interested in street wear and clothes with attractive print.
I made the outfit shown here worn by a model for the very first Indonesian Fashion Week that took place in Jakarta in February 2012. Second grade students at my school were asked to work in teams to create a brand with its own concept and collection to be exhibited at the Fashion Week.
My team choose to work with eco-friendly fabrics. The fabric I used for this outfit actually feels like paper but is washable and can be ironed. The brand name is Austere, which means “strict in manner” and the brand identity was based on clean, straight volumes, mainly white with touches of colours – here red and black.
Who or what inspires you creatively at the moment?
At the moment I’m really inspired by the work of Fabian Oefner using Ferrofluids. Fabian Oefner is an artist who uses science to create and capture simple natural phenomena in stunning ways. On his website you can see the beautiful images of his Millefiori project realised by mixing Ferrofluidwith coloured water. The resulting images are very colourful yet have strong black curves that are really “snazzy”. When I first saw these images they sent a strong message to me saying “Yes, keep doing what you like and look at us! We’re colourful but in this diversity we make a really great art form!”
What is your favourite film at the moment?
Life of Pi, Ang Lee’s adaptation of the novel by Yann Martel. I got inspired by the visuals of the movie and the storyline itself really captured my heart. I drew many things from it such as the fact that the good things in life don’t just happen, that there is also God who we can’t see but always helps us in His own way. The movie reminded me not to quit trying even if I might be alone having to face the future.
What is your favourite Video on the net?
The Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games! This was such an inspirational event, every time I think about it my motivation gets a boost. It reminds me not to get too arrogant and to treat everyone nicely. Even in small ways you may be able to help and be supportive to someone who needs it.
What is your favourite music track or album?
This is actually hard for me to answer because I am into many kinds of music. To sum-up the albums ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ by Owl City, ‘Mylo Xyloto’ by Coldplay and ‘Torches’ by Foster The People. Those 3 albums summarize my musical point of view. They gave me a lot of inspiration.
What is your favourite website for inspiration?
I have three: wgsn.com, thesartorialist.com and fashioningtech.com
WGSN always has the latest news in fashion, art and interior design.
It not only reports on the latest trend but also forecast the next.
Obviously The Sartorialist has interesting pictures of street styles from all around the world.
Fashioningtech reports on the latest fashion cross over with technology which I find often interesting and creative! Their web layout is also nice!
What is new in the world for you, where you live?
What is new in Jakarta is the recent election of its Governor. Politics might be boring for some but it matters to young people who still have an idealist perspective on the world. Having someone in power who thinks creatively, someone willing to bring change, and realise his/her promises, is really important. Weeks after the election results, the media in Jakarta are still talking about the new Governor because of his promises and our belief he could bring change to the city.
Briefly explain what Fashion means to you?
I see Fashion as the endless expression individualities. Whether we are aware of it or not, Fashion helps each of us because it says something about us.
Even in the most remote parts of the world, as long as there is a human there, there is Fashion!
What are you working on right now?
I am now working on the Final Project for my diploma; I will graduate next year (in 2014). For this project I have to create a brand from scratch. I have to make a mood board, define a concept & brand philosophy, do a fabric and a 3 D research, design patterns, chose stitching etc., organise a photo shoot and make my own booth. Basically I am getting ready to face the real fashion world later after I graduated.
What would your ideal career be?
It would be working on my own brand, collaborating with other to innovate. In particular I would like to imbed technology in my garments. I’ve been thinking for example of clothes which monitor the wearer heartbeat and could automatically call emergency services if an anomaly was detected.
Is there a question you would like to ask our community?
Two in fact! Is there a course which teaches how to mix technology and fashion?
And the second: Are there scholarships available in Europe to study on such a course in technological fashion?
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