Second Week of October

This week’s entry shall be a little longer but lighter to allow myself to see that I’ve actually done something in the past weeks and that I am actually learning. Though I will try to elaborate more, please bear with me since I’ve been finding it hard to articulate my thoughts recently.

To start, let me say that this is a rundown of everything that has happened this month- definitely focusing on the Capsule Collection – with little intrusions from relevant events in the past weeks, as part of my documentation and research for this collection.

Let’s start from the very beginning, which is the selection of theme/topic. At first, I wanted to do something that is inspired by nature. Basically, that’s it. I thought it would be okay to just have something as that, but my professor encouraged me to think of a deeper concept or idea. My thoughts roamed from the topic of “depression” to “Christian church, then and now”, but I’ve finally decided to settle on taking a song entitled DYWTBM (Do You Want To Be Mine) by The Ridleys. it was not just because I liked the band and the song, but i is mainly because I would want to do something similar in the future i.e. take a song as an inspiration, because I believe that songs communicate a lot just as art & fashion does – it carries the culture, values, and beliefs, not only of the singer/band but also of the society they have during the time the song was made. Just like fashion, music immortalizes people and their memories. it evokes certain emotions, a nostalgia to hear a certain song just as it is to see a certain accessory or clothes. Honestly, I thought it would be easy but I’ve never been so wrong.

As part of my research, I’ve asked one of the members of The Ridleys on how he interpreted the song. We’ve also created a word mapping of things we associate with the song. Some of the words were actually literal, images that the song paints i.e. 3AM, holding hands, crowded bar, dark, and music. From this, I started looking for photos of their gigs, as well as some stock photos of a street at night time, as well as of couples, and came up with this:

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My initial concept board

Just as I said in my previous blog post, my classmates said that the photos were repetitive and I also realized that the board lacks focus. They told me to focus on the emotions we feel after a gig, which I shall say, “3AM Post-gig Feels”, and they also said that I should improve in communicating the intimacy between two people. I revised the board and came up with this:

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My revised concept board

Honestly, I thought that this looks good – and I still think it does – but I didn’t see that I still failed to communicate the intimacy (just as my professor said, it looks more like self-love) and I still lack focus.

Throughout the weekend, I just tried to bring myself back to those days when I went to lots of gigs – as to what emotions I felt, what I did before, during, and after, and what are the things I said and experienced. I also continued word mapping, and while the words increased, the focus was narrowed down. I’ve also been gathering some of the photos I’ve taken during and after gigs. For now, I am still doing the board, though.

My greatest takeaway? I am fully convinced that the hardest part of being in an art-related program isn’t sketching/rendering, but rather the conceptualization and translation of that concept to an art which should be understood by those who’ll see it.

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October 9, 2017

This week’s kinda messed up. First, I found myself breaking down again before taking an exam. Second, I’m having a creative block.

At the moment, I have only made three sketches for my capsule collection and honestly, I am not confident with the quality. I don’t find them unique or anything. I don’t find them special.

I tried several things to just get myself into the zone of creativity. I tried writing poems, doing rough sketches which aren’t related to clothing (but are related to my inspiration for the collection), and I also tried doing calligraphy. Well… I hope this ends soon, though.

Week 8: The Importance of Community

One will feel comfortable when that person fits in with the people around him or her, but growth happens when we get to be in a place of diversity – where we get to hear other people’s opinion about our works.

For the previous week, we were tasked to create a concept board of the inspirations that we’ve had for the capsule collection. For me, I chose a song by The Ridleys as an inspiration (I’ve attached the raw version. You may listen to the full band version through their EP).

The photo below shows my initial concept board. Based on the feedback of my classmates, the photos are repetitive and I had to include a photo that really shows intimacy.

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My initial concept board

From the feedback, I revised my board and came up with this. I believe that I was able to express what the song was really about – physical and emotional intimacy brought about by music and live bands.

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My revised concept board

This may not be the best output still, but I am thankful for being part of the CT family for giving me ideas on how I could improve my work. I’m really grateful. I can say that I’m at the right place with the right people.

Thank you, everyone!

 

Love,

Jecel Manabat

Week 6: The Well of Unending Creativity

When I’ve decided to push for Clothing Technology, one of the fears that I’ve had was creative block. What if I run out of ideas? What if everything I create would all look the same? I feared that passion won’t be enough, that I might lose creativity along the way or that I would get burned out.

This was answered last week, and I’m just thankful and happy that the creative process has been discussed in our class.

For the most part, what drives us (designers) should be the problem that we have to solve. Problems are everywhere, and they may not run out even though we hope they would. That alone should relieve my fear of running out of ideas. I’ll never run out of something to solve.

And I will live my life solving problems through creativity.

Week 5: Braving the Rain

It’s been more than 5 hourse since I told myself that I’m going to write a blog post. The previous week was so loaded yet it ended to quickly. It’s one of my most stressful yet rewarding week in CT thus far. I’ve also had my first breakdown this semester.

 

For the most part, I guess what I’ve learned this week is this: When you don’t know what to do, do what you know.

That’s what I’ve learned while preparing for our report. I’ve searched for days for things that I could include in it, but for some reason, I couldn’t find any. Because it was subjective, and because I was overcome by fear – what if my observations were wrong? What if it was an example of unity but for me it wasn’t? – these questions flooded my mind and I finally lost it. I panicked when Friday came, and I am really thankful that I had a friend who was accountable to me for moments like this. I messaged her and told her that I’m having a breakdown. Again. As she asked for the details, I was able to process things and just did what I knew at the moment. I went back to the definitions, to the basics.

Indeed, when we’re lost and we don’t know what to do for a particular project, all we have to do is go back to the basics. These are the things that we know, and when we do what we know, we’ll certainly be taken to new levels of understanding until we’re finally able to know newer and far more complex things.

Say, for example in our class, when I can’t understand what harmony in colors is, I go back to the definitions of primary colors, secondary colors, triadic, complementary, etc., and such definitions help me absorb the more complex topics such as harmony and unity.

So far, everything’s doing well with me – well, I still have to think of a theme/topic for my design collection tho! Au revoir!

Week 4: Life Lessons

Here are life lessons that I’ve learned since last, last week (as you can see, I wasn’t able to post last Monday) and last week:

Disclaimer: These are Clothing Technology/CT-related things but some are not really from the lessons in class, per se, so yeah. Life lessons and resolutions for the coming days.

Manage Your Time Well

Fix your body clock if you want to be efficient and healthy at the same time.

I learned this last Thursday when I finished our plate an hour before the end of the class so I had two more hours to rest — and so I chose to “nap”. I woke up at 2 PM, thus failed to attend our class. (As much as I wanted to go since there was still 2.5 more hours, I didn’t want our professor to think that I didn’t respect her and the class. Also, late comers aren’t allowed to go to class.) What did I learn here?

  1. Get enough sleep during the night. I resolved to sleep between 10 PM to 12 MN and wake up at around 4 AM to 6 AM. This is the optimal time for me to rest and get all the energy I need for the day. As much as possible, I never want to go to class again feeling sleepy and just physically present but mentally absent.
  2. Don’t nap in the dorm (if no one else is there to wake you up), because just like what happened to me, we can’t always trust the alarm clock…
  3. Don’t overwork yourself in the night and end up barely sleeping or not sleeping at all. Some may disagree with me in this, but there are just times when I choose sleep over an assignment because I value health, optimum performance, and maximum learning a lot. Of course, it also means I have to value and manage my time well so I could finish all my requirements before heading to bed. The point here is if you can finish a task earlier, don’t delay because you know that once you choose to delay, either your health or your grades will suffer. Think long term. Think of your health, and think of the end of the semester. Enough of being short-sighted and undisciplined.

Manage Your Priorities Well

Truth be told, I’ve been cramming some plates for CT14 recently, so I ended up passing mediocre works. I am probably good at managing my time (just probably… or at least I can say that I’ve improved a lot compared to last semester), but even so, I realized my priorities in the past few days have messed up.

You see, prioritizing the wrong things leads to allocating a lot of time in the wrong things as well. So yes, it’s possible that you’re good in time management but not in priority management.

This also includes task management (not all urgent matters are important and should be acted upon, and not all non-urgent matters should be put aside until the deadline is near), removing unnecessary commitments, and re-committing if needed. These are moments when I have to re-assess my core values and realign everything to my vision.

De-cluttering my schedule and putting first things first, now!

Know What Works For Yourself

To end, I’d like to encourage you to search for yourself (saying the same to myself as well hehe) — your priorities, visions, and commitments. What are your core values? What are your negotiables and non-negotiables? Just like in designing, we all have our own styles and we express our styles through different elements. Some people may choose to use regular triangular patterns to signify chaos, while the other may choose to use zigzag lines. Same goes with life, where in the end, it’s the intention that matters most.

 

A little side note: it is stressful to have no internet connection (DilNet has been down in the dormitories) and no money (negative negative so far huhu thankful to have friends who are willing to help for the mean time). Lol. It’s just hard to be self-sustainable and juggle everything — academics, freelance works, and priorities at home (and well… sleep hehe) — and yet still push for a God-given vision. But I choose joy! Hehe. Loooord… 🙂 This, too, shall pass.

Another side note: ninth month of working on the vision!!! Mom gave me a mini electric sewing machine last week (August 27, 2017) and it just means a lot to me. Excited to slowly push things forward and just try out different experimental upcycling projects! Hope I can just fast forward things so I  can help out communities already, but heyyy, this big vision is going faster than I thought. All by His grace, all for His glory. 🙂

Let’s go for this week! Declaring excellence!

Week 2: Called in the wrong course?

I missed our Tuesday class due to sickness, and now I feel lost.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s very clear to me that God has called me to be in this course for such a time as this. What’s so unclear to me right now is the “why”. And sometimes I just want to ask Him, ” Why, Lord, give me passion for entrepreneurship when we don’t even have the money? Why art-related when I’m not even the most excellent designer – even my fashion isn’t as good as the others?”

Still, though, I shall follow by faith.

For this week, specifically last Thursday, we talked about lines – what it is, its effects in the eyes, and how we can apply it in fashion design. To be honest, sometimes I can’t see it when they say that “it shoud look wider” when the lines are horizontal. And sometimes it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating when you perceive things differently, but then again, I’d continually encourage myself and all I could say to myself is, “That’s okay,” because it is.

It’s okay to be frustrated. It’s okay to be different. It’s okay to pursue entrepreneurship and clothing technology even if people see it as impossible. It’s okay not to listen to other people sometimes. It’s okay not to do what others expect you to do. It’s okay not to be what others want you to be. It’s okay to live by faith. It’s okay to follow God even when some things do not make sense.

It is okay because it is my call; it is my destiny.

I was born for this.

“Submit to God, and you will have peace; then things will go well for you. Listen to his instructions, and store them in your heart. If you return to the Almighty, you will be restored— so clean up your life. “Then you will take delight in the Almighty and look up to God. You will pray to him, and he will hear you, and you will fulfill your vows to him. You will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you. If people are in trouble and you say, ‘Help them,’ God will save them. Even sinners will be rescued; they will be rescued because your hands are pure.” Job 22:21-30